Europe’s long-awaited LISA Pathfinder spacecraft has two metal cubes at its heart, which it will attempt to isolate from every force except for gravity. (Originally published online on nature.com on November 19, 2015.)
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New on Nature.com: Mechanisms of three-dimensional growth of thyroid cells during long-term simulated microgravity
Published online by Scientific Reports, this article by Sascha Kopp, Elisabeth Warnke, Markus Wehland, Ganna Aleshcheva and Manfred Infanger (Otto-von Guericke-University, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany), Ruth Hemmersbach (DLR German Aerospace Centre, 51147 Cologne, Germany), Thomas Juhl Corydon, Daniela Grimm and Nils E. Magnusson (Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark) and Johann Bauer (Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry Martinsried, 82152 Martinsried, Germany) is now available to view.
New on Nature.com: Dysfunctional vestibular system causes a blood pressure drop in astronauts returning from space
Published online on December 15, 2015, this article by Emma Hallgren Floris L. Wuyts and Erik Fransen (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Pierre-François Migeotte and Quentin Delière (Université libre de Bruxelles & Erasmus Hospital, Brussels, Belgium), Ludmila Kornilova and Dmitrii Glukhikh (Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia), Steven T. Moore (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA), Gilles Clément (University of Lyon, France), André Diedrich (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA) and Hamish MacDougall (University of Sydney, Australia) is now available to view.
New on Nature.com: Intrinsic cardiovascular autonomic regulatory system of astronauts exposed long-term to microgravity in space: observational study
Published online on November 30, 2015 by Scientific Reports, this article by Kuniaki Otsuka, Yutaka Kubo, Mitsutoshi Hayashi, Naomune Yamamoto and Koichi Shibata (Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan), Germaine Cornelissen (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA) and Tatsuya Aiba, Satoshi Furukawa, Hiroshi Ohshima and Chiaki Mukai (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokyo, Japan) is now available to view.
Scientists will use wonky orbit to test Einstein’s theories. (Originally published online on nature.com on November 12, 2015.)