This Week in Science: Sept 15-21

Mutant frogs, planet hunters, space debris catchers, and more.

9. 21. 18 by Victor Tangermann
Tag Hartman-Simkins
Image by Tag Hartman-Simkins

From computers made out of living cells to mutant frogs, this week was filled peculiar news stories from the world of science. Ever wondered what catching space debris using a spider-like web looks like? To find out, read on.

You Can Now Genetically Engineer Your Own Mutant Frogs For $499. A famed biohacker is selling a kit that allows anyone to genetically engineer mutant frogs that are more massive than their naturally-occurring counterparts.

Researchers Just Got Funding to Grow a Neural Network in a Petri Dish. A team of biologists and computer engineers won a grant to develop a computer made out of living cells.

This Super Powerful Magnetic Field Puts Us One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have created the strongest-ever controllable magnetic field, and it could help make nuclear fusion a reality


Alphabet AI Is Helping Release Sterile Mosquitoes in Singapore. An Alphabet-owned healthcare company called Verily is hoping to release male mosquitoes that carry a naturally-occurring bacteria that reduces the bugs’ ability to transmit disease in Singapore.

See the First Image Produced by NASA’s Newest Planet Hunter. NASA just shared the first image produces by Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a satellite designed to help in the hunt for exoplanets.

UK Researchers Just Deployed a Massive Net to Catch Space Debris. UK researchers are now testing RemoveDEBRIS, a satellite designed to trap space debris in a spider-like web so it can be removed before it damages spacecraft.

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