Japan’s Hayabusa2 lands on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu to accomplish one of its ultimate goals: collect samples for scientists back on Earth. The probe has briefly landed on the asteroid to fire a bullet into its surface and kick up dust, rocks and any other debris that it can collect. […]

Currie samples cleared of banned substances

EACH of the seven horses tested in the Weetwood day raid of Ben Currie’s Toowoomba stable have been cleared of having any prohibited substances in their system. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission alleged the seven horses had been illegally treated on the morning of the race, and at subsequent inquiries Currie’s father Mark was disqualified […]

The Morning After: Mars soil samples and a panini press for weed

It’s Monday morning, and we’ve had a space-centric weekend at Engadget. But while NASA is keeping busy, ESPN is axing its comment sections. Oh, and we test out a panini press for weed. The lasers will help them keep track of gravitational anomalies.NASA’s new climate-science satellites switch on their lasers NASA’s new climate-monitoring satellites are […]

More than 10,000 people have mailed poop samples into this lab for a health study — here’s what they’ve learned

Scientists have collected poop samples from over over 10,000 participants in the world’s largest crowdsourced citizen science project.  The ongoing study is researching how the microbes in our gut cause disease.  Microbes are responsible for breaking down the fiber in our diet and producing critical nutrients. Illnesses such as obesity, depression, liver disease, heart disease, […]

Russia won't respond to Skripal poisoning ultimatum until given chemical agent samples – UK embassy

Russia’s British embassy has reiterated Moscow’s refusal to heed the deadline set by UK PM Theresa May to explain what she claims was an alleged Soviet-era military-grade toxic agent used to poison former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Russia has requested samples of the toxin. “Russia will not respond to […]

Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes

Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, President Vladimir Putin has said, possibly hinting at the US Air Force’s earlier move to acquire Russian tissue samples. Putin was presiding over a meeting of Russia’s Human Rights Council Monday, when he was informed of live broadcasts from polling stations during […]

Sailor under investigation for ‘intentional’ fire that destroyed drug test samples

REUTERS/Phil Noble A Navy sailor who works at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. is under investigation for a “suspicious” fire that destroyed up to 900 urinalysis samples and records, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Investigators say a large metal cage locker that housed the samples was “intentionally” set on fire with gasoline on May […]