This microbe-crocheting engineer makes the invisible adorable

On biomedical engineer Ana Maria Porras’ Instagram, microbes that are typically invisible — and often unloved — are reimagined as cuddly, cute and crocheted.

Why do some galaxies die? These scientists are a step closer to understanding why

Why do some galaxies just fizzle while others of similar age and magnitude continue birthing stars? That’s a puzzle a University of Florida researcher is working with a multi-university team to try to solve.

UF plant experiment flies on Virgin Galactic spaceship

The UF project, funded by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, was the only science experiment on the mission, meant to study the impact the transition to and from zero gravity has on gene expression in cells, and, more broadly, to develop protocols for “human-tended” suborbital flights.