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We spend a fair amount of time on this site observing the wonders of space. In doing so though, we forget that there is just as much wonder to be had in the microscopic world.

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Not pictured: The fact that going through a wormhole will literally kill you.

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Which leads us neatly onto the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK, which has devised a "mini magnetosphere" that essentially recreates the protection provided by the Earth's magnetic field. The scientists have so far used the magnetosphere to protect a scale spacecraft from radiation, and they're now working on a concept spacecraft, called Discovery, with a full-scale magnetosphere that could theoretically take humans to Mars.
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