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Microbes in Space

Bt_astronaut_final
6 days ago

It's certainly cheaper than sending a person: NASA will be sending microbes into space. Researchers at UC Davis are leading the initiative. The big idea presented here is that the study will allow us to understand how bacteria lives in microgravity, which is important to understand as humans ...

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Are Robonauts Better Than Astronauts?

Bt_kaku
9 days ago

One of the biggest problems with sending humans into space is that they're needy. Their frail bodies have a hard time living in zero gravity and require years of training and specialization just to go up into space. What if instead we could send robots? It would also be far cheaper. Michio Kaku, ...

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The Hidden Wonders of the Natural World

Bt_dragonfly_final
10 days ago

You're never alone. All around you are hidden wonders of nature. Award-winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg brings them to life in his new 3D film Mysteries of the Unseen World.  Watch his recent TED Talk below to understand why we are giants, oblivious to all the living beings among us. The ...