NASA Wants Space Colonization Outpost

As budget cuts hit NASA, the space agency will seek out international partners for a new manned mission that will take humans further into space than ever before.

What's the Latest Development?


A study is underway to assess the feasibility of building a permanent outpost in space that could serve as an important midway point for future deep space missions. NASA is seeking international partners and commercial interest in building a station on the far side of the moon at a so-called Lagrangian point, where the combined gravitational pull of the Earth and moon would roughly balance each other. The mission would carry humans 15 percent further into space than the Apollo missions which landed men on the moon.  

What's the Big Idea?

The Lagranian point in question is the Earth-moon liberation point (there are three other points around Earth's orbit), which would act like a parking spot for space vehicles. It could provide NASA a stable environment to develop and test new technologies designed to explore multiple destinations like "near-lunar space, asteroids, the moon, the moons of Mars and, ultimately, Mars itself," say NASA officials. One important development that would result is a craft capable of shielding astronauts from solar radiation outside the Van Allen belts.

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Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat to good health and well-being

Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.

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  • Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
  • As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
  • If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
  • Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
  • By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.

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  • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

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Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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Scientists find a horrible new way cocaine can damage your brain

Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.

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  • Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
  • Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
  • Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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