Scientists Profit from Space Tourism
Scientists are buying up tickets for privately-run trips to space. Space tourism teams like Virgin Atlantic offer relatively cheap ways for cosmologists to observe their subject of study.
Private space tourism companies like Virgin will give researchers greater (and cheaper) access to outer space, allowing them to complete more experiments: "'It’s almost impossible to get research on the space station at the moment,' said Mark Shelhamer, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University medical school who would like to study people’s balance and other motor sensory abilities before and after suborbital flights. On Earth, gravity is the dominant force, and many common processes—the way that water boils, for instance, and that a flame burns—behave much differently without it."
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
Groundbreaking neuroscience confirms what Sigmund Freud first theorized.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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