Space Travel Psychology
Mental health remains a huge concern for the space industry, whether considering humanity's eventual colonization of other worlds or merely the price of a space tourism weekend.
No matter how inspiring it looks on the big screen, outer space is a hostile environment that requires considerable psychological adjustment. "You'll spend the first phase of your journey adjusting to a cramped environment, an upset stomach, headaches and space motion sickness. According to N.A.S.A.'s Johnson Space Center, you'll also experience a 26 percent drop in sleep efficiency, with greatly reduced R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) time. In other words, you may experience dream deprivation. Expect to feel uncomfortable and sluggish with your work."
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.
- Western University researchers found that sleeping over eight hours per night results in cognitive decline.
- Oversleepers suffer similar difficulties on certain cognitive tests as those who sleep under seven hours.
- Not all the news is bad: One night of oversleeping results in a cognitive boost.
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
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