• A major hurdle for any human mission to Mars is how to feed astronauts during the extended spaceflight.
  • NASA is currently crowdsourcing solutions through its Deep Space Food Challenge.
  • The challenge is open to all U.S. citizens and ends July 30, 2021.
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    Monkeys are capable of inferential reasoning, study shows

    A recent study showed that monkeys can make logical choices when given an A or B scenario.

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    • For centuries, humans have wondered which cognitive abilities animals share with people.
    • In a new study, researchers presented baboons with a "hidden-item" task designed to test their understanding of disjunctive syllogisms.
    • The results showed that the baboons were not only successful in the task, but also displayed signs of confidence in their decision making.
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    How a mother’s voice shapes her baby’s developing brain

    Most of us carry a mother's voice in the neural patterns of our brain.

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    It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother's voice to those of strangers.
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    How should we reimagine society post-COVID-19?

    Coronavirus has given us the opportunity to reframe and rethink society from its foundation.

    • There have been many lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis. According to Acumen founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz, one of the primary lessons has been that humans are interdependent creatures in an interconnected world.
    • "The coronavirus has laid bare the gaping wounds of our society that had grown too individualistic over the last 30-50 years and reinforced our interdependence in the most profound ways," Novogratz says, adding that the current situation has given us a chance to rethink and rebuild society from a new moral framework.
    • Placing humanity and community at the center, focusing more on helping the poor and vulnerable, and engaging more in collaboration instead of competition is how our post-COVID-19 society will succeed.

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    What kind of government will exist on Mars?

    The lessons we've learned here on Earth will affect how we govern a new world.

    • The colonization of Mars is a real possibility for the not-too-distant future. A big question that author Michael Shermer and others are considering is how what we know about government on Earth will shape the politics of a new planet.
    • Favored by Elon Musk, Shermer shoots down the suggestion of a direct democracy because he says that historically it does not work. Direct democracy can lead to a "mob mentality" where hysterics overtake logic, leading to witch hunts and other bad consequences.
    • Shermer explains why he thinks the government on Mars will, in many ways, mirror what we know as a representative democracy. There will be constitutional republic and a Bill of Rights that determines what people can and can't do.

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