Fast superhighway through the Solar System discovered

Scientists find routes using arches of chaos that can lead to much faster space travel.

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  • Researchers discovered a route through the Solar System that can allow for much faster spacecraft travel.
  • The path takes advantage of "arches of chaos" within space manifolds.
  • The scientists think this "celestial superhighway" can help humans get to the far reaches of the galaxy.
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Urban planning in space: 3 off-world designs for future cities

The future of cities on the Moon, Mars and orbital habitats.

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  • In the 1970s NASA published an extensive book on urban planning in space.
  • Acclaimed architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) designed a conceptual plan for the first permanent settlement for human life on the moon.
  • An MIT team developed a concept for the first sustainable cities on Mars to be built in the next century.
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Long spaceflights change astronauts' brain structure, new study suggests

The changes in brain structure aren't the only bodily changes caused by zero gravity.

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  • A new study finds that long term weightlessness can cause changes in brain structure, with an increase in white matter lasting a year after returning to Earth.
  • The researchers believe it to be caused by an increase in fluid pressure on the brain.
  • Potential solutions include creating artificial gravity.
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American kids today dream of being vloggers, not astronauts

The dream of space travel has been usurped by superficiality.

  • Recent survey of 3,000 kids showed that more kids aspire to be a YouTube star than an astronaut.
  • Children in the U.S. and U.K. were three times more likely to want to become vloggers than kids in China.
  • The survey also indicated that kids in America were less knowledgeable about space travel than their global counterparts.
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  • NASA's new plan will span the next 10 to 20 years.
  • First, the Moon, and things around the Moon. Then, Mars.
  • One of the primary goals? To privatize and get industry to eventually fund all of it.
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