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22 hours ago, rjshae said:

Space travel weakens our immune systems: Now scientists may know why

I remember ages ago reading sci-fi novels where people would live in space to a ripe old age because zero-g was easier on the body.

Turns out: nope, it doesn't work that way.

Ironically, what does the most damage to human bodies is oxygen... and the first great mass extinction was when earth got polluted by an abundance of oxygen, which is/was a waste product from plant(like) organisms. Few life forms survived because they were able to adapt and survive the oxygen, even if it does put a constant strain on those organisms and those that descended and evolved from them.

(which is why anti-oxidants are supposed to slow the aging process, you essentially "rust" at a slower pace ;) )


Edit: I use the word 'ironically' because the same stuff that kills us is also something we became dependent on for survival

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” - Albert Einstein

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1 hour ago, rjshae said:

A Little Laughing Gas Can Help Treat Depression, Small Study Finds

Who'd have guessed that? I can't imagine. 🤣

I find that it helps, pushing 1000hp puts a big smile on your face 😛

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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'Space pups': Mouse sperm stored on ISS produces healthy young


Japanese researchers found mouse sperm exposed to high levels of cosmic radiation for nearly six years produced a large brood of healthy, unremarkable "space pups."

No mighty mouse... yet.

"It has just been discovered that research causes cancer in rats."

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