Electric vehicles and public health

Our regular reader will know that we are quite hawkish when it comes to air quality and public health. One of the measure we have proposed is for space habitats to ban the use of internal combustion engines. A study by researchers from Cornell University provides a solid scientific base for a complete ban on internal combustion engines. Continue reading Electric vehicles and public health

Anti-radiation medicine?

Cosmic radiation is one, if not the most, major obstacle to space colonization. Different proposals have been made to address this issue. However, scientists have discovered that a protein called URI can protect against high dose radiation.

Though this research is done in mice and with the intend to help cancer patients through radiotherapy, it is still highly relevant for human space settlers.

Raspberry picking robot

The Guardian has an interesting article on a robot designed to pick raspberries – and potentially also other crops as well. This robot is able to about 25,000 berries a day, whereas a human picker can only do 15,000. It took about 700,000 Pound to develop this machine and it is expected it will come into production next year.

Farm automation is a rapidly developing field and one that is of great importance for future space settlements as we discussed earlier on this site.

Air pollution one more time

ScienceDaily reports of a Spanish study that shows that exposure around birth has a negative effect upon one’s cognitive abilities. Given that other studies on particulates have found similar and other negative impacts on human health, this study should not really surprise anyone. Continue reading Air pollution one more time

Polymer waste and recycling

Plastic waste is a major environmental and social problem. The fact that plastics or polymers hardly decompose naturally is one of the contributing factors to the issue of this type of waste. Though polymers could be recycled only a tiny portion of separately collected plastic waste is actually recycled. Continue reading Polymer waste and recycling

Environment and public health

We have previously discussed the role of lead on neural development and also we have addressed the issue of particulate matter in regard of public health. Consequently we have proposed that as a measure of preventive healthcare, these substances should be eliminated from the environment within space settlements. Continue reading Environment and public health

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