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.
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
ScienceDaily reports yet another study that shows that solving puzzles such crosswords or Sudoku has a positive effect on our brain. Tl-dr: regular puzzling makes your brain about ten years younger.
When it comes to the world’s future energy supply both fusion power and renewable energy are experiencing a steady pace of progress. However, regardless of the particular choice of technology, there is an ever increasing need for a reliable method of storing energy. Continue reading Energy storage
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
Once again we want to report of some interesting pieces of science news. Continue reading Science round up 2
The Guardian reports that one in six deaths due to lung cancer are non-smokers. Researchers quoted in the article do link this to air pollution – both indoor and outdoor. So this yet another remainder why strict air quality regulations are necessary, both on Earth and in Space Settlements.
Researchers at Tel Aviv university have managed to print a fully functional human heart. Though currently the size of a rabbit’s heart, 3D printing of (human) organs seems to be feasible in the near future. Continue reading Organs on demand
Previously we have discussed the effect of lead exposure on cognitive development as well its association with crime. ScienceDaily reports a new study that further confirms the negative effect of lead on neural development:
Higher lead in topsoil boosts the probability of cognitive difficulties in 5-year-old boys
Bottom line: any concentration of lead in the environment has a negative impact on the cognitive abilities of children. Since this damage is permanent, lead poisoning is a major social problem as reduced mental capacities will negatively affect performance at school and in later life.
Hence our position remains that the authorities in future space settlements should implement a zero tolerance policy when it comes to lead – any lead containing product should be banned from daily life.