Ever wonder what the landscape of Mars would look like if, you know, it were a little more like Earth? By that I mean if it were capable of supporting life. Kevin Gill certainly did, and he went so far as to make this video of what a “living Mars” might look like. The animation takes the entire daily rotation of a fully terraformed Mars and compresses it into just under a minute of run time.
The world recently looked up and said, “Whoa,” as the medical field announced the first ever child to be “functionally cured” of the HIV virus. The hope for the virus’ eventual eradication skyrocketed. I can’t imagine how well received this news is going to be.
According to an article in New Scientist, 14 adults have now been “cured” of HIV, and while it isn’t the end-all, be-all of medical miracles, but it’s further proof that the earlier the virus is treated, the better. That seems like an obvious piece of advice, but the majority of those suffering don’t know they’re infected until after the virus is well into its cell destruction. Beyond that, the drugs aren’t guaranteed to work on all adults, so there still won’t be a universally applicable treatment for quite some time. However, it did work on some of them, and that’s pretty fucking amazing.
Years ago, Asier Sáez-Cirión of the Pasteur Institute’s unit for regulation of retroviral infections in Paris headed a study that analysed 70 patients with HIV who were treated with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on in their diagnosis — between 36 days and 10 weeks after the infection began. For one reason or another — personal choice or drug protocol changes, to name a few — all 70 of those studied had their drug treatments interrupted. When that happened, most of them relapsed and the virus quickly bounced back to pre-treatment levels.
There are a thousand little things that we all take for granted on a daily basis that suddenly become a whole different challenge once you decide to relocate to a microgravity environment. Say, for instance, on the International Space Station. Even if you’re a space junkie like us, I’m betting there are still lots of stories astronauts could share that would make you go, “Well of course that would be tricky in zero-g!” Most of us won’t ever be lucky enough to make it into space, but thankfully we’ve got ISS Commander Chris Hadfield up there for us, answering submitted questions and beaming back one fascinating video after another. For instance, how the hell do you make a sandwich up there?
Well, first thing’s first. You need to wash those filthy hands of yours, you disgusting pig. Didn’t your mother teach you anything? So go over there and flip on that faucet and — Ack! Water everywhere! Things with blinky lights are shorting out! You’re having flashbacks to The Abyss! I hope you’re happy, because now the ISS is filled with runaway water balls and everybody has wet socks. Wet socks are the worst.
Fear not: Commander Hadfield is here to show you how it’s done.
Did you ever have one of those days when everything was going just perfectly? Woke up after a perfect night’s rest, had an exquisite breakfast — mostly just bacon wrapped bacon — and had nothing but good news fall into your lap as you jubilantly frolicked through your day? These days are rare, but are indeed the ones that we should cherish the most. Because for some people, their best days consist of creating amazing videos that just suck the personalized optimism right out of the room.
“Reconnaissance of the HR 8799 Exosolar System: A Digital Universe Journey” doesn’t come rolling off of the tongue very easily, but this awe-inspiring video will probably leave your tongue hanging out of your mouth. Directed by Brian P. Abbott, in cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History, the short film will complement a study that AMNH astrophysicist Ben R. Oppenheimer and colleagues will publish in Astrophysical Journal.