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Space Cadet or Space Brain

While no astronauts have travelled to Mars yet, and most of us won’t be travelling to Mars anytime soon, scientists at the University of California: Irvine have done extensive research on what traveling to Mars most likely will do to the human brain.

The results are a phenomenon scientists have dubbed “space brain” and the results are as much a cautionary tale as they are a sad reality.

During the extended spaceflight from Earth to Mars, astronauts will be slammed with non-stop exposure to highly energetic charged particles, and all that will most likely lead to significant long-term brain damage, cognitive impairments, and dementia.

While it’s not known for certain if this will absolutely happen, test rodents in simulated environments at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have suffered these adverse consequences.

The study appears today in Nature’s Scientific Reports.

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep34774

Scary Future Reality Revealed

Science and science fiction have just collided and become scary reality according to research in the Computer Science Department at Texas Tech University.

While hackers are becoming more and more proficient at hacking into technological systems, some are looking at EEG (electroencephalograms) authentication as user passwords.

However, research is proving that while this method is highly effective in maintaining high security, brain waves show more than just a user’s identity.  It also reveals non-authentication-centric information about the user.

In other words, it gives up medical, behavioral, and emotional information about the user as well.

http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2016/09/brain-waves

Elections and Stress

Franklin D. Roosevelt may have thought the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, but then again, he never experienced election stress the way we do these days.

Alice Walton in Forbes magazine has a handful of strategies she says will help voters deal with some of the stress the upcoming election is creating.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2016/10/15/6-strategies-to-cope-with-the-strange-stress-of-the-election/

News For Type 1 Diabetics

The Associated Press reports that the FDA has approved an artificial pancreas to help manage diabetes.

The device constantly monitors a diabetic’s blood sugar, and delivers insulin as needed.

What this means is that those suffering from Type 1 diabetes who must have multiple injections throughout the day or who rely on a drug pump to deliver a baseline level of insulin throughout the day, now have another option available to them.

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/article_ad37ae7c-bb3a-5c63-a4be-c65c6e94425f.html