Life In Everyday Space Will Stun You

July 23, 2014

We think of astronauts as leading very dangerous and exciting lives when they are out there in space, pushing the boundaries of human exploration ever forward. And, of course, all of that is true, but life in space (specifically, aboard the International Space Station) also offers a lot of downtime. When they are not working, astronauts still need to live their lives, which are actually a lot closer to ours than you might think. Most of the everyday things you and I do at home, they also do them aboard the ISS. However, the lack of gravity surely adds a layer of difficulty to even the simplest of tasks.

Everyday Space ISS

At $150 billion, the ISS is the most expensive thing we’ve ever built. Source: AMS02

Let’s say you’re an astronaut and you just woke up. You would probably want to go through your morning routine, which might include trivial stuff such as brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Here’s where lack of access to running water makes things a bit tricky. Since you are living in a place with billions of dollars worth of electronics, water floating around is probably not a good idea. Therefore, you don’t get the benefits of a running tap or shower.

Astronaut brushing his teeth

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Harley Davidson’s Electric Evolution

July 19, 2014

This is what comes to mind when you hear the name Harley-Davidson, right?

Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle Men

Source: Columbian

Or something like this:

Or maybe even this:

Harley Davidson Pin Up

Source: eBay

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Natural Phenomena That Science Has Trouble Explaining

July 15, 2014
Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse Bees

Source: Reuters

Colony Collapse Disorder

Since honeybees started dying off in frightening amounts around 2006, there has been much discussion over just what the culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is, and a recent report released by the USDA sheds little new light on the subject. There exists no single smoking gun in relation to CCD, but many probable causes.

Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse

Source: Wikipedia

Researchers have looked to parasitic mites found in abandoned colonies (the Varroa mite), any number of different viruses, colder winters, bacterial disease, as well as many different pesticides used on crops to explain the phenomenon. However, they have yet to uncover how these scenarios are working in conjunction with each other to rapidly wipe out the American honeybee population. The following chart deals with the particular neonicotinoid based pesticides and the Varroa mite, and how they relate to honeybee populations worldwide.

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Physics, The Coriolis Effect And Your Toilet

July 14, 2014
Coriolis Effect Bathroom

How science affects your stalls. Source: Glupod

Have you ever wondered why the water in your toilet (or other bathroom fixtures, for that matter) always drains in a certain direction and not the other? If you did, you might have heard that it has something to do with the Coriolis effect. You might have also heard that this also causes toilets in the southern hemisphere to turn in the opposite direction. This idea has been around for a long time. And though the Coriolis effect has an impact on a lot of things on our planet, toilet water is not one of them.

Coriolis Effect Equator

The Equator separates the northern and southern hemispheres Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Grill Not Working? Have A BBQ Anyway With An Aluminum Can

July 13, 2014

Grant Thompson calls it a Bitty-Q: an aluminum can “grill” that can cook brats just as well as your own gas grill. If you’ve got the patience, you too can have an individual-size grill when in a pinch (or want to impress some of your friends).

This Plankton House Is About To Revolutionize Our World

July 12, 2014
Plankton House Cocoon Fs

The cocoon Source: Contemporist

Believe it or not, plankton is about to change your life. Meet Cocoon_FS: the world’s first featherweight, phytoplankton inspired, thunderstorm-proof, floating and prefabricated structure. The game changing invention’s self-supporting shell is composed of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP), and the entire structure weighs just over 1,500 pounds, making it easy to move from place to place.

Plankton House Cocoon Fs From Above

Source: B2E3

Plankton House Materials

Materials used in the Cocoon Source: Jan Ruben

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