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Biohacking: How DIY Scientists Are Upgrading Their Bodies To Gain Superhuman Abilities

Eyedrops that give you superhuman night vision. Pills that raise your IQ. Thanks to biohacking, we can now practically create superheroes. But should we?

Biohacking Night Vision Eyedrops

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Amateurs tinkering with human biology and genetics. Sounds dangerous, right?

Biohacking—which probably sounds even more dangerous—is a relatively new term that encompasses all manner of amateur experimentation now taking place outside the scientific establishment.

Today, DIY biohacking is a veritable underground movement. Biologists, CEO’s, nutritionists, anyone and everyone curious to understand the biology of the world around us have taken part in the biohacking and biopunk ideologies, which advocate for open access to scientific information and tools, and the freedom to experiment with them. The movement thus aims to increase the scope of scientific work done outside of private institutions, to reclaim experimentation for the masses, and to increase diversity in scientific research.

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Video Of The Day: The World’s Unlikeliest Astronaut Shows Us What It’s Like To Be In Space

How does it feel to be in space?

So very few people can actually answer that question. And even those who can answer it probably can’t truly convey a satisfying answer to the rest of us–surely, the experience is, in a word, indescribable.

It’s fitting, then, that perhaps the best, most vivid description of being in space (the stunningly animated video above) should come from the world’s unlikeliest astronaut–the astronaut most like the rest of us.

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Six Extraordinary Female Nobel Prize Winners Who Changed The World

These female Nobel Prize winners’ momentous, diverse achievements have impacted the world far more than we realize.

Female Nobel Prize Winners

(Left to right) Tawakel Karman, Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf share the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent work protecting women’s rights. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Throughout history, the scientific and artistic achievements of men have always been renowned and honored by the cognoscenti and the public alike. More often than not, however, women who work as doctors, engineers, writers, and scientists find themselves fighting a seemingly endless battle to gain recognition within their male-dominated industries, sometimes even losing credit for their work in the process. Although some of these brilliant women have ultimately been honored with Nobel Prizes for their work—starting with distinguished scientist Marie Curie in 1903—many have since been lost within the recesses of history.

In honor of the anniversary of Curie becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, here are some of the most extraordinary female Nobel Prize winners whose achievements have, whether we realize it or not, greatly impacted the world:

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Photo Of The Day: The Last Man On The Moon

Last Manned Lunar Mission

Eugene Cernan riding the Lunar Rover during on the last manned mission to the Moon. Image Source: Wikipedia

Just after midnight on Dec. 7, 1972, Apollo 17 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. On board were the last humans to land on the Moon.

NASA’s first night launch carried a three-man team of astronauts: Eugene Cernan, Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Ronald Evans. Cernan and Schmitt explored the lunar surface for three days while Evans kept the command module “America” in lunar orbit. The crew was tasked with the mission of geologically surveying and sampling a previously unexamined area of the Moon – the Taurus-Littrow valley – for evidence of early lunar volcanic activity.

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