Before we get into this month’s normal content, I have a few special announcements:
- The first announcement is a shout out to our very own, Robert Hampson. Do you remember this post discussing our game’s use of futuristic brain implants to enhance natural human abilities? Well this month, Robert was interviewed for a CNN article to discuss a real-world application of this very idea!
- While we’re speaking about great news regarding our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ panel, after a few talks, our team has worked out a deal with Astronaut.com, to have our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ posts featured on their site as well, which will further our goal of spreading science through entertainment. They’re a new site, that like us, shows the lighter side of science, and I’d encourage everyone to go check out them out if you have the time.
- Finally, one last bit of news: after our successful Kickstarter, we have purchased the Pro version of the forums…no more ad-words! It’s easier to navigate – go start a Science Behind the Sci-Fi thread of your own!
‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ Panel Overview
- Science Focus: Paleobotany
- Author: Jamie Boyer
- Overview: Jamie continues the trend from his last post, discussing a different view of how plants can aid in space colonization – exploring how even non-edible plants are still of value in space as medicine, fuel, or toxins.
- Up Next Month: The Varied Uses of Plants, Part 2
- Science Focus: Neuroscience
- Author: Robert Hampson
- Overview: This is the first of a three part post regarding the hypothalamus and how it could interact with the “SSI” implant abilities in Escaping Titan.
- Up Next Month: Hypothalamus: Where, When, & How
- Science Focus: Astrobiology
- Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
- Overview: Jacob takes you to school, giving you a crash course on the concept of terraforming and the term’s origins – all things to wet your palate for next month’s post.
- Up Next Month: Terraforming Titan
- Science Focus: Astrophysics
- Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
- Overview: Another post on the Dangers of Space, this time Amitai gives you a glimpse into radiation in space. Even showing how US astronauts’ exposure limits compare to those set for nuclear plant workers — which will make a pretty cool trivia fact to stump your friends.
- Up Next Month: Dangers of Space: Asteroids & NEOs
- Science Focus: Space Colonization
- Author: David J. Geaney
- Overview: David explores the realistic side of the ‘Terraboom Era’ found in the Escaping Titan backstory.
- Up Next Month: We’re extremely excited about next month’s guest, Kate Greene, who will be posting from HI-SEAS, after 2 months in seclusion with only her 5 other crew members, and another 2 months to go in their space exploration simulation experiment!
This Month in Science
Just like last month, there are a ton of great things to showcase, and so few spots to highlight it all. Here are our selections for this week’s featured science news:
- So to start things off, let’s give out a shout out to all the mothers out there since Mother’s Day was this month. The Sun wanted to celebrate the day with some fireworks of its own. And it wasn’t done there, welcome to the solar maxima everyone! (Funny side note, just before Mother’s Day, I was joking with an astrophysicist that with these flares getting larger and more frequent, we might not get our sci-fi game out in time before it becomes sci-fact.)
- Next I’d like to take things away from the space realm since that’s our most common science showcased. Instead, since in Escaping Titan we’re going to use the concept of 3-D printing, I wanted to showcase a cool post I found with respect to a man who is using 3-D printing to make limb prosthetics.
- And to wrap things up, we wanted to say our goodbyes. RIP Kepler Space Telescope. The confirmed planet count is at 132.