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Pioneer Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Takes Viewers to Mars (Video)

Excuse you please. It is Dr. Aldrin. Respect! Credited with being on the first team to set foot on the moon, now Buzz Aldrin has set his sights further… as in Destination: Mars.

Buzz Aldrin wants to be remembered for more than just “kicking up moon dust.” He wants his legacy to include laying the groundwork for a permanent human settlement on Mars, and he has a plan. As NASA prepares to send the first humans to Mars, 8i and Time Inc’s LIFE VR have collaborated with the celebrated astronaut and historical icon to create a one of a kind virtual reality experience. In Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars, journey with Dr. Aldrin from his landing site on the moon to Mars as shows you first hand his plan for inhabiting the Red Planet.

So, Aldrin wants in on colonizing Mars. Yep, looks like Buzz wants to make humans Martians sooner than later. Watch his 360 visuals on that above. Making of video is embedded after the jump for your further edification.

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Out Cold: How Long Does It Take To Get Frostbite? (Video)

So wind chill DOES matter. For real! All these years, since bus stop forecasts on the evening news weather reports to just now, I was thinking that wind chill was just a matter of comfort; how long you could ‘chill’ in the wind, so to speak. But naaaaah son, it’s real in the field (AND at the bus stop). It turns out that extreme cold, in concert with wind chill, can freeze uncovered extremities within MINUTES. Introducing… frostbite!

Yeah, I used the word ‘concert’ – but think more ‘lose your fist’ than pumping your fist to ‘Lose Yourself’ if you find yourself in the middle of a windy winter in Detroit without gloves and gear. Just saying.

Frostbite is a serious condition. Cold temperatures can cause the skin and tissue to start freezing, killing the cells. But, wind-chill can drastically change how long you’ll last.
– Tech Insider

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Science: What Is The Future Of Human Evolution? (Video)

What are the next steps in human evolution? Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf, who is the director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia University, New York, and author of “The Copernicus Complex,” explains how the future of human evolution could unfold
– Tech Insider.

Now, I can only begin to fathom some Earthly idea of what an astrobiologist is. But Caleb offers some fascinating points to ponder above. There is absolutely no reason to believe that modern humans will continue to exist as we do over the coming milennia. Interesting to think about what we might become as a species… especially those of us who don’t go to Mars (those ‘Martians’ will have their own evolution to go through).

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Science: How Colonizing Mars Could Spark New Kind Of Human Evolution (Video)

So, we talk about going to Mars. And leave it to futurists like Elon Musk, we talk about STAYING and establishing human life there. But watching this video though… Colonizing Mars means former “Earthlings” become real-life “Martians”… and that is a different kind of human; or it least it most likely would be.

If humans ever successfully colonize Mars, how would their biology change? An evolutionary biologist at Rice University and author of book “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution,” Scott Solomon, explains how humans might evolve on Mars and what significance that could have for humans left on Earth.

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China’s ‘Making It Rain’ With $168 Million (Video)

If you live in the States you are probably used to hearing folks waah-waah-waah about droughts and forest fires. Too bad we can’t cry a river or have some West Coast baller make it rain… Oh, wait. China ain’t crying. They are actually setting up the tech to make it RAIN!

China is spending $168 million on a program that is aimed to alter weather and make it rain in certain regions. The process is called cloud seeding.

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Bill Nye Saves The World (Trailer)

Now that’s what we’re needing more than ever! Damn right, Bill Nye “Saves The World” and drops the science… AND the mic! With a White House and U.S. Congress that are sure to place ‘good business’ before good sense and what is good for the planet (note: good for the planet can be, and usually is, good for business), we need the return of Saturday morning Science to bring fun and knowledge to bear against all the anti-science out there.

Bill Nye – science guy, educator, mechanical engineer, and curator of curiosity – returns with a new show. Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World tackles a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging correspondent reports from a crackerjack team, and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and sly personality.

Bill Nye Saves The World arrives April 21, only on Netflix.

Plus, look at all the guest stars that will be coming through. Score for Netflix. We’re ready for April already. Peep the trailer.

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Scientists Can Now 3D Print Functional Organs (Video)

You read the headline just like we did on the Tube. You probably blurted out some combination of ‘bullsh!t’ and ‘wow’ as a knee jerk response… But then you pressed play. And you thought, “Oh. Like for practice,” maybe feeling a bit disappointed that we were not at the print-a-new-liver level yet.

We’ll get there. But for now, think: The doctors of tomorrow are going to get some REALISTIC practice BEFORE they ever touch a REAL human. There’s your pound of gold. Surgeons will not be ‘practicing’ medicine on our loved ones anymore.

Dope right?

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Environmentally Conscious And Cost Effective: Solar Roof Tiles (Video)

Can we have nice things? Why do we always HAVE to be thinking about how to ‘save the planet’ man? Why does it always have to be about the environment? And you know going green costs hella money, right?

NO! It is costing less and less to go green, and we are not even talking about the cost SAVINGS you get from making the switch (e.g. lower utility bills). Case in point: Peep this vid about the possibilites for a roof of solar panels… cheaper AND nicer than what most folks live under now.

Oh… and you are not really ‘saving’ the Earth either way. Earth means ‘rocks and dirt.’ It will be here whether we try to save it or not. We are talking about our SURVIVAL as a species. No environment, no life on Earth.

(Life. It’s the nicest thing to have. Now, play the video.)

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Science: Harvard Researchers Have Turned Hydrogen Into Metal (Video)

So this BoneBreaker Jones (aka my brother, Karl) post showed up on my Facebook wall (because, you know, family) that proves that, without a doubt, he is a nerd.

Yep. He’s definitely a classic “Revenge Of The Nerds” pocket-protector-and-taped-eyeglasses-wearing NERRRD! Hahahaaaa!

But he is cool with that, and he is cool with me (and vice versa). That said, what he shared was so incredible I had to Google around for corroboration (’cause I’m #NerdyAndProud too). And the news is all over the interwebs. Researchers at Harvard University have created a metal that could lead to way cheaper and more efficient superconductor applications – quantum leaps in medical technology (like MRI machines) and in transportation tech (like high-speed super-trains). This metallic hydrogen could even be used to drastically improve our power grids and help power deep space exploration!

This is the holy grail of high-pressure physics. It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before.
Isaac F. Silvera, Lead Researcher at Harvard University

In a word…SCIENCE! But we still must remain calm. There is a LOT of testing and research yet to be done. It took 80 years of applied research effort to get this far. Like any journey, it takes time and drive to arrive at the destination. But this is a HUGE sign that we are on the right track.

MORE:
HYDROGEN TURNED INTO METAL (INDEPENDENT)
RESEARCHERS TURNED HYDROGEN INTO METAL (BUSINESS INSIDER)

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Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved In Amber (Video)

A dinosaur tail was found recently preserved in amber. So, wow, does this mean Jurassic Park will be opening soon for real?? Soft tissue for DNA extraction. Maybe they even find a mosquito tucked in there with the tail, too.

The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur, including bones, soft tissue, and even feathers, has been found preserved in amber, according to a report published today in the journal Current Biology.

Feathers? Well, yeah, feathers. They have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions. This is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur.

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Science/Technology: Scientists Use Gold And Rat Parts To Make A Remote-Controlled Artificial Stingray (Video)

Yeeeeesh! That looks creepy as f-ck! But a team of scientists at Harvard creating this artificial stingray out of rat parts (again, yeesh) and a pinch of gold is actually part of the team’s ongoing research on how to make artificial organs. This admittedly weird biotech is remote-controlled; able to be moved about in a tank using light beams.

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How Much Land Would It Take To Power The Entire USA With Solar Energy? (Video)

Hmmm… Solar-powered America for all… laid out plain and simple. Of course, none of this is as plain or simple as the video implies. But I like how it defies any doubters of the concept’s doability. The U.S. made it to the moon (or convinced the world it did, for any alternative history theorists out there) in seven years once President Kennedy set the country’s direction & ambitions toward the goal. This can be done!

But will it be?

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Does Listening To A Certain Type Of Music While You Work Make You More Productive? (Video)

You know that mode that the right kind of music puts you in? Not that ‘mode’ with your mate (that’s more of a ‘mood’ anyway). Talking about ‘do work’ mode! Well, if you do, Dr. Levitin says you are fooling yourself. Better to get an earful of the ‘sounds of silence’ if you actually want to get some work done. Watch the quick clip above.

Daniel J. Levitin, a cognitive psychologist at McGill University and author of “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age,” explains the relation between listening to music and work-efficiency.

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Dr. Hadiyah Green Pioneers Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment

Another great segment checked in by Roland Martin. Dr. Hadiyah Green has me SPEECHLESS! BRILLIANCE! BEAUTY! She’s my new true crush. She is everything of the essence of Ernest Everett Just, Daniel Hale Williams, Charles Drew… all the pioneering geniuses of 20th Century medicine… carried into the 21st Century. I hope and pray that she, and folks like her, can continue to push through the b.s. and CURE CANCER NOW!

Watch her interview above. Follow her at @DrHadiyahGreen. Support the effort at Physics2Cancer.org

(Did you see the part where she got her treatment proposal ready, and “they” told her that no one would back her methods without including a drug??? ARE YOU $%&!ing SERIOUS??!! Maannnn… you MUST watch!)

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Your Plane Might Get Struck By Lightning! It Happens More Often Than You Think (Video)

Welcome back to the work-week, Americans. Did you enjoy the holiday? Did you travel…by airplane? If you did, what are the chances it got struck by lightning? Probably a lot higher than you think! Peep the science.

Although the idea of your next flight being struck by lightning may be terrifying, it’s actually pretty common. Every airplane is stuck by lightning about once a year. The lights may flicker, but thanks to some smart engineering, the danger is low.
– Tech Insider

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StarTalk: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Sits Down With GZA (Of Wu-Tang Clan)

I’m continually impressed that much of the GZA content we share on here places just as much a premium on high intellect and science as it does on skillz. Watch world-renown new school science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson talk with GZA; really getting into real-life love of science, being inspired by it, and how it can (and should) inspire others.

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Turkeys Have Doubled In Size Since The 1940s (Video)

Okay, if you are planning on eating a big azz turkey for the holidays, you may not want to watch this. But, of course, now you feel like you HAVE to watch, right?

The Thanksgiving turkey on your table looks nothing like the one your grandparents ate as kids.

But bigger does not always mean better. When it comes to turkeys nowadays, it’s probably rarely going to mean better; especially when you learn the how and why your holiday turkey is so huge. Maybe spend a bit more to get a turkey raised the old-fashioned way. Maybe…

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This Ice Cave Never Thaws (Video)

Stalagmites – those are the ones that come up from the ground – of ice. A cave full of them and ice stalactites (from the ceiling) that never melt. Looks so serene. Beautiful.

Hidden in the mountains of China’s Shanxi Province, the Ningwu ice caves stay frozen all year. These caves, dating back more than three million years, boast icefalls and walls stretching hundreds of feet below the surface. Come explore this spectacular frozen sanctuary.

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NASA: Futuristic Aircraft Design (Video)

Airlines are going so far nowadays as to ask passengers to go ‘potty’ before takeoff to make the plane lighter overall. Every little bit counts. Ha!

Seriously. Lighter… as well as more powerful & efficient, more resilient, less pollutant-producing… all goals for airlines. Such are also hallmarks of futuristic air transportation tech. So you gotta know NASA is all over it. Matter of fact, it is likely that research-heavy NASA is leading in many ways. Watch this documentary on how.

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Reading Body Language: A Quick Guide (Video)

Maybe this will help folks understand why I tell them, “I need to straighten my glasses so I can see what you are saying.” The rest of your body speaks as much as your mouth does in ways that count.

Personal interactions with others are often draped in nuance. Here are some ways to read the unspoken things people say with their bodies.
– Tech Insider

Scientists, law enforcement, the intelligence community, your parents, your significant other… they all know. Get this knowledge. Learn something about reading people, people. And maybe understand how people are reading you!

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