1. 4 things NASA can teach you about a good night’s sleep

    After two weeks of six hours of sleep a night, you’re legally drunk

     

  2. Nasa: The moon’s underground caves could house astronauts

    These so-called “lunar pits” could potentially provide quite the shelter

     

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  4. This week I learned: How many bubbles are really in a glass of champagne, astronauts did NOT eat astronaut ice cream, and more!

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  6. As if space travel weren’t risky enough already, now astronauts have to grapple with the fear that being in deep space might fry their brains.

    The radiation in space is similar to what might be experienced in a nuclear explosion, but here on Earth, we’re protected by our planet’s magnetic field. When astronauts leave Earth’s orbit, however, that layer of protection is gone, and human bodies are bombarded by radioactive particles, which have already been linked to increased cancer risk and cardiovascular issues. But “perhaps the greatest danger of such prolonged exposure,” says Alasdair Wilkins at io9, is “the degeneration of the brain itself.” 

    Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center wanted to study how prolonged time spent in deep space could affect astronauts. So they exposed mice to levels of radiation similar to what humans would encounter on a three-year round trip to Mars, then tested the mice’s memories. The results were startling. Mice exposed to radiation failed to recall objects and places, and their brains showed an increased buildup of beta amyloid, a protein considered one of the clearest indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. ”These findings clearly suggest that exposure to radiation in space has the potential to accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” says researcher M. Kerry O’Banion.

    Are cosmic rays giving astronauts Alzheimer’s?

     

  7. Baseball! In space! Satoshi Furukawa, a Japanese astronaut stuck on the International Space Station, decided to field a game of baseball — all by himself.

     

  8. Using a special video camera capable of capturing sharp images even in low light, a crew of astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently shot beautiful footage of the Earth, featuring glittering cities, the northern lights, and flashing lightning storms.

    Mesmerizing.

     

  9. "Ok this is not a picture of me, but a famous celebrity photo. I’m amazed no one noticed it before!"

    An awesome sighting of a celebrity reading THE WEEK, sent to us by Julian Jones from Munich, Germany. Julian has been a subscriber for 3 months, and before becoming a subscriber, he says was stealing copies from his ex-girlfriend.

    We love our readers because they’re clever, and apparently good with Photoshop. If you want to submit a photo, here’s how to do it.