under the microscope

Space travel and senolytics.

Senolytics are the class of drugs that target senescent cells (so-called “zombie cells”). While the basis for using these drugs to delay, prevent or reverse aging is still limited, there’s certainly a lot of excitement in the field. Also, there’s […]

big ideas

NASA chose SpaceX to take humans back to the moon

I just finished reading a book about the early days of SpaceX. The number of times the company came close to death is remarkable. “SpaceX beats out Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics to be the sole provider […]

fun facts

A history of rockets, with pictures

This is a neat summary from NASA highlighting the developments in rocketry since its birth circa 400 BC. “The mighty space rockets of today are the result of more than 2,000 years of invention, experimentation, and discovery.” | learn more

big ideas

Nuclear power for the moon

“Because resupply missions are challenging and sunlight doesn’t reach some parts of the Moon, NASA is betting that simple, lightweight nuclear reactors are the way to go.” I especially love this because when I was a kid, I thought it’d […]

better doing

Tricking your brain into learning more. 

“When 50,000 of Mark Rober’s 3 million YouTube subscribers participated in a basic coding challenge, the data all pointed to what Rober has dubbed the Super Mario Effect. The YouTube star and former NASA engineer describes how this data-backed mindset […]