Adaptogens for astronauts

Adaptogens for astronauts

Space research can take you to some odd places. Siberia isn’t known for being a hospitable environment, and cosmonauts used to go into space with a gun in case something went wrong with their re-entry and they wound up having to defence themselves from bears in...
Pseudonauts

Pseudonauts

The AeroGarden originally hit UK shelves just in time for Christmas 2008, and continued to make waves through 2009. AeroGardens (there are more models available now) are automated indoor hydroponics units, designed to sit on a shelf and provide small edible plants...
Stratospheric Seeds

Stratospheric Seeds

Last month, for my day job, I was writing about helium. Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe (after hydrogen) and the lightest of the noble gases (which point blank refuse to react with almost everything). Helium is produced by radioactive decay,...
First pick your blueberries

First pick your blueberries

Just about the entire northern hemisphere is in the grip of a prolonged heatwave, with wildfires raging and people dying. There’s disagreement on how much climate change is to blame, but a consensus that damaging heatwaves will become more frequent, and we...