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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is the author of the children's novels 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, from Simon & Schuster's Aladdin M!x line. A technology enthusiast, she regularly writes for a variety of online outlets about the latest gadgets and software solutions. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Neil.

The buzz surrounding the race to Mars has mostly focused on what explorers will do once they get there. But astronauts will spend significant time aboard the spacecraft transporting them there, leading to long-overdue speculation about plans for a shuttle.

Boeing recently unveiled its own plans for both a shuttle and a lunar outpost. The outpost has a dual purpose. First, it will reside in the Moon’s orbit, serving in a capacity similar to NASA’s Space Station. Secondly, the outpost will serve as a resting place for vehicles on their way to Mars when those missions finally begin. Not only are Boeing’s concepts visually appealing, but they use solar electric propulsion technology, making them a winner with environmentalists.

The average lifespan is now 78.8 years, according to the CDC, but some people live an active life well beyond that age. This group of active seniors has earned the name “Super Agers” not for their long lives, but because they remain sharp-minded well into their golden years.

A new study attempts to learn more about these Super Agers to potentially help others live longer, more active lives. Researchers scanned the brains of Super Agers and noted some key differences compared to their peers. Most notably, their brains aged twice as slowly as elderly people who don’t fit the “Super Ager” category.

As scientists continue to explore the possibility that water once existed on Mars, new evidence suggests that an asteroid strike may have once caused tsunamis on the red planet. For tsunamis to have taken place, water must have been present, so if this theory plays out, it could further the thinking that bodies of water once existed on the planet.

The research centers on a spot called the “Lomonosov crater,” long connected to debris having slid over the spot during a geographical shift. However, new thinking presents the theory that the crater was created by the impact of the asteroid hitting the planet, causing 150-mile waves.

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