Author Archives: Russell Clark

Cold Vape Your Booze Instead Of Taking Shots: The Benefits Of Cold Vaping Alcohol

If you ever wanted to skip the taste of vodka or the waiting period to feel a buzz from sipping your drink, you might want to give vaping alcohol a shot. Yes, now it’s possible to breathe in booze to get drunk. But the high you experience from the “Vape shot” is going to be […]

Plants sprout – and die – on moon

The moon is a lifeless world once again.

The cotton plants that sprouted on the moon’s far side aboard China’s Chang’e 4 lander are dead, done in by the bitter cold of the lengthy lunar night, GBTimes reported today (Jan. 16).

These photosynthesizing pioneers were part of Chang’e 4’s biological experiment, which also included seeds of potato, rapeseed and Arabidopsis plants, as well as fruit-fly eggs and yeast. These organisms were encased in a 5.7-lb. (2.6 kilograms) canister, which touched town on the lunar far side with the Chang’e 4 lander-rover duo on the night of Jan. 2. [Photos from the Moon’s Far Side! China’s Chang’e 4 Lunar Landing in Pictures]

The experiment — which began just hours after the historic touchdown inside the far side’s 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater — aimed to assess how plants and animals grow and develop in the alien lunar environment. The moon’s surface features low gravity, high radiation levels and extreme temperature swings.

Food for Mars: The Restart

he goal of these experiments is to provide the first (human) Martians with fresh food, much like the possible future Martian Sheldon Cooper, who also volunteered to go to Mars in a recent episode of the Big Bang Theory. I wonder what he would like to eat on Mars, probably not his apparent favourite, take away food, since it will be rather cold when it arrives.

Food for Mars: Organic Matter and Bacteria

At the start of the experiment we mixed organic matter and green grass from another experiment (for the purists Lolium perenne L.) with the Mars and moon soil simulants. It should provide the crops with more nutrients and thus enhance growth. But there is more to it, much more. This is the fourth post in a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists from Wageningen UR in the Netherlands. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with own-grown fresh food. Make sure to read our