What would you take to space?

This article from Atlas Obscura explains about some of the food choices astronauts can make.

“Eating Like an Astronaut Means Kimchi for Koreans and Lasagna for Italians”

Of course, this is not to say that Koreans can’t have lasagna and Italians can’t have kimchi.

So what woud you take to space? Typical traditional Japanese foods like miso soup, rice, pickle and grilled fish? More modern Japanese foods like omu-rice, okonomiyaki or ramen? If you think that would be too hard to eat in zero-gravity, scan the article for “Space Ram”.

Skim the article for other interesting details like whether or not food in zero gravity is blander or spicier than it is on Earth, why crumbly foods like croissants can be dangerous, and how they dealth with kimchi’s strong smell.

My choice would probably be a different culture’s food each day of the week. Indian curry on Monday, Thai gapao on Tuesday, onigiri and miso soup on Wednesday, Korean bibimbap on Thursday, fish on Friday…


All about plastic:

Question for students: Do you know why the title of this video is “Plastics 101”? (Why 101?)

More about plastic from National Geographic, which has this provocative cover:

And here’s a post from a few years ago that includes this video:

A perfect memory

Imagine having a perfect memory. This might come in handy during exam time, but imagine remembering everything that ever happened to you — good and bad things, successes and failures. This woman is one of only 60 people worldwide who’ve been identified as having something called “highly superior autobiographical memory” (H.S.A.M.) She even remembers something from when she was 12 days old.

If you want to learn more about this condition, here’s an article from the BBC: “The blessing and curse of people who never forget”

If you want to watch an enjoyable, funny movie about memory (or lack thereof), try “50 First Dates” (Japanese title: 『50回目のファースト・キス』)


See what it’s like to feel the pull of g-force (in a simulator). At the end, he says, “Blimey!” Don’t run for your dictionary app. Can you guess what that word means from context?

Maybe this will help: