One College Lensing a Giant Hand to Space

The GMT in Chile is slated for completion in 2021. It will become the largest optical observatory in the world, with 10x the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope, and will be able to see objects farther and smaller than ever before.

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Space is Spicy!

When floating in space, the body’s fluids gather in the head. (On Earth, fluids are dragged downward by gravity.) This upward mobility of bodily fluids ends up giving astronauts more circular, cartoonish-looking faces. “We call it Charlie Brown phase,” says Michele Perchonok of NASA’s food science program, “because their faces have gotten more round.” Astronauts confirm that zero gravity “can spur cold-like symptoms.”

Hot sauce helps astronauts clear up their congestion. When your sense of smell is blocked, your sense of taste is dampened, too. So the spicier your food, the more likely you are to actually taste it.

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