The Bold Plan to Reach Mars

The Bold Plan to Reach Mars

FIFTY YEARS AGO this summer, three men strapped themselves to a rocket and traveled some 237,000 miles to the moon. Lynn Rothschild, meanwhile, was away at summer camp in Maine, and 12 at the time. “One of the counselors realized that it was going to be one of the great moments for mankind,” she recalls of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. “We all huddled around a little black-and-white TV. I must’ve stayed up until 2 in the morning.”

The experience sparked Rothschild’s interest in space. She went on to earn a doctorate in molecular and cell biology at Brown, then joined NASA in 1987. As a leading astrobiologist, she’s helping the agency tackle some of the biggest challenges in its goal to take humans beyond the moon to Mars by the 2030s.

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Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

“So, I want to give you a sense of the
amount of data that you can get from a single sample, right? If I get stool
sample and go through the lab process and generate the data that corresponds to
that one sample, it’s several gigabytes of data. In fact, if you think about it
as the number of books that you might want to read or something, in one sample
there’s the equivalent of a public library’s worth of books.” Guru Banavar from
the Interconnected series

Imagine a world where
everything you need to know about yourself was as close as your bathroom.  Years ago, stool specimens were mostly used
for detecting occult blood, bacteria or parasites.  Artificial Intelligence data can now give you
an entire library of information about your gut microbiome from one stool
specimen—the deficiencies in nutrients, and toxicities that are causing
inflammation.

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