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This Week in Science: Moon Buggies, Popcorn, and Your Earliest Memory

It’s time for “Nerd News,” covering the most important news for your brain you may have missed.  Here’s a quick rundown of this week in science…

1.  NASA is launching a test dummy into space with lots of sensors to measure how deep space affects our anatomy.  And they want people to vote on a name for it.  Most of the eight choices come from old scientists or explorers.  But “Ace” is also an option.

2.  In other space news:  General Motors is working on a new “moon buggy” for astronauts to tool around in on their next Moon mission.  And China’s new space station now has people on it.  They launched three astronauts up there yesterday.  Or technically, astronauts are called “taikonauts” in China.

3.  Will we ever be able to reverse the aging process and live FOREVER?  A new study found the answer is . . . probably not.

4.  Researchers in Brazil are looking into why some kernels of popcorn pop, and some don’t.  So eventually, we might not have to deal with unpopped kernels in the bag.

5.  You know those goofy shoes from medieval times with curved, pointy toes?  A new study found they were really bad for people’s feet and gave everyone bunions.

6.  What’s your earliest memory?  Researchers in Canada found the average person can remember stuff from as young as two-and-a-half years old.  They say most of us just don’t realize we remember stuff from that long ago.

If you don’t know, now you know!


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