Space travel has always excited me, so I became ecstatic when I heard that than an upstart firm is planning to have roundtrip moon voyages for public passengers. Too bad that it costs $750 million per person… Regardless, this says something about our technology and our future. Judging by the history of prices being extremely expensive right when a new technology hits the market, as time passes the prices will drop dramatically. Hopefully this means that one day I will be able to travel into outer space.

The link between a mother and her child has recently been uncovered to be more profound than we thought. According to the Scientific American, a child’s cells live in their mothers brain. This is amazing because one person’s cells are able to live and travel in another person’s body. Hopefully this will lead to new discoveries about how the brain works, and how similar a mother’s brain is when compared to her child’s. Maybe this will even uncover new ways to treat diseases and abnormal brain function through cell analysis. 

In an extremely sad incident, former NFL player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend and took his own life in from of his GM at a practice facility. It seems as though I am always hearing about NFL players who commit suicide lately, and it is very disheartening. Due to the nature of football, so many athletes receive traumatic brain injuries that make them disillusioned. What makes this more sad is the fact that it was 100% due to such brain injuries because of the fact that Belcher had no arguments with his girlfriend and no problems in the workplace. His brain just lacked the proper functions. Articles like these make me question the rules in place in the NFL. However, it is difficult to say this because the game is so loved and ingrained into our society. Perhaps in the future, there will be either more protective equipment, or new rules implemented to protect its players.

In a headline that made me very skeptical, MSNBC states that running and exercising outdoors in an urban environment can actually make you dumber. Apparently, people who exercise in the city have higher levels of inflammation and score lower levels on cognitive tests when compared to those who exercise outdoors in the suburbs. The article states that pollution in the city kept the runners from receiving all of the cognitive benefits that exercising usually induces. Although understandable, I do not see how something like this could be significant at all. Even though it makes for an interesting read, the article doesn’t provide much concrete evidence and uses a lot of speculation. It is safe to say that I will be continuing to exercise outdoors in the city. Hopefully I won’t become too dumb.

Some stories really get me thinking about framing and how it is important to step outside of ones framework. The Wall Street Journal claims that the reason Romney was unable to win was because of the $100 million that the Obama campaign used over the summer to worsen Romney’s image. Through articles like these, it is clear that timing is essential in terms of donating and funding a campaign. I am torn because of that fact that I sometimes think Super PACs are a waste of money, when other times I can see that they clearly have power in an election. However, I still hold the idea that the fundamental morals behind Super PACs are not too positive. Even in Obama’s case, a candidate whom I support, the main priority of his donations was to make the opponent look worse. I wish that the money could be used in a different way, but I guess that this is the most effective way to improve your popularity, as the public loves watching arguments and battles.

Apparently, thinking negatively can actually make us happier. Many people strive to be happy, and especially during the end of the year, get enthralled in the idea of being joyous. Thinking about joyous things and becoming happy had seemed synonymous to me. However, studies now show that thinking about future success can actually result in the opposite. Therefore, it is better to think about the worst case scenario than the best case scenario. This way, you are set up to have a positive outcome regardless of the situation, rather than an almost assured negative outcome. This notion is interesting, because people always try to think about good things in order to be happy, but this can sometimes skew your view of reality and positivity.

By 2014, you should be able to text 911 for emergencies. Although this seems a bit odd, I think that it could definitely work and be extremely helpful. I have thankfully never had to call 911, but have always thought about the possible difficulties in doing so. Many people have trouble communicating orally during when they are in a state of panic, so texting would be an easier way to get the important information across. Also, text messages are easier to send when cell service is bad, as it requires less data to send. The only drawback is that it is harder to tell if the caller(texter) is being genuine or not. It is pretty easy to tell if someone on the phone is truly in a state of panic and emergency, but through text no emotion is displayed.