A Dusty Martian Opportunity

Mars is a planet wide desert with underground and polar cap water, but it’s general arid environment and occasional wind give rise to dusty weather events such as tornado-like dust devils and local dust storms.  Every so often, one of these little dust storms expands and becomes a planet wide phenomena, and in early June this is exactly what happened. So what does it mean for our rovers and orbiters? Global dust storms are a recurring phenomenon on Mars, and happen regularly about the planet regardless of season.  Every 3-4 Martian years (6-8 Earth years) one of these smaller storms...

Motivation Monday (on Tuesday): Rest and Recovery

When I was younger, I could get away with pulling an all-nighter, eating like garbage, and never taking a break.  As I get older, I find it’s much easier to burn out.  I feel the effects of a poor diet or a late night, and I need the extra time to recover at the end of a long week. Over the past few months, I’ve been getting used to waking up at 5am, going to the gym, and then going to work for the day.  I watch what I eat, generally avoid alcohol, and enjoy a few cups of delicious coffee...

Motivation Monday: Routine

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock                  This morning was rough.  Getting up at 5am was getting easier.  Even though I was getting up in the dark, there would be a bit of morning twilight to greet me as I left my apartment, and by the time I left the gym, the full brightness of the day had arrived for my drive to work.  I didn’t need to turn on the headlights for the drive, even in the rainy weather. The time change made it tougher.  Suddenly I was up at what my...

Motivation Monday: Never Go Back

I’ve been kicking ass and taking names lately.  5 workouts a week for the last 5 weeks, save for one missed due to an emergency, and one missed due to missing an alarm.  Still, it’s week six of early gym visits and the gains have been amazing.  Stronger, leaner, lighter, more muscular, generally happier too! The other half of the fitness equation is eating.  A proper diet can be the difference between gaining muscle and gaining fat that you think is muscle.  It can also mean the difference between having the energy for the gym and feeling too drained to...

What Medicine does an Astronaut Take?

Space is incredibly dangerous, in case you didn’t know.  Harmful radiation, bitter cold, low pressure, no air, and no gravity make for a very difficult environment to survive in.  Even though a space capsule is pressurized with breathable air, protected with radiation shields, and warmed to a comfortable temperature, the effects of microgravity are still damaging to the human body.  We know that astronauts lose bone mass rapidly, have to exercise to keep their muscles active, but what other effects does microgravity have on the body? For one, without gravity to clear your sinuses, they get a bit clogged in...

Motivation Monday: Balancing on the Roller Coaster

There are times in my life when I work in overdrive.  I give it my all for days or sometimes weeks at a time to get a major project done.  My motivation comes from having a deadline, and combine that with the fact that I truly hate to lose, you end up with me working for every waking minute, while ignoring some of the other necessities.  Projects around the house get sidetracked, sleep goes to the minimum I need to function, and I live at my computer. It can be tough, but I also love to revel in the glory of...

Motivation Monday: Motivation for Mondays

Why do I do these posts on Monday? Is it because of the alliteration that makes it catchy and draws you to these posts? A little bit.  but the main reason behind making a weekly motivation post on a Monday is that for most people, Monday is the beginning of the week, a fresh start after everything that happened last week. Why do so many people despise Monday? For most, it’s the end of time off with the ones they love and back to the work for five days.  There is an innate dread for the start of a long...

Motivation Monday: The Quarter Life Crisis

There’s this new thing I heard of recently that people my age and nearby (20-32 roughly) are experiencing.  It’s being called a quarter life crisis.  It’s a time in a person’s life where they are making that change from young adult to ‘real’ adult, and although the trigger is different for everyone, the symptoms are similar.  They feel lost, hopeless, chained to a career that may never pan out.  They’re worried about money constantly, and question every.single.decision…. many times. Sound familiar? Let’s go back to the beginning to understand why we feel this way.  When we were young the world...