Ep. 83 A New Sport, Twin Astronauts, and a Climate Protest | Twig Science Reporter

Ep. 83 A New Sport, Twin Astronauts, and a Climate Protest | Twig Science Reporter


On this week’s news update– Huge protests demand action
on climate change– NASA studies twin astronauts– And a computer helps
invent a new sport! First up– Thousands of protesters
in cities across the world have called for governments
to take urgent action against climate change. The group behind the protests
is called Extinction Rebellion. The biggest protest was in London. People blocked traffic
by sitting on roads and chaining themselves to vehicles. Over a thousand people
have been arrested. The protesters have been criticized
for preventing people from getting to work
and wasting police time. However, they claim
that legal actions, such as petitions,
and marches, have failed to reduce
the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. They argue that breaking the law
is now the only way to persuade governments to act. Next up– A new NASA study has revealed clues
about how the human body responds to life in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly
spent a year living on the International
Space Station, or ISS. Meanwhile, his identical twin brother,
astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. Mark was the scientific control. This means he was
like Scott in every way– except for the fact
that he wasn’t in space! The same tests were carried out
on both brothers, and scientists compared
the results to determine how life on the ISS
affected Scott’s body. NASA says the findings show
that his body coped well with spending a year in space. The study could help future astronauts
prepare for long journeys in space– for example, to Mars! And finally– A design company
in the United States has partnered with a computer program
to invent a new sport! The program was given
information about 400 existing sports, and trained to use this data to create
its own ideas for new sports. The final result is Speedgate! It mixes elements of croquet,
rugby and soccer. The computer didn’t come up
with all the details, though– it provided suggestions,
which the designers developed and tested. Some of the computer’s ideas
were nonsensical, impractical and even dangerous. For example,
how would you like to play tennis, on a tight rope, between two hot air balloons?! That’s all for this week. We’ll see you next time.

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