Dr. George Pantalos and his team pioneer futuristic surgical tools for operations on astronauts and test them on NASA's zero-gravity plane.
Experience intense, unique, and sometimes dangerous moments with scientists working in the field, as they explain first-hand the kinds of risks they take to find answers. There's so much more to being a scientist than being stuck in a lab. Watch every Wednesday for new episodes of Science in the Extremes.
These Robots Roam Toxic Seafloors to Bring Back New, Bizarre Species
Robot Surgeon Enters Through Belly Button
"Emergency situations requiring the robot's assistance would hopefully be rare. But a presentation at the NASA Human Research Program Investigator's Workshop noted that such medical scenarios have been reported at remote locations during Arctic or Antarctic expeditions and during military submarine service. That suggests future astronauts and other space explorers could benefit from such technology while living at remote moon bases or Mars colonies far from Earth."
Space Is Trying To Kill Us! How Astronauts Survive
"Our discussion is prompted by the recent return of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent an entire year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Kelly returned in good health and good spirits, generally, but doctors did take note of some distressing aftereffects. Most notably, Kelly had grown and inch-and-a-half taller while in space. It appears that the lack of gravity had actually caused his spine to expand after 340 days on the job."
‘Bone Glue’ Experiments on the ISS Test Possible Treatment for Osteoporosis
"Previous studies have shown that the absence of gravitational forces causes both an increase in bone resorption by osteoclasts and a decrease in osteoblast cellular integrity. This is also what happens with osteoporosis. And since osteoporosis affects so many people on Earth, researchers hope that solving the riddle of bone loss in space will reveal important clues about what causes osteoporosis and other bone disorders here on Earth."
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