In the video above it is stated that scientists are studying the genome of this fungus to see how it might help astronauts. I can’t imagine how it would, unless they were to find some genes that help the fungus recover from gamma radiation damage, and begin splicing it into humans.
That’s not a bad idea, but we have to get past the ethical questions and take some serious time in testing it out and then begin producing human embryos with the gene.
Somehow, I don’t think any of that is what anyone but me has in mind. It sure would help human expansion into the solar system and beyond, though.
How The Swahili Language Took Hold Across Africa, And Beyond (Podcast)
Many years ago I read that many black Americans were learning Swahili as a way to get in touch with their African roots. I also read a criticism of that, stating that with so many languages spoken on the continent, singling out that one was misguided. The podcast episode above seems to dispel that notion, as Swahili is quickly becoming a unifying lingua franca for the nations of Africa.
A particularly good morning at @SummitUU. Both services had infant dedications as well as Bread Communion.
The water for the dedication came from our Water Communion a couple of months ago, wherein members were encouraged to bring in a little water from their summer travels.
The bread was likewise contributed by members, with a loaf from each for the service, and a second loaf to be donated to feed the hungry. We had more than enough bread for the service, and so the surplus was added to the donation. (at The Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ)