Our bodies aren’t meant for space. We require too much maintenance to speed through the stars. We need a steady supply of things absent from space — namely water, food and oxygen. We crave warmth but won’t find it in deep space, where the average temperature is -455 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if we could survive in an…
In the short film Hibernation, Joseph is about to embark on a remarkable journey — entering hibernation so that he can explore parts of the universe where no human has ventured. But he can't shake the feeling that things have been left unfinished between him and his instructor, Claire.
Yesterday, in our guide to 2015's science fiction and fantasy books, we included a Jasper Fforde book called Early Riser, which is coming out in June. But what's it about? Now we know.
A NASA-backed study is exploring an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars — put the crew in stasis.
Surgeons from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during critical operations.
Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood haemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of that blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest.
A lot of things are falling into place for NASA's inevitable moonshot to Mars. (Mars-shot?) However, one of the original challenges remains one of the more elusive ones: How do you get the astronauts to live on a spaceship for six months without going crazy? You put them to sleep, that's how.
Scientists have discovered that two tiny, clawless, tree-living lemur species hibernate. Underground. For up to six months a year. Given that the furry animals are primates, the findings have exciting implications for possible human hibernation.
Welcome back to your regularly scheduled spoiler round-up. This time, there are hints about the mysterious new project that Christopher Nolan is producing, possibly starring Johnny Depp. Plus a new J.J. Abrams movie based on Etsy crafts. Justin Lin is vying to be the hardest working man in science fiction. There are a …
We've got a seriously amazing collection of indies and shorts in this Sunday's Cult Movie Worship. Check out the latest trailer for Joseph Kahn's frenetic movie equivalent of a turducken, Detention, and see if you can point out every single movie cliché stuffed inside the next. Plus, we've got zombie-killing babies,…
When bears go to sleep for months at a time, their heart rate, metabolism, and body temperature drop to almost nothing. Despite this, their bodies apparently go into overdrive in other areas, healing wounds so that they're good as new.
Police in Umea, Sweden, are reporting that they pulled a man from a snowed-in car after he'd been trapped inside for two months. So how did he survive for two months with no food in freezing temperatures? According to one physician, he just hibernated.
Imagine going to sleep for months at a time and then waking up just in time to land on Mars. Hibernation is second nature to bears and other mammals...but there's no reason humans can't do it too.
In early winter, brown bears find a comfy spot in a cave or burrow that's well-protected from the cold. Then they curl up, fall asleep, and don't awaken or eat for 5 to 7 months. It's called hibernation, and until now we weren't really sure what happened in bears' bodies during that time. How could they survive for…
Thirty-four millennia ago, some bacteria got trapped inside salt crystals in what is now Death Valley. These crystals were recently dug up and the bacteria freed from their hibernation...and then they started reproducing.
There is an organism living on this planet who can travel through space without a suit. Cute, unassuming little invertebrates, these organisms are called tardigrades, or water bears, and usually spend their days crawling around on a piece of nice wet moss in a forest, or meandering through our vast oceans. They only…