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03
Jun

Take It To The Limit

As a child (okay, as an adult, too), I suffered from extreme motion sickness. Cars, buses, boats – anything that moved, really – would set my stomach swirling.

I anointed many a random front yard on car trips and shut down more amusement park rides than I care to remember. Even now, the first thing I look for when I board an airplane is that special bag.

So I immediately took to this Popular Science article by NOVA scienceNOW correspondent, Jake Ward. He explains that the fundamental limit to all forms of travel is not technology, but humans. We’re flimsy creatures – our bones break easily, our bodies need oxygen constantly, and our inner ear is a mercurial beast.

Please fasten your seat belts

We can make planes, trains and automobiles faster and manipulate them as we see fit, but the rub is that we can’t really improve passengers’ (oh lowly humans!) ability to withstand the technology. Sadly, it doesn’t look like I’ll make it to space anytime soon. And that special airplane bag isn’t going anywhere, at least not for me.

Want more Jake? Watch his NOVA scienceNOW piece on Plasma Rockets online!

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    As a co-producer on “Secret Life,” Tobey is able to combine two of her favorite things—film and science! She is delighted to finally redeem herself in the eyes of her high-school science teachers, all of whom thought she was destined for a career in science until she shocked and alienated them all and chose….film. After receiving a degree in Journalism and French from UNC—Chapel Hill, Tobey worked for several years at PBS, where she gained a love for documentary. She then threw all logic to the wind and returned to school, earning her MFA in Film from Columbia University. During her studies, she produced numerous award-winning short films and associate-produced the feature documentary “No Impact Man.” Tobey is a writer and producer for both documentary and narrative film.