Image of a Quantum Computer — Source: Roche

Just like in most fields, pharmaceuticals and drug discovery rely heavily on mathematical models and algorithms for research. Even though computers and research have advanced greatly in the past few decades, there are still areas and problems that are almost impossible to research and solve because of a lack of resources to do so.

For example, a researcher wanting to figure out the model of a structure of a protein cannot find the model without a template protein available. …

How will astronauts treat health issues on a mission to Mars?

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Here on Earth, getting sick is a simple — though sometimes painful — process. Oftentimes, we visit the doctor and sit there for a couple hours. The doctor diagnoses us with some type of infection and then prescribes some medicine. Afterwards, we trek over to the pharmacy, get the medicine, and then crawl back into our beds with a box of tissues and some Netflix.

But what if you were 51 million miles from your doctor’s office or the nearest CVS?

What happens if an astronaut gets sick while in space?

Astronauts on the ISS wear face coverings to protect themselves from potentially loose particles and irritants from a supply craft. Img Source:

You’ve worked your whole life to be an astronaut. Your application was accepted. You spent two years in rigorous training and have finally been selected to launch to space. You arrive at the space station and everything is going great — until you start to not feel well and your head is throbbing.

Space seems like the perfect escape from our world. But what happens when the nuisances of Earth follow us up?

Now I’m not talking about Space Motion Sickness (read more in Space Exploration: Side Effects May Include…)…

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrive at the International Space Station in May 2020. Img Source:

Around the world, people of all ages dream of what it would be like to step into an astronaut’s shoes — or boots, rather. Well, it would be shaky, nauseating, rocky, heavy then weightless, and full of pressure (both mentally and physically). And that’s all just during the launch.

Astronauts’ bodies go through so much in a short period of time, with missions ranging from three to six months on the average. The crazy part is most of the time, they don’t even know their bodies are changing. These are the side effects of space exploration.

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Allison Hill

Welcome! My name is Allison. I’m a 17 year old high school student with a passion for biotech and space science!

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