NASA Will Pay You to Isolate Yourself for Eight Months in a Mars Simulation


If social distancing hasn’t phased you at all, you might be exactly the type of person NASA is looking for for its upcoming simulation, but you must be fluent in both English ànd Russian.

Thanks to proximity and relatively similar conditions as Earth, Mars has long been on the list of planets humans are endeavoring to visit, if not colonize. At the same time, since the birth of the Space Force, the U.S. has also expressed its intentions to return to the Moon.

The research will be conducted to study the effects of isolation and confinement as participants work to successfully complete their simulated space mission.


Working towards these two goals, NASA is now recruiting people for an isolation simulation, where a crew of supposed spacefarers will spend eight months locked in a fake spaceship, using virtual reality and carrying out different assigned tasks. In particular, they’re searching for healthy, non-smaking candidates aged between 30 and 55 who are fluent in both English and Russian – as the simulation will take place in Moscow – and must have either at least a Bachelor’s degree or have completed military officer training. Of course, those selected will also be compensated financially.

For those interested in participating, you can head over to NASA’s page to learn more. Come into the beautiful world of NASA.




Green Science Alliance Develops Biodegradable Resin Beads to Replace Micro Plastic Beads in Scrub, Facial Wash, Body Soap, Tooth Paste, Etc.

Environmental problems such as global warming, extreme weather, natural resource depletion, water shortage and plastic pollution are getting severe in the world. The microplastic problem in the marine environment is especially becoming a devastating issue.

Especially the size of petroleum-based polyethylene bead, polypropylene beads is several micro meter to several hundred micro meters, and these are already in the size range of microplastic pollution. These plastic beads and particles are added to these cosmetic products in order to eliminate dirt and old dead skin from the body and are called ‘scrub agents’.

Green Science AllianceMicroscopic Observation of Biodegradable Resin Micro Beads made of PLA (PolyLactic acid) + nano cellulose composite

This type of microplastic pollution such as plastic beads are generated in huge quantity every day in the world from bath, shower, bathrooms, etc., and not to mention one of the big reasons for marine microplastic pollution. There are also some scientific reports that this type of microplastics are already in our human body.

In this regard, Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. has made biodegradable resin beads and scrubs from their cellulose, starch, PLA based biodegradable resins. The size of standard products are approximately a little less than 100 micrometers. Some of these products are made of 100% nature biomass-based composition. They also have biodegradable beads with nano cellulose composite in which they have confirmed that biodegradation rate is faster than normal biodegradable resin without nano cellulose.

Green Science Alliance 2Biodegradable Resin Beads (from left) PLA (polylactic acid) + nano cellulose composite, Starch based Biodegradable Resin, Cellulose based Biodegradable Resin

They already have good technologies of nano particles dispersion, nano cellulose composite and 100% nature biomass based biodegradable resin manufacturing. This Green Science Alliance technology is registered as one of United Nation Industrial Development Organization’s technology. They applied these technologies well to develop such environmentally friendly products this time.

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Ryohei Mori
Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd.




Geltor Announces First Biocompatible Elastin for Skincare Market

Geltor Elastapure Bottle

Biodesign company Geltor today announced Elastapure™, the newest ingredient in its portfolio of bioidentical active ingredients for the cosmetics industry. The first ever human elastin designed for topical skincare, Elastapure™ is the latest ingredient technology developed using Geltor’s biodesign platform.

Geltor is the biodesign company that has created the world’s largest selection of designer proteins, with unprecedented biocompatibility, functionality and benefits for consumers. Geltor products are 100% animal-free, sustainably cultivated, and clinically demonstrated for high performance. Geltor was founded in 2015 by Alexander Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov and is based in San Leandro, California.

A major component of human skin, elastin functions alongside collagen in the body and provides elasticity through its moisture-retaining properties and unique ability as a protein to stretch and recoil. Similarly to collagen and other building blocks of skin, production of elastin in the body visibly decreases over time, and elastin for consumer products has historically been derived from animal sources. Geltor’s sustainable, 100% plant-based fermentation technology has unlocked the capacity to deliver key proteins to the consumer packaged goods industries in an unprecedented ultra-pure and biocompatible form requiring zero human or animal inputs.

In addition to its launch of Elastapure™, Geltor also recently unveiled an extensive Custom Services partnership model that enables brands to work closely with the company’s biodesign team to rapidly produce unique bioactives for use in products lines across categories including cosmetics, food & beverage, and dietary supplements, from concept to commercialization.

With the launch of Elastapure™, Geltor continues to establish itself as the ingredient and innovation partner of choice for leading consumer brands. The response to our technology from customers and end users alike has been energizing. Whether through the purchase of an ‘off-the-shelf’ portfolio ingredient like Elastapure™, or through Geltor’s custom services, we’ve been able to provide a seamless solution for brands wanting novel bioactives that align with their values. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see these partnerships give rise to products consumers can’t get enough of.

Alex Lorestani, co-founder and CEO Geltor

In the months ahead, Geltor plans to commercialize additional proteins in its growing suite of biocompatible active ingredients for topical skincare, and will move forward with its plans to launch its first ingestible animal-free collagen with GELITA.

Geltor’s hero ingredient production platform was created in 2015 by founders Alex Lorestani and Nick Ouzounov. The California-based company introduced the world’s first biodesigned human collagen ingredient HumaColl21™ in 2019; and the company’s award-winning debut marine collagen, Collume™ in 2018. These ingredients have powered acclaimed skincare and haircare formulations sold throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Come into the beautiful world of Geltor.




What’s the deal with parabens?


With all these paraben-free products flooding the market, we can’t help but wonder exactly what parabens are, and if we really should be staying away from them…

If you’ve been paying attention in the beauty aisles, you’ll probably have noticed that there are more and more products popping up that are free from some or other ingredient, with the words ‘free from parabens’ possibly topping the lot.

Cue the panic. Parabens? What are parabens? Have I been using all the parabens and, as a result, slowly ruining my body? Is that why I have wrinkles? Or is this just another money-making gimmick giving brands an excuse to change us extra for the same old product?

OK, take a deep breath and calm down – we’ve got everything you need to know about parabens right here… But first this first:

What are parabens?

Parabens are basically preservatives that are added to many beauty products to prolong the shelf life, preventing the growth of bacteria, mould and fungi.

If you check the ingredients list and see methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben (so basically any fancy word ending in paraben), then you’ll know that product contains them.

They can be in anything from shampoos and body wash to mascara and face cream and, considering the fact that some products last in our cupboards for a good few months (or, in some cases, years), and many of these in super humid or moist conditions in your bathroom, they do need something to keep them ‘fresh’. But, as you know with food, additives and preservatives aren’t always that great.

Why are they so bad?

Well, that’s when we get into the good old grey area. A research paper published by a British scientist revealed that paraben traces had been found in breast tissue, however, there has been no link found between parabens and cancer.

What is evident from the research though, is that parabens are able to penetrate our skin into our bodies, and that isn’t ideal since it has been found that they do disrupt normal hormone production.

In addition to this, it has also been discovered that parabens are present in some marine life, meaning that once they inevitably end up in the ocean, they are breaking through the skin barriers of some animals.

But is there an alternative?

There most certainly is! These days, there are plenty of synthetic-free products out there, which means we don’t actually need to rely on these artificial ingredients any more – especially when they cause skin irritations for so many people.

Any self respected – green – brands will avoid parabens, and you’ll generally find the words ‘free from parabens’ splashed across the product’s packaging.

However, some non-green (mostly low-budget) brands simply replace one synthetic preservative with another one, so you’ll need to be clued up on your ingredients to be sure.

Final verdict on parabens…

At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to err on the side of caution, or if you’re trying to go more green, and if that’s the case, it’s time to bid parabens a farewell.





A New Documentary Promises to Prove That We’re Not Alone in the Universe


Film distributor The Orchard just picked up the rights to release a documentary called Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the Greatest Secret in Human History. The company is planning on putting it out early nex year, and its press release has some of the loftiest and, frankly, most exciting/unbelievable claims imaginable.

The film, directed by Michael Mazzola, takes a look at where America’s real UFO technologies reside and the governments’ past and continued efforts to keep such things secret. According to a press release, the film will present ‘the best evidence of extraterrestrial contact dating back decades, with over 100 hours of top-secret military, corporate and intelligence whistleblower testimony, documents, and UFO footage’.

Director Michael Mazzola reportedly focuses his film on Dr. Steven Greer, ‘an emergency doctor and founder of the global Disclosure Movement who has briefed many senior government officials, including the CIA Director, Pentagon Admirals and Generals and senior members of Congress’. Dr. Steven Greer is very confident in this findings.

We are excited to have the support and distribution heft of The Orchard for this historic documentary film that establishes that we are not alone in the Universe. It is time for the truth to be known and we are honored to have The Orchard as a partner in this effort.

Dr. Steven Greer

“There’s no question, no matter your beliefs, that Dr. Greer has tirelessly and consistently exposed startling revelations about UFOs, technology and the secrets being kept from the American public”, added Paul Davidson, EVP Film and Television for The Orchard. “We are thrilled to be partnering with him to bring his most stunning work to the widest audience possible”.

Many people belief that there is more between heaven and earth, and many people, all over the world, have ‘seen’ things. Now does anyone think this film actually will prove anything? Time will tell….. I love this kind of stuff, especially when serious people are involved. I can’t wait to see what findings, footage and more brought about such positive feedback.