Human Experimentation: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
In the early days of the space race, agency researchers in Russia and at NASA really weren’t sure all what would happen to an astronaut in space. They didn’t know if a human mind could handle actually seeing Earth or what would happen to the human body when exposed to long periods of weightlessness. Would their blood forget which way to pump? Would their eyeballs shift or their inner ears wig out? They sent up mice and monkeys and dogs, to see what happened, and in 1961, the Russians strapped a man to a rocket headed for orbit. Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space. The ultimate human guinea pig, he survived, becoming an international hero.
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We all know about inter species animal hybrids - Napoleon Dynamite’s favorite animal, the liger, is a typical example. But could a human and our closest primate relative the chimpanzee also breed a living hybrid? Hank explores this … delicate question in this episode of SciShow.
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The reason we make these videos is due to the unique nature of this job. I do not think it’s difficult to make the argument that the majority of people will never get to see zoological preparation in real life, thus our utilization of online video as a venue to share the trials and tribulations of working as a preparator for a research museum. Essentially it is my goal to fill a void in the average person’s educational background and to increase awareness of and interest in natural history and zoological collections.
You must be 18 in order to watch the video, and obviously there are ways to get around it, but that isn’t especially the reason why I am so upset (it is part of it, definitely). This goes along with what Hank was talking about in his Vlogbrothers video from yesterday- we do not get paid for videos that have been age-restricted because advertisers are unable to run their ads on them. In a time when we are attempting to sustain ourselves, having a video become age-restricted is not only disheartening, but it places an unnecessary roadblock in our ability to move forward. Needless to say, we will be looking at alternate ways to raise funding for our show in the near future, and we appreciate your understanding and support of our program.
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