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Grind for May 12th, 2019
“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each twist of fate.”

– Donald Trump

Moving Forward

The Headline

Latest SpaceX delivery to ISS includes human organs

The Grind

Scientists at the International Space Station (ISS) will soon have the opportunity to study human organs in the unique environment of space.

As part of the “Tissue Chips in Space Initiative,” a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket departed Cape Canaveral Saturday carrying tiny bits of human organs as part of its 5,500+ pounds of cargo.

The Details

“Tissue chips” are bioengineered devices containing human cells that mimic the function of human organs. Tissue chips are used to predict the effects of potential pharmaceuticals on humans without using actual human patients.

The ISS delivery includes tissue chips representing:

— Kidneys

— Bone and cartilage

— Lung and bone marrow

— The blood-brain barrier

At the ISS, scientists are hoping to use the age-accelerating effects of microgravity to make observations in weeks that would take months on Earth.

Ideally, their research will lead to more efficient pharmaceutical testing on Earth as well as improvements in tissue chip technology.

Building Blocks

The Headline

British gamer loses longest-ever game of Minecraft

The Grind

Phil Watson, age 31, finally lost a game of Minecraft he started five years ago.

“It was never about being the best or the longest, I just liked playing it and managed to survive,” he told reporters. “I started saying I was the world’s longest hardcore survivor because I couldn’t find anyone else.”

Minecraft is a non-linear “sandbox” game where players can roam freely and build virtual worlds.

Gameplay modes include:

— Creative: players can fly and have unlimited resources with which to build.

–Adventure: players explore custom maps created by others.

— Survival: players must collect resources to maintain health; players respawn when killed.

— Hardcore: similar to survival mode, but difficulty is set to “hard” and players do not respawn when killed.

During his 5-year-long journey in hardcore mode, Watson’s character walked 6,316km, flew 7,798km, and jumped 732,389 times.

The Details

Watson’s character was killed by a spider last week after encountering a zombie baby and a hidden skeleton.

“I ran out of luck,” said Watson. “There’s so much I could have done. I felt stupid making such an easy mistake.”

Watson, whose online nickname is “Philza,” broadcasts his gaming to more than 5,000 followers on YouTube and Twitch. He spends about 20 hours per week playing Minecraft.

“When it first happened I was so depressed I thought I didn’t even want to look at Minecraft right now, I didn’t ever want to see a zombie again,” said Watson after his character was killed. “But I’m starting to get that urge to create something and go on another journey.”

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