The quirkiest sci-fi movie of 2023

Plus: A theory about the universe
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In today's edition:

// A weird new sci-fi film

// Russia and India’s space race

// Breathing and memory

// Humans on an asteroid

How you breathe actually affects how you memorize things, new study finds | ScienceAlert

“In this new study, scientists interfered with the [Pre-Bötzinger Complex] in genetically modified mice. They found that when they temporarily stopped the mice from breathing, the animals were less able to form important memories during object recognition and fear conditioning tests.”

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NASA is sending humans to an asteroid: SpaceX will get them there | The Hill

“Recently, NASA developed a plan to send a crew of astronauts to an Earth-approaching asteroid, called Prospects for Future Human Space Flight Missions to Near-Earth Asteroids. The plan has its origins in a speech delivered by President Obama at the Kennedy Space Center in 2010.”

The quirkiest sci-fi movie of 2023 has been years in the making | Inverse

“‘I’m a very restless filmmaker,’ [writer/director Cory] Finley tells Inverse. ‘When I spend the two to three years that it takes to finish a film on a movie, I’m very done with that world and that tone, and I want something that’s a really radical reaction to that.’


That radical reaction came to be Landscape With Invisible Hand, a heartfelt sci-fi story about the effects of an alien invasion on family life and a burgeoning teen romance. Based on M.T. Anderson’s book of the same name, the film is a far cry from Finley’s past in pitch-dark comedy, but the heart and soul — and eerie atmosphere — of his entire filmography is present throughout.”

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Mission to the Moon: Who will win Russian and India's race to the lunar South Pole? | BBC Future

“Right now, a mini space race is afoot. Two spacecraft, one Russian and the other Indian, are headed for the South Pole of the Moon – where no lander has ever successfully gone before. The Russian and Indian vehicles are on competing quests to search for water ice and potentially useful minerals that might be tucked away in the lunar dust.


Such was the timing of the crafts' departures that they are due to reach their destinations around the same date. No one planned this showdown, it is simply a curious twist of fate – but one that has got the world watching, and wondering: who will get there first?”

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//Quiz: What is the name of the theory that states that the universe appears to be the same no matter where or when it is viewed?

What is the name of the theory that states that the universe appears to be the same no matter where or when it is viewed?

Time for some galaxy brain stuff.