MJ MARGGRAFF
Want to Help Your Stress?   Get a Charismatic Deviant

Want to Help Your Stress? Get a Charismatic Deviant

After my first semester as graduate researcher I am proud to present to you my most surprising discovery: charismatic deviants. It turns out that they are essential for our survival. This is as true for our life on Earth and, I propose, for space life too. The nature of my research is on isolation. My focus is how isolation impacts astronauts when confined inside a spaceship taking a very long…

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Prescription for a Lonely Soul

Prescription for a Lonely Soul

You wouldn’t think when living on a planet teaming with over seven billion other people and 36 million acres of real estate that so many of us are plagued with aching loneliness. But it’s so. The percentage of the U.S. feeling lonely on a regular or frequent basis runs from about 25-45% (1.) Chronic loneliness is bad for our emotional health and contributes to poor physical health. Despite living in…

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The One Thing You Want to Change—and What It Takes.

The One Thing You Want to Change—and What It Takes.

What is YOUR Grit Score? New graduate students have a lot in common with new preschoolers who are entering Montessori school: we are eager, we are intrigued by colorful opportunities presented in books to building blocks with which to explore the world, and we hope to find a friend somewhere in the classroom with whom to share our uncertainty. I recall my early years of first-day pride as I begin…

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Think Space is Lonely?  So is Life on Earth

Think Space is Lonely? So is Life on Earth

Helping Astronauts and the Rest of Us Feeling lonely? You’re not alone. Over the last several years, it’s a wide spread and growing feeling across America. Data from recent studies show that 20-24% of Americans report loneliness, or about 1 in 4 or 5 of us, and they say the feeling is strong enough that it affects their lives. Whether lonely is a feeling only or is an actual state…

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Tomorrow Has Landed

Tomorrow Has Landed

THE POWER OF IMAGINATION I have never forgotten my first sight of Tomorrowland. I was six and at Disneyland and feeling the power of the magic. Exploring all the Lands of Disney was like drifting from dream-to-dream and seeing a fairy flying here, haunted by a ticking crocodile there, and everywhere familiar movie tunes played in the air carrying me higher yet, and it all cast a magic spell on…

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Gravity Games has taken flight!

Gravity Games has taken flight!

Greetings! I’m excited to update you on the project I’ve been leading this past year. I’m proud to say that on March 22nd Gravity Games hitched a ride on a rocket from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station (ISS)! As many of you may know I created Gravity Games for Made In Space, developer of the latest zero gravity 3D printing technology on the ISS. Gravity Games is a new way for…

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Tell me a Story….

Tell me a Story….

We are in love with stories. Everyday of our lives, we are in the process of telling them, watching them, reading them, playing them, using words and visuals to convey what has been part of our past or what may be part of our tomorrows. Star Trek is a timeless collection of stories. The decades of Trek stories, and this year celebrates 50 years of them, tell tales of going…

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Space Games is Now Destined for the International Space Station, March 22, 2016

Space Games is Now Destined for the International Space Station, March 22, 2016

The Space Games Challenge, a watershed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program has been created as a pre-college students space dream where students game inventions will be printed on a Made In Space, Inc. zero-gravity 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station (ISS), then ‘played’ by ISS astronauts. In late 2015, Made In Space deployed their additive manufacturing zero-gravity printer aboard the ISS as a first step towards the…

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What Would You Take  — for the Team?

What Would You Take — for the Team?

‘Teamwork makes the dream work in spaceflight”, said astronaut Mark Kelly, who learned this from someone smart. “And spaceflight is the biggest team sport there is,” he added. Mark’s long ride has also brought us closer to the dream of long duration space flight. As Kelly completed his year in space aboard the International Space Station, orbiting at 250 miles high, from March of last year to March of this…

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How do Your Ideas ‘Happen?’

How do Your Ideas ‘Happen?’

Intuition – Cosmic Whispers – and What’s Next Intuition is defined as a sixth sense, a voice that points to what we know as ‘something’, and a deeper wisdom that eludes definition. Intuition brings insight, creates choices, and changes lives. Are you intuitive? Here are some signs that you are, according to the Huffington Post, where Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief and author of ‘Thrive’, explains how intuition helps us create. Do…

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