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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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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Telling Time

Telling Time

The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time, the right or opportune moment, in which everything happens. When I was starting out, in my first big corporate ‘dream’ job that made others envious, I had yet to realize I was going to be struck by a lucky bolt of lightening. A real ‘ah-ha’ moment was…

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HOW we look at the world is changing – what’s in store for our space future…

HOW we look at the world is changing – what’s in store for our space future…

At the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace (AIAA) SPACE 2015 Conference last week in Pasadena, CA, where down the street reside Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, I learned that the future has arrived. I strapped in, realizing that it’s happening faster than previously thought. We are redefining our boundaries each week, and in doing so, our world is updated by discoveries coming in daily. Everywhere I looked…

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What We Each Take into Space When We Go

What We Each Take into Space When We Go

The Annual Novato, CA, Space Festival on August 1, was spectacular: several Apollo astronauts and Star Wars troopers greeted about 4000 guests who came to see what’s happening in the world of space. Experts from many fields, with telescopes to view the sun to samples of what’s been manufactured in space, were there to explain how we discover the universe and how we endeavor to do more. As I looked…

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