I’m super excited about creating a space/science Super Pod relating to human hibernation. Back in my research days, my thesis focused looking at short-duration hibernation (also known as Torpor) in mice.
My supervisor wanted me to focus on the ecological aspects of torpor but I always wanted to dive into the WHY of how mice could do it, the biochemistry behind it and how to stimulate the process - because i could always see how incredibly useful this ability would be for humans in long duration spaceflight.
With my research now submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (finally!) I was inspired to take this knowledge that I kinda forgot about, and apply it to spaceflight.
So what will the Pod look like?
I really want it to be solidly grounded in scientific fact but I also want to guide the viewers along a journey. I want to weave a story that starts somewhere around the ‘Why should
I care about hibernation’ and ends with ‘Holy crap this is a cool idea and I want to see it happen’ and ideally, gives the viewer an understanding at a high-level on how the process would work, biologically, along the way.
I think this is how I’d like to set it out:
- Overview of the problem (long duration spaceflight, people in coma/severe medical accidents etc)
- How torpor works in mice/other animals
- The cutting edge researching being done today
- What future would be unlocked by figuring this stuff out in humans
To make it kickass, I think i’d need these resources to make it happen
- Interviews with subject matter experts explaining the facts/process
- Case study of a human with some medical problem that could have been improved with hibernation
- LOTS of quality animations. This process happens at a molecular level and is super hard to try to visualize. I think this would set the Pod apart from all other videos out there.
Anyway, this is only in the early stages but I wanted to float the idea and see if people would be interested in watching something like this.