With open data, you finally get what you’ve paid for all these years
Quincy Larson
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The only caveat to the NASA relaese — I went through the entire database yesterday (yes, it’s small enough that you can do that) and it does include papers going back to 1970 but the index is only 40 HTML pages of 40 entries per page. There are 10’s of thousands of times more NASA research paid for by tax dollars so what you are seeing is only a tiny fraction.

Some are interesting though not necessarily economically useful. For example you can very quickly understand why a manned Mars mission is probably not in the cards anytime soon: the implications of radiation of human health is quite staggering and even worse then I’d originally through (I used to work in radiation effective testing for the military).

There are a few gems that I found but most is extremely arcane and academic:

“The Role of Flavonol Glycosides and Carotenoids in Protecting Soybean from Ultraviolet-B Damage”

“Oxidative stress and gamma radiation-induced cancellous bone loss with musculoskeletal disuse”

“Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets”

“Draft Genome Sequences of Ralstonia pickettii Strains SSH4 and CW2, Isolated from Space Equipment”

So it certainly is a good thing but I wouldn’t hold my breath unless 1) a lot more papers are published, and 2) you have a STEM degree.

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