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Noise has a significant impact on life on Earth and on board the ISS. This backgrounder explains what noise is, how it is measured, and how it affects us both mentally and physically.

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Light is an important part of life on Earth and life in space. This backgrounder explains what light is, how it is measured, and how it affects us both mentally and physically.

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Carbon dioxide is an important part of the air we breathe both on Earth and in space. This backgrounder explains what carbon dioxide is, how it is measured and how it affects us both mentally and physically.

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Humidity is an important part of life on Earth and life in space. This backgrounder explains what humidity is, how it is measured and how it affects us both mentally and physically.

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Temperature is an important part of life on Earth and life in space. This backgrounder explains what temperature is, how it is measured and how it affects us both mentally and physically.

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Invasive alien species are organisms that get introduced to a new area, then cause problems for the ecosystem, for other organisms, and even for humans. How do alien invasive species happen, and what problems do they cause?

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This backgrounder discusses the factors that affect the amount of cosmic radiation people receive on long-distance flights.

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The human brain is one part of our nervous system, which is the control system through which all other body systems receive their instructions. Much like the engine of a car, the brain is made up of many different parts. These parts have different functions, but they work closely together, to coordinate complex thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), an important type of medical imaging technology, allows us to see details of tissues inside the body. Unlike Computed Tomography (CT) scans, MRIs can show both how living tissues look as well as how they function. MRI has increased our understanding of how the brain works.

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Studying for a big test, preparing for a job interview, or applying to postsecondary school are all stressful situations. But what does it actually mean to be stressed?

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