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Humans On Mars Will Be “Really Ugly”

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM

(CHICAGO) Humans are going to get “really ugly,” according to Big John Howell. The idea of humans migrating to Mars isn’t so much of an unlikely concept in present time.

Dr. Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist and author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution joined John Howell and Ray Stevens on Friday morning to talk about how the human race will change once it begins to colonize Mars.

Solomon stated that since there are no germs on Mars currently, whatever we as humans bring, will be the disease of the newly settled planet.

“There are not any bacteria or other types of microbes,” Solomon states, explaining that the immune systems of human beings would eventually degrade.

But how will we change physically if we colonize Mars?

Since gravity is about one-third of the strength that it is on Earth, human bones will become weaker with a higher propensity for fractures. This gravitational effect will be detrimental for women bearing children on the red planet.

Another possibility would be that colonists on Mars would have to use cesarean sections which allow the human head to become larger since it doesn’t need to fit through a narrow birth canal.

Long distance relationships really wouldn’t work since avoiding sexual relations between people on Mars and people on Earth is highly suggested specifically because of the transfer of germs, bacteria and disease.

None of this sounded appealing to Ray Stevens who said, “it sounds like a big retirement home!”

Listen to the entire segment here:

Big John Howell Show Notes 4-29-16

On the heels of the Dennis Hastert case, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for people accused of molesting children. Because he is protected by statute of limitations, Hastert can never be charged with sex abuse and many of the victims will never get justice because their abusers are protected by the same law. Madigan joined John to talk about the proposed change to the law, and also weighed in on regulation of Daily Fantasy Sports websites in Illinois. (Listen here)

Barbara Blaine the founder and President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) joined John with reaction to the proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations for people accused of molesting children. (Listen here)

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that if a bipartisan budget agreement can’t be reached by the end of May, he’d be willing to pay for a special legislative session out of his own pocket to continue negotiations. Rauner added that lawmakers must stay persistent in achieving long-term solutions that consider new forms of revenue and reforms from his “turnaround agenda” to create a balanced budget.

John Boehner left no doubt he’s not a fan of fellow Republican Ted Cruz, leaping off the sidelines of the presidential race to unleash a stunning verbal lashing of the Texas senator, reportedly calling him “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.” He reportedly said he’s played golf with front-runner Donald Trump, describing them as “texting buddies,” and said his relationship with Ohio Gov. John Kasich “requires more effort” but they’re friends.

SpaceX has announced a new plan to land a spacecraft on Mars. They would send one of their new Dragon 2.0 spacecrafts to Mars in 2018. It would be an unmanned flight, but still the biggest thing ever landed on the Red Planet and would be a dress rehearsal for future manned flights. Tom Jones joined John to talk about the new space project, Tom is a former NASA Astronaut and author of the new book “Ask The Astronaut.” (Listen here)

The Chicago Republican Party has taken down their illegal sign. It wasn’t because it was deemed illegal and they decided to comply with the long arm of the law. It was because a vandal tore the sign. Chris Cleveland says he’ll replace the sign, at a cost of $1500, which is three times the cost of getting it permitted.

In addition to the NFL Draft, next week Chicago is also hosting the James Beard Awards. Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel joined John with a preview. (Listen here)

If you’re looking for something other than the NFL Draft to do this weekend, BaconFest is going on at the UIC Forum this weekend. Seth Zurer one of the co-founders of BaconFest joined John with a preview. (Listen here)