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Apr 10, 2016

With Mars in Mind, Lockheed Martin Designs Human Habitat to Orbit Moon

Posted by in categories: computing, habitats, health, space travel

A major concerned for Lockheed is the long passage of time between the crew’s training and the moment a serious issue does come up during a mission—which could be a few years later. “They may not remember the training. Having the right kind of on-board documentation and flight computer to be able to provide the astronauts the information they need when they need it, is important,” Pratt said. “Not just having the alarm go off but having the alarm go off and the PDF file of the manual come up at the same time. That’s really useful in helping the crew understand how to operate their own vehicle.”

Even though Lockheed Martin’s early habitat concept will service exploration missions near the Moon, the company is always thinking about the manned mission to Mars, which will require a far more advanced successor to their current designs. Engineers will need to go through a few iterations of the concept after the health effects of long-duration human spaceflight are known and as new technology is developed. This is the basis that NASA created NextSTEP on.

The federal space agency is looking for a modular habitat that can grow, evolve and be added to. “New modules are built upon the lessons of the previous modules,” Hopkins said.

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Apr 10, 2016

SpaceX delivers world’s first inflatable room for astronauts

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, two days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Station astronauts used a robot arm to capture the Dragon, orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

The Dragon holds 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of freight, including the soft-sided compartment built by Bigelow Aerospace. The pioneering pod—packed tightly for launch—should swell to the size of a small bedroom once filled with air next month.

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Apr 10, 2016

Could a space elevator work? [video]

Posted by in category: space travel

Space shuttle launches are expensive and inefficient, but for now they’re the only way we have of getting into space. For now. But it’s possible that we’ll soon have an elevator. Here’s how.

Full story at In a Nutshell.

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Apr 10, 2016

Researchers 3D-Printed A Fully-Assembled Robot

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

MIT printed this fully functional robot right out of a 3D printer.

MIT printed this robot this fully functional robot right out of a 3D printer.

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Apr 10, 2016

Antipode Plane

Posted by in category: transportation

London to New York…

…in 11 minutes. MINUTES.

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Apr 10, 2016

Scientists May Have Just Discovered a Parallel Universe Leaking Into Ours

Posted by in category: cosmology

Strange light in space could prove to be earth-shattering.

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Apr 9, 2016

Japan is considering giving away free money

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, government

The Japanese government is considering giving away money ‘vouchers’ to poor young people to boost consumption, according to reports.

Following the examples of Finland, Canada and the Netherlands, Japan is considering the introduction of basic income, a tax-free income, after recent surveys showed that under-34s in Japan have cut spending by 11.7 per cent year on year.

Proponents of basic income say that not only does it reduce financial poverty but it has a number of other benefits, such as rewarding unpaid activities not recognised as economic contributions (parenting, for instance).

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Apr 9, 2016

Global warming is changing the way the Earth spins on its axis

Posted by in category: sustainability

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.

Melting ice sheets — especially in Greenland — are changing the distribution of weight on Earth.

And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.

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Apr 9, 2016

Obama warned by China against undermining ‘national security’ interests

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

Interesting: China wants more cross sharing of Cyber Security information with US. This will only get more interesting with the advancement of Quantum tech.

Article’s headline “Obama warned by China against undermining ‘national security’ interests”.

He made the remarks while addressing the Korean Peninsula situation in separate meetings here with U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).

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Apr 9, 2016

Why E.T. Would Also Breathe Oxygen

Posted by in category: alien life

As the third most abundant element in the universe, oxygen is both abundant and the best element in the periodic table from which to produce energy for metabolism. That’s one reason planetary scientist David Catling argues that E.T. would also breathe oxygen; as noted in this article blast from the past.

What are the odds that visiting space aliens could simply walk off their craft and start breathing our own oxygen-rich atmosphere?

Better than is generally appreciated; even among some astrobiologists.

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