Astronauts need caffeine too, and now they can make it an espresso

May 8, 2015 by  
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If you were waiting to go to the International Space Station until they had good coffee, well, NOW you can go. Like any good Italian, Samantha Cristoforetti is fond of her morning cuppa. In particular, she’s partial to her morning espresso . But when you work on the space station, that can be a little hard to come by, until now. Cristoforetti isn’t just an astronaut and the first Italian woman to orbit the Earth, she’s also the first space barista. But making the the shot of espresso  was no mere lark. It was actually a study in specialized physics. Until now, physicists were unsure just how a highly pressurized and piping hot liquid would react in the near weightless environment of the International Space Station. A specialized espresso maker, called the ISSpresso was designed by Argotec, an engineering and software firm in Turin as well as the Italian coffee producer Lavazza. Making a proper espresso—a singular alchemy of high temperature, water pressure and perfectly tamped coffee—is difficult enough to master on earth. Microgravity conditions made the task still more complicated, and Argotec took two years to work out how to do it… but the force of coffee was strong with this one. Via The New York Times Images via NASA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee in space , espresso in space , italian astronaut , samantha cristoforetti , space station espresso , woman italian astronaut

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017

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Tesla’s Model S sedan is the poster child for the growing electric vehicle market, but with a price tag in the $70,000 range, it’s far out of reach for most buyers even as a pre-owned vehicle . Tesla has already announced plans to introduce a new, more attainable model called the Model 3 and now Tesla has confirmed that it will reveal the model in March 2016. Read the rest of Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , elon musk , green car , green transportation , Model 3 , tesla , Tesla Model 3 , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s

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Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana

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CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light

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Designed for today’s modern office, CREE Lighting ’s new LN suspended luminaire is an update of the typical inter-office fluorescent lighting system, replaced with long-lasting LEDs . With 105 lumens per watt, CREE’s system effectively keeps offices lit for maximum productivity, but with a modern twist. The lighting system is fully adjustable, dimming to just 5 percent to allow users to enjoy natural light, or change lighting conditions to match the mood of the day. Read the rest of CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cree Lighting , eco design , Fluorescent lighting , green design , LED lights , office lighting , sustainable design

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