Mike Pence says America will send humans back to the moon

October 9, 2017 by  
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Humankind took steps on the moon for the first time in 1969, and now vice president Mike Pence says it’s time to go back. He penned an opinion editorial piece for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) stating “America will lead in space again,” and also spoke on the topic at the first meeting of the revived National Space Council in Virginia at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. This isn’t the first time Pence has hinted at a return to the moon. He talked about the idea back in July at the Kennedy Space Center. At the National Space Council meeting, he said, “We will return NASA astronauts to the Moon – not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation, we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.” Related: Pence vows America will put ‘boots on the face of Mars’ in near future The Verge pointed out this would mark a shift for NASA , which since 2010 has concentrated on sending humans to Mars without a return to the moon. They said the goal of a presence on the moon surface is a return to President George W. Bush’s vision . Pence described the move to go back as a vital strategic goal, saying NASA should refocus on human exploration and discovery. NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement , “The National Space Council acknowledged the strategic importance of cis-lunar space – the region around the moon – which will serve as a proving ground for missions to Mars and beyond and advance our stepping stone approach to going farther into the solar system .” Pence also said according to the intelligence community, China and Russia are developing antisatellite technology, saying in his article, “We will renew America’s commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security.” The vice president did look ahead to the red planet in his WSJ article, saying, “America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars.” Via The Verge Images via NASA and Wikimedia Commons

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Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

October 9, 2017 by  
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Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at the heart of SILO. From the HVAC system to lighting, these engineered systems work in tandem to create a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. An energy monitoring system sends feedback to the central control system to improve efficiency and includes the ability to sell excess energy generated by the 8.5-kW rooftop solar array back to the grid. The homeowner can also control all of the home’s systems manually via smartphone or voice commands. Related: The Nest home is a solar-powered prefab made from recycled shipping containers SILO features a flexible open-floor plan that emphasizes views of the outdoors and access to natural light. The light-filled home feels much larger than its actual size thanks to a high-ceiling living area and glazing that wraps both ends of the home. A graywater system feeds into a beautiful water wall, while treated water is reused for irrigation of non-edible landscaping such as the movable green wall. A clay plaster made partly with recycled materials was used as wall paint and boasts air-purifying and humidity-regulating benefits. SILO was designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 and will return to Missouri to be part of the university’s eco-village after the competition. + Solar Decathlon Images by Mike Chino

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Malia Obama attends Dakota Access Pipeline protest

January 31, 2017 by  
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Her father may have left the Oval Office, but 18-year-old Malia Obama’s work has just begun. The former First Daughter attended a Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sundance Film Festival to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. She joined protesters the same day President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum to start moving forward with the contested oil pipeline . Malia is planning to attend Harvard University this fall after a gap year, and reportedly obtained an internship with producer Harvey Weinstein recently. But she took the time to join an event expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux, as it appears the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline won’t be ending anytime soon. Related: Trump signs executive actions to reinstate Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline In his last press conference, President Barack Obama said he didn’t think his daughters would pursue careers in politics , but did indicate they might be involved in social issues. He said, “I think that they have, in part through osmosis, in part through dinnertime conversations, appreciated the fact that this is a big, complicated country, and democracy is messy and it doesn’t always work exactly the way you might want…But if you’re engaged and you’re involved, then there are a lot more good people than bad in this country, and there’s a core decency to this country, and that they got to be a part of lifting that up. And I expect they will be. And in that sense, they are representative of this generation that makes me really optimistic.” Author Joshua Kendall, who’s written about presidents parenting, told The Christian Science Monitor First Children have spoken out on issues in the past, and Malia “is firmly in that tradition.” President Jimmy Carter’s daughter Amy participated in marches and was once arrested at an anti-Central Intelligence Agency demonstration. President Gerald Ford’s son Michael said Richard Nixon should confess his role in Watergate before his father pardoned Nixon. Via Grist and The Christian Science Monitor Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Can cameras embedded in their horns save rhinos from poachers?

July 21, 2015 by  
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A new plan to embed cameras in rhino horns is the latest effort to protect them from poachers. Although loved and admired around the world, the rhinoceros is an animal in peril. One of the last and largest remaining megafauna, it is a relic of a time when magnificent mammals ruled the world. Unfortunately, its time may be running out. With only 61 living individuals in 2013, the Javan Rhinoceros is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet and its cousins are not far behind. Only 25,000 African rhinos remain in the wild and scientists are relying on modern technology to protect them. The horn implant, called Protect RAPID (Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device), incorporates a camera, GPS, and heart-rate monitor to help conservationists capture poachers largely responsible for the demise of these ancient animals. Read the rest of Can cameras embedded in their horns save rhinos from poachers?

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of anything

July 21, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. SCiO is a new consumer device that instantly measures the molecular fingerprint of just about anything you see, and it fits in your pocket. Want to know the alcohol content of that beer you’re about to slurp down or how many grams of sugar are in your apple? This mini spectrometer will tell you. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy laboratory spectrometers, but built around the kind of optics used in cell phone cameras, the SCiO measures the light reflected off any given object, breaks down its spectrum, and then sends that information to the cloud. Consumer Physics ‘ unique algorithms immediately interpret the resulting data and the results show up on your cell phone within 5 seconds on a 3G connection. Designed to empower you with knowledge of your environment, medicine, food, and a near-infinite number of things, the SCiO will also allow you to participate in building the world’s first database of matter. Read the rest of World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of anything

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

January 2, 2014 by  
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Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are helping researchers to advance medical science in some very surprising ways. A team headed by Carnegie Mellon University scientist Christopher Bettinger have developed new biological batteries that use cuttlefish ink to create edible and safe batteries for medical applications. Read the rest of Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee venom , bio battery , biological battery , carnegie mellon university , cephalopoda , christoper bettinger , cuttlefish , cuttlefish ink , digestible battery , hiv , injection therapy alternative , lithium ion battery , medical electronics        

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Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton

January 2, 2014 by  
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A paralyzed teen using an advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton may provide the first ceremonial kick of the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil later this year. In June, Duke University may showcase their incredible mind controlled devices and exoskeletons at the international sporting event in São Paulo as part of a bid to demonstrate real, practical technology that’s within our grasp today . Read the rest of Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 FIFA World Cup , 2014 world cup , brain controlled device , Duke University , exoskeleton , fifa , football , Football World Cup , Mind Controlled Exoskeletons , Nicolelis lab , paralyzed teen , paralyzed teen kicks off World Cup , Soccer , Soccer World Cup , virtual reality , Walk Again Project        

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Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

January 2, 2014 by  
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EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy

December 19, 2013 by  
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Photo © Shutterstock John C. Beale, a former senior advisor for the US Environmental Protection Agency , was sentenced to 32 months in prison Wednesday for defrauding the agency out of nearly $900,000 in unearned pay and bonuses. The 65-year-old had managed to convince his bosses, friends, and even wife that he worked for the CIA on the side.  Over the course of 10 years , Beale missed more than 2 1/2 years of work, claiming he was unavailable on secret missions for the intelligence agency, when he was actually traveling on the government’s dime and enjoying his paid time off in luxury hotels. Read the rest of EPA Official Sentenced for Scamming Agency Out of $900k by Claiming to be a Spy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cia , corruption charges , court cases , environmental protection agency , epa , fake spy , fraud , fraud charges , government corruption , intelligence work , John Beale        

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Is Earth Day Overhyped?

April 18, 2011 by  
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Ahead of Earth Day, we asked the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel whether they thought Earth Day at their companies was overhyped, underhyped or just right.    

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