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Climate Change could severely impact America's bridge infrastructure

Jak Connor | Oct 24, 2019 2:03 AM CDT

A new study has pointed fingers towards climate change adding to the ageing affects of thousands of bridges across the United States.

Climate Change could severely impact America's bridge infrastructure

A new study measures the impact that climate change is having on bridge infrastructure across the nation. Hussam Mahmoud, a Professor of Civil Engineering out of Colorado State University, and Susan Palu a master's graduate student in civil engineering did an analysis on about 80,000 "simply supported steel girder bridges". The researchers took into account the expansive higher temperature rates projected for the years 2040, 2060, 2080 and 2100.

What they found was that bridges and infrastructure located in the northern portion of the United States would be more susceptible to higher average temperatures that weren't accounted for when they were first built. This means that bridges and their infrastructure could have their joints expanded and cause buckling or cracking over long periods of time. The engineers aim with this research was to be able to rank the bridges in order of most needed maintenance to the least.

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Astronomers identify first heavy element made from neutron star merger

Jak Connor | Oct 24, 2019 1:34 AM CDT

Scientists have for the first time observed the birth of a heavy element from the ruins of a collision between two neutron stars.

Astronomers identify first heavy element made from neutron star merger

Astronomers used ESO's X-shooter spectrograph on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to observe the neutron star merger called GW170817. Originally, astronomers suspected that if heavier elements would be produced from a merger between neutron stars, that those elements would be present in the explosive aftermath.

The technical term for an neutron star colliding with another neutron star and the explosion it creates afterwards is called 'kilonova'. European researchers pointed their telescopes at GW170817's kilonova and what X-shooter was able to find was a presence of heavy elements, and more precisely the presence of the element strontium. Darach Watson from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark said "By reanalysing the 2017 data from the merger, we have now identified the signature of one heavy element in this fireball, strontium, proving that the collision of neutron stars creates this element in the Universe."

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NASA Administrator doubles down on humans landing on Mars by '2035'

Jak Connor | Oct 23, 2019 4:02 AM CDT

NASA has reaffirmed its stance on wanting to get humans across the stars and walking on the red neighboring planet, Mars.

NASA Administrator doubles down on humans landing on Mars by '2035'

According to Jim Bridenstine, NASA's Administrator, NASA plans on first achieving a successful Moon landing in 2024 and then moving onto Mars in 2035. Bridenstine sat down at a planel discussion at the International Astronautical Congress and said "If we are accelerating the moon landing, we are accelerating the Mars landing. I suggest we can do it by 2035."

The reason for Bridenstine to push up the Mars landing to 2035 from 2033 is because "We need to learn how to live and work in another world. The moon is the best place to prove those capabilities and technologies. The sooner we can achieve that objective, the sooner we can move on to Mars." Vice President, Mike Pence also spoke out at the panel and said that the United States' vision is to be a leader when it comes to space travel into the unknown, and that they are always willing to work with and help like-minded, freedom-loving nations.

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You can now lifetime store a dogs healthy stem cells for just $595

Jak Connor | Oct 23, 2019 1:33 AM CDT

Dogs are commonly known as mans best-friend, and if you have the choice to be able to take a small portion of your dog at its healthiest time, and then store it for future use, wouldn't you?

You can now lifetime store a dogs healthy stem cells for just $595

If you answer was 'yes', then don't worry because that option has just become available. A company called Gallant has just launched its new line of canine stem cell storage units. Pet lovers can now bring their dog into the vet for a regular check up while they are young, proceed with the normal check-up routine, and then get a quick stem cell remove for potential future use.

Gallant will be providing procedures for $395 with also a storage fee consisting of $95 annually or a one-time fee of $595 for lifetime storage. If the situation arises where you need to use the stem cells, pet owners will also have to pay the vet to acquire them. At the moment the procedures are currently only available for dogs, but cat owners should not be worried as Gallant has invested in a cat equivalent company who is investigating chronic kidney disease.

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SpaceX wants its Starlink satellites to offer internet by mid-2020

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 22, 2019 10:21 PM CDT

SpaceX is racing ahead with its ambitious Starlink initiative, which will see the US space agency started by Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, which is now saying it will offer Starlink to US customers in mid-2020.

SpaceX wants its Starlink satellites to offer internet by mid-2020

The news is coming from SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who told the media that Starlink will offer satellite broadband starting in mid-2020. SpaceX still has to get more satellites into space, with 6-8 more missions planned between now and then.

SpaceX recently signed paperwork with the International Telecommunications Union (which governs the international use of global bandwidth) for its Starlink initiative, but is now talking about connecting customers, at least in the US.

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United Kingdom's first moon rover is a jumping spider HD camera robot

Jak Connor | Oct 22, 2019 1:02 AM CDT

The first moon rover from the United Kingdom will be a small spider-bot that has the ability to jump and capture video in full HD.

United Kingdom's first moon rover is a jumping spider HD camera robot

This small, four-legged robot is expected to arrive on the Moon in 2021 aboard a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket which will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The UK company Spacebit are the ones responsible for creating this spider-bot and will be placing it inside the Peregrine lander for a total of a 10-day mission on the Moon.

The tiny spider-rover can jump and is super light weight coming in with a total weight of only one kilogram or a little over two pounds. While on the moon the spider-rover will be travelling 10 meters away from the lander and to record and send back full HD videos. Thinking ahead into the future, if this first mission is a success for Spacebit, more of these spider-like rover could be sent to explore certain parts of the Moon.

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NASA makes history with a successful first all-female spacewalk on ISS

Jak Connor | Oct 21, 2019 3:03 AM CDT

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history this past Friday with a successful spacewalk mission to replace a broken part on the International Space Station's (ISS) power grid.

NASA makes history with a successful first all-female spacewalk on ISS

The astronauts main goal was to replace a faulty 19-year old charge-regulating device for one of the new batteries that was installed last week. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine spectated the historical event from the NASA's HQ in Washington, here is what he had to say about the achievement "We have the right people doing the right job at the right time. They are an inspiration to people all over the world including me. And we're very excited to get this mission underway."

For those that don't know, the astronauts aboard the ISS are replacing old nickel-hydrogen batteries with new next-gen lithium ion batteries that are expected to last the rest of the floating laboratories lifespan. If you are after a more in-depth explanation at what these batteries are powering, check out my breakdown post here. In summary, congratulations to both Christina Koch and Jessica Meir for this achievement, women around the world are no doubt looking up to them both.

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So, researchers made artificial HUMAN SKIN that covers a smartphone

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 20, 2019 10:29 PM CDT

In some news that should be categorized as "why the hell did they do this", researchers from Telecom Paris have made an artificial skin that has some truly unique properties. Check out this video:

So, researchers made artificial HUMAN SKIN that covers a smartphone

The new artificial human skin is interesting, as it reacts to stroking, pinching, tapping, and even tickling... with the researchers covering a smartphone with it and using it on the back of the device. They also used it on a smartwatch, and I'm sure it'll have a million-and-one use cases, but for now I'm just scratching my head.

Skin-On Interfaces are "sensitive skin-like input methods than can be added to existing devices to increase their capabilities" which is explained on this website. This project saw the researchers wanting to make the "perfect human interface that is the skin for existing devices". The researchers took inspiration from human skin in order to design the "perfect artificial skin".

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Mosquito repellents are an amazing 'invisibility cloaks' for humans

Jak Connor | Oct 18, 2019 5:07 AM CDT

Researchers out of the Johns Hopkins University have performed numerous experiments on mosquito's regarding their sense of smell and how repellents affect the insects.

Mosquito repellents are an amazing 'invisibility cloaks' for humans

According to the above video, Chris Potter, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discusses that him and his fellow scientists have been studying a specific type of mosquito called Anopheles. The scientists took Anopheles and genetically engineered them to produce a color on their nose when the neurons detect a sense of smell.

Once the scientists successfully genetically engineered the mosquito's they gathered to most common insect repellents and puffed the oder onto their noses. To the scientists surprises, the repellents didn't raise any color in the mosquito's noses, meaning that the insect repellents actually hide the natural 'human scent' that mosquito's would usually detect. This means that insect repellents act as an 'invisibility cloak' for humans.

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Rocket Lab has successful 9th rocket launch with next-gen satellite

Jak Connor | Oct 17, 2019 8:13 AM CDT

Rocket Labs can now add another successful rocket launch to its already eight launches the company has under its belt.

Rocket Lab has successful 9th rocket launch with next-gen satellite

The rocket launched from the LC-1 launch site in New Zealand and as the 'As The Crow Flies' mission took to the at precisely 9:22 PM ET (6:22 PM PT) well deserved celebrations were underway for the company. Rocket Labs now has nine successful Electron launches in total and eight for commercial customers. This launch in particular carried Astro Digitals next-generation geocommunications satellite called 'Palisade'.

According to Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck who spoke to TechCrunch, "Electron is a launch on demand service - we're ready when the launch customer is". From this comment it seems that Beck is attempting to showcase how versatile the launch services are for his company and how well Rocket Labs can adapt to the needs of the consumer wanting to get something up into space.

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