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Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at Waterloo

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:24

A cannonball discovered this week by archaeologists provides a further indication of how close Napoleon Bonaparte came to winning the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The 3 kilogramme (6-pound), rusty cannonball was found on Monday near the site of a field hospital about 600 metres behind Anglo-Allied lines on the battlefield in Belgium. Tony Pollard, the head archaeologist at the site, told Reuters Television he believed it was fired by the French army, another sign of near Napoleon's troops came to victory in the battle described by the Duke of Wellington as a close-run thing.


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Withings releases a digital blood pressure monitor which can also be used as an ECG and stethoscope

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:22

Withings, a specialist in connected health devices, has announced the launch of two new blood pressure monitors, the BPM Connect and the BPM Core. The Withings BPM Core is the first 3-in-1 connected blood pressure monitor available to the public. The second device, Withings' BPM Connect, is a connected blood pressure monitor offering a simplified reading at home.


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Ground bison meat responsible for E. coli outbreak in 7 states: CDC

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:11

Ground bison meat has been linked to an E. coli outbreak in seven states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-one people in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have been infected with the E. coli O103 and O121 strains. Interviews with the infected people determined that the source was likely meat produced on Feb. 22 and April 30 by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., in Quebec, Canada, which was recalled on Tuesday, according to a CDC food safety alert.


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Soldier archaeologists unearth musket balls and amputated leg bones at Battle of Waterloo field hospital site

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:00

Three amputated legs and evidence of a previously unknown firefight between French cavalry and the troops led by the Duke of Wellington have been found at the site of the Battle of Waterloo by British veterans. Finding human remains at the battlefield is extremely rare as many of the mass graves were plundered and bones ground to be used as fertiliser in the years after the 1815 battle in Belgium. 25 veterans and serving soldiers, some of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder,  were taking part in the first dig at the Mont St-Jean farm buildings with British and Dutch archeologists. Mont St-Jean served as the Duke of Wellington’s field hospital and was about 0.3 miles behind the Allied front line facing Napoleon’s French army.  The dig found 58 French and English musket balls on Monday in a concentrated area, which suggested French cavalry had swept into the grounds of Mont St Jean before a shootout with allied defenders. The dig was expanded after the surprise find.  The veterans' dig revealed previously undiscovered action at the site Credit:  Chris van Houts “The French musket balls were probably fired by carbines - short-barrelled muskets carried by mounted troops. So we’re finding evidence of a previously unknown action at the very doors of the Mont St Jean Field Hospital,” said Professor Tony Pollard, the lead academic on the dig. As many as 6,000 casualties, including French soldiers,  are thought to have been treated at the field hospital, which came under fire during the battle. Hundreds of amputations took place, which was the only treatment for smashed limbs.  This farmhouse south of Brussels has yielded some important historical discoveries Credit: Chris van Houts Surgeons would use bone saws to amputate limbs without anaesthetic after cutting flaps of skin away from the wound. They would sew the skin flaps over the wound to create a stump and hope their patients did not die of their injuries or shock. The leg bones, two right legs and one left, were unearthed after a metal detector had shown a large metal object in one ot the trenches. One showed catastrophic damage and the other marks from a surgeon’s saw.  The archaeological dig at the Battle of Waterloo site has unearthed amputated limbs Credit:  Chris van Houts “These appear to be the remains of amputated limbs from some of the operations carried out by surgeons,” said Professor Pollard. “Finding human remains immediately changes the atmosphere on a dig. Suddenly there is a very poignant connection with the people who suffered here in 1815, a connection that has not been lost on the Waterloo Uncovered team of veterans and serving personnel,” he said. The French cannonball fired at a crucial point when Napoleon could have snatched victory. Credit: Paul Cagli /Finds Images The team also found a six-pound cast iron French cannonball, which experts link to a crucial point in the battle with the allied Dutch, Prussian and British troops when Napoleon nearly secured a victory that would have changed European history.  French soldiers captured the farm of La Haye Sainte after its Prussian defenders ran out of ammunition at about 6pm. They brought up horse artillery batteries and bombarded the Allied line with round shot and cannister from close range, inflicting huge casualties and threatening to break the line. One of the Waterloo Uncovered team with a musket ball Credit:  Alex Cauvi With the battle hanging in the balance, the arrival of the Prussian army led by Field Marshall Blücher on the extreme left of Wellington’s army helped tip the balance in the Iron Duke’s favour.  Waterloo, which Wellington described as the "nearest run thing you saw in your life",  marked the end of the Napoleonic wars. Wellington offered Napoleon battle close to Brussels, in the knowledge that Prussian reinforcements would eventually turn the tide of conflict.   Cataloguing musket balls is all part of the fun Credit:  Chris van Houts The dig was organised by Waterloo Uncovered, a charity founded by Major Charles Foinette and Captain Mark Evans, who are both officers in the Coldstream Guards. Capt Evans suffered from PTSD  after serving in Afghanistan.  Capt Evans said that the Waterloo Uncovered project offered a nine month programme of support to the veterans, who include a 19-year-old, a Coldstream Guards soldier recuperating from training injuries, to a man in his mid-70s. Organisers said that soldiers’ experience gave them an excellent feel for the ground of a battlefield, making it easier to interpret where an attack may have begun or ended. The veterans and serving personnel played a full part in the dig, including the uncovering of the three limb bones. The site of the Mont St Jean field hospital today Credit: Matt Weston/Aerial Images Mike Greenwood, part of the Waterloo Uncovered team, said, "Archaeology, among a group of fellow servicemen and women, can be beneficial to veterans for a number of reasons. It provides a supportive environment of like minded people, especially when dealing in military history, and it allows them to see a broader context to their own service.  “There is also something about the practical process of archaeology which is meditative, even therapeutic."


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Cancer could be a trigger for 'broken heart syndrome,' according to new research

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:57

A new study from the American Heart Association has found the first evidence that takotsubo syndrome — or "broken-heart syndrome"— may be linked to cancer.


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Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:20

Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other -- and they aren't quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study.The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting.In a marine feud researchers dub "mouth-fighting," the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms' pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud "pop" while the worms launch into each other.The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. "Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water."The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What's more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting.They "may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms," the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. "A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication." A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. * The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries * 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet * Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship RitualsOriginally published on Live Science.


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Joshua Trees Will Be All-But-Extinct by 2070 Without Climate Action, Study Warns

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:20

Joshua trees -- some of the most unusual and iconic plants of the American Southwest -- have survived as a species for some 2.5 million years in the inhospitable Mojave Desert. Now, they may face imminent extinction due to climate change.In a new study published June 3 in the journal Ecosphere, researchers and volunteer scientists surveyed nearly 4,000 trees in southern California's Joshua Tree National Park to figure out where the oldest trees tended to thrive during historic periods of extreme heat and drought. (A single Joshua tree can live up to 300 years.) Then, the researchers estimated how much of these Joshua safe zones (or "refugia") would survive to the end of the century based on a range of climate change predictions. [Desert Green: Images of Joshua Tree National Park]The study authors found that, if greenhouse gas emissions are seriously curbed and summer temperatures are limited to an increase of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius), about 19% of the park's Joshua tree habitat would survive after the year 2070.If no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions and summer temperatures rise by 9 F (5 C) or more, however, only 0.02% of the tree's habitat would survive to the end of the century -- leaving the rare tree a hair away from extinction."The fate of these unusual, amazing trees is in all of our hands," lead study author Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at the University of California, Riverside said in a statement. "Their numbers will decline, but how much depends on us." Survivors in the sandJoshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles (3,200 square kilometers) of sandy, hilly terrain in the desert between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Arizona. The spiny-armed Joshua trees have survived millions of years of climate ups and downs by holding on to large amounts of water to carry them through the region's harshest droughts.However, the study authors wrote, young Joshua trees and seedlings aren't able to store enough water to weather these dry spells. During long droughts -- such as the epic, 376-week-long one that lasted from December 2011 to March 2019 in California -- various parts of the park became too parched to support young Joshua tree growth, preventing the species from reproducing properly.As global temperatures rise, more and longer droughts are expected to occur around the world, and that means fewer and fewer new Joshua trees surviving to adulthood. To find out which parts of the tree's desert habitat were safest and which were most at risk of drying up, a team of park researchers and volunteers counted thousands of trees in various parts of the park, noting each tree's height (which helped predict the tree's age) and the number of new sprouts in the area. They found that, in general, trees growing in higher-elevation spots, which tend to be cooler and retain more moisture, survived much better than those in lower, drier regions.The team compared these survey results with historic climate records to predict how much of the Joshua tree's habitat was likely to shrink as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases over the rest of the century. Under the best-case scenario, they found, just 1 in 5 Joshua trees will survive the next 50 years.Taking swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to save the Joshua trees from extinction, the researchers found. However, even trees in the best-hydrated habitats will still face a serious threat from wildfires, which have also been occurring with greater frequency and intensity as the climate warms, they said. According to the researchers, fewer than 10% of Joshua trees survive when wildfires rush through their habitats -- thanks, in part, to car exhaust coating desert shrubs with flammable nitrogen. This, at least, is a threat that can be addressed on a local level, right now."Fires are just as much a threat to the trees as climate change, and removing grasses is a way park rangers are helping to protect the area today," Sweet said. "By protecting the trees, they're protecting a host of other native insects and animals that depend on them as well." * Spectacular Geology: Amazing Photos of the American Southwest * Of a Feather: Photos Reveal Stunning Birds of the Southwest * Desert Mistletoe: Photos of 'Tree Thieves' in the American SouthwestOriginally published on Live Science.


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17 Photos People With Fibromyalgia Don’t Want You to See

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:06

Fibromyalgia can sometimes be wrongly perceived as not a big deal, so our Mighty community shared photos to show what it's really like behind closed doors.


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Scientists investigate why Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 07:20

American scientists are studying the activity of a protein linked with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers, the more rapid spread of this protein in the brains of women could explain why diagnoses of Alzheimer's occur more frequently in women than men. Alzheimer's disease, which destroys nerve cells in the brain, affects more women than men.


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Renault Dives In on Electric Car Venture in China

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:42

(Bloomberg) -- Renault SA will invest 128.5 million euros ($144 million) for a 50% stake in a venture with Jiangling Motors Corp. to develop electric vehicles in China, part of a push by the French company to make further inroads into the world’s biggest car market.The Chinese entity was created in 2015 and already holds certification to manufacture battery-electric passenger cars, according to a statement from Renault Wednesday. It aims to grow quickly and become a “prominent player” in the market.“This partnership in electric vehicle business with JMCG will support our growth plan in China and our EV capabilities,” Francois Provost, head of the China region at Renault, said in the statement. The venture will help Renault expand its electric capabilities beyond a production agreement with longstanding partner Nissan Motor Co. and Dongfeng Motor Corp., a spokeswoman said.Renault, which has so far had a limited presence in China, is moving forward with an electrification strategy that includes a new battery-powered car slated to go on sale in the Asian country this year. The company also plans to make hybrid versions of three existing models. Global automakers have been expanding cooperation with new-energy vehicle producers in China to meet government regulations on fuel consumption that were put in place this year.Renault’s move to expand further in China outside the Nissan-Dongfeng venture comes amid a crisis in its two-decade partnership with the Japanese company. Nissan has resisted merger overtures from Renault and withheld support for the French company’s failed plan to combine with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.Renault also has plans to invest more than 1 billion euros to boost its production of electric cars in France -- a move that was aimed at smoothing relations with the French government, its biggest shareholder. Carmakers are spending billions of dollars to shift to battery-powered vehicles from diesel engines as the industry responds to a tightening of European emissions rules.(Updates with comments from Renault in third and fifth paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Tian Ying.To contact the reporters on this story: Tara Patel in Paris at tpatel2@bloomberg.net;Ania Nussbaum in Paris at anussbaum5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net, Tara Patel, Christopher JasperFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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Merck's treatment for urinary, abdominal infections gets FDA approval

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:05

Recarbrio, approved for patients over 18 years of age, is a combination of a previously approved antibiotic imipenem-cilastatin and Merck's relebactam. Patients with urinary tract infections can develop complications if appropriate doses of the right antibiotics are not administered. At least 20% of complications are caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria that severely limit treatment options.


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Apollo 11's astronauts snapped photos for science. Then came MTV

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:07

People collected and shared prints of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, which also became the basis for artist Andy Warhol's colored prints "Moonwalk" and for MTV's logo when the music channel launched in 1981. The Apollo 11 astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - were not trained in how to take photographs of each other but those were the ones that became most popular, said Jennifer Levasseur, curator of the space history department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Armstrong had the instinct to photograph Aldrin standing alone and told him - by radio transmission - to turn around for a picture, Levasseur said.


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Apollo 11's astronauts snapped photos for science. Then came MTV

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:07

People collected and shared prints of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, which also became the basis for artist Andy Warhol's colored prints "Moonwalk" and for MTV's logo when the music channel launched in 1981. The Apollo 11 astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - were not trained in how to take photographs of each other but those were the ones that became most popular, said Jennifer Levasseur, curator of the space history department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Armstrong had the instinct to photograph Aldrin standing alone and told him - by radio transmission - to turn around for a picture, Levasseur said.


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Apollo 11's astronauts snapped photos for science. Then came MTV

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:03

People collected and shared prints of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, which also became the basis for artist Andy Warhol's colored prints "Moonwalk" and for MTV's logo when the music channel launched in 1981. The Apollo 11 astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - were not trained in how to take photographs of each other but those were the ones that became most popular, said Jennifer Levasseur, curator of the space history department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Armstrong had the instinct to photograph Aldrin standing alone and told him - by radio transmission - to turn around for a picture, Levasseur said.


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Apollo 11 moon landing celebrated as pioneering milestone, but it was really about winning the space race

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

Neil Armstrong was a heralded pioneer for walking on the moon in 1969. But John F. Kennedy was focused on the space race when he launched a moon shot.


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WHO reports new Ebola incident in Uganda amid fears of virus spreading

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:54

The World Health Organization reported a new incidence of Ebola in Uganda on Wednesday, fuelling concerns that the virus may be spreading beyond Democratic Republic of Congo, as an expert panel weighs whether to sound the alarm internationally. The WHO said a Congolese fisherwoman travelled across the border to sell fish at Mpondwe market on July 11, where she had four vomiting incidents before returning to Congo and dying of Ebola. Ebola is highly infectious and spread through bodily fluids.


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New study finds wearing hearing aid could also help protect the brain against dementia

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:48

New UK research has found that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems also appear to have better cognitive function as they age than those who don't. Carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and King's College London, the new study looked at more than 25,000 people aged 50 or over, some of whom wore hearing aids. All participants were asked to take annual cognitive tests over a two-year period.


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50 years after Apollo 11, don't let space become a landfill for equipment and satellites

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:00

Much of what we launch into space never comes back. As it becomes more commercialized, we must manage space traffic and protect the space environment.


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Why Brazilian farmers are using crypto coffee coins

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:00

Crypto coffee coins could become a new standard for farmers throughout Brazil’s countryside. The coffee-pegged cryptocurrency will be used to buy not only farm products, but also food and even high-ticket items such as cars. Supplies of coffee will back the blockchain-based digital coin, and farmers willing to buy the cryptocurrency can do so against current and future production. This initiative belongs to Minasul, the largest Arabica coffee cooperative in Brazil. The challenges in coffee plantation production Currently, coffee plantation production involves around 25 million families worldwide. Farmers, together with small and large producers who cultivate and grow the beans, need sustainable tools to maintain growth and quality scaling. That’s because the demand for coffee beans is expected to exceedThe post Why Brazilian farmers are using crypto coffee coins appeared first on Coin Rivet.


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How to Sell America on Space Again

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:00

(Bloomberg) -- On May 25, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy said Americans would land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade. Fifty years ago this week, NASA fulfilled Kennedy’s pledge.But while the space agency marched toward the moon, the nation was consumed by politics—from the fight for civil rights to the Vietnam War. And while the Apollo program captured the imagination of Americans when the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility, there was significant opposition to the program’s cost both before and after that historic moment.Now, after decades of less-ambitious manned space exploration, humans are aiming for the stars again. Elon Musk is leading the way among billionaire entrepreneurs with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., lofting rockets from the same Florida pad used by Apollo 11 and inspiring awe with balletic booster landings. NASA, meanwhile, has been working toward an inaugural blastoff of its Space Launch System, a vehicle that would play a key role in an international return to the moon, and eventually a mission to Mars.As in the 1960s, political division and terrestrial priorities have left many cold when it comes to space. While NASA has announced $50 million tourist trips to its side of the International Space Station (ISS) and even opened it to commercial use, getting people to look up at the night sky with fascination has become mission critical to getting public, political and financial support. Felix Lajeunesse, a Canadian and co-founder of a Montreal-based cinematic virtual reality (VR) studio, hopes to be part of the solution to NASA’s problem. The 38-year-old is the creative force behind a VR documentary effort aboard the ISS, working with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the station, and Time.While NASA has participated in many documentaries over the years and maintains a significant footprint on social media, this latest collaboration aims to leverage cutting-edge media technology at a time when the space program needs it most. The hope is to accomplish through cinematic VR what in 1969 was left to grainy television broadcasts.NASA plans to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. But the program requires tens of billions of dollars in additional funding from Congress, and public support has been less than overwhelming. A recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago shows Americans don’t consider exploration a priority. While 68% said it’s very or extremely important for the space program to monitor threatening asteroids, only 27% said the same about sending astronauts to Mars. Felix & Paul Studios, the six-year-old company co-founded by Lajeunesse, has worked with NASA before (as well as Cirque du Soleil and professional basketball star LeBron James). The planned six-part VR documentary, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, which is to be released next year, may serve two goals—increasing popular interest in the nascent technology and sending humans back out into space.“What virtual reality brings is a sense of you being able as an audience member to experience these things first hand, as if you’re a crew member,” Lajeunesse said. “This emotional, visceral connection between the millions of people of planet Earth and space exploration through the medium of virtual reality is very real. That will ultimately better connect audiences to this universal project of space exploration.”A more recent survey may lend his endeavor some hope: Gallup found last week that (perhaps as a result of all the hoopla tied to the 50th anniversary) a majority of Americans expressed support for NASA, NASA funding, and, for the first time, a mission to Mars.The two-decade old ISS, a 460-ton platform orbiting 250 miles above Earth, has hosted both government and private research. Lately, it’s been home to an additional piece of equipment—a nine-lens VR camera customized by Felix & Paul to film some of the station’s personnel as they go about their daily lives.The 360-degree device captures experiments, exercise routines and social moments. It’s already documented preparations for capture and departure of the most recent supply ship sent aloft by SpaceX, and there are plans to record a space walk. One former NASA official said life aboard the ISS functions as a snapshot of what space exploration will look like in the future.“We’ve had humans living permanently in space for the past 18, going on 19, years,” said Dave Williams, 65, a former Canadian astronaut and the first non-American to serve as a senior manager for NASA. “When we think about sending humans back to the moon and creating a lunar gateway space station, it will be the same model.”Obtaining permission to film aboard the ISS—not to mention getting the equipment up there—took some doing, said Lajeunesse. Joining forces with Time, which has a history of projects with NASA (and is making its own documentary about the making of The ISS Experience), certainly helped.  With the camera in fixed positions, the astronauts are filmed doing specific activities or making personal observations to viewers. In one clip, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques discusses his initial difficulty moving around the station, and how hard it is to track time when every 24 hours includes 16 sunrises.Dylan Mathis, a communications manager for the ISS program, compared the effect of 360 cinematic VR has on today’s viewers to what broadcasting live, color television from the moon did for people in the 1970s.VR viewers of the documentary will be able to focus in on Saint-Jacques, or look left and catch a glimpse of his floating American counterpart, Anne McClain. In the background, mustard and hot sauce bottles can be seen. Secured to a table with Velcro, VR makes them appear to be with a viewer’s reach. In another segment, McClain can be seen exercising on different machines as she explains in voice over the negative impacts low gravity has on the human body.The ISS Experience will be available on VR platforms such as Oculus, as well as in augmented reality (AR), a format that lets users project digital images through mobiles phones or headsets. While growing, the market for VR and AR is far from mass adoption. Some 7.6 million headsets will be shipped worldwide this year, according to market research firm IDC—a 30% increase from 2018. Bloomberg Intelligence compares the industry in its current state to smartphones before the iPhone. Headsets are still bulky and their streaming band too weak, with disappointing resolution.“We are getting there, but we are not there yet,” said Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Analyst Jitendra Waral. The rollout of 5G and Apple’s AR features for developers will help demand take off around 2021, said Waral. He expects the combined market for hardware and software, just $4.5 billion last year, to skyrocket to $65 billion by 2022. Other catalysts will be Sony’s expected PlayStation 5 console, stand-alone headsets and mass manufacturing of waveguide optics, a key component for thinner and lighter products. Tech and media giants such as Facebook Inc. and Walt Disney Co. have started pouring money into VR content and content providers. That includes Felix & Paul, which counts the venture capital arm of Comcast Corp. among its investors. For now, though, the studio is shouldering the approximately $4 million cost of the series.Along with Time, it’s also plotting broader distribution plans, in particular museum travel exhibits and an accompanying app. “We’ve got 7.6 million people that follow us on Instagram,” said Jonathan Woods, Time’s global head of video. “The awareness that we’re able to drive around this project is something that has a direct benefit.” To contact the author of this story: Sandrine Rastello in Montreal at srastello@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: David Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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