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Apollo 11 was a huge achievement, but unmanned spacecraft did a lot of the heavy lifting

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 04:00

The real promise of space exploration was realized by those ingenious, tireless, economical and endlessly versatile unmanned spacecraft.

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Message to the moon: Celebrating 50 years of Apollo 11

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 04:00

Fifty years ago today, more than 650 million people witnessed one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. It was July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong spoke those now legendary words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he took his first steps on the moon, while people all over the world stood transfixed by their radios and television sets. It was a surreal vision that captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere when Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounced along the gray, alien surface of the moon while Michael Collins orbited above them, the giant Earth looming in the background.

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Are We Heading Toward Extinction?

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:45

The Earth's species — plants, animals and humans, alike — are facing imminent demise. How we got here, and how to cope.

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Don't forget the computer that landed Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:30

From the first steps to the leap forward, Mashable is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a series that examines its significance -- and why we haven't been back.* * *The Soviets launched the first satellite into space. And the first man. Also the first woman. So when NASA astronauts rapidly approached the moon 50 years ago, a lot was riding on a computer with less than 80 kilobytes of memory. By today's standards, it's a dinosaur. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) weighed 70 pounds. Programs were literally woven into the hardware by hand -- it was called "core rope memory." Read more...More about Mit, Apollo 11, Moon Landing, Moon Landing 50th Anniversary, and Tech

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"Corporate astronaut": How billionaires are joining the space race

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:27

Six hundred people have already paid Virgin Galactic $250,000 for a ticket to space

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US bracing for extreme heat as weekend temperatures soar

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 02:42

The United States is bracing for a weekend of extremely hot weather, with major cities including New York and Washington expecting temperatures close to or exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Nearly 150 million people across the country are facing hazardous temperatures in a heatwave forecast to stretch from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast, the National Weather Service said Friday.

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I Literally Lived 15 Miles from the Apollo Program. It Was Glorious.

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 01:49

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing, I am not sure that today’s generation quite understands just how exciting this was in 1969. Apollo 11 came before “Star Wars” and a raft of science fiction movies that have since made space travel seem almost mundane.I was in elementary school when Neil Armstrong climbed out of the Apollo 11 lander and stepped onto the moon. I remember watching it live on the local television station (back when there were no cable or satellite channels) like it was yesterday. I would also be willing to bet that was the case for just about everyone else I grew up with. Why? Because I lived in Huntsville, Alabama, known as Rocket City, USA—the home of the Marshall Space Flight Center, where the engineers and scientists who worked for NASA were intimately involved in the Apollo program.In the 1950s, Alabama Sen. John Sparkman, one of the most powerful members of the Senate, helped transform part of Redstone Arsenal, an Army base, into the Marshall Space Flight Center. He was the key to bringing Wernher von Braun and his coterie of German scientists to Huntsville, where they started building our space program.Unlike most kids, whose neighborhoods are populated by parents who work in every kind of profession, the parents of everyone I knew worked as a scientist or an engineer, either for NASA or for the Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.I met von Braun when I was 10 years old because my parents were part of the social network of scientists and engineers that were designing, building, and testing rockets at Marshall. I attended a high school named for Gus Grissom, one of the three astronauts who tragically died in 1967 during a test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral.

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50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another world

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 01:28

Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an event watched on television by half a billion people. On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is due to deliver a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off. It is within this charged context, with President Donald Trump publicly questioning NASA's plans to return to the Moon to test technology for Mars, that the US is celebrating the anniversary of the epoch-making Apollo 11 mission.

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James Cameron: We can protect the ocean 'twilight zone' with a new moonshot

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 01:15

The Space Race of the 1960s brought huge investment in space exploration. Today, we must explore and protect Earth's final frontier, its oceans.

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This joint-boosting supplement may help your heart, too

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 00:03

New research has found that joint-boosting supplement glucosamine may do your heart a solid, too. The study's author explains why.

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50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another world

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 00:02

Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an event watched on television by half a billion people. NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary, with exhibits and events nationwide but most notably at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is due to deliver a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off.

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Polluted, bike-hostile Brussels to slam on the brakes

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 23:26

Brussels has made its choice: to reduce emissions and encourage greener, two-wheeled transport options, the road speed limit will have to come down. From 2021, any car that escapes the gridlock on the streets of Europe's capital will still be limited to only 30 kilometres per hour -- less than 19 mph.

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Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:55

US, Italian and Russian astronauts are set to blast off into space Saturday in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency will travel to the International Space Station at 1628 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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1 Huge Reason SpaceX Will Dominate the Launch Business

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:18

In April, the company won a contract to launch NASA's DART spacecraft for $69 million. Its next launch will be even cheaper.

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Google Settles Job Seekers’ Age-Bias Claims for $11 Million

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:01

(Bloomberg) -- Google agreed to pay $11 million to end a lawsuit accusing the internet giant of discriminating against older job applicants, a deal that amounts to an average payout of more than $35,000 for 227 people who joined the class action.The settlement also calls for the Alphabet Inc. unit to train employees and managers about age bias, to create a committee focused on age diversity in recruiting and to ensure that complaints are adequately investigated.Lawyers for the company and attorneys representing the over-40 job seekers who sued submitted a final settlement proposal Friday to a federal judge in San Jose, California. Lawyers will collect about $2.75 million from the accord.The case was brought by a woman who claimed she was interviewed by Google four times over seven years and was never offered employment despite her “highly pertinent qualifications and programming experience” because of her age. Cheryl Fillekes accused the company of “a systematic pattern and practice of discriminating” against older people.“Age discrimination is an issue that needs to be addressed in the tech industry, and we’re very pleased that we were able to obtain a fair settlement for our clients in this case,” Daniel Low, a lawyer for Fillekes, said in an email.Google denied the allegations, saying that Fillekes and other job seekers she cited as examples didn’t demonstrate the technical aptitude required for the job, even though they were found by staff interviewers to be “Googley” enough to be a good fit for the company.The company said it still denies that it intentionally discriminated against Fillekes, or any of the other plaintiffs, because of their age. It says it has strong policies in place against discrimination, including age discrimination.The case is Heath v. Google Inc., 15-cv-01824, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).(Updates with Google’s position in last paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Burnson in San Francisco at rburnson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at, Peter Blumberg, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Should we go back to the moon?

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:18

NASA recently announced a plan to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024. Is it a good plan or one giant step in the wrong direction. The 360 provides diverse perspectives on stories in the news.

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24 'Habits' of People With Lupus

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:05

People with lupus may have common behaviors and coping techniques, such as applying sunscreen or washing their hands frequently. People from The Mighty's lupus community share their most common habits.

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The Astronomical Costs of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:44

It was one small step for man – one giant bill for America.

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To return to the Moon, astronauts need new spacesuits

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:42

Space engineer Pablo de Leon has designed two spacesuit prototypes for the Moon and for Mars, and knows how long development takes. If NASA wants to meet its own deadline of returning to the Moon by 2024, it needs to get a move on. "NASA still doesn't have a suit because the decision was taken suddenly," explained the Argentine engineer, who is the director of a lab at the University of North Dakota financed by NASA and dedicated to crewed space flight.

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Here's What You Should Know Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:31

Clinical trials play a critical role in bringing new medications and therapies to patients. Here's what you should know if you're considering participating in a clinical trial.

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