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May 4, 2022 by Tatiora
Two torsos, nicknamed Helga and Zohar, are bound for the Moon aboard the Orion capsule in order to measure radiation risks for female astronauts for the first time.The mannequins are modeled after the body of an adult woman and one of them is outfitted with a newly developed radiation vest. For the Artemis 1 mission, the un-crewed Orion capsule will travel to the Moon and back in order to test radiation safety and collect data about flight accelerations and vibrations. Artemis 1 is scheduled to ...
April 13, 2022 by Tatiora
One of my favorite things to do (although it baffles me on a regular basis) is to witness concepts and technologies emerge that humans only dreamed about 40 or 50 years ago. Sometime last year, a company called Space Perspective announced their plans for a state-of-the-art luxury "space balloon" that would take people on a calm ascent into space. Last year, the Florida-based company began taking reservations for the coveted trips, which last 6 hours and come with a price tag of $125...
April 6, 2022 by Tatiora
An eventful weekend at Kennedy Space Center in Florida delayed tests for the wet dress rehearsal of NASA's Space Launch System. In addition to dealing with multiple lightning strikes and malfunctioning ventilation fans, mission managers also found a problem with the gaseous nitrogen system. At dawn on Monday, the decision to resume the tests was made. NASA Ground Systems said that the launch director would soon give the "go" for tanking and that the weather would not be a problem. The 322-foo...
March 30, 2022 by Tatiora
Sony announced new versions of its PlayStation Plus subscriptions yesterday. This is, apparently, a response to the Xbox Game Pass, and I would suppose many other subscription services for games out there. The PlayStation Plus sub plan is a combination of Sony's two current subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Two new options will now include access to multiplayer gaming alongside a catalog of select PlayStation games to install or stream. Now, first and foremost, ...
March 23, 2022 by Tatiora
As time goes on and technology brings new game consoles to the scene, we are often left to watch our favorite games and systems fade into obscurity. In times before digital media started taking hold, games were physical and tangible additions to your console's collection, something you could hold onto and possess.  I still have cartridges for my original NES console. Hell, I still have a LYNX system and all the games that my parents generously bestowed on me over the years as I grew up. ...
March 16, 2022 by Tatiora
I have read countless Science-Fiction novels and grew up on cartoons like The Jetsons and Star Trek: Enterprise. All of the technology I witnessed within those things seemed like something that would be unattainable in my lifetime, and yet here we are with progress marching ever forward. While we aren't quite at Enterprise holo-deck level yet, the mere idea that a car is going to offer an integrated Virtual Reality (VR) experience just blows my mind. Audi's holor...
February 16, 2022 by Tatiora
A lot of new shows and movies were showcased this past Sunday during the Super Bowl. From Amazon Prime's upcoming The Lord of the Rings series to Marvel's Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, I almost gave myself whiplash when I was catching up on everything I'd missed! I'm not much of a sports fan and I don't have cable, so I opted to have dinner and play board games with friends instead of tuning in - but hey, that's what YouTube is for, right? Here's a ...
February 9, 2022 by Tatiora
I first learned about Wordle on Facebook when I started seeing all these strange-patterned images show up on my feed. You would think that, with me being a word person, I'm inherently good at games like this, but the truth is...I'm not. I am routinely trounced in Scrabble. I may have an absolute lexicon of words floating around in this head of mine, but ask me to scramble limited letters around to make one and I come up dry, apparently! If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's a daily word pu...
February 2, 2022 by Tatiora
I have plenty of fond childhood memories of building things out of LEGO bricks with my family. Even in my adulthood, I find that I still enjoy building the occasional set - but it's a lot less freeform than I remember! I prefer to follow instructions and create what's laid out for me; I never had enough creativity or visual foresight to build incredible things from scratch without a guide. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who exist out there who don't have my problem, and build incredi...
January 12, 2022 by Tatiora
I love how absolutely and utterly ridiculous cats are. The old cat meme "if it fits, I sits," rings true almost 100% of the time. I know that my own cat will wiggle her way into positions that my body starts aching just at the mere thought of. All this is to say that I take great delight in seeing what kinds of shenanigans animals get up to when left to their own devices, which is the case here. I found an article while browsing on Gizmodo about Starlink's Internet satellite dishes and how...
December 15, 2021 by Tatiora
When you think about objects that you can invest in for hopefully high returns, you tend to think of things like gold, jewelry, art, antiques, and so on. A new study from the economists at the Higher School of Economics in Russia recently released a study that presents a new and unique lucrative alternative: Lego sets. Throughout the course of their study, the economists discovered that the market prices of the retired Lego sets sold on the secondary market grow by at least 11% annually, ...
December 8, 2021 by Tatiora
A cube-shaped object has been spotted by scientists working on China's Chang'e 4 mission on the far side of the Moon. Pictured below, you can see the object standing out against the blackness of space, practically begging in the Yutu 2 rover to come over and examine it.  While the object is probably something like a displaced boulder, scientists want to complete their due diligence and fully intend to send the Yutu 2 over to investigate. Our Space, a Chinese language science outreach...
November 3, 2021 by Tatiora
England is getting a new high-speed rail system installed - which, for certain parts of the world, perhaps hardly constitutes news, but it's what some archaeologists found while digging that caught my attention.  Three Roman busts and other rare artifacts were unearthed at the site of a former Norman-era church in Stoke Mandeville, a village located about 46 miles northwest of London. The excavations at the site had already been underway for about 7 months when the statues made their sur...
October 13, 2021 by Tatiora
While the games that maintain the top "popular" slots may not always be games that we agree with, we have to admit that they hold those slots for a reason. I will even confess to having played a little bit of Epic's Fortnite game, only to find myself pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable it was.  That doesn't mean I have any interest in watching a movie about it, but here we are. According to The Information, Epic Games is considering the idea of expanding into the entertainm...
May 5, 2021 by Tatiora
Is Earth ready for a potentially catastrophic asteroid impact? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be no. An international exercise to simulate an asteroid striking Earth is finished, and with its fictitious impact concluded, things aren't looking so hot for the 185-mile stretch between Prague and Munich. It sounds like a game, but it's actually serious business. The exercise is being led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Near Earth Object Studies and is meant to prepare sc...