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Got the Right Stuff? NASA Is Recruiting New Astronauts by Calla Cofield,

Tanner STS-115 Spacewalk

Astronaut Joseph R. Tanner, STS-115 mission specialist, waves at the camera during a space walk. NASA will be seeking applications for astronauts starting in December.
Credit: NASA/JPL

Calling all aspiring astronauts: NASA announced today (Nov. 4) that it will be accepting applications starting in December for its next round of astronaut training.

Currently, there are 47 active members in NASA’s astronaut corp., with the last group of new astronauts selected in 2013. Applications for the new class will be accepted from mid-December through mid-February, and those selected to begin astronaut training will be announced in mid-2017.

“With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars,” said NASA in a statement. [Related: How to Become as Astronaut]

The current and upcoming generations of space fliers will be considered for missions to the International Space Station, which has housed human inhabitants for 15 consecutive years, has served as a laboratory for over 1,700 microgravity experiments and offers a way to test the requirements of supporting humans in space (which will be extremely relevant for longer-duration trips to places like Mars).

full article for future astronauts here

Top 10 Surprising Things That Were Invented by Women


Women are responsible for many inventions we use in our everyday life. Some of them will surprise you. Women invented even the very male items. Unfortunately, it was not easy for them to attain the society recognition. Their stories are full of intrigues, scandals, and fraud. These women made a great contribution to a humanity development, but they had to fight for their acceptance. We should be grateful for these remarkable creations. So, let’s see these impressive stories.

full article TopTenz

A fantastic idea well worth supporting,a shower bus for homeless people

how lava mae was born

It started with one woman, homeless in San Francisco, crying that she would never be clean.

Our founder, Doniece Sandoval heard her cries. Those words, a desire to help those experiencing homelessness, and a crazy obsession with the mobile food truck movement set in motion what eventually became Lava Mae. Started by private citizens who believe that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury, Lava Mae seeks to serve those who lack access to what should be basic human rights – showers and sanitation.

link to how it started,get involved,help out LavaMe

The Giant Sun Mirrors of Rjukan

Rjukan is a small industrial town in the municipality of Telemark, in Norway, that lies at the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of the mighty Gaustatoppen mountain. The steep slopes of the surrounding mountains completely block out the sun for half the year, leaving this thriving community of 3,400 in permanent shadow from September to March.

But since 2013, the town’s residents has been basking under a tiny patch of sunlight that falls right over the market square. This light is reflected from three large heliostatic mirrors called “Solspeil” installed on the mountainside about 450 meters above the town’s square. The mirrors capture the sunlight and direct it into the market square where it illuminates an area of about 600 square meters. Controlled by computers, the mirrors follow the sun’s movement across the sky, moving every 10 seconds so that Rjukan’s square remains sun drenched for the entire length of the day.


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read the full article at Amusing Planet

Teen Who Hacked CIA Director’s Email Tells How He Did It

CIA director John Brennan.

CIA director John Brennan. CHRIS MADDALONI/AP

A HACKER WHO claims to have broken into the AOL account of CIA Director John Brennan says he obtained access by posing as a Verizon worker to trick another employee into revealing the spy chief’s personal information.

WIRED has the whole story 🙂

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