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  • NASA, ESA will study how artificial gravity can keep astronauts healthy

    03/24/2019 6:03:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Engadget ^ | 03/24/2019 | Jon Fingas
    NASA and the ESA... about to start a study that will explore how artificial gravity might keep astronauts in good shape. Volunteers at the German Aerospace Center will spend 60 days in bed ... at an incline that will send blood away from their heads. Once a day, a "selection" of the subjects will take a spin in the Center's short-arm centrifuge in a bid to send blood back toward their legs. The scientists can tweak the intensity of the centrifugal force as well as decide whether to spin around a person's head or chest, but it's not clear just...
  • Ford to build new factory in Michigan for autonomous vehicles; 900 new jobs expected

    03/20/2019 10:07:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/20/2019 | Phil Le Beau
    Ford is building a new plant in Michigan for autonomous vehicles as the company realigns some factories to focus on its future lineup of self-driving and electric cars. The new facility, scheduled to open in the next two years, will take new commercial-grade hybrid models and incorporate the self-driving technology needed to turn them into autonomous vehicles. Ford is still considering where to build the AV finishing center and has not said how many people will work there. “This facility will be about more than just putting the brains into these autonomous vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global...
  • A Big Change To Ford’s Mexico Plans That Will Make Donald Trump Smile

    03/06/2019 4:05:25 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 6, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    You might recall, a little more than a year ago, when liberals were absolutely giddy over the news that Ford was going to be building an automotive plant in Mexico after all. It was seen as a defeat for President Trump’s America first ideas and a failure of one of his campaign promises. I wonder what they’ll be saying now? The company just announced that the Mexico deal has been scrapped and they will instead be expanding a plant in Michigan, adding hundreds of new jobs. (USA Today) Ford Motor announced Tuesday that it would cancel plans for a $1.6...
  • GM confirms plans to build new EV, invest $300 million in Michigan plant

    03/22/2019 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/22/19 | David Shepardson
    (Reuters) - General Motors Co confirmed on Friday it will invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant, adding 400 jobs to build a new Chevrolet electric vehicle. The largest U.S. automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month. GM officials said the announcement was planned well before Trump's series of angry GM tweets that started on Saturday. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the Ohio...
  • GM Announces 400 Jobs, New Electric Car Days After Venomous Trump Tweets

    03/22/2019 12:25:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TPM ^ | 03/22/2019 | By Mike Householder and Tom Krisher
    ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. GM wouldn’t say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come...
  • Super fast travel using outer space could be $20 billion market, disrupting airlines, UBS predicts

    03/19/2019 11:54:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/18/19 | Michael Sheetz
    In a decade, high speed travel via outer space will represent an annual market of at least $20 billion and compete with long-distance airline flights, UBS says. UBS expects the broader space industry, which is worth about $400 billion today, will double to $805 billion by 2030. Long haul airplane flights that are more than 10 hours in duration would "be cannibalized" by point-to-point flights on rockets, UBS said. UBS believes there will be very lucrative ramifications from the space flight efforts currently led by Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin. A lengthy UBS report published on Sunday found...
  • There's Something About Space That's Triggering Herpes in Astronauts

    03/17/2019 7:09:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 88 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | JON CHRISTIAN
    Tests show that dormant herpes viruses reactivate in more than half the astronauts who travel on the Space Shuttle and International Space station, according to new NASA research - a phenomenon the space agency says could pose problems for deep space missions. ..."In keeping with this, we find that astronaut's immune cells - particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses - become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after."
  • Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight

    03/17/2019 5:35:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 03/15/2019
    "NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation—not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry," says senior author Dr. Satish K. Mehta of KBR Wyle at the Johnson Space Center. "This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle." "During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system. In keeping with this, we find that astronaut's immune cells—particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses—become less effective during spaceflight...
  • Rep. Ralph Abraham pitches Louisiana for Trump’s Space Force locale

    03/17/2019 3:41:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | March 17, 2018 | The Associated Press
    U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is urging President Donald Trump to consider Louisiana for the future headquarters of Trump’s proposed Space Force. The Republican congressman wrote a letter to the president , suggesting Louisiana was an "ideal location" because of its strong existing relationships with the military and NASA. Abraham, who is running for governor, says Space Force would "fit perfectly" at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. He notes NASA's existing Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans has built components for the nation's space program for decades...
  • Tesla launches '1,000 miles per hour' charging station for Model 3

    03/09/2019 10:28:58 AM PST · by ETL · 72 replies ^ | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    The so-called V3 Supercharger operates at 250 kilowatts -- approximately twice that of the older stations -- and can charge some of its cars at a rate of 75 miles every five minutes, which Tesla is promoting as “1,000 miles per hour,” without explaining the math. (75 x 12 = 900, doesn't it?)(Following the publication of this article, a Tesla representative clarified that the "1,000 mph" speed is a peak rate that is only sustained for a portion of the initial five-minute period on batteries at a low state of charge. Average speeds over longer charging times were not...
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans go up in smoke as Pentagon investigation of pot smoking nears end

    03/08/2019 3:43:50 PM PST · by wastedyears · 30 replies
    Fox Business ^ | March 7, 2019 | Charlie Gasparino, Lydia Moynihan
    The Department of Defense is weighing whether to suspend or revoke the tech entrepreneur’s security clearance for his SpaceX private venture that launches spy satellites for the federal government following an incident last year where he smoked a marijuana cigarette during an appearance on a comedian’s podcast, FOX Business has learned.
  • Splashdown! SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule returns to Earth

    03/08/2019 6:29:02 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/8/19 | James Rogers
    SpaceX’s unmanned Crew Dragon capsule has splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after its historic DEMO-1 test flight to the International Space Station. The capsule, carrying a dummy dubbed ‘Ripley,’ made its return to Earth after undocking from the ISS early Friday. After plunging through the Earth’s atmosphere, Crew Dragon deployed its parachutes and splashed down at 8:45 a.m. EST. The six-day test flight is a crucial step in SpaceX’s plan to provide human spaceflight. Lessons learned from DEMO-1 should improve safety when two NASA astronauts strap into a Dragon as early as July.
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon Re-Entry May Be Visible Over Some of Eastern US

    03/07/2019 8:03:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | 03/07/2019 | Joe Rao
    According to NASA's press kit, "Crew Dragon will autonomously undock from the International Space Station on Friday, March 8, at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST [0730 GMT]. About five hours after Dragon departs the space station it will conduct its deorbit burn, which lasts up to 15 minutes. It takes about 35 to 40 minutes for Dragon to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean, which is currently targeted for approximately 8:45 a.m. EST [1345 GMT]." There has been a lively discussion on the satellite observer Seesat Internet List about spotting the bright plasma trail created by...
  • Solar Wind Leaves 'Sunburn' Scars on the Moon

    03/04/2019 2:39:34 PM PST · by ETL · 34 replies ^ | Mar 4, 2019 | Samantha Mathewson
    People on Earth who've gotten sunburns are familiar with the sun's powerful rays — but the moon suffers from sunburn, too. Some regions of the lunar surface exhibit a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Using NASA's ARTEMIS mission — which stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun — astronomers have revealed new clues about the origin of these swirls. The sun releases a constant flow of charged particles known as solar wind into space. While Earth's natural magnetic field deflects solar-wind particles, the moon has a weaker magnetic field, leaving some areas of...
  • The first look at how hacked self-driving cars would affect New York City traffic

    03/04/2019 11:21:12 AM PST · by ETL · 39 replies ^ | March 4, 2019 | American Physical Society
    As automated cars become more commonplace, it is increasingly likely that internet-connected vehicles could be simultaneously disabled. Currently, regulators tend to focus on preventing individual incidents, like the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber in Arizona last year. However, they fall short of addressing the effects of a large-scale hack in an urban setting. This week at the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting in Boston, Skanda Vivek will present his research on the cyber-physical risks of hacked internet-connected vehicles. He will also participate in a press conference describing the work. Information for logging on to...
  • NASA, SpaceX Launch First Flight Test of Space System Designed for Crew

    03/03/2019 8:07:40 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 02 Mar 2019 | Press Release
    For the first time in history, a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket, which launched from American soil, is on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “Today’s successful launch marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “I proudly congratulate the SpaceX and NASA teams for this major milestone...
  • Here's How Lucid Motors Will Neutralize Tesla's Supercharger Advantage

    03/03/2019 5:13:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | September 27, 2018 | John Rosevear
    Lucid Motors, a Silicon Valley start-up that is gearing up to launch an advanced electric luxury car, said that it has struck a preliminary deal with Electrify America to provide its future customers with a nationwide recharging plan. This is an important deal. Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Supercharger network has given it a big advantage in winning buyers away from internal-combustion alternatives. Any company looking to challenge Tesla will be at a disadvantage unless it can also provide its buyers with assurance that they'll be able to access high-speed chargers on road trips. Lucid isn't yet public, but it just won a...
  • SpaceX’s New Crew Capsule Aces Space Station Docking

    03/03/2019 8:04:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously under the station astronauts’ watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for berthing. The capsule’s nose cap was wide open like a dragon’s mouth, to expose the docking mechanism. Behnken said that’s the way it should work when he and Hurley are on board; they may push a button or two and will have the ability to intervene, if necessary. As part of Sunday’s shakedown, the station astronauts sent commands for the Dragon to retreat and...
  • Subaru Recalls Cars as Some Perfumes Cause Malfunctions: Could affect up to 2.3 million vehicles

    03/01/2019 11:29:42 AM PST · by billorites · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2019 | Chieko Tsuneoka
    If you drive a Subaru, you may want to avoid wearing perfume or a sweater treated with fabric softener—they could prevent the engine from starting. Subaru Corp. said Friday it plans to recall as many as 2.3 million Impreza and Forester vehicles world-wide after discovering that certain chemical compounds released by everyday products such as cosmetics, fabric softener or car polish could cause parts to malfunction. These malfunctions could affect a brake-light switch that is also involved in starting the engine or cause a vehicle-stability warning light to flash unnecessarily, the Japanese auto maker said. No accidents related to the...
  • Watch the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship with a robo-rider named Ripley

    03/01/2019 11:32:12 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 40 replies
    GeekWire ^ | 3/1/19 | Alan Boyle
    After years of on-the-ground development and testing, the SpaceX spaceship that’s destined to carry NASA astronauts is going on its first uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station tonight — and you can watch the historic liftoff from multiple angles. When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, there won’t be any humans aboard. But there will be a crew member of sorts. SpaceX has placed a spacesuit-wearing, sensor-laden mannequin in one of the Dragon’s seats, to gather data about how rigorous the...