After a delay 24 hours earlier over concerns about the rocket, the launch on Sunday appeared to go flawlessly.
It was the first SpaceX launch from Florida since a Falcon 9 exploded on a launch pad on September 1, 2016.
Sunday’s launch was also the first from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 since the NASA Space Shuttles was retired in July 2011. The complex has a rich past: It was used to launch the Apollo moon missions.
On Sunday morning, SpaceX hoisted a spacecraft, named the Dragon, toward the International Space Station, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth without issue.
SpaceX has done this before. It’s trying to perfect the technique so it can reuse its rockets and cut the cost of missions.
The September explosion at Cape Canaveral didn’t injure anyone, but it destroyed a satellite that Facebook planned to use to bring internet service to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 14.)
The Dragon is packed with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. NASA says it will take two days for the Dragon to catch up to the space station. Astronauts on board will capture it with the station’s 57-foot-long robotic arm.
The International Space Station has six astronauts on board — two from the US, three from Russia and one from France. The first of those crew members arrived in October. They’re conducting biotechnology research for a mission that ends in April.
After the crew unloads the Dragon, the vessel will be packed with trash and other items and return to Earth. It is set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California, on March 21.
The space station has been orbiting Earth for 16 years. It’s a joint program between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency.
A new method for printing on paper using light promises to be much cheaper, and easier on the environment than the traditional ink-based printing we're used to.
Scientists have developed a special nanoparticle coating that's easy to apply to normal paper and changes colour when ultraviolet (UV) light shines on it. The colour change can be reversed when the coating is heated to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit), and allows for up to 80 rewrites.The team of researchers from the US and China say that their new high-resolution light printing technique could be used everywhere from newspapers to labels, saving on the cost of ink and paper, and on the environmental cost of their recycling and disposing.
The special light-printable paper "has the same feel and appearance as conventional paper, but can be printed and erased repeatedly without the need for additional ink" one of the research team, Yadong Yin from the University of California, Riverside, told Phys.org.
"Our work is believed to have enormous economic and environmental merits to modern society."
Two types of nanoparticle are combined for the new coating: Prussian blue, a blue pigment used in paints that turns colourless when it gains electrons, and titanium dioxide (TiO2), a photocatalytic material that speeds up chemical reactions in response to UV light. Culled
Electric trains have always been a relatively sustainable mode of transport, with much lower emissions than cars, but as of the 1st of January, 2017, all electric train rides in the Netherlands have become even greener. They are now entirely powered by clean, renewable, wind energy.
Dutch railway companies, of which NS is by far the largest, teamed up with energy company Eneco in 2015 to cut train ride emissions drastically. Originally, 2018 was set as the target for changing to 100% renewable power sources. After having reached 75% in 2016, though, the 100% transition was completed one year ahead of schedule.
The NS alone transports 600,000 people per day, for which it needs 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year. For comparison, this equals the electricity consumption of all households of the Dutch capital Amsterdam. It is a major step in reducing the carbon footprint of the Netherland’s transport sector.
There are still some concerns about the way renewable energy is often “procured” in the Netherlands. At this point, total Dutch wind power generation is about 7.4 billion kWh annually. With wind power usage in 2015 equal to 12.5 billion kWh, Dutch demand for wind power amply exceeds supply. The way energy company Eneco frequently solves this is by procuring Guarantees of Origin (GoO). These are certificates belonging to renew-ably generated electricity, and by buying them up from countries where renewable energy supply exceeds demand, on paper, the GoO buyer’s electricity becomes green and the GoO seller’s electricity can no longer be sold as “sustainable.” So, the GoO system allows for the transfer of the rights to call electricity green from those who actually generate renewable energy to those who don’t but want to classify their power as such. The actual amount of green energy produced is unaffected. read further here......
The Coach Gernot Rohr-led Eagles had finished in the 51st position at the end of 2016, but moved a step upward on the latest table. Nigeria now has a total of 619 points as against the 616 in their last ranking. The Super Eagles have also moved up to the seventh position in Africa as against their eighth place in December 2016.
Nigeria’s best placing in the FIFA rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.
Senegal, with a total of 743 points, remains the highest ranked African national team. The Senegalese is ranked 33 in the world, above Cup of Nations titleholders, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire (34), Egypt (35), Tunisia (36), Algeria (39), Congo DR (49) and Nigeria (50) in the latest rankings.
All the countries, except Nigeria are already in Gabon to challenge for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which will begin tomorrow and end on February 5.The Super Eagles and their counterparts from Saudi Arabia were two new teams to have broken into the top 50 in the latest FIFA’s ranking. Saudi Arabia (48th, up 6), and Nigeria (50th, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51st, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53rd, down 3). Only 12 “A” matches were played since the final ranking of 2016.
The top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
However, the January’s best performers, both in points and rankings, were Suriname (128th, up 22). But the biggest move notwithstanding, the northern South American team is still some distance from their best-ever position (84th), recorded back in 2008.
The small southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (99th, up 1).The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.culled
Toyota unveiled its latest concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday night — and it's designed to be your friend.
The concept car comes with an artificial intelligence assistant named Yui that can learn more about you over time.
Concept-i is Toyota's latest concept car and shows how the company is taking a gradual approach to self-driving vehicles.
Yui's primary purpose is safety. Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said at CES that Yui can help retain a driver's focus by performing mild tasks, like turning the radio on or engaging the driver in a conversation.
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The PowerRay costs $2,000, meaning that one would not only have to be extremely cynical, but also extremely rich to buy it.
Indeed at times CES, for all its digital bluster, felt like a 19th-century marketplace, with people hawking dubious products at scandalous prices from their hastily assembled stalls.
Source: The Guardian
1,000th Day in Captivity: President Buhari Says FG Remains Committed to Freedom of Abducted Chibok Girls
Norway is switching from FM to digital radio -- called DAB -- because the digital option offers more channels, better audio quality and savings for broadcasters.
"The main reason that Norway is the first is because of the Norwegian landscape, which has deep fjords, high mountains and scattered communities. This makes it particularly expensive to operate the Norwegian FM networks compared with other countries” the government said in a statement.
The government estimates that radio stations will save more than 200 million kroner ($23.5 million) a year by ditching FM, allowing them to invest further in radio content.
It doesn't expect any jobs will be directly affected by the shutdown as stations will switch to broadcasting via DAB.
The move from analogue to digital comes after more than a decade of government planning.
Norway's local radio association -- Norsk Lokalradioforbund -- has also warned that the cost of buying new radios will hit consumers.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, are considering whether to switch from FM to digital radio, so the success of this transition will be closely monitored.
Norway has a population of about 5.2 million people. About 70% of homes already have DAB radios, according to Radio.no, a website backed by the country's public broadcaster.
On January 4th Slant launched the LittleArm 2C, the next generation of the LittleArm, on Kickstarter. It is tougher, simpler, and more expandable than its predecessor and any other similar arm available.
In 2016 the Original LittleArm was launched by Slant Concepts. Since then the team at Slant has been gathering feedback from hundreds of students, makers, and teachers about the 3D printed robot arms. All of that feedback was taken and used to move forward in the mission of creating a STEM and hobby robot arm that would get kids excited about STEM topics.
The LittleArm 2C was designed to address two major issues with the original LittleArm,” said Gabe Bentz, creator of the LittleArm. “They were durability and support. Both relate to the classroom.”
To address durability the new LittleArm features an entirely new mechanical structure that allows it to take the stresses and beatings that 3rd graders can give to it. Improved support comes from the simplicity of the design, which makes it easier for kids to assemble as well as many new tutorials and resources on the LittleArm website.
The Basic kit for the LittleArm 2C is enabled with bluetooth and can be trained with the Littlearm smartphone app so kids of all ages can get started learning the basic concepts of programming immediately. The 2C can be built in under an hour and only has 31 parts, reducing the load on teacher who use the kits in the classroom.
But the LittleArm has not left its maker roots. The 2C is a family of arms. And the little brother in that family is the minimalist brainless version which is designed to be mounted to other projects. The designs are also available for download for those who have 3D printers.
The original LittleArm was the first commercially successful 3D printed robot arm. But now it is growing. The LittleArm is preparing kids for a technological future where they work side-by-side technology. The LittleArm shows them every component of that technology from the manufacturing to the programming.