News You Can Use

Top Five dangers of Space Travel

  • Radiation, becoming stir crazy, micro-gravity, human error, space fungus. BBC / ScienceMag

Human Needs in Space

  • Provides list of basic human needs in space.
  • Provides some cool images displaying what food, bone loss, and what astronaut life is like. Lee-k12

Space Resources

  • Provides information about space resources like regolith, atmospheres, and solar energy. NASA

Space Farming

  • In 2015, six astronauts were able to plant and grow red romaine lettuce. Additionally, they were able to eat it without needing to be inspected on Earth.
  • Talks about the technologies currently available for space farming. NASA
  • More about space farming and more specifics about the technology available for space farming. Popular Science

Sustainable Oxygen In Space

  • There is a method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity. This is giving hope for possible long-distance space travel. PHY ORG

Astronaut  Space Trash

  • Space on the ISS and spaceships is very limited. Currently, Astronauts store up to two metric tons of trash.
  • There are ideas for a trash compactor that would heat and compress trash. NASA is looking into if the trash disks could be used a shield to protect against space radiation. SPACE

Space Radiation

  • On the ISS, in low orbit Earth, the space station and earth’s protective atmosphere block most of the space radiation that astronauts face. 
  • However, when planning a trip to Mars, scientists need to find a better way to protect astronauts from more radiation exposure. 
  • They are beginning to look at materials with elements that have similar sizes to the radiation-like hydrogen. Polyethylene and hydrogenated boron nitride nanotubes are both considerations for blocking radiation. NASA

Meteoroids in Space

  • NASA uses a radar to detect debris and asteroids that could impact a spaceships windows/walls. The biggest challenge to the radar is medium sized particles because they are difficult to detect.  
  • The ISS is one of the most heavily protected space crafts with materials surrounding for “multishock” shielding to act as a bumper. UNIVERSE TODAY

Short-term and Long-term health effects of zero gravity

  • At first, astronauts may experience disorientation with their limbs. In long-term health effects, astronauts saw a decrease in calcium in their bones and a decrease in their muscle mass. One surprising effect that doctors have begun to note is change in vision. 
  • NASA changed their work out system to better preserve astronauts’ health. SPACE

Space Flight

  • Made In Space Archinaut 3D Printed Satellite Factor To Undergo Thermal Vacuum Testing. CNBC
  • Smallsat Company To Launch First Non-Test Flight. Wired
  • OMB asks NASA To Study Conversion Of Field Centers To R&D Hubs. ExecutiveGov
  • ‘Peanuts’ and NASA are collaborating again — five decades after Snoopy’s moon mission. Washington Post
  • How Does NASA Test For Spacecraft Safety? Brutalize a Replica. Wired

Ted Talks

  • How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars  Ted Talks
  • An animated tour of the invisible Ted Talks
  • How we’ll find life on other planets Ted Talks
  • I leapt from the stratosphere. Here’s how I did it Ted Talks
  • Can technology solve our big problems? Ted Talks
  • Let’s look for life in the outer solar system  Ted Talks

Aviation

  • Connected Aircraft To Triple Within Decade. Aviation Week
  • NASA’s Aircraft Modifications Makes Planes 70 Percent Quieter. Engadget
  • UAV Research at mid-atlantic Aviation Partnership test site to test safe out of range operation. Washington Post

Robotics

  • Sprint to provide connectivity to autonomous charging robot vehicles. Converge! Network Digest
  • Researchers Developing Robots To Assist Alzheimer’s Disease Patients. HealthDay

Inpirational News

  • The 39 most powerful female engineers of 2018. BusinessInsider
  • Girl Scouts unveils 30 new STEM-related badges, including space exploration and cybersecurity. The Verge