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24-Year-Old With PhD is Crowned Miss Virginia in 2019

Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old with a  Ph.D. was crowned Miss Virginia. Against pageant norms, she wore a lab coat and safety glasses to perform the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide during the talent section of the competition.

She has 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry and Systems Biology. She is currently working to get a Doctorate Pharmacy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Using the talent section for a science experiment was a perfect way to get others excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). You can check out her blog post by Clicking Here

Paraphrasing, she said the evolution of the Miss America Competition that reflects comprehensiveness and the opportunity to make a difference and win scholarships inspired her to come forward in the competition which was her statement she emailed to IFL Science.

She added that she is more than Miss Virginia, she is Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD, looking forward to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. She believes it’s time to create her mind-set about bringing her passion for STEM to the stage.  Talent is not a passion alone, it’s a skill which is perfected over time.

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Catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide is an experiment that many students probably remember from school.  It’s very similar to applying hydrogen peroxide to a wound that is a bubbling foam.

The process is caused by a catalase (an enzyme found in almost all living organisms exposed to oxygen),  that is found in the blood and attacks the hydrogen peroxide putting off oxygen in the form of white gurgling bubbles.

Camille was the 24th contestant at the 2019 pageant and won more than $21,000 out of $75,000 in scholarship money.  Over the next year, she will travel around the state and share her platform of STEM awareness along with drug safety and the prevention of drug abuse.

Sadly, every day more than 130 Americans die from Opioid abuse and every eight minutes a caregiver makes a medical mistake that impacts a child’s life.  It’s time we do more about safety and abuse prevention.  She will go to represent the Commonwealth at Virginia at eh Miss America Pageant later this year.

I say Bravo Camille for your intelligence and desire to share the world of science to young people in hopes they will find careers they never knew existed.

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Tattoos Unveiled on Egyptian Mummies From 3,000 Years Ago!

These tattoos were actually hidden before the rise in high-technology which is drawing the attention of Egyptologists everywhere.  It’s allowing for a glimpse into the lives of people in Egyptian culture 3,000 years ago, along with how they lived and how they worked.

According to the archaeologist, Anne Austin in a study published in 2017, she described identical symbols of religious connections as well as floral motifs, animals, and deities.  At that time, photography showed dozens of tattoos on necks, shoulders, arms, and backs of mummies including one with 2 lotus blossoms connected by a dotted line on a woman’s lips.

In 2014, the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) identified an extensively tattooed mummy from the necropolis at Deir el-Medina. The community was made up of workmen who cut and designed the New Kingdom’s royal tombs. Since that time, there have been several other individuals with tattoos among mummies that have been unidentified on the site.

Deir el-Medina was an ancient village occupied by craftsmen who built the royal tombs for the nearby Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.   Deir el-Medina, unlike other places at the time, was a community for the sole purpose of housing the workers who were known as “Servants in the Place of Truth.

Look Again!

Along with her team, Austin examined the mummies in 2016 and then again this year. The findings were presented before the American Schools of Oriental Research.  Identified tattooed individuals along with others that were previously examined have been revealed.

Unfortunately, researchers can not identify the symbols or what they possibly meant or what they were used for.  The identities of these mummies remain unknown.

Researchers wrote in a paper that the distribution, displays, and content of these tattoos show how they were used in religious practices and to create public identities. One female mummy had extensive tattoos that revealed the tattoos were used to identify and enable this woman to act as a key religious practitioner to the Deir el-Medina community.

While the placement and designs of the tattoos varied greatly, the number of tattoos suggests that this was a practice that played a significant role in Deir el-Medina culture.  Without a doubt, these new findings definitely reveal that the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt was very popular.

Egyptologists have identified only a handful of tattoos going back to Pharaonic Egypt’s 3,000-year history.  That said, there is very little known about the practice of tattoos in Ancient Egypt. Researchers, to date, claim they have discovered what they believe are the oldest tattoos ever on 2 different mummies housed in the British Museum that date back 5,300 years ago.

Deir el-Medina has been excavated and studied since the early 20th century and has given the world so much information about the daily lives of the people as well as the construction of the resting places of the royals.

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2,000 Feet Wide Asteroid Whizzes Past the Planet

The rather unimaginatively named 481392 (2006) SF9 asteroid measuring around 2,034 feet rushed past the Earth at an incredible 17,800 miles /hour on 20th November 2019.

The giant rock has a diameter of 2,034 feet and came to within 2.7million miles of the planet we call home. According to NASA, this is a distance 11 times greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.  This is likely to be the closest the asteroid will get to our planet for at least for the next 200 years.

The giant asteroid was first seen by astronomers near Tucson, Arizona back in 2006.  The Catalina Sky Survey is run by scientists based in the Steward Observatory and aims to look for asteroids, comets, and meteors.

How Far is “Near” in Space Terms?

Despite the huge distances involved this giant asteroid is known as a NEO (Near-Earth Object) because it came within 121 million miles of the sun and 30 million miles of our own planet’s path around the star.

There are numerous other types of NEOs but asteroids are the most common and are only considered “potentially hazardous” in certain circumstances.  NASA would start to become concerned about an asteroid if it came to within 4.6million miles of Earth and had a size over 460 feet.  This is about 19 times the distance between the moon and the earth.

It seems then that 481394 (2006 SF6) is seen as a potential hazard and certainly if it did hit the Earth there would be devastating results.  That said, it is not considered likely to hit the Earth within at least the next 200 years and, despite its size, the asteroid is still too small to cause the sort of extinction-level event that wiped out the dinosaurs even if a collision occurred.

There are around a quarter of a million NEOs larger than 460 feet at present, yet, according to NASA this probably represents only 35% of the total figure of asteroids in circulation.  Once you start looking at the smaller objects, those with a diameter of under 33 feet, you start to see figures shoot up to the 100 million range.

There are likely around 5,000 asteroids that could prove to be a hazard.

An asteroid consists of debris that was leftover for the early formation of the solar system. Most of the material joined together to form planets but some are still floating around out there. These asteroids give us valuable insights into how our solar system originated and shows that even now, around 4.5 billion years later, it is still changing and evolving.

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Lamborghini Now Registers Cars On the Blockchain

Italian luxury brand Lamborghini Adopts Salesforce Blockchain The Italian luxury sports car maker has adopted the Salesforce blockchain platform to certify heritage cars securely.  The platform also speeds up the process of tracing and authenticating these vehicles.

The move was announced in November 2019 following Salesforce’s launch of a hyper ledger-based blockchain platform back in May.  This will now mean that a network can be implemented, joining together many trusted participants who will be able to carry out checks each time a  Lamborghini’s is resold.

It is good news for both sellers and buyers because now every Lamborghini vehicle will have its own record of service.  Under the old system, the vehicle would be taken to  Sant’Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini’s Italian HQ to undergo around 800-1,000 checks for the vehicle to be resold.

It is a long and involved process involving collaboration between a network of photographers, repairs shops and auction houses to verify the vehicle’s parts and service history.

Fighting Counterfeit Vehicles

With the introduction of the blockchain certification, Salesforce and Lamborghini have announced that every car will be resold with a full record of service, including parts, previous owners and any restoration work.

The new system will mean that there is less risk of buyers being sold a counterfeit vehicle as all the entire process of authentication is conducted by Lamborghini and its trusted partners within the network.

In August 2019, Lamborghini’s conducted a pilot trial of Salesforce Blockchain when it certified it’s Lamborghini Aventador S.  This unique car has been protected as a work of art and certified using the  Salesforce Blockchain when it took part in the  Monterrey Car Week.

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Over 140 New Nazca Lines Discovered in Peru

Researchers at Yamagata University and IBM Japan have identified more than 100 new geoglyphs picturing fish, snakes, humanoids, and many other things in Nazca, Peru using AI technology owned by IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. In all, they discovered 142 geoglyphs dating back to between 100 BCE and 300 CE.

The images were negative ones created by removing rocks from the white sand. The longest of all the images is over 100 meters from top to bottom, bigger than the Statue of Liberty while the smallest is 5 meters, around the same size as Michelangelo’s David.

To make things easier, the researches divided all the geoglyphs into two categories according to their size, age, and design. Type A are those which tend to be bigger – 50 meters or more – and are just line drawings while Type B consists of smaller geoglyphs on solid-colored surfaces.

These two categories also differ by age. Typically, those in Type B were older, thought to be created anywhere from 100 BCE to 100 CE during the Initial Nazca Period, or earlier even, while Type B is a bit more recent – that is, between 100 and 300 CE.

The researchers’ theory is that each group had a different purpose. Type A, the larger ones, may have been for rituals that involved pottery while Type B was simply for decoration. These second ones were discovered close to paths or on slopes, which suggests their purpose may have been to aid travelers.

What do we know about the Nazca Lines?

In 1994, all the lines and geoglyphs of Nazca and Palpa, located 400 or so kilometers south of Lima, near the town of Nazca, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spanning 517 square kilometers of desert, it is here that the Nazca civilization created hundreds of geoglyphs between 500 BCE and 500 CE.

According to National Geographic, it wasn’t until flight was invented that they were discovered. That means they were left untouched for thousands of centuries.

Researchers are still mystified as to how or why geoglyphs were constructed, but as the World Heritage Convention states, they have turned “the vast land into a highly symbolic, ritual and social-cultural landscape that remains until today.”

“They represent a remarkable manifestation of a common religion and social homogeneity that lasted a considerable period of time.”

Some say they were used as a big astronomical calendar while others say they were places to perform rituals for farming success. Still others think that they were alien landing sites – one of the most unique and improbable theories.

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10 Secret Code Words You’re Not Meant to Know

What at first seems like ordinary combinations of numbers or words can actually be signs of serious emergencies in the right situations. Read on to learn a few!

10-33

You’ve probably heard a policeman say “10-4,” at least in movies – a type of acknowledgment of what has been said. But 10-33 is something more. If you hear an officer say 10-33, it means there’s an emergency.

Code 10

The phrase “Code 10” actually has several meanings. If you’re in a hospital, it signals a serious threat or mass casualties. However, if you’re in a store and the cashier issues an authorization request for a Code 10, it means he or she finds you or your card to be suspicious. However, if you’re in Walmart, don’t be alarmed; Code 10 only means that there has been a dry spill!

7500

This number is something you should hope to never hear your pilot say because it’s a code that signals the plane has been hijacked.

However, more and more people have become familiar with what “7500” means in this situation, so many airlines have gone a step further to install a button or some sort of contraption in the cockpit which quietly turns the plane’s transponder to 7500. Then, the air traffic control will simply confirm with the pilot that he sent the signal intentionally.

7700, however, signals general emergencies on a plane.

Code Adam

Back in 1994, Walmart coined the phrase “Code Adam” following the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old who had been innocently strolling around Sears. Now, it is used to signal a missing child in many public locations, such as malls, hospitals, supermarkets, and museums. Congress has even mandated that all federal buildings use Code Adam procedures as of 2003.

Code Blue

Some hospitals may differ from others, so there’s a chance it may mean something different for some hospitals, but in general, a Code Blue means that a patient has gone into cardiac arrest.

Code Bravo

Hearing “Code Bravo” in an airport is quite serious, as it means there has been a bomb threat or some other sort of security breach.

In fact, you may even encounter officials yelling the phrase because they want people to freeze, helping them to find where the legitimate threat is more quickly.

Code Oscar

We often associate the word “Oscar” with the Academy Awards, but unfortunately, on ships, “Code Oscar” has nothing to do with movies and actors. It means that there is a man overboard.

Code Silver

If you’re in a hospital and year “Code Silver,” keep your eye out for suspicious individuals. It means that there is someone in the building with a weapon, a hostage situation has occurred, or some other violent situation has ensued which requires a lockdown.

Doctor Firestone

Dr. Firestone isn’t a real doctor, but you could hear the name in a real medical emergency. It lets hospital staff know there’s a fire in the building. If you hear an announcement saying, Paging Dr. Firestone to the fifth floor,” you should know that there is no Dr. Firestone.

What it actually means is that there is a fire in the building, and they want to let the staff know without causing mayhem. Some hospitals may use the phrase “Code Red” instead.

Echo, Echo, Echo

You would only hear this in context if you are out on a ship on a foggy night. It means that two ships are about to run into one another. Some cruise ships utilize this phrase to let everyone on board know that there are high winds.

What at first seems like ordinary combinations of numbers or words can actually be signs of serious emergencies in the right situations. Read on to learn a few!
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Cool! Never Before Seen ‘Dance of Avoidance’ of Neptune’s Moons

Over the years, astronomers have discovered 14 moons that orbit Neptune – and that’s just 14 that we know of. Seven of them are inner moons that are relatively close to one another. In 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flyby happened upon two of these inner moons, Naiad and Thalassa.

Scientists have more recently observed Naiad’s unique orbit consisting of oscillating patterns in order to avoid collision with Thalassa. They’ve labelled it a “dance of avoidance.”

These moons are quite small when compared to the Earth’s moon – a pithy 60 miles or so in length to 2,159 miles in diameter. In addition, at least relatively speaking, the two moons are quite close together, orbiting only 1,150 miles apart.

But because of the shape of their orbits, they are prevented from colliding with one another. The data that confirmed this was collected by the Voyager 2 spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope between 1981 and 2016.

“We are always excited to find these co-dependencies between moons,” said co-author of the article in the journal Icarus, Mark Showalter, a planetary astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.

“Naiad and Thalassa have probably been locked together in this configuration for a very long time, because it makes their orbits more stable. They maintain the peace by never getting too close.”

Super Fast Zigzag

Naiad takes 7 hours to orbit Neptune while Thalassa takes 7.5 hours, so to avoid Thalassa, Naiad moves in a zigzag pattern, crossing the other’s orbit twice from above and twice from below, repeating the pattern again and again.

Naiad’s tilt and timing are impeccable each time, keeping the two from coming too close. They remain 2,200 miles or so apart even when the two orbits cross paths.

“We refer to this repeating pattern as a resonance,” lead author Marina Brozović, an expert in solar system dynamics at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said.

“There are many different types of ‘dances’ that planets, moons, and asteroids can follow, but this one has never been seen before.”

Brozović and her colleagues think that this unique moon movement has been occurring since Neptune captured Triton, it’s the largest satellite at 1,680 miles.

“We suspect that Naiad was kicked into its tilted orbit by an earlier interaction with one of Neptune’s other inner moons,” said Brozović. “Only later, after its orbital tilt was established, could Naiad settle into this unusual resonance with Thalassa.”

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If You Missed Mercury’s Journey Across the Sun, You’ll Have to Wait Another 13 Years!

Mercury’s journey across the sun happened on November 11th and if you missed it, you will have to wait another 13 years before this event occurs again.  Mercury’s next journey across the sun will not take place until November 13, 2031.  If you think this is a long wait, consider Venus who will travel 93 years from now!

Phenomenal events like this only happen when there is a set alignment on planet orbits. Just like all the planets in our solar system, Mercury and Venus circle the sun in a plane, similar to a pancake but it’s not perfectly flat because each planet has a tilt in its orbit.

Take Mercury’s path, there is an incline of 7° to the plane in which the planet, on average, orbits in the sky. From the perspective of our planet Earth, Mercury passes above or below the sun almost all the time, only crossing the sun 13 or 14 times in one century.

With Venus, this phenomenon is much rarer. It happens in transit pairs separated by 8 years and each pairing only happens about a century apart from each other.

Also, only Mercury and Venus can cross the sun since they are on the inner side of the solar system, unlike Earth.  Transits of Mercury seem to happen around the same time of year, either in November or May while Venus’ is more scattered.

When Will the Next Transit Be?

According to NASA, if you missed this last transit of Mercury, you will have to wait a really long time.  The next 2 transits will happen in 2032 and 2039 but will not be visible from North America. Skywatchers in the U.S will have to wait until 2049 and from the West Coast in 2052.

Regarding Venus, you should mark it on your calendar and even consider if you will still be around.  According to NASA, from December 10 to 11, 2117 it will be visible in southern and western North America and other locations.

As of December 8, 2125,  it will be visible for half its journey in the U.S.  The next pairing will not occur until 2247 and 2255.

If all of this seems too far in advance for you to even consider, have peace of mind, you will have plenty of chances to watch the moon travel across the sun during a solar eclipse or to watch the moon pass into Earth’s shadow during the lunar eclipse.

Eclipses take place every few months but visibility varies considerably, especially for solar eclipses.

If you were fortunate enough to capture the Mercury event, share it on your social media so the rest of us can enjoy the moment!

Mercury’s journey across the sun happened on November 11th and if you missed it, you will have to wait another 13 years before this event occurs again.  Mercury’s next journey across the sun will not take place until November 13, 2031.  If you...

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Food Trucks Should be Unique! Take a Look at These Trucks!

We all know if you have an online store, in order to compete you need to have a site that stands out from the crowd and people take notice.  Well, the same is true for food trucks.  Trucks that stand out and catch the public’s eye are going to get customers while serving up some yummy stuff.

Atilla The HUNgry serves fusion foods like their signature Thai PM & J made with Thai peanut butter and strawberry Sriracha jam! Sounds pretty yummy! A Flickr member photographed and probably enjoyed a lot of food from this red food truck in Edmonton, Canada during the summer of 2014.

This canned pork loaf from a mobile platform and priced really well was grabbed up quickly.  Even if it’s Spam Musubi, it’s still sushi so pull up a spot, pull out your wallet and chow down! A Flickr member saw this Aloha Plate food truck at Coachella 2014 which is the perfect place to serve sushi made with spam!

How about a syndicate known as the Oryza Kings where they can get sticky rice served directly to the public.  With its quilted foil and that enormous extract thing on the roof, the truck speaks volumes that something very special is being prepared inside.

Food Truckin’

Well, this truck speaks volumes even if it’s not owned by the Grateful Dead! This fun group knows how to push all the right buttons from the LSD Lights and paint job to the decorated grinning skull right out of Halloween, you just gotta love it!

You also gotta love the menu board offering breakfast tacos and iced coffee are classic if you want munchies food! A Flickr member took the shot in May of 2010.

Praise Be Cheeses

This huge Big Cheese food truck just about says it all.  This is a convention-style event for the Funko community and even Funko fans need to feed their faces once in a while.  Nothing can possibly satisfy more than cheese in all its delicious, mouthwatering modifications and arrangements.

Those who are not quite into cheese for their next snack, you can enjoy the truck’s Nutella with Roasted Banana sandwiches!  A Flickr member ran down this wonderful food truck in April of 2011.

Do you have an idea for a food truck? Are you getting ready to hit all the local events in your area? If yes, make sure your truck stands out from the crowd, have foods that will draw people from miles around and above and beyond all else, have fun!

We all know if you have an online store, in order to compete you need to have a site that stands out from the crowd and people take notice.  Well, the same is true for food trucks.  Trucks that stand out and catch the public’s eye are going to get...

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Rare Photos of Atmospheric Gravity Waves

Life is often full of amazing little treats that, to the untrained eye, would go entirely unseen. Phenomena are commonly found in all walks of life, and this can give us some of the most truly life-changing sights and scenes. However, one phenomenon that has so far been invisible to humans is known as atmospheric gravity waves.

These are ripples that you would not be able to see in the sky, but definitely have taken place. Such waves can take place in various locations but are often most commonly found during thunderstorms.

Indeed, it’s apparently not too dissimilar to what happens when you throw a rock across the water – you see that little ripple, that change. That is also a gravity wave; what is happening in the sky is similar.

Our Atmosphere is Liquid

Any disturbance to fluid can make these waves take place. Given that our atmosphere is a liquid, too, though, it can contribute to the development of similar wave effects later on in time. It’s a big reason why this kind of atmospheric wave has long been sought after by scientists looking to see it happen in real-time.

The person behind making this happen was Adam Morgan, a meteorologist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Speaking to ABC News, Morgan said: “Essentially gravity waves are disturbances in any sort of fluid, so we see them often in water, but the atmosphere is a fluid as well, so any sort of disturbance in there can generate waves.”

Asked why this has taken place to begin with, Morgan said: “There was a big thunderstorm over the northwest of Western Australia and the disturbance, in this case, was the cold air falling out of the thunderstorm and into the warmer air near the surface,” Morgan said.

“The difference in density there causes the disturbance and then the gravity wave can travel out as the cold air spreads out,”

Indeed, he also noted that such waves can travel exceptionally large distances before they begin to dissipate and return to normal. Speaking further about the experience, Morgan said: “The disturbance will exist until everything rebalances itself, that’s why they can travel a long way,

“If you’ve ever been to the swimming pool and someone jumps in and does a dive bomb at one end of the pool, you might get the wave right at the other end of the pool after a bit of time.”

The main reason why we cannot normally see these, though, is due to the fact that they must produce some kind of cloud. Otherwise, there is not enough moisture in the air to try and give us an insight into what is going on in the background.

Still, we can now finally say that we have visual proof of an atmospheric gravity wave taking place. For many in the science community, this will be seen as a hugely impressive level of progress.

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Designer Says These $20 Million Shoes are The World’s Most Expensive

In the past, it was handbags. Your purse brand and its price defined you. The more expensive, the better. But slowly, bags have taken the backseat, and shoes have begun to take their place – or so says Business Insider’s, Mary Hanbury.

In fact, numbers show that consumers are spending more money on expensive shoes than luxury handbags – $794 on one pair on average, Hanbury wrote, citing a report by The NPD Group. The most classic of these status-symbol shoes is a pair of Christian Louboutins, which can range from anywhere in the high hundreds to the mid-thousands.

However, a pair of shoes debuted on a yacht in Dubai as a part of MIDE (Made in Italy, Designed in Emirates) Fashion Week earlier this October makes the cost of a pair of Louboutins look like pocket change.

Designed by the Italian Antonio Vietri, the “Moon Star Shoes” are now the world’s most expensive shoe, valuing around $19.9 million according to Sophi Prideaux of The National, an English-language UAE news site.

Made of Stars?

So, what makes these shoes so expensive? Not only is the heel solid gold, but it also consists of 30 carats of diamonds and a bit of Argentinian meteorite circa 1576 – all combined to make a record-breaking shoe.

According to Forbes Italia, the shoes are meant to be a tribute to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Vietri is also known for designing the “world’s first 24k gold shoes” in 2017, reported Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. And, of course, they were delivered to buyers via helicopter.

“The most expensive shoes in the world are mine. And the record came to [the] city of Turin. I love my city,” the designer wrote on Instagram on October 14.

It’s undeniable that Vietri has taken the luxury market of shoes to a whole new level. What will he do next?

Still no news on how comfortable the shoes are as of yet.

In the past, it was handbags. Your purse brand and its price defined you. The more expensive, the better. But slowly, bags have taken the backseat, and shoes have begun to take their place – or so says Business Insider’s, Mary Hanbury.

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SpaceX Looks at 2020 for First Internet Coverage From Space

SpaceX is looking at mid-2020 to start offering broadband services via Starlink – a huge internet-from-space project.  To get the project up and running 60 satellites must be deployed which requires 6-8 launches.

Starlink constellation will consist of thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth at low altitudes.  These satellites will be used to provide internet coverage.

The Federal Communications Commission has licensed Space X to launch 12,000 satellites as part of the project and last week the company contacted the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) to request radio frequencies it needs to communicate with another 30,000 satellites.  In total SpaceX intends to launch around 42,000 satellites into low orbit.

The World Wants to Connect

The initiative stems from the increased demand for reliable and fast internet globally, and to reach areas where connectivity has been patchy, non-existent or too expensive.  SpaceX will likely be working to make Starlink Constellation scalable to meet anticipated future needs.

To date, 60 Starlink satellites have been launched by SpaceX and 3 of these failed when they reached orbit.  Two further satellites were removed from orbit which indicates that the company can do this if they need to.  However, the other satellites have accessed the correct orbit and are functioning normally.  This was announced by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX via the system.

The project is still very much in its infancy with a lot of work still to complete before the general public can access the internet via Starlink.  As well as getting the satellites into orbit, Space X is still developing the user terminal that receives the signal from space.

The eventual roll-out may mean direct launch to customers in some areas, whereas in others it will be accessed via a telecom company.  This, along with pricing, has yet to be established.

With its venture into the Starlink Constellation SpaceX moves into the realms of space technology being utilized in commerce.

SpaceX is looking at mid-2020 to start offering broadband services via Starlink – a huge internet-from-space project.  To get the project up and running 60 satellites must be deployed which requires 6-8 launches.

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Hiker Saved by Apple Watch

A hiker from New Jersey has credited his Apple Watch for saving his life by dialing 911 after he and his date fell down a cliff.

The Apple Watch has several emergency response features including the ability to detect a fall and notify first responders.  Its location services send the coordinates of the wearer directly to emergency services.

James Prudenciano certainly believes that but for his Apple Watch he would not be alive.  He said that he and his date, Paige Paruso, had lost visibility as the sun went down when they were out hiking and had fallen down a cliff.

They had tried to slide down the drop believing it to be a lot lower than it was.  At the bottom, they were shocked to find they were going to fall directly into the Navesink River below.

The Watch Dialed 911

Paruso landed in the river sustaining minor injuries but Prudenciano landed hard on some rock, causing 3 spinal fractures.  At this stage, he believed he was going to die but the Apple Watch had already dialed 911.

All Apple Watch models after the Series 4 are fitted with this automatic SOS feature.  It can detect if a user falls and will ask if they require 911.  If there is no response or the wearer is immobile for longer than 60 seconds it automatically calls first responders and sends coordinates.

The couple were rescued by boat and were treated at the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

A hiker from New Jersey has credited his Apple Watch for saving his life by dialing 911 after he and his date fell down a cliff.

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20 Hours in the Air – Longest Flight Has Just Landed

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air, it is officially the longest non-stop flight in the world stealing the top spot from Singapore Airlines who regularly travel from New York to Singapore.

Qantas is intending to test another non-stop flight, this time from London to Sydney which would add an extra 1 hour of flight time and 500 miles.

As airplanes continue to develop technological advancements and better fuel economy these longer flights become possible. However, this raises the question of how well flight crews and passengers will cope with the extra air time instead of the usual layovers which many passengers feel gives a much-needed break.

Qantas carried out research during the flight and intends to do so again in the planned London-Sydney flight to see how people cope with the extended time in the air and also looking at how to minimize the effects of jet-lag in passengers who will be crossing a total of 15 time zones.

The flight took 40 passengers and 10 crew with a complement of 4 pilots. The passengers included frequent fliers, Qantas staff, researchers and media. A full load of passengers and the associated cargo would reduce the plane’s range, making the continuous flight impossible but there are planes in development that will be able to do this.

Airbus and Boeing are expected to have these ready for service within the next 5 years.

Fewer Passengers – More Legroom!

The reduced numbers meant that passengers could make use of a business class seat which converts into a bed but they were asked to spend as much time as possible in the coach cabin. One of the passengers said that he felt better than expected and although he usually prefers direct flights rather than layovers he did not know how he was going to feel after the full 20 hours.

Qantas also adjusted the in-flight routine so as soon as the aircraft took off the flight was in Sydney time.

All of the lighting, meals, and food were tailored accordingly in an attempt to help the passengers adjust more easily to the time zones. All of the staff worked to the custom shift times and ate the adapted menu but also participated in additional tests including melatonin and brainwave measurement.

The team of 4 pilots under Captain Sean Golding worked together for landing and take-off and then worked in four shifts.

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air, it is officially the longest non-stop flight in the world stealing the top spot from Singapore...

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A Royal Halloween

The royal family does not have an official Halloween celebration but they will dress up occasionally. Over the years notable royals have happily donned the occasional costume including Princess Beatrice who dressed as a cat, back in 2016 and Prince Harry once proudly wore a goblin outfit for a school play. (Plus, of course, we all remember his infamous Nazi costume back in 2005).

Even Queen Elizabeth herself has been photographed sporting fancy dress.

It is reported that Prince William and Kate hold private parties at Kensington Palace for their own children although this has not been officially confirmed. Over the last few years, there have been few clues as to how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could choose to spend Archie’s first Halloween.

It is unlikely that we will see many selfies posted on Meghan and Harry’s Instagram page as they rarely post anything personal there. The account is primarily for promoting their various charities. However, Markle did celebrate the holiday before she married into the royal family and back in 2016 she was spotted with a large pumpkin on her head.

At this time Harry was visiting her in Toronto, and it was said that they did attend a Halloween party as a couple.

Since their marriage, the Duke and Duchess have only been seen celebrating in an official capacity, for example when they met performers in New Zealand just before Halloween last year. The couple seemed impressed by the spooky array of outfits and took plenty of photographs while they were there.

What about trick-or-treating?

The royal children will probably not be going door-to-door considering the amount of interest they get from the media everywhere they go. However, the home and grounds of Kensington Palace are extensive so it is likely that they can make their own fun. Normally, any royal activities that include the children are private.

Although the royal family doesn’t celebrate publicly it will likely be a busy time for the Middleton family who run their own business Party Pieces.

Perhaps there will be a private party for George, Charlotte, Louis, and Archie. The Duchesses have arranged play-dates for their children before and when could be a more perfect time to organize some spooky fun than Halloween!?

The royal family does not have an official Halloween celebration but they will dress up occasionally. Over the years notable royals have happily donned the occasional costume including Princess Beatrice who dressed as a cat, back in 2016 and Prince Harry once...