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NASA LOOKING TO SOLVE ASTRONAUTS' POOPING ISSUES IN SPACE


NOVEMBER 28 -Astronaut in outer space against the backdrop of the planet earth.  File Photo
Where exactly do astronauts’ bodily fluids go when they’re in space? This question has been a running gag for humanity for years and, apparently, even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking for new and better ways to answer this question. The world’s leading space agency is offering $30,000 (P1,492,034) for anyone who can figure out a better way for astronauts to answer the call of nature while in space. Currently, astronauts are using a funnel device connected at the International Space Station when they urinate, while they opt for a vacuum when they do number two, according to an official NASA statement. READ MORE...

ALSO: NASA wants you, to go to Mars


P08-We-Need-You-NASA-Recruitment-Poster: Ever wanted to become an astronaut? NASA is actively seeking out explorers to go to Mars. Image from NASA
Mars has always held a special place in NASA’s heart when it comes to space exploration. Now in what is reminiscent of propaganda-like recruitment for a war effort in space (Starship Troopers), NASA is actively seeking out more individuals to become part of the Mars exploration mission. From pilots, to doctors, to teachers, and possibly even farmers in the future, NASA is on the lookout for explorers brave enough (and qualified enough) to become astronauts on Mars. READ MORE...

ALSO: Rugged solar panels hit the road to power street lights


DECEMBER 1 -This small-scale test run will help determine the effectiveness of the solar panels, as well as their capacity to carry loads in an extended period of time. Image Wattway
Rugged solar panels are currently being installed on the streets of a small town in Normandy, France, as a test run for eventual mass installation in various countries. While solar panels are still a little costly, they are not as expensive as before. This is thanks to the plummeting costs after a subsidiary of Bouygues SA developed its rugged solar panels, reports Bloomberg. The panels are currently being installed in the village of Tourouvre in Normandy region. The test site will occupy 2,800 square meters of roadway for the testing phase and is estimated to generate 280 kilowatts of power at their peak. The panels would also generate enough energy to power public lighting in the town of 5,000 for one year. READ MORE...

ALSO: Facebook reminds Filipino users - Stay safe


DECEMBER 1 -The Philippines has 54 million Facebook users. And it’s still growing. With growth comes the need to ensure that the social media mammoth remains a fun and safe place to connect with friends. This prompted Facebook to underscore its commitment to privacy, safety and security by conducting media workshops across the country, including in Manila, Davao, and Cebu. Mia Garlick, head of security of Facebook Asia-Pacific, said it is important that users know how to protect their account and curate their own feeds. Here’s a rundown of what you can do to create a safe space online, as told by the Facebook team: READ MORE...


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NASA looking to solve astronauts’ pooping issues in space


Astronaut in outer space against the backdrop of the planet earth.  File Photo

WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 5, 2016 (INQUIRER) November 28, 2016 - Where exactly do astronauts’ bodily fluids go when they’re in space?

This question has been a running gag for humanity for years and, apparently, even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking for new and better ways to answer this question.

The world’s leading space agency is offering $30,000 (P1,492,034) for anyone who can figure out a better way for astronauts to answer the call of nature while in space.

Currently, astronauts are using a funnel device connected at the International Space Station when they urinate, while they opt for a vacuum when they do number two, according to an official NASA statement.

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However, the long travel time between missions—especially with the upcoming trip to Mars project—would make it impossible for astronauts to use the traditional way of waste management.

Also, the subjects wear pressurized suits, which don’t even allow them to scratch their noses, let alone be able to properly wipe themselves.

Due to these circumstances, NASA is now looking for hands-free solutions to aid their astronauts, since adult diapers just doesn’t seem to get the job done anymore.

“The diaper is only a very temporary solution, and doesn’t provide a healthy and protective option longer than one day,” NASA’s description of the competition said.

In addition to storage problems, gravity issues could also make fluids blob up and stick to surfaces, while solids could float in the air.

“You don’t want any of these solids and fluids stuck to your body for six days,” Nasa added, citing diaper rash as a major problem.

NASA’s “Space Poop Challenge” is open to participants of all ages who can come up with ingenious ways to deal with urine, fecal matter and menstrual blood efficiently.

Interested applicants have until Dec. 20 to submit their ideas on this website, for a system that needs work hands free for six days.

NASA will reportedly test the winning ideas within a year and hopefully implement them by 2020. Khristian Ibarrola


NASA NEEDS YOU!

NASA wants you, to go to Mars INQUIRER.net / 03:06 PM June 16, 2016


P08-We-Need-You-NASA-Recruitment-Poster: Ever wanted to become an astronaut? NASA is actively seeking out explorers to go to Mars. Image from NASA

Mars has always held a special place in NASA’s heart when it comes to space exploration. Now in what is reminiscent of propaganda-like recruitment for a war effort in space (Starship Troopers), NASA is actively seeking out more individuals to become part of the Mars exploration mission.

From pilots, to doctors, to teachers, and possibly even farmers in the future, NASA is on the lookout for explorers brave enough (and qualified enough) to become astronauts on Mars.

READ MORE...

According to a NASA press release, the agency has selected over 300 astronauts to date. They are still looking to expand the roster for tackling increasingly challenging missions in the future.

For now, astronaut candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in biological science, physical science, mathematics, or engineering.

Advanced degrees are most welcome as well as at least three years of experience in the relevant field. 1000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft is also acceptable.

Finally, candidates must pass the physical for long-duration spaceflight. Yup, every job requires a physical exam.

You can check out some of the other recruitment posters that NASA has available here. Alfred Bayle


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Rugged solar panels hit the road to power street lights INQUIRER.net / 05:25 PM December 01, 2016


This small-scale test run will help determine the effectiveness of the solar panels, as well as their capacity to carry loads in an extended period of time. Image Wattway

Rugged solar panels are currently being installed on the streets of a small town in Normandy, France, as a test run for eventual mass installation in various countries.

While solar panels are still a little costly, they are not as expensive as before. This is thanks to the plummeting costs after a subsidiary of Bouygues SA developed its rugged solar panels, reports Bloomberg.

The panels are currently being installed in the village of Tourouvre in Normandy region. The test site will occupy 2,800 square meters of roadway for the testing phase and is estimated to generate 280 kilowatts of power at their peak. The panels would also generate enough energy to power public lighting in the town of 5,000 for one year.

READ MORE...

These rugged panels were created by layering several types of plastics to create the durable casing. It is more than capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck.

At present, manufacturing costs for these rugged panels are only viable for demonstration projects. However, the company plans to make prices competitive with traditional solar farms by 2020.

“We wanted to find a second life for a road,” said Philippe Harelle, the chief technology officer at Colas SA’s Wattway unit, owned by the French engineering group Bouygues. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.”

Next in line for testing are towns in Canada and the state of Georgia. Eventually, the company wants to expand to Africa, the European Union and Japan.

“We need to test for all kinds of different traffic and climate conditions,” Harelle said. “I want to find the limits of it. We think that maybe it will not be able to withstand a snow plow.”

Solar panels on roads is a great idea especially for countries like the Philippines that are short on viable real estate. However, with the current traffic situation, installations on city streets might not be the most promising ventures. Alfred Bayle

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Facebook reminds Filipino users: Stay safe By: Karl Angelica Ocampo - Social Media Specialist / @KOcampoINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:31 PM November 29, 2016

The Philippines has 54 million Facebook users. And it’s still growing.

With growth comes the need to ensure that the social media mammoth remains a fun and safe place to connect with friends. This prompted Facebook to underscore its commitment to privacy, safety and security by conducting media workshops across the country, including in Manila, Davao, and Cebu.

Mia Garlick, head of security of Facebook Asia-Pacific, said it is important that users know how to protect their account and curate their own feeds.

Here’s a rundown of what you can do to create a safe space online, as told by the Facebook team:

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Use the “Safety Center” – Facebook’s new feature called Safety Center includes step-by-step videos to help people stay in control of their own accounts. It’s currently available in 50 languages, including Tagalog.

In here, you can customize how you want your profile to look like for your family, friends, and acquaintances.

Facebook’s Bullying Prevention Hub is available for everyone — The hub, developed with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, provides tools and guidance on how to prevent and address cyberbullying.

Teens, parents, and even educators will find the hub useful in addressing any kinds of abuses online.

Use the extensive controls – Despite the many controls offered by Facebook, not everyone knows how to use them. Don’t forget that you can choose the audience for anything you share through the use of Activity Log.

For page owners, there are Page moderation tools that will enable you to filter profanity, block certain keywords, and even hide or delete comments.

Facebook also offers the option of establishing a legacy contact, wherein a trusted family member or friend can manage your account when you pass away.

Turn on secure browsing — By enabling this feature, Facebook will encrypt all activities where possible, making it harder for anyone else to access your Facebook information without your permission.

We have community standards — Remember that you can block, unfollow, or unfriend someone who you think is posting disagreeable or disturbing content in your timeline. Garlick reminds netizens that we create our own feeds, and we have the power to create an online environment that we want to have.

When all else fails, report content — The social network team works 24 hours a day and seven times a week to review reports and remove content themselves.

Don’t forget to document social media abuse. One can also report a friend struggling with suicidal thoughts, and the global team will be more than willing to help.

We are all tired of hearing this over and over again, but it is important to underscore the need to have strong passwords. Facebook discourages netizens to use a universal password in all their social media accounts. This will prevent hackers to completely evade your privacy and safety.

Lastly, there are things not meant for everybody. This is why Facebook offers encrypted messages. These secret conversations enable users to set a timer to control the length of time each message we send remains visible within the conversation. Facebook recommends encrypting bank details, intimate photos, and other private content.

#StaySafe, everyone!


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