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Prolonged Space Travel may Damage the GI Tract

Cosmic radiation could adversely affect the digestive tracts of astronauts on a future manned mission to...
Cosmic radiation could adversely affect the digestive tracts of astronauts on a future manned mission to Mars(Credit: NASA)

In more bad news for future voyagers to Mars, a team of scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) has found the kind of Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR) that astronauts will encounter on long space voyages can cause heavy damage to their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. read more

Giving Rocket Bike New Meaning

Bosch suggests adding lateral thrusters to keep the motorcycle upright in the case of a slip
Bosch suggests adding lateral thrusters to keep the motorcycle upright in the case of a slip(Credit: Bosch)

Manufacturers go to great lengths to make their motorcycles as safe as possible and usually the task is handled by electronics, such as traction control, cornering ABS and electronic suspensions. Apparently, no one had thought to employ rockets to help a bike stay upright. Until Bosch, that is. read more

Lockheed’s Reusable Lunar Lander

The manned lunar lander would be used for both exploration and to rehearse skills needed for...
The manned lunar lander would be used for both exploration and to rehearse skills needed for a manned mars mission(Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has taken the wraps off its vision for a future manned lunar lander at International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. The concept spacecraft is designed to show how a reusable lander, in conjunction with NASA’s planned lunar Gateway deep-space orbital outpost, can support an indefinite human presence on the Moon as well as providing valuable experience for the first manned missions to Mars.

It’s been almost half a century since the last astronauts set foot on the Moon and with new US plans committing NASA to a program of sustained human exploration and exploitation of deep space, returning to the lunar surface will involve much more than simply taking up where Apollo left off. Not only has technology advanced considerably since the 1960s, but making more than temporary and sporadic visits to the Moon and beyond requires a whole new approach to space exploration. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force’s New Huey

Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the US Air Force to replace...
Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the US Air Force to replace the fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters(Credit: Boeing)

The US Air Force has selected the Boeing MH-139 helicopter to replace its venerable fleet of UH-1N “Huey” multirole choppers that are used to protect America’s land-based nuclear ICBMs in the US Midwest. The contract, worth US$2.4 billion, is for 84 aircraft along with support services and training systems. read more

Ford’s Level 4 Autonomous Truck

The design inspiration for the F-Vision truck, Ford’s designers say, comes from comic book characters
The design inspiration for the F-Vision truck, Ford’s designers say, comes from comic book characters(Credit: Ford Trucks)

Ford has unveiled a new concept heavy-duty truck at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 show in Hannover, Germany. The F-Vision concept is a large commercial truck that combines future propulsion and clean energy with autonomous driving. The F-Vision was designed and prototyped by Ford’s Turkish design center. read more

Aerial Artwork

Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a...
Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna(Credit: Stas Bartnikas)

Stas Bartnikas has only been practicing the art of aerial photography for about five years but in a remarkably short time this Moscow-based former journalist has produced an incredible collection of images highlighting glorious and surreal sights of over 15 countries from above. read more

Battle Against Dementia – Clearing Zombie Brain Cells

Zombie cells, aka senescent cells, have been found to accumulate in the brain ahead of the...
Zombie cells, aka senescent cells, have been found to accumulate in the brain ahead of the toxic protein build-ups that are generally implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia(Credit: Mayo Clinic)

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have identified a new target in the battle against dementia and age-related cognitive decline – zombie cells. More formally known as senescent cells, these are cells that have stopped dividing but don’t die, and tend to accumulate with age. The new research reveals that many pathological signs of neurodegenerative disease can be eliminated by removing these cells from the brain. read more