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NASA to Track Earth's Ice Melt
Satellite with Most Advanced Laser Altimeter to Track Global Ice Melt
In mid-September, NASA will launch ICESAT-2. It's a $1 billion satellite loaded with the most advanced laser system NASA has ever launched into space. The purpose is to track and precisely document how the earth's ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers are melting. NASA officials think more than 2/3rds of the earth's ice has melted since the 1980's.
ICESAT-2 is going to provide an unprecedented level of detail and precision on how ice sheets' heights and thickness are changing. It's a 3 year mission and the highly advanced laser onboard adds the 3rd dimension to the measuring. The system is so precise it can document increases and decreases in ice thickness as small as 1/5 of an inch.
NASA says this instrument is "revolutionary" to study both land and sea ice. The laser beam splits into 6 beams and fires 10,000 pulses per second. The system will orbit 300 miles above the earth. The laser beams will bounce off the ice surface and photons will make their way back to the satellite providing data. Everything about this mission is precisely timed to detect measurement changes.
Forecasts on Sea Level and Climate Change
NASA officials believe this detailed study of change in sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers will help forecast the impact of the ice melt on sea levels and climate beyond the poles. In a 1/2 second, it will collect 5000 elevation measurements in each of its 6 beams. That data's coming 24/7 for the next 3 years. ICESAT- 2 has enough fuel to orbit for up to 10 years.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…