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Elon Musk Unveils Mars Vehicle
Space X Starship Super Heavy
Source: SpaceX Starship
CEO Elon Musk on to Mars
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just unveiled his silver bullet: a spacecraft to take you to Mars and beyond. It's the new Starship Mk1 prototype, unveiled this weekend at SpaceX's South Texas test site in Boca Chico, TX. Starship is a massive, reusable launch system. When finalized, the vehicle will have a 387 foot Starship Super Heavy stack and be powered by six Raptor engines. The spacecraft has room for 37 Raptor engines, depending on the mission needs and distance.
Musk, a Visionary Thinker
Starship will be capable of taking up to 100 people back and forth to space, including the Moon, Mars and other space destinations. Musk says space travel has to be done like air travel. He believes that is the first breakthrough needed to make humans a space-faring, multi-planet civilization. He adds making space travel like air travel is "the fastest path to a self-sustaining city on Mars", which is his ultimate goal and destination.
Passengers in a Year
Musk says the Starship vehicle system could soar into space and back to Earth three times a day. Meanwhile, testing of the vehicle continues with the next test in about a month during which Starship is targeted to reach 65,000 feet before returning to Earth. Musk wants the vehicle to successfully perform an Earth orbit in six months. And, if all goes well, people could start flying as passengers on the vehicle in the next year or so.
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.
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…
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…