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United Arab Emirates Going to Mars
First Arab Nation to Launch Interplanetary Mission
Source: Emirates Mars Probe/University of Colorado
UAE To Launch Mars Probe to Document Martian Climate and Atmosphere
The United Arab Emirates has big space ambitions and plans. It is going to launch a mission to Mars in 2020, making it the first Arab nation to launch an interplanetary mission. The Hope Mars probe will deploy the Hope Satellite to study the climate on Mars.
Destination Mars 2021
When the Hope satellite reaches Mars in 2021, it will show how Mars' climate conditions change throughout the year. The satellite will be launched from Japan in June 2020. It will reach Mars in February 2021 and collect data for two years. The mission could be extended through 2025. Interesting, a female scientists is a key player behind the mission. Sarah Al Amiri is deputy project manager of the Mars Mission and Chairperson of the UAE Council of Scientists. 90% of the workers on the Emirates Mars Mission are under 35 years old.
Highly Advanced Technology
The Mars probe will carry three highly advanced pieces of equipment. There's the Emirates Exploration Imager, which is a camera that will send high-resolution images back to Earth. The Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer will study ice, water vapor, dust and temperature patterns in the Martian atmosphere. And, the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer will study Mars' lower and upper atmosphere and be used to determine what causes hydrogen and oxygen on Mars to escape into space.
Crowded Martian Skies
The UAE Mars team is working with space experts at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Colorado Boulder and Arizona State University. Mars in the 2020s will be a crowded place with four major space missions underway. NASA's 2020 Rover mission, the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover mission, China's Mars Explorer and now the Emirates Mars Mission will all be probing Mars, which is 140 million miles from the Earth.
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…