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Wine: Victim of Global Warming
SpaceX Latest Launch Includes Wine Experiments in Space
Source: SpaceX Rocket Launch
Vino Vines in Space
SpaceX's latest launch contains experiments designed to save wine from the destruction of Climate Change. Global warming is putting grapes and wine at risk as they are very susceptible to changes in temperature. The Climate Change situation is so significant some vineyard owners are moving their operations to colder regions in higher altitudes. The wine experiments that SpaceX carried to the International Space Station are designed to remedy the situation.
International Space Station
European startup Space Cargo Unlimited is the force behind the wine experiments. Their project was ferried by SpaceX to the International Space Station. Included are vines for Merlot and for Cabernet Sauvignon to see how they fare during six months aboard the ISS in space. The grape vines will be subjected to zero gravity and increased radiation. Space Cargo Unlimited scientists believe this will result in mutations in the vines that occur quicker than on Earth. It will allow the scientists to track the evolution and determine how the vines make themselves hardier and more resistant to harsh conditions.
Agriculture of the Future
The goal of this effort is to make it possible to produce wine in harsher environments. The vines will be stored in an environment on the ISS similar to wine storage facilities on Earth. The temperatures will be as low as 33 degrees F and the humidity will range from 70% to 80%. Space Cargo Unlimited says they are pioneering a new way to study microgravity and accelerated evolution in plants. They believe it could be a gamechanger and unlock the agriculture of the future.
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…