Star Trekking: We Humans Can Beam Tools Into Space Without A Transporter

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

In the 1960s, we thought the best way of sending stuff between Earth and space was through a transporter. These days, turns out all it takes is an e-mail and a special 3-D printer. The first tool created in space, a rachet, was made last week on the International Space Station using plans beamed from Earth. Now, we get to see if it actually works.

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Look Out Below! Rosetta Will Give Its Comet A Close Buzz In February

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko spins in this animation of 24 montages obtained by the Rosetta spacecraft between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2014. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Remember how breathless we felt when the Philae lander actually made it to the surface of its target comet a few weeks ago? Sure, the maneuvers didn’t go as planned, but the images the spacecraft obtained in its brief spurts of activity on the surface are still being shared and discussed eagerly by scientists (amid a controversial image release policy, to be sure.)

Well, the truck delivery for Philae — the Rosetta spacecraft, still doing maneuvers above — is going to do something special in February. The machine is going to scoot down real close to the comet, just before heating from the Sun could make it dangerous to do so due to gas and dust emissions.

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Personalized advertising attracts more attention, makes the contents of ads easier to remember

Personalized advertisements on the Internet not only attract more attention, they also remain in our memory longer than impersonal ads. This is the result of a study conducted by Professor Kai Kaspar from the Psychology Department of the University of Cologne in collaboration with his colleagues Moritz Köster, Marco Rüth and Dr. Kai-Christoph Hamborg in Osnabrück. Specifically, they investigated the gaze behavior of female students on websites. —> Read More Here

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