Blue Origin Completes Successful Test Flight and Nails the Landing of New Shepard Rocket

The launch of the New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin's launch site in Texas on Nov. 23, 2015. Credit: Blue Origin.

The launch of the New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin’s launch site in Texas on Nov. 23, 2015. Credit: Blue Origin.

Commercial space company Blue Origin achieved a huge milestone by successfully launching their New Shepard rocket to suborbital space and landing it dead center on target – and upright – back at their proving grounds in West Texas. This is the first successful landing of a reusable vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket that has reached space.

“This flight validates our vehicle architecture and design,” said founder Jeff Bezos, the billionaire who also started
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Men Are Assumed To Be Good Managers, But Women Have To Prove It

Academic studies can be fascinating… and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.

The Background

While some women have been able to break through the glass ceiling, far too often women are stereotyped as the more “emotional” sex and therefore less suited for leadership than men. This antiquated B.S. was summarized by researcher Virginia E. Schein, who in 1973 found that when people “think manager” they “think male.” This means that, by virtue of their gender, women are perceived as less competent than their male coworkers, which can lead them to being passed over for managerial positions — whether or not they actually possess the traits that supposedly make them awful, cranky leaders.

In a new study, researchers from the German Police University wanted to see how strong this bias was, and if people truly considered women too emotional to be good leaders.

The Setup

Researchers surveyed 1,098 working men and women. These people were given a list of 17 emotions used in the past to study both managers and the gender stereotyping of emotions (i.e. joy, surprise, envy, fear and sympathy). The survey asked people how characteristic each of these emotions were for either successful managers, men in general, women in general, male managers, female managers, successful male managers or successful female managers. People were only asked about one target group — not all seven — and they rated how common these emotions were for that group on a scale of one to five.

The Findings

The researchers found “very clear gender-stereotyping effects.” Both men and women tended to believe that women lacked the emotional qualities considered essential for good leadership.

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Go Ahead, Take a Bite: New GMO Apples Are Perfectly Safe

There is perhaps no more iconic food than the apple. Think about it; from the Garden of Eden to the logo on the smart phone you might be holding in your hand right now, the apple claims a special place in the arc of modern civilization. It’s both a forbidden fruit and the main ingredient in our all-American dessert. We cried when Snow White ate the poisoned version but eating one a day can keep the doctor away. It’s the name of a body part and the nickname of America’s biggest city. Heck, Gwyneth even named her daughter Apple.

So, could an apple now symbolize a major turning point in the public’s acceptance of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)? We hope so.

The recently USDA-approved Arctic apple isn’t trying to change the world. It’s not trying to save eyesight or reduce pesticides like other GMOs. It just wants to be less…yucky.

We all know that when you slice an apple and let it sit for a few minutes, it starts to turn brown. It isn’t rotting and tastes fine but it starts to look less appetizing after a short time. The browning is the harmless result of an enzyme meeting oxygen. No big deal. But tell that to the people who are unfamiliar with the concept of “check your privilege” such as American kids who are notoriously picky eaters or those adults who toss food the moment it looks a little faded.

Now imagine being able to shut down the internal process that causes the unappetizing change. It doesn’t affect the taste, texture, or nutritional value of the apple. It simply turns off the enzyme and…ta-da…no browning! Silencing that enzyme is exactly what the company who makes the Arctic apple did. With that one little tweak, the company created non-browning varieties of —> Read More

Watch A Tiny Brainiac Nail A Periodic Table Quiz On ‘Ellen’

Move over, Bill Nye, this science gal is giving you a run for your money.

Brielle, 3, may not know how to read yet, but she sure knows a whole lot — especially when it comes to science. The toddler, who knows the entire periodic table of chemical elements, recently went on “The Ellen Show” to demonstrate her incredible knowledge.

After watching Brielle rattle off elements, you might feel compelled to start flipping through those old science textbooks.

Watch as Ellen DeGeneres holds up photos of different elements along with their letter symbols while the 3-year-old expertly identifies them. She even knows facts about each element, such as potassium is found in bananas and white phosphorus has the ability to burn underwater.

Brielle’s mother, Carrie, told DeGeneres that her daughter started learning the elements from a pack of flash cards about six months ago. And in addition to knowing the elements through and through, the 3-year-old says she also knows all the states and capitals, all the countries in Europe and Africa, as well as the U.S. presidents.

When asked how she remembers all these facts, Brielle replied, “My little brain just remembers!”

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