NASA Plans to Light a Fire Inside a Spacecraft, Then Watch What Happens | Air & Space Magazine


Why?

Because fire behaves differently in space than it does on Earth.

In normal gravity, hot gas rises, drawing in cool, fresh air at the base of the flame. That’s what gives flames their familiar teardrop shape.

In microgravity, hot gas doesn’t rise, so flames tend to be wider, shorter, and rounder than on Earth. As a result, flames in space radiate heat differently than they do on Earth, which in turn affects how fires spread.

Source: NASA Plans to Light a Fire Inside a Spacecraft, Then Watch What Happens | Daily Planet | Air & Space Magazine

Tusker Tale Turns Sour After Laxity in Following the Elephant Parade Rules | The New Indian Express

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The agitated tusker ran amok, leaving the second mahout trapped atop it.

Elephant Chamapuzha Unnikrishnan, which was brought for the temple festival, was chained around 9 pm after tranquillizing it.

Soon after the incident occurred around 3 pm, The Animal Protection Force and the police rushed to the spot. The rescue operation was focused mainly on saving the life of the mahout.

Source: Tusker Tale Turns Sour After Laxity in Following the Elephant Parade Rules – The New Indian Express

Design News | Epic DARPA Robotics Challenge Failures


As you can see in this video, an awful lot of the entries fell down. Some of them fell down several times, and a few were even damaged during their falls.

Many of them fell down even when there weren’t any obstacles in sight.

Sometimes, that was while taking the robot’s first step. I mean, really, what happened to test first?

Source: Design News – Blog – Epic DARPA Robotics Challenge Failures

Brexit: Tusk says EU has ‘no choice’ but to agree on Cameron’s reforms


According to the BBC, Poland and three other EU countries are reported to be still resisting welfare curbs while France is thought to be against financial regulation changes.

Source: Brexit: Tusk says EU has ‘no choice’ but to agree on Cameron’s reforms

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Design News | Unmet Needs Stand in the Way of Trillion Sensor Predictions


The report — “Identifying Key Sensor Innovations Solving Unmet Needs” by Lux research associate Tiffany Huang — identifies four major needs spanning multiple applications that currently remain unresolved.

They are power consumption, form factor, sensitivity and cost, Huang told Design News in an interview.

Meeting these needs means not only an improvement in current sensor applications, but also the emergence of new ones, including voice tracking, accurate sports motion tracking, and portable allergen detection, among others, she said.

Source: Design News – Blog – Report: Unmet Needs Stand in the Way of Trillion Sensor Predictions

Design News | The Best of the Chicago Auto Show – Part 1


Toyota showed its tiny i-Drive vehicle, which is already being used in urban areas of Japan on a limited basis.

The “personal mobility vehicle” is less than three feet wide and seats two people. Powered by a lithium-ion battery and a 2.7-HP motor, it has a range of 31 miles and a top speed of 28 mph. (Source: Design News)

Source: Design News – Automotive News – The Best of the Chicago Auto Show – Part 1

The Union Economy Doesn’t Work In A Sharing Economy | Forbes


.. A full 64% anticipate improved personal finances in 2016, 20 points higher than other Americans.

Perhaps this optimism comes from a key feature of the on-demand sector — individuals decide where to work, when to work, and how long to work.

As independent contractors they are not bound by a rigid schedule, and the flexibility they enjoy is worlds away from what a typical worker experiences.

Source: The Union Economy Doesn’t Work In A Sharing Economy – Forbes

Why the EESC supports Schengen – at all costs


Without Schengen, there will be no more free movement within the EU.

As many as seven million EU citizens, who are currently living in another EU Member State, will lose some of the most practical aspects of free movement.

Lorries will be stuck at the border for hours on end in peak times. Reunited border communities will be divided in two again, and a drop of €110bn in GDP is predicted over 10 years.

Source: Why the EESC supports Schengen – at all costs

Hospital pays $17,000 ransom to get access back to its encrypted files | Network World


“The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key,” Allen Stefanek wrote.

“In the best interest of restoring normal operations, we did this.

“The cyberattackers requested 40 bitcoins, or about $17,000, not 9,000 bitcoins, worth about $3.4 million, as reported in the media, Stefanek wrote.

Source: Hospital pays $17,000 ransom to get access back to its encrypted files | Network World

Uber losing $1 billion a year to compete in China | Reuters


Uber and China’s Didi Kuaidi, backed by Chinese technology giants Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group Holding, have both spent heavily to subsidise fares to gain market share, betting on China’s Internet-linked transport market becoming the world’s biggest.

Source: Uber losing $1 billion a year to compete in China | Reuters