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New Glenn Rocket courtesy Blue Origin

Is the war for space dominance about to escalate?

It’s been seven years since the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted its first private spacecraft to orbit, the CASSIOPE science satellite for Canada. In the following years, SpaceX has achieved amazing successes and their wins include,

  • The launch of their upgraded Falcon 9 Full-thrust version during the Orbcomm launch in December 2015.
  • The first successful landing of an orbital booster in Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral on the same flight.
  • The first launch of a reused booster on the SES-10 mission with a communications satellite in March 2017.
  • The first flight of the Falcon 9 Heavy in February 2018. …


How The Traffic Light Became The Emergency Light

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modern emergency light - FBI.gov

We have all been there in our lives. You’re driving home from work tired from a long day from work. Then you see in the mirror behind you the ominous flashing lights of a police car. You pull over to the side but the car comes in behind you. Then you finally stop while the flashing lights illuminate your vehicle and much of the rest of the neighborhood.

While you wait for the officer to check your identity, perhaps you notice a nearby traffic light switching through its lights at the end of the street. …


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Mark Twain once said that “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.”

In the science of statistics the truth is in the analysis and this truth is fluid since there are scores of techniques available to cut and chart the information! But not all investigations are created equal. The study of statistics is rich with opportunities for analysts to map data and occasionally misrepresent it. With all the information streaming onto social media and the news every minute it is essential to recognize the trickery from fraud or incompetence.

For example, this is a graph of Coronavirus deaths in Minnesota for the first 150 days of the pandemic using data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. The top graph counts the deaths per day. The lower graph sums all of the Coronavirus deaths for the first 150 days of the pandemic. …


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9/11 World Trade Center Police Chopper

Is the news designed to cause you anxiety?

Consider these headlines from July, 21st, 2020

Case Numbers are far higher than reported in parts of U.S, C.D.C Says-NYtimes

Armed Gunman with explosives holding passengers hostage on Ukraine bus: local police-FoxNews

China blows up dam as death toll from flooding rises-Los Angeles Times

Are you afraid yet? You should be! They are all headlines of disease, terrorism, and disaster from July, 21st, 2020.

Let’s make this more interesting. What if the headlines said,

Everything That You Need to Know About the Coronavirus-Wired

Or what about,

Did a Person Write This Headline Or a Machine?-Wired


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George Floyd

On the 25th of May 2020, George Floyd entered a Cup Foods in Minneapolis. He then allegedly attempted to pay for a package of cigarettes using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. He reportedly left the establishment with the stolen tobacco. The staff called the police. The officers Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng arrived first at 8:08 pm. Kueng found Floyd sitting in a car outside the store. Lane pointed his gun at Floyd and ordered him to place his hands on the steering wheel, Floyd obeyed. Lane next ordered Floyd out of the vehicle and onto the ground where he handcuffed him. …


Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek Discovery

Don’t read this.

Spoilers

In 2017, Star Trek made an aggressive trek back onto the screen with the release of Star Trek: Discovery. The show orbits around the misadventures of the tragic hero Michael Burnham. Her actions lead to disgrace and war. In the first season, the Discovery is led by Captain Lorca. Burnham was previously convicted of mutiny during the Battle at the Binary Stars when she defied her captain in an misguided attempt to avoid a war. The fray destroyed the USS Shenzhou along with its captain. Burnham is rescued by the Discovery en route to prison. Later it is through impeccable logic that she defuses the war by locating a critical weakness in the Klingon’s defense. …


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Biohazard-Wallpaper Safari

The Coronavirus Virus or Virion as biologists know it is only about 200 nanometers in diameter and it is spreading across the globe like wildfire.

But how will you know when you get the Coronavirus or even the regular flu?

You could get tested?

Still, a far more interesting question is how technology can diagnose you remotely… and sometimes without your consent.

Social Media Mining

Originally when we got sick we had to complain to our family. Then they invented money and work so that we could finally complain to our colleagues. People at work later devised computers and over time the internet evolved. …


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Photo by camilo jimenez on Unsplash

Consider the Coronavirus for a moment. It is the symbol of perfection. It is the personification of Schrodinger’s Cat in Quantum Mechanics, a biological organism that is neither alive or dead. Inside the Corona is a single strand of Ribonucleic acid (RNA) like beads on a string and this strand is wrapped in a double layer of fat or lipids. Protruding from this layer are structural proteins like the fuses of a vintage naval mine and they are fuses of a kind.

When you next encounter this virus, it could be in a gas station bathroom or on the bus. The virus enters your body through a natural opening. When the virus encounters a cell, the structural proteins bind to your cell envelope enabling the virus like a bomb. The virus then disintegrates inside your cell releasing the RNA string. …


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Is the Starship deadly for travelers?

Last weekend SpaceX intentionally and brilliantly exploded a Falcon 9 rocket in a critical test for NASA to demonstrate the safety of the Dragon capsule. The Falcon rocket B1046 was the first in the Block 5 series with features for enhanced reusability including upgraded landing legs and heat shield. The rocket had previously lifted the satellites Bangabandhu and Merah Putih to geostationary orbit. Its last successful flight to orbit was less than two months ago with the small satellites SS0-A express flight out of California.

For its last flight, the rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center and accelerated to Mach 2.2. Then at T+90 seconds the SuperDraco thrusters fired and accelerated the capsule away from the booster stage at 4 Gs. The capsule further sent a signal to the rocket to shut down its nine engines and avoid a collision with the rocket that exploded seconds later from aerodynamic stress. The Dragon capsule then achieved an altitude of 131,000 feet before it shed its trunk and deployed its parachutes for an evidently triumphant splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. …


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Seven years ago, Elon Musk released the Starship as the world’s first heavy-lift fully-reusable launcher capable of interplanetary flight. Then in April of 2019, the Starship began to take shape as the Starhopper prototype. This construction climaxed with the model lifting off to an altitude of 500 feet. The Starhopper prototype has since been grounded while work continues on building more capable rocket ships.

When the vehicle is operational at some point in the next decade, its unique reusability will unlock commercial opportunities unavailable since the retirement of the Space Shuttle nearly a decade ago. …

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