The world's first spaceport was officially inaugurated in New Mexico last week. It will be used primarily by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to carry tourists into sub-orbital space.
What's the Latest Development?
As space firms gear up to take adventuresome Earthlings into the great beyond, they'll need a place to keep their space vehicles. Now, they've got one. Spaceport America, the world's first hanger and runway for commercial space flight, was inaugurated last week by Virgin Galactic in the desert of New Mexico. The region's sparse population, high altitude and 330 days of clear weather each year make the location ideal. Near to the White Sands Missile Range, overhead commercial aircraft interference will be non-existent.
What's the Big Idea?
The spaceport, paid for by New Mexicans, is expected to bring some 2,000 jobs to the region in the next five years. When Virgin Galactic begins shuttling tourists to and from space, it will make one journey a week but the company hopes to eventually make two flights daily. The excitement at the opening was palpable. David Whitcomb, the 186th person to sign up for the $200,000 trip said of Virgin's anticipated test flight: "Even if the first one crashes, I'm still going."
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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