Flagstaff, AZ--Although fascinating, Romance to Reality
(RtR) is not a website where you can buy lingerie. Instead it's geared to
chronicling lunar and Mars expedition and settlement plans hatched since the
Author and historian David Portree set up the site in 1996 and it
now contains 270 annotations of Moon and Mars project plans. NASA and contractor
personnel, as well as students, visit RtR for reference information. Portree
recently overhauled the site to coincide with the NASA History Office's
publication of Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mars Planning, 1950-2000, written
by Portree, which details Mars mission design approaches. His future upgrade
plans for RtR include: primers and background papers by experts on space
exploration; a search engine; downloadable original public domain documents;
biographies of Moon and Mars pioneer planners; original artwork; and an
annotation collection devoted to student design projects.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.