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Israel has developed some new military technology, This “Air Mule” is a flying car capable of carrying 500k(1,102 lbs) at speeds up to 185 km/h (115 mph). Made by Urban Aeronautics its main purpose is to function as an efficient passenger carrying drone. It can be used in military settings and in urban settings to deliver infantry, supplies, and even evacuate areas. It uses relatively new technology to maintain flight like the internal rotors, Unlike a helicopters rotors the Air Mule, uses propellers inside the actual craft to make it easier to maneuver in an urban setting. The Air Mule still needs some minor adjustments before it joins the Israeli Air Force, But soon it shall enter the ranks.
Google's Deep Mind Project has just uncovered that Google Translate, is learning new ways to translate foreign languages more accurately on their own. It cuts back on computation and more importantly cost. Translate was originally programmed/trained to work with 103 different languages(not including dialects), but now it seems that Google Translate has to possibility to learn so many more on its own! This is very exiting because it leads to a future where artificial intelligence no longer requires to be programmed and can eventually program itself. Lets just hope that they wont get so advanced that we will be the ones being coded by them.
A new medical device by the name of SkinGun is a new piece of technology by RenovaCare. This gun is used to help patients with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc, burns. This gun takes skin sells from the patient and sprays them on the burns. The device has not yet to hit the market as it needs more tests but, when it does get approved hospitals around America should be using this cool innovative device. The design of the device may or may not be inspired by the popular TV show Star Trek, As it looks like a medical Tricorder used by the doctors of the USS Enterprise
Could the finding of boron hint to alien life on Mars? Using data from NASA’s Curiosity rover some scientists have proven that there is the element known as boron in the Gale Crater on Mars. What does this mean? Well it means that Gale was most likely a lake at some point. Which, of course is huge for the discovery of life on the Red Planet. But let’s get this clear. Boron isn’t “life”, but it is a building block. The finding of boron does not mean that there was definitely some form a extra terrestrial beings living on the Red Planet, but yet that there is higher chances the Mars was more similar to earth at one point. Theories state that Mars once had a magnetic field and an earth-like atmosphere. There could have been microscopic single-cell organisms on the planet at the time, but something catastrophic happened. Mars’s magnetic field went down. Which can mean a lot of things for example, without a magnetic field a planet could experience the rays of the sun bombarding the surface killing all life, it could allow the atmosphere to escape into space along with all the water making all life completely eradicated across the planet. Now there is proof that Mars once had a magnetic field, but we have no clue if they had life, or an oxygen filled atmosphere. Anyways back to the boron topic, Most people would not think of boron as an essential ingredient for life, it’s because it’s not, at least for us that is. Boron can help life in its earliest state. A Borate is a boron atom connected to four oxygen atoms which forms and unusual ability to stabilize RNA’s backbone to help it stay together. RNA is the code to make proteins that can then read DNA and do the commands the DNA states. There is a Theory called “RNA World”, that states that very basic forms of life would have not had DNA but only RNA. While RNA is less stable than DNA, RNA has the trait of self replication as they can fold up into some kind of pseudo-enzyme. The finding of boron is very exiting news yet it has been discovered before. Back in the year 2013 scientists at NASA discovered a small meteor that was supposed to have come from Mars containing the element boron. This was a big find but, there was no proof that it was definitely1 00% from Mars. So NASA decided to not make too much of a big deal about it. All of this is very exiting news for astronomers all around the world including the scientists at NASA and all of the other self-taught amateur astronomers out there. This report is still a lot of speculation, all be highly informed. Yet still we don’t know for sure if any of this happened before but, I think it’s a pretty good hypotheses. I guess all we can do is wait for more information from Curiosity.
Meet the man fighting to save our country’s rarest chickens. Article based off of Maryn McKenna. After the second world war, the United States demand for chicken has increased drastically. A three-year breeding contest was created called the “Chicken of Tomorrow”, was aimed to meet the peoples want for chicken. The contest created a chicken that now dominates the commercial market. The contest basically eradicated the need for pure-bred chickens that were previously used. But there is one man in the state of Kansas, that is keeping the old pure-bred chicken legacy alive. The town of Marquette, Kansas, has a population of around 640 citizens. No one would accidentally find this small town as it is in the middle of nowhere. It lies in the middle of Kansas surrounded by flat plains, hill, and trees over 100 years old. Mr. Frank Reese is the Good Shepard's owner and only employee, he chose the location of his ranch 25 years ago to safeguard a treasure that had been entrusted to him. This treasure was a variety of different pure-bred chickens and turkeys that were once the backbone of small farms. These chickens could feed themselves, find their own places to roost, and most importantly fight off disease by themselves. All the tractors, the porch, and the barns are covered in chickens. Colors ranging from white to russet, to silver and tons of other different colors. Reese has to wade through the chickens to get to the other side of the small farm. Many different breeds were also at the farm including Rhode Island Red, Blue Andalusian, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, White-Laced Red Cornish, New Hampshire, Black Spanish, Single-Comb Ancona, and Rose-Comb White Leghorn. There might be only 50 Rose-Combs left in the world. Every bird on Reese's farm was hatched there, from an egg that was laid there. The farm is the last home for some of the rarest breeds of chickens and could act as a sort of archive for them. Reese was born the year of the first Chicken of Tomorrow contest, to a family that landed in Pennslyvania back in the year 1680. They migrated through Illinois and arrived in Kansas just after the Civil War. Anyone who was willing to work at their farm could have 160 acres to homestead for free. From Reese's earliest memories he was transfixed by turkeys. In the first grade, he was told to write an essay about a pet, he wrote "Me and My Turkeys.". The Plains were turkey country. So much that farmers used to herd their turkeys to distant markets, thousands at a time, on cattle drive like "Turkey walks" and the fairs in Kansas were the turkey breeders' heaven. Winning the fair offered more than just bragging rights but selling a champion carried the best characteristics of a bloodline could earn even more than a thousand big ones. Exactly what constituted a champion turkey had been set for almost 100 years before during the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection.
Can you survive on Potatoes as your only source of food? For all of 2016, a man by the name of Andrew Taylor survived on only Potatoes. He ate both white(Normal) and sweet potatoes for that period of time. He used extra ingredients such as soymilk, tomato sauce, salt and herbs. He was also required to take B12 supplements. Yet, overall he ate potatoes for his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Over the course of the year he took four blood tests that all came back with normal results. As a side bonus he lost weight and felt more energized. Andrew Taylor quotes, "If you have to choose one food, if you're one of the people that's getting sent to Mars, choose potatoes. I'm not trying to be evangelical about potatoes, but it was a really good experience for me". Now let's see if it is really a good idea to live on an all-potato diet. First of all, it is not a good idea to only eat one kind of food. For our bodies to function, we need at least 20 essential amino acids as well as 30 minerals and vitamins. Most people like to combine their foods together in iconic forms such as rice and beans, yogurt and nuts, and macaroni and cheese in hopes to be able to get all the forms of nutrition we need in one meal. Yet, in times of a famine, or other reasons there are a couple of foods humans could survive on for awhile. The potato is a fairly good candidate. Andrew Taylor isn't the first person in history to have relied nearly entirely on potatoes. In the beginning of the 19th century, about a third of all Irish people got most of their calories from spuds. The average American in 2016 would eat about 113 pounds of potatoes throughout the year. A clinical nutrition professor at Boston University claims, "For the money and your blood pressure, you can't beat a traditional baked spud.". Technically, the average white potato contains all the essential amino acids that the body needs to build proteins, repair cells, and fight harmful diseases. Eating just 5 potatoes a day would give you enough nutrition that you would need. However, if you sustained on just white potatoes, you would eventually run into some dietary problems such as a Vitamin C deficiency. To fix this problem you would need to introduce sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes belong to a different taxonomic family than white potatoes. They increase the likelihood that the potato consumer will get their recommended daily dose of Vitamin A. No one on the all potato get scurvy, a famous sailor disease back in the 18th century that was caused by a lack of Vitamin C and causes the inflicted persons teeth to fall out. Even with this diet you'll still need to eat quite a bit of potatoes to get the right intake of everything. Consuming five potatoes would give you all the essential amino acids you need. But you would need to eat around 34 sweet potatoes a day or 84 white potatoes to avoid running into a calcium deficiency.
Homework: Due Wednesday Noon: 1): No Quarter is an event about revealing small indie game developers and showing off their work. It has been going for 8 years now and this year the curators have decided to go more global with their choice of candidates. 2): What makes it interesting is that No Quarter donates money to the developers to assist them in making their games, With nothing but recognition as payment. 3): They learn how to manage funds and present their work in a high-pressure scenario. They also learn about what is on the gaming market and how to compete. 4): That would be fried guava of course(It's pizza please don't fail me).