NASA Releases Thousands of Hours of Apollo 11 Mission Audio

NASA Releases Thousands of Hours of Apollo 11 Mission Audio
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2018 August 28 – NASA and the University of Texas have teamed up to digitize 19,000 hours of recordings from the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two people on the moon. The audio was uploaded to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit website that hosts digitized versions of cultural artifacts – thehill.com

Scientists Discover Hidden Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off South Carolina Coast

Scientists Discover Hidden Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off South Carolina Coast
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2018 August 28 – A pair of dives in a submersible, part of an exploration project, confirmed the existence of the coral reef last week, and based on observations, researchers estimate the reef is at least 85 miles long. – cnn.com

Air Pollution Causing Huge Reduction in Intelligence

Air Pollution Causing Huge Reduction in Intelligence
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2018 August 27 – The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95% of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person’s education. – theguardian.com

Six To Eight Hours of Sleep Best For the Heart, Says Study

Six To Eight Hours of Sleep Best For the Heart, Says Study
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2018, Aug 26 – Research shows sleep deprivation or excessive hours in bed increase risk of coronary artery disease or stroke. From a report: Six to eight hours of sleep a night is most beneficial for the heart, while more or less than that could increase the risk of coronary artery disease or a stroke, researchers have suggested. Data from more than a million adults from 11 studies was analysed as part of the research. – theguardian.com

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs
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2018 Aug 24 – After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDs. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. LEDs consume one-fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of carbon emissions a yeartheguardian.com

NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun
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2018 August 12 – Roughly the size of a small car, the spacecraft lifted on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The mission’s findings will help researchers improve their forecasts of space weather events, which have the potential to damage satellites and harm astronauts on orbit, disrupt radio communications and, at their most severe, overwhelm power grids. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December. – nasa.gov

Scientists Claim To Have Solved the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Scientists Claim To Have Solved the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
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2018 August 10 – British oceanographers now believe that “rogue waves” are responsible for the disappearance of a number of ships in the region.  They’re abnormally large and unexpected waves in open sea. Dr Simon Boxall, an Oceanographer from the University of Southampton who led the new study, explained on a Channel 5 documentary The Bermuda Triangle Enigma: “there are storms to the South and North, which come together… we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 meters”. – vice.com

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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2018 August 7 – NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace will provide a large-scale facial recognition system. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. NEC demonstrated the technology in Tokyo today, showing how athletes and other staff wouldn’t be able to enter venues if they were holding someone else’s IC card. – theverge.com