NASA’s Orion Spacecraft


The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to four astronauts to destinations at or beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Currently under development by NASA for launch on the Space Launch System, Orion is currently intended to facilitate human exploration of asteroids and of Mars, as well as to provide a means of delivering or retrieving crew or supplies from the ISS if needed.

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Stanford scientists create a smart lithium-ion battery that warns of potential fire hazards


The ultrathin copper sensor is deposited atop a conventional battery separator (white square) as part of an early warning system to alert users that a lithium-ion battery is overheating. (Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University.

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21st Century Playgrounds

Many playgrounds are still as you remember. The slides? Still climbing up, still going down. The swings? Get in the seat and pump. But some playgrounds today seem to have as many shapes and movements in their equipment as the imagination can handle.

Dynamo Industries, Rockland, ON, Canada, is an example of going with non-traditional playground design. Take rotating climbers. “Many of us played on merry-go-rounds when we were kids and then safety became an issue,” says Robert Lockhart, safety compliance officer and business development manager for Dynamo Industries. “Rotating climbers are a way back to some of that fun. One of our Apollos spins 13 feet tall and even 35 or 60 kids could play on it. It’s made of steel cable with nylon sheathing.” Spinning 360 degrees, they utilize a bearing system for both speed and safety.


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Future of CubeSats : Instruments , Science Experiments


To investigate climate change, scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the Ice Cube satellite, which will be no larger than a loaf of bread. In 2016, this satellite will mature technology that scientists will use to analyze cloud ice in the atmosphere. The project highlights a trend toward testing instruments and running scientific experiments aboard CubeSats.

Piramal Sarvajal’s incredible water ATM


Water ATMs operate as cashless vending machines for water. A customer uses a smart card, which can be recharged, to draw water from the kiosk.The proposal in this regard was first made by Sarvajal, a social enterprise established by the Ajay G Piramal Foundation.

A customer can draw up to 20 liters of water at once or less, depending on his need. Money is automatically deducted from the smart card, depending on the volume of water drawn from the ATM at affordable price.