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I am NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and you can ask me anything on Reddit tomorrow at 2 p.m. EDT. Let's talk about NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and move it, about the work being done on the International Space Station, and where we are with commercial space travel. http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/740457main_Garver_IAMA.jpg
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"It seems that every half-baked idea that pops into a designer's head is thrown into the patent bin, and a big chunk of those are actually approved. Not only does that stifle budding inventors and companies, it makes a mockery of what an invention actually is."
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Excellent practical advice and an update from the self driving car project
 
Driving tricks

Compared to human drivers, self-driving cars are super-smart. They have 360-degree vision, they react incredibly quickly, they don't get distracted or tired, they can memorize entire maps and remember driving directions for entire trips.

I don't have a self-driving car, so my car is driven by a dumb human (that's me). Since there are still very few self-driving cars on the road, I'm surrounded by plenty of cars driven by dumb humans whenever and wherever I drive. That's not a good combination at all. Here are a few driving tricks and hints that I wish I had been told when I was taught how to drive:

-Sit close enough to the steering wheel to be able to rest your wrists on the top of the wheel with your elbows slightly flexed. From there, hold the wheel with two hands, in a 9-3 position (i.e. where the wheel is widest). That combination isn't tiring and allows to turn the wheel quickly, smoothly and precisely. No matter what, don't keep an arm across the center of the wheel, so that it doesn't hit you in the face if your airbag deploys.

-Adjust your side-view mirrors as a continuous panoramic view around your rear-view mirror. They shouldn't show you any of your own car, and they shouldn't overlap with the rear-view mirror. That way, they show you a wide enough view that there's no dead spot, and cars on the side are always visible either directly or in a side-view mirror.

-Don't brake or turn the wheel abruptly. The car needs up to half a second to stabilize its balance when the braking or steering inputs change, and if you brake or turn faster than that, the car will get off-balance and will slide instead of braking or turning. Sports-tuned cars can react a bit faster.

-If you're braking hard, don't turn. If you're turning hard, don't brake. If you try to brake hard and turn hard at the same time, the car will do neither.

-Look far ahead. Human brains are biased: they're designed to pay attention to what's close and to ignore what's far. If you focus on a point on the road that's close to your car, your brain won't "see" what's beyond that point. However, if you focus on a point on the road that's far ahead of your car, your brain will "see" everything that's between that point and your car.

-Stay focused on driving. Don't drive more than 2 hours straight without taking a break of a few minutes.

-Finally, whenever you're fighting against sleepiness, stop right away. When you're driving a car, you're less than 10ft / 3m away from being in the wrong lane, and there's death there. Don't drive to the point where you're so sleepy that you don't realize you're sleepy. Stop in a safe place, get some sleep. It's much better to be late than dead.

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It's groaningly goofy, but still fun.
 
New Post: We’re NASA and We Know It (Mars Curiosity)
#msl   #curiosity   #wackywednesday  
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I know! What an idiotic question to ask the Secretary of State.
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some really cool stories
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I have never forcibly encouraged Doctor Who on anyone..... ;)
 
This is great! Feel free to share! Must be shown to all who haven't been brainwashed... er seen the show.

+Fans of Every Thing Doctor Who +Doctor Who 
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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.
 
"On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.
 
"Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
 
"As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero."
 
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=seeing-without-eyes

Pretty cool, and the implications for technology are interesting to think about as well...


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Genius!
 
The kinect hacks continue to amaze :)

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seriously, other than the lame leia headphones, all this stuff is pretty awesome.
I NEED A JABBA BEANBAG! (and maybe some bantha slippers...)
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