Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave desert

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (Reuters/Gene Blevins)

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (Reuters/Gene Blevins)

Virgin Galactic said on Twitter early Friday that its SpaceShipTwo plane would be conducting its fifty-fifth test flight that day as the company continues to work at offering clients an opportunity in the future to fly in one of the vessels to the edge of outer space, or around 62 miles from Earth. Shortly after the exercise began, however, Virgin Galactic said simply that the craft  “experienced an in-flight anomaly.” One person is dead Friday after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo experimental rocket plane crashed in the Mohave Desert after the aircraft suffered an “in-flight anomaly” during a test flight.


@AvWeekGuy: One of #SpaceShipTwo‘s twin tails lies on desert floor RT @AviationSafetypic.twitter.com/JO9KsbizUA” aw man.

— Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta) October 31, 2014


 

“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of #SpaceShipTwo earlier today,” the account tweeted later. “During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo.”

The WhiteKnightTwo, a second craft, reportedly landed safely, according to the company.

 

 

“We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP,” reads another tweet.

The Associated Press has since reported that the incident has caused one fatality and one major injury, citing the California Highway Patrol. Traditionally, test flights of the spaceplane involve two pilots.

According to NBC News, a parachute was spotted shortly after the incident was reported near Mojave Air and Space Port in California where the plane had taken off earlier in the day.

 

 

Galactic, a division of Richard Brandon’s Virgin Group, has been planning on providing so-called “space tourists” with the opportunity to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to ride far from Earth as soon as 2015.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)

A news conference is preliminary scheduled for 2 p.m. PT Friday evening.


#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.

— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014


 

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Forks Over Knives: Patient Googles His Way Out of Bypass Surgery

Isn’t amazing? The health care industry seems disconnected from the food industry, yet here is another good example of how diet affects health. -LW


One of the most common operations performed in the world today is coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). I would like to share with you the remarkable story of a recent Cardiac Wellness Program patient here at Montefiore Medical Center (I’ll call him Mr. J), who changed his diet and averted the CABG knife.

Mr. J is a middle-aged man with high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease. Understandably, he desperately wanted to avoid the problems that many in his family had faced, so he ate a “healthy” diet of chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy, with a few fruits and vegetables mixed in. And he exercised. A lot. In fact, he loved exercising so much that he would do it for two to three hours a day — brisk walking, playing sports, etc.

Mr. J. first visited a cardiologist at age 55, after having experienced several weeks of tightness in his neck during physical activity. The condition had worsened to the point that only 30 to 45 seconds of exercise brought on significant discomfort. The doctor ordered a stress test, to see if heart disease could be contributing to this symptom. The test results were so wildly abnormal that he was sent immediately to the hospital for a cardiac catheterization, to look for cholesterol blockages in the vessels that supply his heart with blood. Such severe blockages were found that he was admitted directly to the hospital for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In less than one day, his life had changed dramatically.

While lying nervously in his hospital bed, he began to think that maybe there was another way to approach this disease, so he went online. There, he read about the impact of a whole-food, plant-based diet on heart disease, and he decided that was the path for him. He called the nurse, gave back his hospital gown, and despite the pleas of his medical team, signed himself out of the hospital against medical advice. Mr. J’s nurse was so concerned that before he was able to leave, she called his wife to have her convince him to stay. He did not. Later, the nurse even called Mr. J at home to plead for his return. He politely declined.

Soon thereafter he found our Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore. He was already taking all the appropriate medications, and he chose to completely change his lifestyle as well. He fully embraced a whole-food, plant-based diet without oil and had perhaps the most remarkable turnaround I have ever seen. Within one week, he went from being able to walk only a block before feeling tightness in his neck to walking 25 blocks without incident! Fast-forward three months and he was back to exercising two to three hours each day without symptoms. That is what I call remarkable!

A few weeks later, Mr. J got another call from his nurse. She had just been diagnosed with cholesterol blockages in her heart, and her doctors were recommending cardiac procedures. With Mr. J in mind, she told her doctors no wayand called him to learn how to do exactly what he did: embrace a whole-food, plant-based diet!

Mr. J never did get that bypass surgery, nor did he get a coronary stent. In fact, he did not need to have any procedures at all. He got healthier with appropriate medications and by wholeheartedly embracing a whole-food, plant-based diet.

The key to health, it seems, lies at the end of your fork.​

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*Postscript: While many heart patients may reverse their disease with lifestyle change alone, Mr. J also continued his prescribed medications, given the severity of his condition, and their doses were lowered as his health improved. Please note that I am not recommending lifestyle change over medical intervention for any particular person, as every case is of course different. Some cases are fraught with more risk than others, so please consult with both your physician and a physician trained in lifestyle medicine before making significant lifestyle changes.

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Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World’s First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery

Imagine being able to download the blueprints for a battery and then using it to print your own batteries. The technology is here. How’s that for AMAZING! ???


A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world’s first ever graphene 3D-printed battery, heralding an era when consumers will be able to produce their own home-made power sources.

A team from Graphene 3D Lab, based in Calverton, New York, has spent more than five years designing a material which can be fashioned into a battery of any shape or size using a 3D printer.

Although the patent-pending technology is only in prototype form, the batteries can already produce the same amount of power as a common AA battery.

Often described as a “miracle material”, graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. It is 200 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity 30 times faster than silicon, making it perfect for producing batteries, computer chips and tough composites for use in the construction of everything from body armour to cars.

The ideal crystalline structure of graphene is a hexagonal grid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ideal crystalline structure of graphene is a hexagonal grid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Elena Polyakova, C0O of Graphene 3D Lab, said:  “There is a lot of excitement around graphene and we expect interest in our designs from several sectors including the military, aerospace and car industries.”

Other researchers have used graphene to produce long-lasting batteries capable of providing power for 25 percent longer than lithium-ion batteries, yet the researchers at Graphene 3D Lab said the key advantage of their design lies in its flexibility. The graphene batteries can be produced using nothing but a 3D printer and a mixture of plastics and graphene in a nano platelet f0rm,  which looks like a black powder. This mixture comes as filaments which need to be heated before being formed into any shape or size.

Its easy to see how this technology would be useful in a number of situations where a variety of sorts of batteries are required but space is tight. Future space missions, for example, could carry 3D printers and use them to make batteries and other required parts.

“That is an exotic example, but a good one” added Dr. Polyakova. “A mission of that kind requires thousands of spare parts and dozens of different battery types. Our technology could remove the need to carry replacement batteries.”

Although the batteries do not yet produce enough juice to run smartphones or other thirsty consumer devices, they could easily provide enough electricity to power the sort of small transmitters or sensors which are likely to become increasingly prevalent in the internet of things.

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RIP Nathan Cirillo

I’ve had a tough time finding a good article that covers the funeral for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was laid to rest at Hamilton, Ontario on October 28th, 2014, after the Ottawa shooting. I’ve got a few photos, and decided that it would be easier to share a link to some great photos and videos on Twitter using the hash tag #RIPNathanCirillo. (Click on it) -LW


Twitter Highlights

The Honour Guard

The Honour Guard


Thousands of people lined the streets, some wearing poppies, others carrying flags, to pay their respects to the reservist who was gunned down as he stood ceremonial guard in Ottawa last week. Here are some sights and sounds.


Marcus Cirillo, Age 5

Marcus Cirillo, Age 5


Marcus Cirillo

Marcus Cirillo


Nathan Cirillo

Nathan Cirillo


Ottawa Senators Hockey Team

Ottawa Hockey Fans


Signing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's Flag

Signing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s Flag


A heart-felt tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

A heart-felt tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo


Nathan Cirillo's Dogs Wait for Master to Return

Nathan Cirillo’s Dogs Wait for Master to Return


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Attention! If your name appears on this list you can receive Spanish citizenship

Here’s a pretty good sign that things are changing at all levels of government. Spain seeks to remedy action taken as far back as 1492.  -LW


Spain’s government published a list of 5000 names and 220 Jewish name that will be recognized after more than 500 years of being excluded. Days ago, the Spanish parliament began an analysis to restore citizenship to the descendants of the Jews expelled in 1492.

Those who have these surnames prove whether or not living in Spain may obtain dual citizenship. “Those foreigners Sephardic proving that condition and its special link with our country, even without legal residence in Spain, whatever their ideology, religion or beliefs,” says Article 23 of the Civil Code.

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UFOs seen during NASA’s supply missions to ISS – Today Antares rocket bound for the ISS explodes – Oct 28, 2014

Originally posted on Mission Galactic Freedom:

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A Mysterious UFO was discovered in Nasa footage that was made public in January, 2014.

We were not sure what this object was. We can see the object moving at a slow pace and the Nasa video cuts off as they switch to another camera angle for a few seconds.

When they cut back, we never see the UFO again. See here the original NASA video.

It seems UFOs are very interested in NASA’s supply missions to the International Space Station. On October 25, 2014 during the release of the Space X Dragon craft a similar object was seen near the International Space Station. Is it just coincidence that unknown objects appear during supply missions or is there more going on.

Surprisingly, the latest supply Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after launch Tuesday evening.

The Cygnus cargo ship Tuesday had held 5,000 pounds of…

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Ebola Quarantine: Army Major General and Troops, After 30 Days in Liberia

In his latest interview, Cobra suggests that there is a very limited supply of the actual Ebola virus, and that the government is turning it into a media circus, just to scare people into believing that they still have some kind of control. What do you think? -LW


By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 1:52 PM EDT, Mon October 27, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The commander of U.S. Army Africa and 10 others are in “controlled monitoring” in Italy.
  • The team just spent 30 days in Liberia helping with the Ebola crisis.
  • There’s no indication that anyone on the team has symptoms of Ebola.
  • It’s unclear why they’re undergoing this kind of monitoring, which is not Pentagon policy.

(CNN) — Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in “controlled monitoring” in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.

The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.

William’s plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities “in full CDC gear,” the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.

There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.

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They will be monitored for 21 days at a “separate location” at the U.S. military installation at Vicenza Italy, according to U.S. military officials. Senior Pentagon officials say it is not a “quarantine,” but rather “controlled monitoring.” However, the troops are being housed in an access controlled location on base, and are not allowed to go home for the 21 day period while they undergo twice daily temperature checks.

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It is not clear yet if they will be allowed visits from family members.

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Officials could not explain why the group was being put under into controlled monitoring, which is counter to the Pentagon policy. The current DOD policy on monitoring returning troops says “as long as individuals remain asymptomatic, they may return to work and routine daily activities with family members.”

Williams and his team have been in West Africa for 30 days, to set up the initial U.S. military assistance there and have traveled extensively around Liberia. The team was in treatment and testing areas during their travels.

Speaking to reporters two weeks ago while he was still overseas in Liberia, Williams spoke of the extensive monitoring that he was given.

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“We measure, while we’re here — twice a day, are monitoring as required by the recent guidance that was put out while we’re here in Liberia. I — yesterday, I had my temperature taken, I think, eight times, before I got on and off aircraft, before I went in and out of the embassy, before I went out of my place where I’m staying,” William said during the October 16 press conference.

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“As long as you exercise basic sanitation and cleanliness sort of protocols using the chlorine wash on your hands and your feet, get your temperature taken, limiting the exposure, the — no handshaking, those sorts of protocols, I think the risk is relatively low.”