NASA engineers use origami as inspiration when they fold up solar panels for their trip to space. Shown here: the Miura fold. Once a piece of paper (or solar array) is all folded up, it can be completely unfolded in one smooth motion. You can read more about origami in space here, and learn how to do the Miura fold in this video:
Image: Astronaut Scott Parazynski repairs a damaged ISS solar panel (NASA)
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If you’re reaching for the potato chips when you’re stressed, then you’re not alone. In a national survey, more than one-third of participants said they alter their diets when they’re stressed, often turning to foods that comfort them. Doctors suggest links between our moods and what we eat –– so, next time, grab a couple pieces of dark chocolate instead. Nutrient-rich foods might just help you keep a cap on your stress.
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Rio’s “Christ the Redeemer” statue is probably Brazil’s most famous landmark. It towers over the city, high atop Corcovado Mountain. For the past six months it’s undergone a restoration after a pair of lightning strikes damaged several of the “fingers” and the “head”. Today, during a heavy rain, several of Rio’s religious leaders celebrated the completion. Father Omar Raposo also talked about Brazil’s semifinal loss in the World Cup and the redemption that can happen from a loss. “Winning or losing, you shouldn’t let the defeats beat on your soul.”
Today’s the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that was meant to usher in equality, and we wanted to know how it evolved, and what it means to us today.
So we made an app for that.
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Seriously, go check out this app.