Jacob Cepollina

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8 weird things that happen to your body if you live in space for a year like Scott Kelly

In the name of science, former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shoved himself into the top of a rocket, accelerated to 17,500 mph, and fell around Earth for 340 days — nearly an entire year.<p>The lack of gravity, radiation exposure, Kelly's diet, and other facts of life in orbit affected his body in …

You CAN Make a Difference: Why Every Single American Should Vote

As we approach Election Day, there is one question on everyone's mind: Who will win the presidential race? However, there's a more important question not being considered nearly as much: <i>Who do WE want to win the presidential race?</i><p>According to recent data from the U.S. Census, voter turnout in the …

8 Frugal Habits That Will Make You a Millionaire

While becoming a millionaire rarely occurs overnight, it's still an achievable dream if you work hard and use these habits.<p>There are approximately 35 million people who are millionaires in the world. As Robert J. Samuelson states so perfectly in <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>, "That's about 5 percent of the …

Getting into NASA's astronaut class is 74 times harder than getting into Harvard — here's how the selection process works

A whopping 18,300 people are fighting for less than 15 highly coveted spots. Its previous record was 8,000 applicants in 1978.<p>The space agency just began an 18-month-long process "that will end with the selection of eight to 14 individuals for the opportunity to become astronaut candidates," the …

This Isn’t Even John Kasich’s Worst Presidential Bid

The Ohio governor finished fifth in Nevada, behind even Ben Carson. Still, this is far from his saddest run for president—in college, he lost and …

Government

NASA Is Growing Potatoes In Peru To Simulate Martian Conditions

If Mark Watney can do it...<p>In order for humanity to one day colonize Mars, researchers must first find a sustainable crop to grow there. However, Mars isn’t the most hospitable place for plant life, which is why NASA scientists are currently in Lima, Peru attempting to grow potatoes in a simulated …

Gardening

Young & Entrepreneurial: Harvard Student Drops Out To Pursue Social Network for Research

<i>This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. To stay up to date with future posts, sign-up here.</i><p>Millions of dollars are spent on research each year but most of these research findings stay in labs …

U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed hoverboards “unsafe” and, in a letter released by the organization, all hoverboard manufacturers to gain UL certification before selling more boards.<p>“Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn. From …

India's brand new $5 smartphone is being accused of ripping off Apple

Yesterday, Ringing Bells promised a "true testimony of success" for India's Made In India digital campaign with the announcement of the Freedom 251. It said the phone would cost less than 500 rupees, around $7 USD. The BBC reports the price has since fallen further though, with local Indian media …

5 takeaways from CNN's GOP town hall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marco Rubio showed why he spooks Democrats, while Ted Cruz tried to put a scare into Donald Trump during CNN's town hall Wednesday night.<p>The first three candidates to participate in the two-night event moderated by Anderson Cooper showcased their different styles of conservatism.<p>Ben Carson …

Is Trump on the Verge of His Biggest Victory Yet?

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>Is Trump on the Verge of his Biggest Victory Yet?</b><p>Three days to go until Saturday’s Republican primary in South Carolina, and all of the polling out there …

In South Carolina, big leads on both sides

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump holds a broad 16-point lead among those likely to vote in South Carolina's Republican primary this Saturday, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton tops Bernie Sanders by 18 points in the state's Democratic primary, which will be held a week …

The ATMs bringing cheap, safe water to Nairobi's slums

Local water vendors are not happy with fruit seller Mercy Muiruri. At the end of last year, she found a different solution to washing fruits before making them into a salad for her customers – a water ATM. “Now I know the water I use is safe and from a trusted source. Even my customers will be …

Africa

Better water management could halve global food deficit - scientists | Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investing in agricultural water management could substantially reduce hunger while limiting some of the harmful effects of climate change on crop yields, scientists said in a study released on Tuesday.<p>Scientists investigated the potential for producing more …

Contaminated Flint water among most expensive in the U.S.: report | Reuters

(Reuters) - Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, paid some of the nation’s highest water bills even as the city failed to treat drinking water properly, leading to lead contamination, according to a report released on Tuesday.<p>The Flint River is seen flowing …

NASA is giving away these awesome futuristic posters of the cosmos

What would it be like to tour our solar system and beyond?<p>Check out them out below below.<p>You can download the high-resolution PDFs for free here and print them out.

Astroneer, The 'Galactic Minecraft', Delays Release To 'Early Fall'

Hotly-anticipated game pushes its early access release date back<p>Ever since it was first previewed last fall, we have been pretty excited to get our hands on Astroneer, a still-in-development indie game whose initial screenshots and premise make it seem like it will be a sort of interplanetary …

Benefits of rooting your Android phone or tablet

Rooting… a world not every user dares venture into. We wouldn’t blame you if you are wary of doing this. It’s intimidating when manufacturers keep telling you tinkering with a phone can void your warranty and/or harm your device. And it’s true – you may be left on your own if something goes wrong …

Microsoft is marking the end of an era with a $199 Windows phone for the business customer

The conventional wisdom from mobile-industry watchers is that the 650 will be the last smartphone to bear the Lumia brand, which Microsoft acquired in its disastrous 2013 acquisition of Nokia.<p>The Lumia 650 boasts specs mostly in line with what was leaked. It has a 5-inch screen, an 8-megapixel …

How safe is your drinking water?

Since time immemorial, boiling has been considered the best technique to make water safe for drinking. Besides this rather traditional form of water …

Water

Michael Moore: 10 Facts About The Flint Water Crisis You Didn't Know

Michael Moore wants to set the record straight about the Flint Water Crisis narrative coming out of Michigan. A scandal of massive proportions, the …

NASA: 4 Billion People at Risk as 'Water Table Dropping All Over the World'

A new analysis reveals that global water scarcity is a far greater problem than previously thought, affecting 4 billion people—two-thirds of the …

Samsung-backed smart shoes will be your personal trainer

If you're still wearing plain old sneakers, Samsung wants to put a stop to that. The company is about to launch a new brand of smart athletic shoes called IoFIT from its in-house startup, Salted Venture. The shoe comes with numerous pressure sensors that measure your posture, balance and weight …

Filmmaking

The space race is not over yet — and the stakes are as high as ever

<b>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about space exploration.</b><p>Thirty years ago, as footage of the Challenger space shuttle explosion streamed across television screens, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation …

Self-parking chairs make this office tidy with just a clap

If you're annoyed by slovenly colleagues, their desks full of paper and abandoned cups of tea, and their chairs left askew, Nissan have a solution: …

6 dead, 14 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

Six people were killed and at least 14 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the level of gun violence in the city so far this year remains well above that of recent years, according to police.<p>Shootings in 2016 are more than double the same period in 2015, according to …

Law Enforcement

'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's

When Tom Wainwright became the Mexico correspondent for <i>The Economist</i> in 2010, he found himself covering the country's biggest businesses, including the tequila trade, the oil industry and the commerce of illegal drugs.<p>"I found that one week I'd be writing about the car business, and the next week …

Mexico

Tidal Tops U.S. App Store After Landing Exclusive Rights To Kanye West’s New Album

After scoring exclusive streaming rights to Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, Tidal has taken over the number one spot on the U.S. App Store.<p>The album, which went live yesterday, was originally supposed to be available for streaming on Tidal’s platform, as well as for purchase on Kanye’s …

Wikipedia is building an open-source search engine - but it's a little confusing

There have been rumblings in the Wikimedia community since last year that a better search engine is on the way and it looks like that’s true – but not everyone’s happy.<p>In a $250,000 grant document from the Knight Foundation for media innovation, Wikipedia owner Wikimedia describes:<p><i>Knowledge Engine</i> …

Scientists Print Living Body Parts

A team at Wake Forest University has used a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out human body parts, including ears, muscles and jawbone.