first_imgThe mole is stuck on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Mars InSight lander has been a star on the Red Planet. It touched down in November and has since snapped lovely landscapes, deployed a seismometer and unleashed a burrowing heat probe known as the “mole.” Everything was going great until the mole got stuck under the surface in February.NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), whose engineers designed the heat probe (also known as the Heat and Physical Properties Package, or HP3), have come up with an initial plan to help crack the mystery of why the mole isn’t moving.NASA and DLR both issued updates on the project on Thursday. One big question is whether the mole hit a single rock or came up against a gravel layer. There’s also some concern the probe itself or its cable could be hung up on something inside the housing that’s supposed to protect it. InSight studies Mars NASA’s InSight Mars lander got stuck between a rock in a hard place NASA InSight lander catches a shadowy eclipse on Mars NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures NASA Space 1 22 Photoscenter_img Share your voice Tags Comment Sci-Tech The mole works by hammering down into the ground to measure the heat coming from the interior of Mars. The InSight team now plans to conduct a hammering test lasting up to 15 minutes later this month. The lander’s seismometer will listen to the mole and hopefully pick up clues about what stopped its progress.InSight will also train its camera on the mole’s above-ground support structure to look for movement. The mole is designed to burrow down as far as 16 feet (5 meters), but only made it a matter of inches before stopping.If the InSight team can solve the puzzle of what’s hiding there under the surface of Mars, it may be able to revive the mole’s mission to explore the hidden inner life of the Red Planet.last_img read more

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File PhotoChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda highly appreciated Awami League during his dialogue with the party.The chief election commissioner expressed his appreciation during his dialogue with AL at the commission on Wednesday.A 21-member Awami League delegation, led by its general secretary Obaidul Quader, joined the talks at the Nirbachan Bhaban.Nurul Huda said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has brought Bangladesh to the highway of development. He said the prime minister has been called ‘mother of humanity’ for tackling the Rohingya crisis diplomatically.KM Nurul Islam said, “The Election Commission is now independent. We have been enjoying more freedom than many other countries. The AL chief facilitated this.”After the statement of CEC, he started a closed-door meeting with the members of AL delegation and the meeting is going on.Earlier, AL leaders said they prepared an 11-point proposal, which will be placed during the dialogue with the EC.He said AL is an old political party. He lauded the dynamic leadership of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Shamsul Haque, Year Ahmed, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and present successful prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”We jointly liberated the country at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 7 March 2071. The liberation war and independence were achieved through the hands of Awami League. Bangabandhu concentrated on building the nation after his return home in 1972. He also founded the election commission. The national GDP reached a peak by 1974,” Nurul Huda said.”After the killing of Bangabandhu along with his family members in 1975, the black chapter began. Later four national leaders were killed in jail. Shiekh Hasina returned home in 1981. She became the chief of the party and the opposition leader, joining the election in 1986. Under her leadership, the government was formed in 1996. She tried the killers of Bangabandhu. After coming to power in 2008, she tried the war criminals. She has brought Bangladesh to the highway of development.”KM Nurul Islam said, “The election commission is now independent. We have been enjoying more freedom than many other countries. The AL chief facilitated this.”After the statement of CEC, he started close-door meeting with the members of AL delegation and the meeting is going on.Earlier, while meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the CEC said BNP during its rule did good things. BNP founder Ziaur Rahman restored multi-party democracy, the CEC mentioned, adding that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was the first women prime minister in the country.last_img read more

first_imgDid you know? Why it’s always so cold on airplanes Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — How many of us have sat on an airplane, teeth chattering and shivering in our seats, wondering why on earth must the air conditioning be on at full blast?Too many of us, we suppose, since arctic temperatures in airplanes are a common occurrence. But why does it have to be? If airplanes – the very existence of which is a miracle unto itself – can magically stay afloat in the sky, why, pray tell, can’t they get something as simple as temperature control right?Turns out, the problem lies in the age of the aircraft, reports Bravo. According to retired Delta captain Paul Eschenfelder, as cited in Traveller, the older the aircraft, the colder it is onboard. Newer airplane models are able to regulate temperature in different areas of the cabin right down to the exact row. However, older aircraft aren’t built to do this, which means they have to use the same temperature throughout the cabin.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAs such, while some passengers are left overheated with little to no relief, others are being blasted with cold air.So what can you do about it? Pack plenty of layers, or a sarong or shawl. You can request an extra blanket from the flight crew if one is available. And you can also ask a flight attendant to change the temperature; if it’s a newer plane, it can be done.And as Jezebel noted, if you’re able to pre-select your seat, avoid the back of the plane where it’s often chillier. And choose a seat that’s at least two rows away from any exit doors as they can often be the draftiest seats onboard. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 last_img read more