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Please note that once the main video has been run, three additional videos (takeoff/landing, chat with crew, and first start of engine number 4 before it was installed into the airframe) are available by clicking on them.
Most, if not all of my blog friends, know that Hunky Husband spent his entire engineering and program management career with one or another Boeing company - just under 35 years' worth. He sent me the link to the following video. (Unbeknownst to him, I had also received the link from a military listing that I receive each morning; but, I was too busy, today, and deleted today's military listing email without reading any of it. HH gets more attention from me!)
"Three F-35B made a transatlantic flight June 29, 2016, flying from MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina and landing at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. They were assisted by two KC-10’s, and refueled 15 times over the Atlantic."
"The trio — a single RAF F-35B and two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B aircraft — arrived in country for the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo July 8-10 and the Farnborough International Air Show July 11-17. (The British plane, piloted by RAF Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, touched down first.)"
Hunky Husband and I have spent this past week in meetings held by the organization for which we volunteer - some meetings of which were informational, some of which were training, some of which we were actually getting work/planning accomplished. At our ages, 10-12 hours of meetings is just too much. We skipped the evening meetings, entirely! As it was, we were at meetings from 8am to 6:30pm each day. There was no day that I failed to put in a few more hours at my normal type of volunteer work. Yesterday, I took it easy. (In my jargon, that means that I only put in about seven hours at a hot computer.)
Speaking of buzzes in physics:Gravitational waves, Einstein’s ripples in spacetime, spotted for first time. From the linked article:
The discovery marks a triumph for the 1000 physicists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of gigantic instruments in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. Rumors of the detection had circulated for months. Today, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO team made it official. “We did it!” says David Reitze, a physicist and LIGO executive director at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “All the rumors swirling around out there got most of it right.”
By Yinweichen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Earth-shaking: Yesterday, we experienced another earthquake - stronger than any I've previously felt in Kansas. The quake was measured as 5.1 on the Richter Scale by USGSwith epicenter down in Oklahoma - the strongest quake they've had since 2011. It really rattled my computer and everything on my computer desk around! (I was working on the computer at the time.)
Below are a few odds and ends that I've found online during the past couple of days. Please follow the links to anything you find interesting.
It is much too early in the research of the relationship between eating at night (when one would "normally" be sleeping) and learning and memory to become alarmed; but, I found an article at Science Daily interesting.
Modern schedules can lead us to eat around the clock so it is important to understand how this could dull some of the functions of the brain. New research in mice shows that clocks in different regions of the brain start working out of step, altering the brain's physiology.
"For the first time, we have shown that simply adjusting the time when food is made available alters the molecular clock in the hippocampus and can alter the cognitive performance of mice." Professor Christopher Colwell from the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA
I'm not a cook. I'm not "on a diet". I do follow a couple of cooking blogs. The link, below, will lead to a recipe that is not new; but, it is one that I found a couple of years ago. I've had time to try it and I like it! Note that Kalyn's Kitchen is slow on the download, but Kalyn's recipes are, in general, worth the patience.
For those who think of the 1950s as "the good old days", here is Siegel's entry for that decade.
1950s — But a competing idea to the Big Bang was the Steady-State model, put forth by Fred Hoyle and others during the same time. But what was most spectacular is that they argued that all the heavier elements present on Earth today were formed not during an early, hot and dense state, but rather in previous generations of stars. Hoyle, along with collaborators Willie Fowler and Geoffrey and Margaret Burbidge, detailed exactly how elements would be built up the periodic table from nuclear fusion occurring in stars. Most spectacularly, they predicted helium fusion into carbon through a process never before observed: the triple-alpha process, requiring a new state of carbon to exist. That state was discovered by Fowler a few years after it was proposed by Hoyle, and is today known as the Hoyle State of carbon. From this, we learned that all the heavy elements existing on Earth today owe their origin to previous generations of stars.
The title of the following posting from Slashdot.org is what gave me a laugh. I could tell them that anything designed more than 25 years ago would probably appear to be sexist. In aviation, our standard passenger was a 160# male and the standard pilot was a 170# male, as I recall. Women should be pleased to learn that, in later years, it has been recognized that both sexes of any age may be aboard an aircraft. I was an "over-50 female" for one evacuation test. I was well "over-50" at the time (about 65) and we found the door blocked, so had to exit through an escape window - onto the wing, down to the ground. I was also the Guinea pig for testing to see whether a woman in high heels had a problem with using re-designed control pedals (I had to borrow the shoes!)
Posted by samzenpuson Tuesday August 04, 2015 @05:30AM from the coat-day dept.
sciencehabit writes: If you're constantly bundling up against your office building's air conditioning, blame Povl Ole Fanger. In the 1960s, this Danish scientist developed a model, still used in many office buildings around the world, which predicts comfortable indoor temperatures for the average worker. The problem? The average office worker in the 1960s was a 40-year-old man sporting a three-piece suit. But fear not, those for whom the 'work sweater' has become a mandatory addition to office attire: Researchers say they have built a better model.
As one who spends a fair amount of time on various NASA web pages, I have to believe that this is an exciting time for coders/web page gurus to be working at NASA and its contracting agencies. Gee whiz - some of the effects they come up with, that provide scientific education. They offer lots of toys!
One of the apps offered is NASA's Eyes Visualization, which I downloaded in order to access NASA's Eyes on Pluto. There are lots of controls to determine what one sees. Below is a pretty "plain vanilla" screen shot from the simulation.
No matter how exciting an event, if it takes more than a few seconds to occur, many of us lose sight of the whole thing. Our attention span isn't that long.
On January 19, 2006, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station FL. It left the Earth at about 36,000 miles/hour - the fastest of any spacecraft ever launched. Below is a video from YouTube of the launch.
Below are a few photos from that mission, posted by NASA.
New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait (color information obtained earlier in the mission from the Ralph instrument has been added) late on
July 8, 2015.
Image of Pluto only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), July 8, 2015. Most of the bright features around Pluto’s edge are a result of image processing, but the bright sliver below the dark “whale,” which is also visible in unprocessed images, is real.
Image of Charon only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), July 8, 2015.
NASA’s unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on the Pluto system after a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey. On July 14 it will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.
Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower, unveils the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport logo. Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita City Council members are on the right. (Jan. 26, 2015) Mike Hutmacher The Wichita Eagle
An excerpt from the referenced article is below.
Eisenhower, who served as president from 1953 to 1961, grew up in Abilene. His boyhood home is preserved in Abilene, on the grounds of Eisenhower’s presidential library and museum.
Mary Esienhower said in her remarks that her grandfather had a pilot’s license, and he and her father owned a Piper Cherokee, a single piston-engine aircraft.
“I should add that he was a talented pilot and quite keen on aerobatics,” she said in her speech.
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In real estate, it's location, location, location. In doing something that affects a lot of people, it's coordination, coordination, coordination.
A bit over one year ago, someone started a buzz around Wichita to change the name of the largest airport in the State of Kansas. Eventually, "The Wichita City Council, sitting as the airport authority, voted Tuesday to change the name of Mid-Continent Airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. (April 8, 2014) The Wichita Eagle". Below is the photo that accompanies the newspaper report.
The article continued:
The action Tuesday was largely symbolic, clearing the way for the new name to go to the Federal Aviation Administration for paperwork changes. The name change becomes effective next year when the new airport terminal opens.
The vote also cleans up a city omission from March, inserting the name “Wichita” officially into the new airport name.
Eisenhower, who was from Abilene, served as supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II and as United States president from 1953 to 1961.
Opponents of the change reiterated their criticisms Tuesday: the estimated $270,000 cost to the airport and city to change the name and highway signage, the 60 years that have passed since Ike was president.
Former county commissioner Dave Bayouth contended that young people today don’t know who Eisenhower is.
And city clerk Karen Sublett read into the record a statement from the city’s airport advisory board opposing the change. The board met Monday afternoon and voted 10-1 to oppose the name change.
But in the end, Mayor Carl Brewer said, “I could never come up with a reason not. There are more reasons why it’s the right thing to do.”
I changed some of the text to red in the above excerpt: "The name change becomes effective next year when the new airport terminal opens." Therein, lies the rub. No one thought about coordinating the name change with the FAA's schedule for publishing updated charts. Thus, although the signage remains the same (well, it looked just like the above photo when I took Hunky Husband to catch his flight last Sunday morning), the FAA has changed some charts. For instance, if a pilot looks up NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen), this is what greets them:
Data Current as of: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:37:00 UTC
ICT WICHITA DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER NATIONAL
The new terminal is scheduled to open in about three months. I'll try to remember to share some photos at that time.
Please note that Pres Eisenhower had no ties to Wichita, other than having lived in the State of Kansas - in Abilene KS - about 120 miles distant from Wichita. The Eisenhower Memorial Highway (AKA Kansas Hiway 15 or K-15) runs through Wichita, leading to Abilene, the site of the Eisenhower Memorial Museum. From our house, driving a total of 1.75 miles west, 0.4 miles north puts us on K-15.