Causes of death include but are not limited to: pushed down a cliff, suffocated, vaporized by weapons, killed by various aliens, poisoned by exotic plant thorns, struck by lightning, stepped on an exploding rock, beaten by sticks, loss of erythrocytes, turned into a cuboctehedron and then crushed, beamed into open space, and rapid cellular decay.
Warning if you are given a red shirt on a Star Trek set, be sure tht your life insurance policy is paid up.
Autonomous NASA rover released on Greenland ice sheet.
GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, is an autonomous, solar-operated robot that carries a ground-penetrating radar to examine the layers of Greenland’s ice sheet. Its findings will help scientists understand how the massive ice sheet gains and loses ice.
The robot’s tests on the ice began on May 8, defying winds of up to 23 mph (37 kph) and temperatures as low as minus 22 F (minus 30 C). The tests will continue through June 8. Its trial in Greenland will also serve as a test of using rovers in harsh polar regions to gather data.
Space research on earth. Cool.
(Source: nasa.gov, via engineeringisawesome)
"It’s really a losing battle, a losing proposition for all of us. … The fundamental problem is that we’re on our own and all the risk of retirement — whether it’s this risk of the market going up and down or picking the wrong investments or even outliving our savings — the risk is all on us and that’s just fundamentally not a fair arrangement, not a fair proposition."
talks to Terry Gross
about the risks of 401K retirement plans
and the tricky business of saving for old age. (via nprfreshair