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NASA initiates measures to commercialize American flights for space

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NASA is currently working on the proposal that is designed to allow the space agency a scope to sell the seats to space enthusiasts that aim to travel in space. The Advisory Council at NASA stated that developing a sustainable foundation for the returning Americans going to the moon followed by enabling the new era for commercial spaceflight at the LEO shall stand as the linchpin for the spaceflight policy.

These extra seats for the tourists on the rockets shall be made available for purchase as confirmed by the proposal. The report also stated that the latest set for commercial capabilities meant for human spaceflight would eventually necessitate some cooperation from private sector based companies.

This report was actually requested by National Advisory Council along with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the month of February. The move shall serve as a massive departure from NASA’s traditional mission that was purely focused over space and science explorations.

To add to this, NASA might also allow the commercialized use of its official logo as well as astronauts for better revenue generation. The astronauts might get a chance to appear for promotional activities as well as commercials. This will help the agency feature prominently within the American culture.

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Fossil of plant-eating reptile discovered in New Mexico

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Fossil of plant-eating reptile discovered in New Mexico

The earliest example of a reptile that eats plant has been discovered in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science told.

The museum announced this week, saying that the unique structure of the jaws, teeth and skull of the sail-backed reptile clearly shows that it was an herbivore. Not only that, but it also indicated that such specialized plant-eating wasn’t earlier known in reptiles older than approximately 200 million years.

The fossil bones were found by Ethan Schuth near Alamogordo while he was on a class field trip to University of Oklahoma geology in 2013. The bones were known to be part of a well preserved but incomplete skeleton.

Field crews spent almost a year for collecting the bones from the site and a lot more time was spent to remove the hard sandstone which surrounds the fossils so that the research could ensue.

Paleontology curator Spencer Lucas along with his team from the museum determined that the bones were almost 300 million years old, which means that the reptile lived during the early Permian Period, or over 50 million years before the dinosaurs started originating.

Lucas and research associate Matt Celeskey have been able to identify the skeleton as belonging to an absolutely new genus and species that they named as Gordodon kraineri. The world ‘Gordodon’ is derived from the Spanish word gordo, which means fat, and the Greek word ‘odon’, or tooth, as the species had quite large pointed teeth at the tips of its jaws.

The species name kraineri actually honors Karl Krainer, who is an Austrian geologist who is known to contribute to knowledge about the Permian period in New Mexico.

“Gordodon actually rewrites the books by pushing back our understanding of the evolution of such specialized herbivory by almost 100 million years,” Lucas told in a statement that was issued on Wednesday.

Gordodon was known to be about 5 feet long and weighed approximately 75 pounds. It was believed to be a selective feeder that was dependent on high-nutrient plants because of the advanced structure of its teeth, skull and jaws.

Experts at the museum say that other early herbivorous reptiles were not known to be selective, chomping on any plants that they came across. They say that Gordodon had some of the same specializations that were found in modern animals such as deer and goats.

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Brazilian dirt piles as massive as Great Britain resulted from termite tunnels: proves latest study

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Brazilian dirt piles as massive as Great Britain resulted from termite tunnels, proves latest study

Right when the pyramids in Egypt were being constructed, there was another massive project underway but in a whole other section of the globe. Just like pyramids, this project resulted in a site that is currently visible from outer space.

However, this particular project in Brazil had no help from pulleys, ramps, or for that matter any manpower. This complex structure formed with 200 million massive mounds made up dirt covers about the size capable of covering Great Britain. But the weird revelation about this structure is the fact that it was created by an insect species. Yes, it was the termites that were responsible for this unique creation.

These mounds shaped in the form of cones reach a height of 10 feet going to a width of 30 feet. Each of these mounds is spaced at a distance of 60 feet from each other. Scientists dated the oldest of these mounds to be 3,820 years old. This makes them just about the same age as the termite mounds discovered in Africa.

An artwork by the species named Syntermes dirus, these mounds resulted by an excavation to create tunnels under the ground that helped the termites reach their meals comprised of the dead leaves that fell to the forest floor once every year.

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NASA to launch safety review at SpaceX following news of Elon Musk smoking pot

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NASA to launch safety review at SpaceX following news of Elon Musk smoking pot

When NASA associated with Boeing and Spacex in order to fly the astronauts to ISS, the companies most probably expected that the government based space agency would always monitor the activities. However, what actually happened is the fact that NASA actually prompted a probe following the podcast with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

After it was revealed that Musk smoked pot with the podcast host Joe Rogan, NASA is now conducting a proper safety review for both the companies. While NASA refrained from confirming whether this sudden check had any association with Musk’s unprofessional behavior, the spokesperson for the company mentioned that this is just to ensure that the companies adhere to the workplace safety requirements as listed by NASA. This also includes a drug-free work environment to ensure zero compromise in terms of safety.

While NASA’s reaction to Musk’s recreational activity might seem a bit exaggerated reaction, it’s not the first company to do so. According to reports, the Air Force took a peak at Musk’s behavior. They stated that the use of weed or any similar illegal drugs is actually prohibited for anyone that holds a security clearance from the government. Musk’s appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast dated 6th September.

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