Have you ever looked at NASA's nearly $20 billion budget and wonder, "What's in it for me?" Sure, going out and studying Mars is all fine and dandy, but what immediate benefit do you, the taxpayer, get from all this spending?
Believe it or not, it's a lot more than you think, and NASA has a new interactive website that gives you an in-depth look at how space research directly impacts your everyday life. It's called NASA Home and City. You can choose to explore either an average household or an adorable little city. Clicking nodes on each of the buildings and in the rooms displays an interesting factoid about how those items came about through NASA's research. It's super fun to use, and it's actually quite engaging!
Here's a few tidbits I found interesting.
Inside the hospital, you can take a look, among other things, at how researchers developed improved contact lenses in lower gravity environments. Neat!
If you've ever been caught in the midst of a major natural disaster, unfortunately, it's not difficult to visualize the destructive power of nature. For those of us who haven't, mere numbers or weather-talk may not translate fully into real-word effects.
But the Weather Channel has been crafting some sobering, frightening, and visually impressive videos that help people understand how terrible nature's fury can really be. Using mixed reality based on the gaming engine Unreal, the Weather Channel drops real people in the midst of simulated natural disasters. The purpose of the videos is to remind people to stay safe during intense weather. Here's three for you to check out:
Hurricane Florence Flooding Levels
When we hear "6 feet of water" on television, it sounds like a lot--but do we really know what it looks like? In this video, Greg Postel gets digitally dropped in the middle of the Hurricane Florence flooding to show how bad it gets.
I'm a sci-fi/fantasy lover & writer who especially likes talking about Star Wars and futuristic tech. I like finding new things & finding the beauty in old things, especially in my "Everyday Snippets" series. I hope you'll join me on my blog and unleash your imagination!