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Scientists Tell Us Space Travel Is Really Possible

Scientists Tell Us Space Travel Is Really Possible

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been enamored by space travel. I think I read everything I could about the Apollo missions. Unfortunately, since the 1960s, we’ve really scaled back on our space programs due to the cost.

While the space shuttle era was fun, it really brought nothing to the table for those of us interested in real space exploration, the kind not seen since the skyscraper sized Saturn V rocket’s last missions to the moon.

Thankfully, this might be changing soon. Scientists both in China and the United States have recently been doing research on a type of propulsion system that essentially breaks Newtonian laws of physics.

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How does the engine work? I don’t want to get in-depth as I am not a rocket scientist myself, but essentially, what this engine does is use microwaves to create thrust without the need for fuel.

This engine is known as the “EmDrive,” and though it has been tested both in America and China, many scientists dispute its efficacy due to the aforementioned fact that it breaks Newtonian physics.

There’s no timetable as to when or even if this technology will be applied to spacecrafts, though it is encouraging that NASA recently released a statement acknowledging that the EmDrive works, though they didn’t do much in the way of explaining the physics of it.

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Since this technology is still in the testing phases, and hasn’t even been accepted by an a large number of skeptical scientists, I doubt we’ll see its use in the mainstream for at least another decade or so.

Still, if this technology continues to be developed, we have a lot to look forward to in regard to space travel and exploration. Indeed, one of the biggest problems for space travel currently is the cost of fuel, as it’s one of the major inhibiting factors preventing NASA and other space agencies from launching more missions.

Once you’re in space, there’s no gravity, and thus you only need to expend fuel in certain specific circumstances, like when changing direction. Those huge fuel tanks you saw on the space shuttles are mainly there to get the vehicle into space.

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Now, imagine if we could get satellites and other vessels out of our atmosphere without the need for fuel? That alone makes space exploration infinitely more feasible, as not only will agencies like NASA be able to send more things into space, they’ll be able to do so on a far lower budget.

If we ever develop something like the EmDrive, getting into space and maneuvering about will no longer be an issue. What’s the next thing to worry about then? Oxygen.

As you know, there’s no oxygen in the vacuum of space, and besides fuel, one of the current limiting factors of space travel is that you can only go as far as your oxygen tanks will take you.

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What’s the solution? According to scientist Julian Melchiorri, it’s artificial leaves. Or, more specifically, man-made leaves that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen without all of the soil, sun, water, and gravity that plants usually rely on.

These leaves could theoretically be used as building materials for certain things, like walls on the interior of a spacecraft, for instance. Instead of limited oxygen tanks filtering in an ever-decreasing amount of air, the very walls around you would be constantly recycling the carbon dioxide you’re exhaling, turning it into fresh oxygen for you to breath.

Pretty neat stuff if you ask me.

Though NASA and other space agencies have hit a bit of a rut recently, new technologies like the EmDrive and the artificial leaf might just be the breakthroughs we need to get things rolling again.

Featured photo credit: Space Shuttle/ Official U.S. Navy Page via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 25, 2019

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

1. Basecamp

    It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

    It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

    Find out more about Basecamp here.

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    2. Asana

      If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

      In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

      Find out more about Asana here.

      3. Casual

        This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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        This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

        Find out more about Casual here.

        4. Trello

          This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

          Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

          Find out more about Trello here.

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          5. OmniPlan

            This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

            You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

            A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

            Find out more about OmniPlan here.

            6. Podio

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              This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

              There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

              Find out more about Podio here.

              7. Microsoft Project

                This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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