Plus: Another Robot Visitor to Mars, a Brief History of Logo Design and Interstellar Travel within 100 Years.
We’re Sending Another Robot to Mars in 2016
The dust has only just settled from the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars, but we’re already itching to send more robots to the Red Planet. In fact, NASA recently announced plans to send another mechanical explorer to Mars in just four years.
In March 2016, the space agency plans to launch mission InSight – or Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport – as part of NASA’s Discovery program, a series of low-cost missions each designed to answer one specific question.
“InSight will mark the 12th project to be selected from NASA’s series of Discovery-class missions, an assortment of cost-capped expeditions with ‘highly focused scientific goals,’ geared toward improving the understanding of our own solar system,” according to science and sci-fi blog io9.
In a press conference in late August, NASA Director of Planetary Science Jim Green explained that the goal of InSight will be to probe deeper into Mars’ interior than ever before to gain a better understanding of whether the planet’s core is solid or liquid like Earth’s.
“It will take one Mars year of science – so about 680 or so days – [for InSight] to meet its primary objectives,” Green said.
The following video from NASA offers some insight (pardon the pun) on the spacecraft’s proposed design and technological suite:
Dirty Words Can Harm Your Career
IMT has asked it once before, but apparently the question bears repeating: Are there situations in the workplace when profanity is acceptable? According to recent findings, on-the-job swearing can harm your career prospects.
Based on a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and 3,800 workers, CareerBuilder.com found that more than half (51 percent) of employees swear in the office, and the majority (95 percent) said they do so in front of their co-workers. Meanwhile, 51 percent indicated that they cuss in front of their boss.
For many, swearing can seem like second nature in certain work situations, such as missing a deadline. However, employers are inclined to think less of an employee who swears at work for a variety of reasons. Most employers (81 percent) believe cursing brings into question the employee’s professionalism. Others are concerned with the lack of control (71 percent) and lack of maturity (68 percent) demonstrated by swearing at work. More than half (54 percent) said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent.
In fact, workers who swear frequently could actually lose out on a promotion due to their foul language on the job. Approximately 64 percent of employers said they’d think less of an employee who repeatedly uses curse words, and 57 percent said they’d be less likely to promote someone who swears in the office.
A Brief History of Logo Design
Logos are a significant factor in marketing. As a company’s primary graphical representation, the logo anchors a brand and often becomes the single most visible representation of the company within a target market – a symbol, a reminder and often the centerpiece.
This short documentary, part of PBS’ Off Book series, briefly traces the importance of logos through the ages:
Meeting to Arrange Interstellar Travel within 100 Years
Next week, an international group of big thinkers will meet to discuss a very big idea: developing a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the many disciplines required to make long-distance space travel practicable. Simply put, their goal is to make interstellar travel possible within the next 100 years.
“The 100 Year Starship Project (100YSS) was seeded by a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiative, and earlier this year it was announced that ex-NASA astronaut Mae Jemison and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence would head the project,” Discovery News explains. “Icarus Interstellar Inc. (a non-profit organization co-founded by Richard Obousy in the aim of developing technologies for interstellar travel), SETI Institute and Foundation for Enterprise Development were also tapped to join the multi-partner project to develop the technical, cultural, legal and financial frameworks for a manned mission to another star.”
The 100YSS 2012 Public Symposium will kick off next week in Texas, bringing together “thought leaders, experts, trendsetters, space advocates and space enthusiasts, international space agencies, established businesses and start-ups, financiers and entrepreneurs, governmental and non-governmental agencies, universities, private industries and the public – and marking the beginning of a century of work striving to push mankind out of the solar system and on a journey to becoming an interstellar civilization.
“This important effort helps advance the knowledge and technologies required to explore space, all while generating the necessary tools that enhance our quality of life on Earth,” former President Bill Clinton, who will serve as the symposium’s Honorary Chair, said in a statement.
In the meantime, check out this infographic, which highlights “several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date,” the graphic designer and molecular astrophysics PhD student who created the graphic writes. “The past, the present and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown are to scale (assuming my sources were accurate).”