As my colleague Aaron Barnhart wrote last fall, Stumptown is instantly recognizable as a PI procedural in the mold of Veronica Mars, or Magnum, P.I., or especially The Rockford Files: a smart, scrappy investigator solves clients #39; problems, generally via extra legal methods and situationally ethical ingenuity; the vagaries of the gig economy sometimes force our hero to take jobs that don #39;t line up with his or her values; there #39;s a little low stakes fisticuffs or minor physical peril along the way; and the protagonist develops a grudging mutual respect with a by the books local cop. What makes Stumptown refreshing is how it transcends the tropes of the genre to tell its specific story.Our investigator is Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders, formerly of How I Met Your Mother). She #39;s an Afghanistan War veteran who has returned to her home town of Portland, Oregon (the titular Stumptown), land is iving with her brother, 20 year old Ansel (Cole Sibus), who has Downs syndrome. Dex continues to experience symptoms of PTSD and flashbacks to her military service, which she #39;s self medicating by drinking and gambling at a local tribal casino that happens to be operated by Sue Lynn Blackbird (See co star Tantoo Cardinal); both Dex and Sue Lynn are still grieving Sue Lynn #39;s late son Benny mdash; the love of Dex #39;s life, who Sue Lynn prevented from marrying Dex after the two dated in college, and who was married to another woman when he died in Afghanistan. When she #39;s not drinking at the casino, Dex is drinking at Bad Alibi, a bar owned by her friend (an ex con and one time hookup) Grey McConnell (New Girl alumnus Jake Johnson), where Ansel also works. So, by centering multiple Indigenous characters, the show can work in plotlines that revolve around tribal politics. By centering a character with an intellectual disability, the show can explore the tension between Ansel #39;s desire to assert himself as an adult and his primary guardian Dex #39;s worries about his independence. And the door is open for the show to dig further into what life is like for people who were formerly incarcerated, veterans with mental health issues, the complex economics of tribal gaming, and so on mdash; all subject matters rarely seen on other TV shows, and practically never seen on a network show.
Credit: NASA, JPL Caltech, MSSSAdvertisement As is the way of news cycles, in recent days we're back to hearing about plans for setting humans up on Mars. A few years ago this idea was in the spotlight because of now defunct efforts like Mars One, which somehow got 200,000 people to express interest in what would have been a lifelong trip to the red planet. We've also seen Elon Musk''s vision of how SpaceX would eventually provide a human "backup plan " by permanently settling Mars.
Surprise, surprise: Elon Musk is thinking big.
At five times its former size, the new Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC) three years in the works has more elbow room for events, and it will put that space to good use in a weeklong celebration of its opening January 21. BU s student center for inclusive community programs moves from its old digs in the George Sherman Union basement to 808 Commonwealth Ave., where it will occupy much of the first and second floors. Here is a listing of events celebrating HTC s opening, all of which are free and open to members of the BU community.When: Sunday, January 19Where: Marsh ChapelTime: 11 am
Space Exploration is a challenging, complex and very expensive endeavour. Any mission scenario is different and similarly challenging from the other. Currently the major space agencies are working towards destinations where human beings could one day live, such as the Moon and Mars. From my point of view both Celestial bodies are important for the future of exploration, for different reasons. The Moon for its vicinity to us and its strong relation with our wonderful planet; Mars being the only planet in our solar system that for distance and basic characteristics could be a realistic target for long duration space exploration. Nevertheless, and in order to achieve solid results it is very important to synchronise as much as possible the technological developments. If we wish one day to have humans living outside Earth, a clear step no matter the target shall be detailed by scientific characterisation and knowledge of the corresponding environments. We still need to understand how to protect our astronauts from the harsh space environment, how to use the planetary local resources for refurbishment or life support, get to know if there has been life on a certain surface and what happened, so on.The list of technologies needed for the next big move in space can be very large and different depending on the final target. For sure, launch vehicles are still a limit for space exploration in general, and even more in the case of human space exploration. We are still very young in in situ resources, utilisation and exploitation, in radiation protection, etc. Regarding Martian rovers an evident key area is giving them as much autonomy and long traverse capabilities as possible. The latter clearly for a wider access to the planetary surface. Regarding on board autonomy it is essential to increase as much as possible the scientific return, robustness and reliability, on board resources optimisation, the future collaboration with astronauts, etc.
The seemingly artificial "Face " on Mars turned out to be just an eroded mesa on closer inspection. Credit: Getty ImagesAdvertisement So far, we 've seen a human face on Mars, a monster crab, and a cannonball.
Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian American US Air Force colonel, is among the 11 new NASA graduates who have successfully completed their over two years apos; of basic astronaut training. They are all set to be a part of the space agency apos;s ambitious future missions to the International Space Station, Moon and Mars.
As well as this, the gates will be fitted with baseboards which will help maintain high hygiene standards by containing straw and animal waste, keeping access walkways clean. Animal Antiks operates an alternative day provision based on a 230 acre working farm in North Marston, near Buckingham.
Nasa is losing water more quickly than scientists expected and it could affect its chances of hosting alien.A new study has found that water vapour is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere.
Methane, which can be a biomarker #8212;or indicator of life #8212;on Earth, has been detected by spacecraft orbiting Mars and by the Curiosity rover on the Martian surface. The question of its origin, though #8212;particularly whether it;s of biological or chemical origin #8212;has puzzled scientists for many years. Now a new paper by Debbie Maus from the Technical University Berlin and colleagues (including myself) provides a plausible mechanism for how methane can be produced biologically under certain environmental conditions found on Mars.The science team put together an experimental chamber in which microbes obtained water exclusively by deliquescence #8212;the process by which substances, mostly salts, absorb moisture directly from the atmosphere until they dissolve in the absorbed water and form a solution. This is critical because the Martian surface is nowadays devoid of liquid water.
Water might escape Mars more effectively than previously thought, potentially helping to explain how the Red Planet lost its seas, lakes and rivers, a new study finds.
The decade ended with the announcement of a new mission back to the moon, which is just one of the many missions that are planned to make history this next decade. Here is what humanity has to look forward to.Mars rover
The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.The rover has been constructed in a large, sterile room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, near Los Angeles, where its driving equipment was given its first successful test last week.
China Friday launched one of the world''s most powerful rockets in a major step forward for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. The heavy lift Long March 5 rocket carrying a Shijian 20 test satellite payload blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8:45pm (12:45pm GMT or 6:15pm IST), a livestream from state broadcaster CCTV showed.
Mars 2020 has earned its driver''s license, lead mobility systems engineer for Mars 2020 Rich Reiber said. The test unambiguously proved that the rover can operate under its own weight and demonstrated many of the autonomous navigation functions for the first time. This is a major milestone for Mars 2020. The rover has six wheels, each with a motor of its own, while the two front and two back wheels also have individual steering motors. This would allow the rover to swerve, curve, make arcing turns and to turn a full 360 degrees in place.
While the rover didn''t literally take to the public streets, it did successfully complete a driving test where it steered and drive in three foot increments. The initial driving took the rover over small ramps that were covered in special static control mats. The ramps were at different heights, as this was a way for the rover to simulate rocks and other obstacles that will be present on Mars' surface.The team behind the rover has equipped the vehicle with much better cameras that have a larger field of view and have a higher resolution. Not only does the rover get better cameras, but its also being equipped with better auto navigation software that will allow the rover to travel up to 650 feet per day. NASA expects that the rover will land on Mars in 2021 and begin its search for life and information regarding Mars.