Have you ever been labeled the class clown? You just might be the person NASA’s looking for – and they want to send you on a major space mission!
According to recent reports, the space agency is looking for ‘funny’ astronauts to be part of a team that will be sent to Mars. The journey is expected to last for two years and is expected to happen in the 2030s.
Qualified applicants will undergo mission simulation testings at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
University of Florida’s Professor of Anthropology and NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog adviser Jeffrey Johnson recently spoke during the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In his talk, he emphasized:
“Groups work best when they have somebody who takes on the role of class clown.
“These are people that have the ability to pull everyone together, bridge gaps when tensions appear and really boost morale.
“We can all think of the person at work who fulfills this role, who makes us laugh and makes the job more enjoyable. People like being around them.
“When you’re living with others in a confined space for a long period of time, such as on a mission to Mars, tensions are likely to fray.
“It’s vital you have somebody who can help everyone get along, so they can do their jobs and get there and back safely. It’s mission critical.”
Of course, there’s more to the position than simply finding someone skilled at cracking hilarious jokes.
As Johnson also added:
“Being funny won’t be enough to land somebody the job. They also need to be an excellent scientist and engineer and be able to pass a rigorous training regime.”
In the past, Johnson has studied isolated groups exploring Antarctica and he has seen how good-natured humor can play a crucial under extreme conditions.
“There are people who are loving and laughable and jovial and endearing, and therefore bring people together,” the professor noted. “But others who are cruel. When I worked at the South Pole station there was lots of cruel behavior. There’s a difference between button pushing and being funny. It’s better to become a mascot – get taken in by the group and loved.”
Dinosaur With Mohawk Made Of Spikes Discovered In South America
This punk dinosaur could terrify any predators with its mohawk made of spikes!
We continue to discover new dinosaurs every day. However, a recent find in South America is proving to be truly unique. The majestic herbivore has been found with long, forward-pointing spikes down its neck. The strange feature makes the dinosaur appear like it has a mohawk made of spikes.
The paleontologists from CONICET, Universidad Maimónides, and several other institutions found the new species in 2013. It has been dubbed Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, the latter part of which means “bent over forward spine.” The dinosaur was a sauropod, a group of long-necked, four-legged dinosaurs that lived in the Lower Cretaceous period in Argentina 140 million years ago.
The spikes covered the sauropod's neck and may have been used for display and protection.
Engineer Builds AI Shelter With Facial Recognition For Stray Cats
The high-tech shelter can recognize up to 174 different cats and serves as a temporary veterinary clinic!
Most people go out of their way to help stray cats. However, one engineer decided to make sure the homeless felines around him can find a safe place to keep warm, get food, and stay healthy. The animal lover decided to build a high-tech cat shelter with artificial intelligence that uses facial recognition to scan for diseases.
Wan Xi is a computer engineer based in Beijing, China. However, Wan's true passion is caring for stray cats that roam the streets in his hometown. He would make sure the cats are fed. Unfortunately, these homeless kitties were in trouble when the cold winter arrived. The determined Wan built the AI shelter to make sure the cats have a warm and safe place to stay.
This cool shelter also serves as a temporary veterinary clinic.
These Transparent Solar Panels Can Power Cars, Mobile Devices, and Even Buildings
Amazing tech! The world needs this.
It's always amazing to see what happens when great minds work together towards a common goal which, in this case, is to improve our lives by making wise use of readily-available natural resources.
As it turns out, a group of researchers from the Michigan State University have developed an inspired piece of tech that may just revolutionize the way we tap solar power. According to the team, the transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) can gather green energy which can be potentially used for mobile devices, vehicles, and even buildings.