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NASA is Now Hiring a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to Defend Earth from Aliens

Sounds like a cool job, right? And it’s a six-figure salary gig!

Ever dreamed of defending the world from an alien invasion? I’m sure you did, too, like the rest of us. But that seems nothing more but a childhood fantasy, right? Well, guess what – NASA is actually looking for someone to work as a “Planetary Protection Officer” (PPO) and they are accepting applications now.

You see, a USAJobs posting tells us that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is indeed hiring one person for the position and it looks like a good-paying gig since the salary is from $124,406 up to $187,000. But no, it doesn’t involve wearing advanced space armor or running around using laser guns.

A Planetary Protection Officer works to protect Earth from alien contamination – and help Earth avoid contaminating alien worlds at the same time.

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As the posting tells us, planetary protection is “concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.”

The description further explains:

“NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration.”

The job, according to the post, is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.

As of the moment, the world has only two PPOs with one of each working at NASA and ESA (European Space Agency).

Source: via FoxNews

The requirements for this cosmic gig, according to an IFLScience, include having “an advanced degree in science, engineering, or maths, or a combination of a degree and work experience, have at least a year’s experience as a top-level government employee, technical engineering expertise, and “advanced knowledge” of planetary protections. You’ll also need demonstrable experience in planning, overseeing, and executing space programs of “national significance”.”


The position was created after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty in 1967. Once you are hired, you will be required to travel across the world to visit space stations and inspect equipment for upcoming space missions.

Also, applications are limited to US citizens only.

NASA’s only Planetary Protection Officer is a female named Catherine Conley who has held the position since 2014.

Source: NASA

In a previous interview with Business Insider, Conley said:

“This new job ad is a result of relocating the position I currently hold to the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, which is an independent technical authority within NASA.”

If this sounds like your dream job – and if you fit the requirements – you might as well send in your applications right now!

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Why You Should Put A Tape Over Your Webcam

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

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When it comes to cyber security, most of us are content with merely staying away from harmful sites, not clicking unwanted links, and perhaps using a good anti-virus software. While all of these are unquestionably important, many users are forgetting about one basic thing that could likewise compromise their safety – covering that web camera.

Mark Zuckerberg does it. Edward Snowden does it. And even former FBI director James Comey does it. So it must be very important, right? And yet many of us, common folks, actually don’t bother.

It’s not about being paranoid – it’s about staying safe.

Cameras are everywhere these days – from our laptops and smartphones, to everything else in between – and that can definitely be risky. In the past, previous reports have confirmed that, unscrupulous and tech-savvy crooks can actually hack people’s cameras and microphones to spy on them.

In 2010, for example, we’ve heard a news report about two high school students sued a local school district. The reason? Well apparently, school personnel “had activated the anti-theft software on their school-issued MacBooks and secretly photographed the students at home.” The district later admitted that thousands of photos of dozens of students had been taken.

Meanwhile, a 2011 incident tells us of Luis Mijangos, a man confined to a wheelchair, who was given a sentence of 6 years for the crime of spying on more than 100 ladies – many of whom were under 18. He contacted his victims, asking them for more naked photos while threatening to make to make public the private photos and videos of them he had in his possession.

A little piece of tape can give you peace of mind.

As the victims have learned for themselves, camera hacking can happen to anyone and the simple act of putting a tape over a webcam can really make a big difference.

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As a LaptopMag article encourages us:

“If you’ve got a computer in your bedroom, put black electrical tape over the webcam. Cut off the plug from a broken pair of headphones and stick it in the microphone jack to disable the external microphone.

“If you’re talking about something and you’d rather the conversation didn’t leave the room, make sure there are no smartphones or laptops in the room. If you’re a company executive discussing sensitive information in a meeting, do the same. Your friends may think you’re a nut, but that’s their problem.”

Consider this seriously, folks. I know I will!

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Meet Codey Rocky, The Robot That Teaches Your Kids To Code

Codey Rocky is being described as a “new coding companion for budding innovators from ages 6 and up.”

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Parents, take note. There’s one cool toy robot out there today that’s more than just a plaything – it can also teach your kids with coding skills.

Meet Codey Rocky, an awesome robot that’s been designed to help young children learn coding and AI. Its combination of “easy-to-use robotics hardware with graphical programming” makes it easy for youngsters to learn the basics in the world of coding.

Codey Rocky is “an entry-level coding robot for STEM education, suitable for children ages 6 and up.”

Source: Makeblock

According to its Kickstarter page, Codey Rocky is actually two robots in one.

We read:

“Codey is the detachable controller that holds all the magic. It includes more than 10 electronic modules that can be controlled via code. Rocky is the car that lets you take Codey anywhere you want, so that your clever programs can be run everywhere.”

Codey Rocky allows users to create interactive games, make music, receive and display weather reports, and much, much more.

Source: Makeblock
Ideas become reality with Codey Rocky.

Source: Makeblock

With it, a kid can easily create his or her first program by dragging and dropping code blocks.


Eventually, he or she can progress into advanced coding.

Makeblock, the team behind the interesting invention, aims to improve education with the use of robots and drones.

Source: Makeblock

The page further tells us:

“Codey Rocky comes with more than 10 integrated and programmable modules and mBlock 5, the latest version of our graphical programming platform that also supports advanced Python programming. The seamless integration of software with robotics hardware means that kids of all ages can start coding in minutes and instantly see the results of their code by interacting with Codey Rocky.”

Watch the video here and see the robot in action:

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If this sounds pretty interesting to you, go ahead and check out Codey Rocky over at Kickstarter.

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A Rover Dived to the Mariana Trench to Unravel Its Deepest Mysteries

Have you ever thought about what the ocean surface looks like miles below?

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Ever since you were a kid, you have always wondered what the ocean has to offer. Perhaps you wanted to know what sort of other creatures live beneath it, or just how the surface of the ocean looks like miles below. After all, it is human nature to get curious.

As far as science is concerned, the Mariana Trench is known to be the planet’s deepest point. Scientists from all over the world have been trying to unravel its mystery. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just sent cameras down into its depths – and the images captured are just mind-blowing.

A dive into the unknown indeed.

Source: NOAA

The depth was estimated to be six miles. Equipped with fast internet connection, the agency was able to live-stream the whole trip.

The camera rover was tasked to explore the deep water around the entire area.

Source: NOAA

Below are some of the most fascinating – and disturbing – images captured by the rover:

#1. This jellyfish looks like from outer space or something.

Source: NOAA
#2. An enchanting yet fragile deep-sea coral.

Source: NOAA
#3. A flower-like crinoid.

Source: NOAA

Also known as sea lilies, this living thing is somehow related to starfish.

#4. And there are other versions of them.

Source: NOAA
#5. Oh, let’s not forget about the other reefs – and the shark!

Source: NOAA
#6. Add to that a tiny fish.

Source: NOAA
#7. Not your “ordinary” fish buddy, right?

Source: NOAA
#8. The Mariana Trench is also packed with amoebas.

Source: NOAA
#9. This one here is a tunicate, aka sea squirt.

Source: NOAA
#10. Although it remains unconfirmed, researchers dub it a “relicanthus.”

Source: NOAA
#11. Just another acorn worm.

Source: NOAA
#12. A shrimp with some sort of parasitic backpack.

Source: NOAA
#13. Sadly, this garbage found its way below.

Source: NOAA
#14. This one, too.

Source: NOAA
#15. They just never stop.

Source: NOAA

It cannot be denied that the Mariana Trench is one of the most beautiful things on Earth. Unfortunately, humanity is starting to destroy its innocence – and the last three images are proofs to it.

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