Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Wearing a bra can feel like a chore, but if the engineers behind Lifeline Biotechnologies are to be believed, it might just save your life. The Reno, Nev.-based company’s First Warning Systems bra is outfitted with thermal sensors to monitor abnormalities in breast tissue — such as fluctuations in temperature that can turn up years before a tumor is formed, or detected. “As tissues transition from normal to hyperplasia, to atypical hyperplasia, to cancer in-situ to, to invasive cancer they develop their own distinct thermal finger print and can be compared with normal tissue temperature,” according to the First Warning Systems website.
The company claims that the bra has “90% specificity and sensitivity” and “self-learning bioinformatics algorithms that learn from each new case to refine outcomes,” but don’t expect to find one at your local Victoria’s Secret anytime soon. The FDA has come out against thermography as an alternative to traditional mammograms, and a “smart bra” is by no means a substitute for health insurance and regular checkups with your doctor.
Despite the criticism, Lifeline Biotechnologies plans to release the First Warning Systems bra in Europe next year, with talks of bringing it to the United States as early as 2014.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.