On this day in 1986 at 11:38 AM Eastern time, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off on what would be its final mission. Just 73 seconds into takeoff, an O-ring seal failure caused an explosion near the main fuel tank, breaking the Challenger apart and killing all seven crew members: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair, and Judith Resnik. The program was put on hold for a few years before continuing on with their missions; after 30 years of service, NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011. To take a look back at the program’s history — the failures as well as the successes — read How Space Shuttles Works.
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I think it may finally be time for me to transition out of animation and into fashion design.
Each year, meditation becomes more of a trend. Celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Goldie Hawn, businessmen like Bill George of Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil, and News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, have publicly discussed practicing it. Techies and others in the corporate world have begun using mindfulness, a type of meditation, to combat the stress and overstimulation of their jobs. Even the Marines have used it to “improve mental performance under the stress and strain from war.”
At the same time, more and more studies are showing direct links between meditation and health benefits. A study led by researchers at John Hopkins found that just eight weeks of meditation training was as effective as medication in treating depression, anxiety, and pain. At Harvard, scientists using neuro-imaging technology showed how meditation positively affected the genes and brain activity of the chronically stressed, a condition that the Benson-Henry Institute reports is related to more than 60 percent of all doctor’s visits.
Schools have also begun experimenting with the practice and discovering that its techniques can help its students.
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Finding Googly-Eyed Creatures Everywhere with @alen4a_b
For Ukraine Instagrammer Alena Baranova (@alen4a_b), the world is full of living creatures many people fail to notice.
She loves bringing everyday objects to life and giving them new, unexpected identities. As she lets her imagination run wild, Instagram has become her creative sketchbook for ideas. Inspired by childhood games, she bought a pack of googly-eye stickers and began to post photos of her new living creations with the hashtag #ятебявижу, which translates to “I see you.”
"The hashtag ‘I see you’ is a continuation of my favorite story from childhood," she says. "The world is full of living creatures, and adults forget about it when they grow up—so I resurrected my favorite game about pretty monsters."
Other Instagrammers welcomed the project. Alena sent a similar packet of googly-eye stickers to Ukraine Instagrammer Evgeniya Drach (@gmentezi) to take part, who also shared the eyes with her sister Olga Simxa (@olasimxa). Since then, the three Instagrammers have been finding little monsters everywhere. “Evgeniya and Olga make cooking videos and spend a lot of time in the kitchen,” explains Alena. “That’s why food, vegetables and fruits are often the subjects of the project.”
As for Alena herself, she carries a special small box with the eyes in it so she is ready to shoot at any second inspiration appears.
New printer scanner from #espon so #relieved @babysfirstdoll #babydoll #babysfirstdoll #goldberger #nyc #heavy #myarmsareburning #newtoys
This picture of a ridiculously cute puppy made me smile. And I forced it on 5 people in my office. If you do the same a baby-unicorn will be born somewhere over the rainbow.
Snowy walk to the office #snow #citibike #nyc #madisonsquarepark #walking #snow #happytuesday
What it looks like outside our office~