Some Strange Science Will Launch Into Space This Week for NASA

This Thursday, crystallizing proteins from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a dizzying virtual- reality system, ultratiny membranes and the “Refabricator” — a device that turns waste into 3D-printing filament, will all be shooting into space.

This weird science and so much more will launch Thursday (Nov. 15) at 4:49 a.m. EST (0949 GMT) on Northrop Grumman’s (formerly Orbital ATK) 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. The company’s Cygnus spacecraft will lift off on its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, carrying about 882 pounds (400 kilograms) of research and hardware for these experiments, NASA officials said in a statement. In total, the rocket will launch about 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg) of scientific equipment and crew supplies like food and clothing to the International Space Station.

These experiments will be among the hundreds of scientific investigations currently happening aboard the space station. The launch will be visible along parts of the U.S. East Ccoast, and you can watch it live online here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. [Launch Photo: Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket & Cygnus OA-9 Soar to Space Station]

Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, preparing for Northrop Grumman's 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, is seen on the left in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket, preparing for Northrop Grumman’s 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, is seen on the left in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Credit: Patrick Black/NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus vehicle has been named in honor of NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy officer John Young. Young spent 835 hours in space over six missions as a NASA astronaut.

Aboard the Cygnus vehicle will be a device called the Refabricator as part of the In-Space Manufacturing Refabricator project. This is the first integrated 3D printer and recycler that will turn waste plastic into filament for 3D-printing aboard the space station. The filament will be used for repairs aboard the space station and also as a means of recycling waste. The device could also be used to fabricate things on board the space station.

Refabricator flight hardware as seen from the front, similar to how it will look when installed in the EXPRESS Rack on the International Space Station.

Refabricator flight hardware as seen from the front, similar to how it will look when installed in the EXPRESS Rack on the International Space Station.

Credit: Allison Porter, Tethers Unlimited Inc.

This technology could be very useful for long-term deep-space missions where astronauts will have to deal with waste, repair and resource issues on a regular basis. As the investigation’s research overview states, “Without a recycling capability, a large supply of feedstock would need to be stowed on board for long-duration exploration missions.” This investigation is sponsored by NASA’s Technology Demonstration Office.

The Effect of Long Duration Hypogravity on the Perception of Self-Motion (VECTION) study, another investigation launching to the space station, will explore how a microgravity environment might affect an astronaut’s ability to visually interpret motion, orientation and distance.

Here on Earth, our senses work together to let us know how far away we are from things, how fast they are moving, and how they are oriented. In space, gravity no longer plays a part in our vestibular system, a system that contributes to our sense of balance and orientation. The VECTION study aims to better understand how microgravity affects these senses using virtual reality.

In this study, astronauts will wear a virtual-reality (VR) system that will provide computer-generated visual clues to try to create artificial gravity using visual acceleration, Laurence Harris, a professor at York University in Toronto and principal investigator in this research, said at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 8. After the VR simulation, the astronauts will report how far they perceive that they moved, how far away things were from them, etc.

“Many astronauts do feel disoriented or suffer from space sickness when they first arrive at the space station,” Harris said. So, to understand how a microgravity environment might affect astronauts at multiple points in their trip, they will participate in the VR simulation as soon as they arrive in space, once they’ve gotten used to the environment and once they’ve returned to Earth.

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Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Facing Issues With Bundled Headphone Adapters, Some Users Claim

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Facing Issues With Bundled Headphone Adapters, Some Users Claim

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The bundled USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter not working for some users
  • Pixel forum thread consists of numerous users with the same issue
  • Android Oreo update has reportedly not fixed the issue

Woes for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners seem endless, as multiple users have posted on the Pixel User Community forum about faulty headphone adapters that Google has bundled with both the smartphones.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both, do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack and Google has bundled a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter to help users connect their ‘legacy’ headphones. But, the move seems to have proven ineffective as numerous users are reportedly experiencing audio issues with the adapter.

A user with the username ‘Travia336’ started a thread on the Pixel forum, back in October, highlighting this issue and comments filled it soon enough with users complaining about the issue even after two months of the original post.

Some users in the thread have reportedly received functional adapter replacements from Google while some are still waiting for a fix to this unusual issue. Few of the forum users have also offered solutions, one of which involves plugging the adapter into the phone first, then attaching the headphones. Replies to this solution, however, prove that it does not seem to work for most Pixel 2 owners in the thread.

One forum user, with username Nathan K, also suggested troubleshooting the adapter hardware by putting the Pixel 2 in Safe Mode. The user claims that there are some apps that can hijack the audio routing in Android and can cause weird behaviour.

Rebooting the phone, or rather harshly, performing a factory reset seems to be a solution that the majority of the users on the thread found to be effective. Recent comments talked about the issue getting fixed with Android 8.1 Oreo, although it still remained an issue as newer users keep updating the thread with issues in their Pixel 2.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their fair share of hardware and software issues ever since launch. From the screen burn-in issue to a clicking sound in the display and audio crashing in portrait mode, the release of the Pixel 2 duo has been filled with controversies related to quality issues. Reports of Pixel 2 XL units shipping without an Android operating system and the Pixel 2 not detecting voice input over Bluetooth are some of the software issues that Google has had to face.

The price of the USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter was also slashed to $9 (roughly Rs. 580), in October, after uproar related to its original pricing of $20 (roughly Rs. 1,280).

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Google Play Music for Android’s Latest Update Crashing for Some Users

Google Play Music for Android's Latest Update Crashing for Some Users

If you are yet to update the Google Play Music app for Android on your device to version 7.9.4920, which was released by the search giant on Monday, we would like to advise you to hold on for a moment. The latest update to the app is reportedly causing the app to crash as soon as the users try to open it.

After updating to Google Play Music version 7.9.4920, many users report that the app crashes before loading up. While we have experienced this on our own devices, Android Police has pointed out the issue is not universal but is being faced across devices and Android versions. The review section of the app on Google Play is already filled with negative feedback due to the crashing issues associated with the latest update.

If you have already installed the latest version of the app, you can uninstall the app entirely and manually install the previous version after downloading it from APK Mirror. If the app came preloaded on your device, you can disable it first and then install the new version after disabling auto-updates and downloading it from the link shared above.
Last month, Google Play Music started offering a four-month free subscription for new subscribers, allowing them to scan up to 50,000 songs from their music library. While the streaming service offered free subscription period to new users earlier as well, it was limited to just three months.

While the search giant is yet to roll out a fix for the problem, we will have to wait and see how long it takes before it does so. As this issue makes the app non-functional, it is necessarily required that the company issues a fix soon.

 
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Minilogue and Monologue gets some updates from mothership Korg

Korg’s Minilogue and Monologue synthesizers have set the world of synthesis alight. Their sound quality, usability and tempting price point make them a fun choice for anybody wanting to bash out some electronic noises. Korg is committed to keeping them at the top of their game and have released a couple of updates to do just that.

Korg updates

The Minilogue, being the older of the two, has already received a few system updates. The previous version 1.21 added a latch mode for the arpeggiator and corrected some CC numbers. This version 1.23 fixes the priority of voices in the release stage. Baby steps, but even the tiniest of fixes makes someone’s life better.

Also updated is the free Minilogue and Monologue sound librarian. The librarian is a piece of PC or Mac software that allows you to reorder and manage the programs stored inside the synth. You can also use it to load custom banks of sounds. The new 1.01 version brings some added features. The Program Names can now be edited in the Program List. Preset data can be added via the menu. You can now copy multiple selections of programs from preset Data to the Program List. And that annoying problem with the Japanese localisation support on OSX 10.12 has been fixed (thank the maker).

As a bonus Korg also released new drivers for the nanoKontrol Studio, nanoKey Studio, microKey Air and Korg BLE-MIDI Driver.

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