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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

littlesparkvt Used one for 6 months, loved it. (347 comments)

At my last job I was using a stand up desk for about 6 months and loved it. The thing about a stand up desk is that you can sit down in a chair if you need to take a break, the chair is just a bit taller to accomodate the size of the desk. The key is to make sure that the desk is the right height or you will be VERY uncomfortable.

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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about 2 months ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August."
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Japanese company proposes to build solar power cells on the Moon to provide clea

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about 8 months ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Harnessing the suns power is nothing new on Earth, but if a Japanese company has it’s way it will build a solar strip across the 11,000 mile Lunar equator that could supply our world with clean and unlimited solar energy for generations."
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Tesla Motors to launch autonomous cars within 3 years

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "“We should be able to do 90 per cent of miles driven within three years,” he said. Mr. Musk didn’t reveal further details of Tesla’s autonomy project. Though he did say that it was “internal development”. “It’s not speculation,” he said."
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A second solar system has been detected that's very similar to our own

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "A team of astrophysicists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und- Raumfahrt; DLR), together with German and European colleagues, has discovered the most extensive planetary system to date. Seven planets circle the star KOI-351 – more than in other known planetary systems. They are arranged in a similar fashion to the eight planets in the Solar System, with small rocky planets close to the parent star and gas giant planets at greater distances. Although the planetary system around KOI-351 is packed together more tightly, it provides an interesting comparison to our cosmic home."
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NASAs Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  1 year,8 days

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth — a.k.a. Martian meteorites — really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of Mars’ atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity rover provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origins of Mars meteorites while at the same time providing a way to rule out Martian origins of other meteorites."
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Mars One Documentary , One Way Astronaut, Puts a Human Face on One Way Mission t

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Over 100,000 people have applied to Mars One’s mission to send a crew to Mars on a one way trip. The crew would be the first in the history of humanity to colonize another planet. This documentary style film , One Way Astronaut , captures 4 applicants personal feelings and motives for going to the red planet."
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Hubble Sees First, "KILONOVA", 1000 times brighter than regular Nova

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a new kind of stellar blast called a kilonova, which happens when a pair of compact objects such as neutron stars crash together. Hubble observed the fading fireball from a kilonova last month, following a short gamma ray burst (GRB) in a galaxy almost 4 billion light-years from Earth."
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The Flags We Left on The Moon Have All Turned White

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Since the United States landed on the Moon on July 20th 1969, there has been an American flag standing on its surface. While 5 out of the 6 flags still stand (Neil Armstrong reported that Apollo 11s flag was knocked over by engine thrust), the colors of Old Glory have faded due to the Suns harsh radiation."
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Congress Tells NASA That There Will Be No Asteroid Retrieval Program

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "There appears to be little to no support for President Obamas $105 million Asteroid retrieval program in the United States Congress. The mission would allow an asteroid to be robotically captured and relocated to a location near our moon, where astronauts could then explore in relative safety. A draft of a NASA authorization bill on its way through the House Science, Space and Technology Committee doesn’t include support for the mission."
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Mad Men Writers Working on Show About 1960s NASA Apollo Era

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "The writers over at Mad Men are working on a show based around the reporters covering the 1960s, Apollo Era, space race. The show, as of this writing is not a done deal but apparently both sides of the conversation are pretty excited."
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NASA and Bigelow Aerospace Make Plans for Moon Base

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "NASA and Bigelow Aerospace are in the initial planning phases for a moon base. ”As part of our broader commercial space strategy, NASA signed a Space Act Agreement with Bigelow Aerospace to foster ideas about how the private sector can contribute to future human missions,” Said David Weaver NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications."
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Gravity Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "NASA’s Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon — a result of Einstein’s theory of general relativity — in binary, or double, star systems."
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'HOT SPOTS' RIDE A MERRY-GO-ROUND ON JUPITER

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "In the swirling canopy of Jupiter’s atmosphere, cloudless patches are so exceptional that the big ones get the special name “hot spots.” Exactly how these clearings form and why they’re only found near the planet’s equator have long been mysteries."
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Curiosity To Sleep as Solar Storm Heads For Mars

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "The Sun unleashed a solar storm directed at Mars on Wednesday. While the Mini Cooper sized rover is designed to handle harsh conditions in space it’s handlers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have decided to let Curiosity rest while the storm passes."
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Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life Might Come from Dwarf Stars

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Even dying stars could host planets with life – and if such life exists, we might be able to detect it within the next decade. This encouraging result comes from a new theoretical study of Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Researchers found that we could detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a white dwarf’s planet much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star."
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Millionaire Plans 501 Day Mission to Mars in 2018

littlesparkvt littlesparkvt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Millionaire Dennis Tito became the first paying customer to make a trip to the International Space Station and now he wants to launch a privately funded mission to Mars in 2018. Dennis paid a reported 20 Million to ride aboard a Russian rocket to the International Space Station and has since stayed out of the spotlight, until now."
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