If you've been listening to KEX or K103 for the past few years, you've heard my family's story. I lost my mom to Alzheimer's Disease in Nov. 2011 after more than 15 years of cognitive and physical decline. And if you've had a loved one go through this mess, you know how terrible it is to watch a mind crumble and not be able to help, to comfort or ease the anxiety associated with it.
Team Heaton has been walking to end Alzheimer's for six years now. You're welcome to join our team or start one of your own! You can show up and walk or, if you're not available to head to PIR on Sunday, Sept. 8, you can contribute to this worthy cause. We're raising funds to support research on the causes and cures and also to help the people with the disease, their caretakers, friends and family with a variety of important services and resources.
THIS IS HOW WE DO! Team Heaton 2011!
This YMT Vacations trip is the kind of vacation that you remember for a lifetime, I can feel it in my bones. Plus, when you travel this way, someone else does all the leg work - how to get around, where to eat, what to do so you don't miss any of the best stuff.
Need motivation? Look at these pics YMT shared with me. Sure, the images are captured by a professional, but imagine seeing these places you've heard so much about your WHOLE life in living color! Our minds will be BLOWN.
Images of the Perseid meteor shower, the Alvord Desert and the Steens Mountain. My friend Bruce Ely and his fellow Oregonian photographers Allison Milligan and Jamie Francis have done AMAZING work. Watch the video and then click here to see the photos. You won't regret it!
Controlling liquid in space has always been a little tricky, what with the zero-gravity thing. But sometimes, an astronaut just really wants a good old cup o' joe. That's one reason NASA astronaut Don Pettit and Mark Weislogel, a professor of mechanical engineering at Portland State University, have worked on a new coffee cup that looks a little weird but is specially designed to guide liquid to the lips. It's one of many similar projects being performed at the International Space Station.
Here's a video with more on how it works:
*Image courtesy of NASA
Pettit, Weislogel and a couple other researchers have registered the patent on the cup.
Weislogel says the it is just one example of his life's work and there are several experiments underway.
"This is called low- or micro-gravity fluid mechanics and you have to understand it to make fluid systems on spacecraft work right. Those are critical systems."
Higher in importance than the desire to easily consume coffee is an astronaut's need to use the restroom, says Weislogel.
"We have an advanced design for what's called a 'contingency urinal' which is one that the astronauts would use if the primary system ever went down. And we're actually arguing to use this more as a primary system because it can't fail - there's no moving parts."
For more on Weislogel's work, visit the PSU Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.