The Toaster-Sized Instrument, On The Perseverance Rover, Called MOXIE, After Warming Up For ~2 Hours, Produced 5.4 Grams Of Oxygen From The Thin 96% Carbon Dioxide Rich Martian Atmosphere. The Amount Of Oxygen Produced Could Sustain An Astronaut For ~10 Minutes. This MOXIE Will Aid The Design Of Future Generations Of MOXIE.
NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter, On April 19, 2021, Made History By Becoming The First Aircraft To Make A Powered, Controlled Flight On Another Planet, And In This Case, Mars. The Image Of The Helicopter Was Captured By The Perseverance Rover, Parked About 211 feet Away, As Ingenuity Ascended To An Altitude Of 10 Feet, Then Hovered, Before Landing.
First Video of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)
A Woman In Japan Has Become The First COVID-19 Patient To Recieve A Lung Transplant From Living Donors–Her Husband And Son. Dozens Of Lung Transplants To Treat Coronavirus Infections In China, Europe, And The United States Are Sourced From Dead Donors. And The Wait List For Lungs Transplant From Dead Donors Can Take Years Globally.
Ayanna Williams Of Houston, Who Was The Guinness World Record Holder For The World’s Longest Fingernails, At 5.7 Metres, In 2017, Has Cut Her Nails, Recently Measured 7.3 Metres, In Fort Worth, Texas. But Lee Redmond, From Utah, Still Owns The Record For The Longest Nail At 8.5 Metres, Which She Lost In An Automobile Accident In 2009.
NASA’s Helicopter, Ingenuity, Has Touched Down On The Red Planet, Mars, On The 4th Of April, 2021, After Being Dropped Off By The Perseverance Rover. The 4 lbs Helicopter Will Now Depend On Its Solar Battery To Keep Its System Warm During The Cold Martian Night. The $85 Million Drone Is Expected To Make Its First Flight On April 11, 2021.
The World’s Largest Painting, Spaning 7,176 Sq Ft, About The Floor-Span Of Nearly 4 Basketball Courts, Was Sold At A Dubai Auction For £45m ($62m). The Proceeds From The Painting, Titled “The Journey of Humanity,” Will Go To Children’s Charity. British Artist Sacha Jafri Created The Painting In 2020, In Dubai, During The COVID-19 Lockdown.
Evanston, In Illinois, Has Become The First US City To Compensate Black Residents For Past Discrimination And The Lingering Aftermath Of Slavery. Qualified Blacks Residents Are To Receive $25,000, Via A Program Funded From Donations And From A 3% Tax Revenue On Recreational Marijuana, For Home Repairs Or Down Payments On Property.
Finland, For The 4th Year In A Row, Based On Gallup World Poll Data That Focused On The Relationship Btw Wellbeing And Covid-19, Has Been Named The Year 2021 World’s Happiest Country. Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, And The Netherlands Came 2nd, 3rd, 4th, And 5th Respectively. The US, UK, And Australia Came 14th, 18th, And 12th Respectively.
Pope Francis Made A Historic First-Ever Papal Visit To Iraq On The 5th Of March, 2021. The Vist Also Marks The First International Travel For The Pope Since The Coronavirus Pandemic Began. His Trip Will Seek Peace And Reconciliation In A Country With Extraordinary Biblical History, A Surging Coronavirus Outbreak, And Ongoing Political Turmoil.
Atlanta Has Created The USA’s Largest Free Food Forest About 10 Mins From Atlanta’s Airport—The World’s Busiest Airport. The 7.1 Acres Of Urban Agriculture, Located In Browns Mill, Where The Closest Grocery Store Is A 30-Mins Bus Ride, Will Comprise 2,500 Edible And Medicinal Plants. There Are At Least 70 Free Food Forests In The USA.
Virginia, A State That Has Executed More People Than Any US State, Has Voted To Abolish The Death Penalty. And Establish A Maximum Punishment Of life In Prison Without Parole. But A Judge May Suspend Part Of The Sentence. The Bill, When Signed By Gov. Ralph Northam, Will Make Virginia The First Southern State To Abolish The Death Penalty.
A 21- Year Old Lady From Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England, has Become The Youngest Female To Row Solo Across The Atlantic Ocean. The Teacher, Jasmine Harrison, Began Her 3000 Mile Journey Across The Ocean From La Gomera, In The Canary Islands, In Dec. 2020, And Completed The Journey In 70 days, 3 Hours 48 Minutes After Reaching Antigua.
Southbank By Beulah, The $2 Billion Tower Scheduled For Construction In 2021, And Set To Be Australia’s Largest Tower, Will Also Be The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden. The Garden Will Comprise Plants Distributed Based On The Exact Nature Characteristics Of Each m² Of The Tower To Expose The Plants To Their Natural Climate Conditions.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover Safely Landed On Mars On Feb. 18, 2021. The Rover’s Mission Is To Find Signs Of Life, Including Ancient Microbial Life On Mars. The Rover Would Characterize Mars’ Geology And Past Climate, Including Being The First Mission To Collect And Store Martian Rock And Regolith, Paving The Way For Human Exploration.
Geologists Have, For The First Time, Animated How The Earth’s Plates Moved Relative To Each Other Over The Last Billion Years. The Geologists Spent 4 Years To Create The Animation, Using Paleomagnetism And Current Tectonic Plate Data. The Animation May Help Explain How Earth Became Habitable For Complex Creatures.
Plate tectonic evolution from 1 Billion years ago to the present.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian’s Former Minister Of Finance, If Confirmed, Will Be The First Woman And The First African To Head The World Trade Organization (WTO). She Is Currently The Front Runner And Strongest US Supported Candidate For The Position After Her Fieciest Rival From South Korea, Yoo Myung-hee, Withdrew From Consideration.
The Catholic Pope, In His Desire For Greater Participation Of Women In Decision Making, Has For The First Time Appointed A Woman, Sister Nathalie Becquart, Age 52, Who Is From France, As An Undersecretary To The Synod Of Bishops (SOB). SOB Advises The Pontiff And Debates Some Of The Most Controversial Issues In The Roman Catholic Church.
Ms. Li Ziqi, A Chinese Internet Culinary Sensation, Has Set A Guinness World Records For Having The Most Subscribers For Her Rural Lifestyle Chinese-language Youtube Channel. At The Time Of Setting The Record, In July 2020, Li Ziqi Had 11.4 Million Subscribers. But The Number Has Gone Up To 14.1 Million At The End Of January 2021.
Chinese online star Li Ziqi provides an escape from urban life
A Ring, Named The Marigold, Or “The Ring Of Prosperity,” Has Set A New Guinness World Record For Having The Highest Number Of Natural Diamonds. The Ring, Which Weighs Over 165 Grams, Was Designed With 12,636 Diamond, Surpassing The Previous Record Holder, Which Was Designed With 7,801 Diamonds. Both Records Were Set In India.
South Korea’s Population Falls For The First Time In History. South Korea, With The World’s Lowest Birth Rate, Is Alarmed As, In 2020, It Recorded More Deaths ( ~307,764 People) Than Births ( ~275,815 Babies Were Born). The Decline Is Attributed To The Poor Balance, For Women, Btw Work And Life, And The High Cost Of Raising A Family.