NASA have been running a competition, “The X-Hab Challenge,” between engineers to find a suitable flexible dwelling-cum-vehicle for the Martian surface. The NASA guidelines for the competition(pdf) lay down a number of criteria which basically simplify to the following requirements:
- hard-shell prototype habitat
- inflatable loft to deploy from hard shell
- room enough to sleep four
- reconfigurable as a “crew gathering” or “group meeting” area
The winning design will be put into extensive testing by NASA and might just wind up on its way to the Moon or Mars one day.
I have already submitted a prototype entry:
It is pretty foolproof really. The design
Specialist home insurer Hiscox has commissioned research which reveals that homeowners are exposing themselves by leaving valuable sports equipment, unsecured, in gardens and garages.
The goods, with an average value of £770, are left in gardens and car boots by 53% of the professionals surveyed.
More than a quarter (26%) also admitted that their gardens and outbuildings were not properly secured.
Two out of every five either do use their sporting equipment only seasonally (21%) or have not touched it for a year (19%).
Over a third (37%) are unsure whether or not their sporting goods are insured, and 15% acknowledge that they are not.
Hiscox home insurance expert Austyn Tusler explained that it was easy for homeowners to focus upon newer sports equipment, and neglect the less used, older goods at the back of sheds and garages.
Jones/Feuer Effort Defeated; Schwarzenegger/Leno Bill Clears Legislature Allowing Insurers to Charge “Unreasonable” and “Unjustified” Premiums
Santa Monica, CA – Sacramento lawmakers, buffeted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance company contributions, defeated a strong insurance rate reform bill supported by consumer and labor organization (AB 2578- Jones/Feuer) late Tuesday night. De
The Skinny on Real Estate
When I consented to review The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, I assumed I’d be reviewing a book, and not a pamphlet illustrated by my 8-year old niece who drools a lot and still has some trouble negotiating bathroom time. This review might run longer than the book itself.
Jim Randel’s series of illustrated The Skinny on titles boasts that it’s “For Really Busy People!” It’s also suitable For Really Fidgety People who can’t get through a book longer than 10,000 words. The lengthiest passage is the introduction, which runs a full page and explains The Skinny on’s M.O. of culling swat
Life Insurance is a vital part of our lives today primarily as a result of the increasing risk of uncertainty of the future. We should always worry about the effect of our proposals will follow death – whether or not our family get any financial assistance to live their daily lives. But if we think about purchasing a Life Insurance, we discover there are different types of them to choose from. Variable Life Insurance is one of those forms of life. A derivative of the whole life and Universal Life Insurance, Variable Life Insurance has some similarities with each of them, while still unique in its benefits and certain functions. <
Motorists compare car insurance quotes on various websites to find a best deal. When it is the time to make a claim, they may experience a payout that is significantly lesser than what was expected. This can be very frustrating for the motorists because the promises made by the insurance company may not be kept at all.
It is important for the insurance customers to know that the companies are for- profit organizations and will make payments based on various terms such as book value, depreciation or replacement schedules. These terms may not even correlate with the practical world, just the accounting standards.
James Bonnell has been circumnavigating the UK for the past 130 days…and has managed to paddle 2160 miles! And with less than 100 miles to go, we thought we would give you an update on the challenges he has faced!
Weeks 11 and 12: James’ wrist fell victim to Tendonitis, which resulted in being on a number of painkillers, and having to wear wrist supports. He kept paddling, but he had to make sure he was well enough as he had to face with 5 hours of open sea paddling, for the first time on this adventure.
A few days later he found himself in minor difficulty when the weather turned and forced his kayak landing into some rocks by a lighthouse. Luc
Yes we gave in and set up a Facebook Fan Page . To celebrate the occasion we’ll be giving away prizes, all you have to do is become our fan on facebook, invite your friends and leave a comment on the wall. What can you win? You can win $50 in Amazon gift card, simple! Just one more way to stay in touch with our readers.
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You may have missed this van insurance hike, or at least one that is to come in the near future, and I recently discovered that I had yet to write about it so I thought that now was as good a time as any to inform you about it just in case. Now, it is one of the very few elements of tax that has not been as bad as it was first presumed but it is still a rise nevertheless so read on to find out about it.
This concerns the 1% tax rise that applies to general tax. This includes that tax that is applied to car insurance, home insurance and van insurance. As such, it will rise in January 2011 to 6% overall. This is a very small rise considering most people were expecting it to double to 10%.