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Smart Casket Design Keeps Corpses Connected to Social Media

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What happens to someone's social media presence after they die is a question that the world has been grappling with for a number of years now. Platforms like Facebook give users the option to designate "legacy contacts" so their loved ones can close their accounts after they're gone. But, according to some in the funeral business, we won't need to delete profiles in the future...because coffins will link the deceased with the outside world. Sort of.

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UK-based funeral plan provider Perfect Choice has created digital mockups to illustrate their prediction that the industry will soon see a trend towards "smart" caskets honoring the dead in the most 21st-century way imaginable. The concept features color-changing LEDs and an LCD screen on the lid to display tributes from social media for funeral-goers to read. The concept also features external speakers that can be used to "project a eulogy or play music." Past concept coffins have included internal speakers and a monitor on the headstone so that visitors to the grave can play music from the dead person's Spotify, a feature that the Perfect Choice design lacks.

"We recently carried out some research into the rise in the use of technology at UK funerals and thought it would be interesting to see how different elements could be incorporated to modernize funerals," Emma Simpson of Perfect Choice told the Daily Mail. "We were surprised by the amount of people posting photos of their funeral attendance on Facebook. Social media has become such a big part of people’s lives … we wanted to combine funerals, technology and social media to produce a proto-type coffin and this is what we came up with."

Perfect Choice admits that the trend may be "a long way off or it may never happen." Which means for now, you'll have to pay your respects the old-fashioned way—by sending a status update into the ether.

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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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Mrs. John Herschel, Wikimedia Commons
8 Stellar Facts About the Most Accomplished Female Astronomer You’ve Never Heard Of
Mrs. John Herschel, Wikimedia Commons
Mrs. John Herschel, Wikimedia Commons

Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) was a German woman who made great contributions to science and astronomy. 

1. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO DISCOVER A COMET.

Herschel spotted the comet (called 35P/Herschel-Rigollet) in December of 1788. Because its orbital period is 155 years, 35P/Herschel-Rigollet will next be visible to humans in the year 2092.

2. SHE INITIALLY WORKED AS A HOUSEKEEPER.

In her early twenties, Herschel moved from Germany to England to be a singer. Her brother William (the astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and infrared radiation) gave her singing lessons, and she was his housekeeper. She later became his assistant, grinding and polishing the mirrors for his telescopes.

3. BUT SHE LATER TURNED HER REAL PASSION INTO A PAYING GIG.

Herschel was the first female scientist to ever be paid for her work. Starting in 1787, King George III paid her £50 per year to reward her for her scientific discoveries.

4. SHE WAS TECHNICALLY A LITTLE PERSON.

Herschel was only 4 feet 3 inches tall—her growth was stunted due to typhus when she was 10 years old.

5. SHE BROKE BARRIERS, EARNING RESPECT FROM THE HERETOFORE MALE-ONLY SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.

Herschel was the first woman to receive a Gold Medal from London’s Royal Astronomical Society, in 1828. The second woman to receive one was well over 150 years later, in 1996.

6. SHE CHEATED AT MATH ... KIND OF.

Because Herschel was female and thus wasn’t allowed to learn math as a child, she used a cheat sheet with the multiplication tables on it when she was working.

7. EARTH'S MOON HONORS HER LEGACY.

By NASA / LRO_LROC_TEAM [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A crater on the moon is named in honor of Herschel—it’s called C. Herschel. The small crater is located on the west side of Mare Imbrium, one of the moon's large rocky plains.

8. SHE GARNERED AWARDS WELL INTO HER NINETIES.

For her 96th birthday, Prussian King Frederick William IV authorized that Herschel receive an award: the Gold Medal for Science.

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