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An Inflatable Room Will Soon Be Attached to the International Space Station 

NASA is constantly finding new and creative ways to maximize space on their missions. Their latest innovation, as reported by Gizmodo, is a 5.5-foot long addition to the International Space Station that is capable of expanding to 12 feet in length.

When the SpaceX Dragon makes its next supply trip to the ISS in April, it will be carrying along the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM. After the room is attached to the station's rear port via its robotic arm, astronauts will be able to inflate it to over twice its size in approximately 45 minutes.

The fully expanded BEAM will provide an additional 565 cubic feet of volume to the ISS crew. But it won't be used as a space for lounging: Astronauts are scheduled to make only four brief trips to the module, during which they'll test it for temperature, radiation protection, and overall performance. After its two-year lifespan is up, it'll be detached from the station and released into space. You can watch an animation of the module being installed in the video above.

While this type of technology is still new, it could have future applications in building expandable habitats on the Moon or even Mars. Another way to save cabin space on missions into deep space would be to bring 3D printers on board and print parts from materials harvested during the mission. This reality may not be too far off: Just last week, NASA delivered a high-tech 3D printer to the ISS that astronauts can use to make aerospace grade goods on site.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Header/banner images courtesy of NASA via YouTube.

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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