Derby Shaping Up as Four Horse Race Print E-mail

 Florida Today

May 4, 2017

Truth be told, the run up to this year's Run for the Roses has been a muddled mess.FLT KY2

Inconsistent performances have been an epidemic. Win a nice prep race, run a dreadful one in the next. One highly touted colt refused to train, twice! And then there are injuries that knocked out Not This Time, One Liner, and Mastery. The top rated 3-year old, Mastery uncorked a scintillating prep race in the San Felipe Stakes in March only to be pulled up moments later with a condylar fracture of his left front leg.

In recent years, the Kentucky Derby has been a race largely dominated by horses favored to win, or in racetrack vernacular, “chalk.” The last four years we've seen Orb, California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist all shine on the first Saturday in May-- each a race day heavy favorite. Many pundits think it's a wide open contest. I'm not one of them. I think Derby 143 comes down to four classy, fast colts who have the ability to open up daylight off the far turn in the biggest race of their young careers on May 6.

With a dazzling stakes debut in the Florida Derby in late March, trainer Todd Pletcher's Always Dreaming is getting a lot of attention. The bay colt's winning time of 1:47.47 was the fastest Florida Derby since Alydar’s 1:47 flat in 1978. Though he won the Florida Derby by a decisive five lengths, he did not notch a triple-digit Beyer Figure, earning a 97. Over the past 25 years, no prep race has produced more Kentucky Derby winners than the Florida Derby, including Nyquist in 2016.

 
SpaceX Makes History: Launches and Lands Reuseable Rocket Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

May 2017

Elon Musk brings new meaning to the word irrepressible.SpaceX LIBW1

In early March the SpaceX founder and CEO stunned the spaceflight community by announcing the first joy ride into space. In 2018 he plans to launch one of his rockets to transport not astronauts, but two wealthy private citizens around the moon. The pair have already put down a “significant deposit” for the 300,000 mile trip that will take a week. This will be the first private company to take civilians beyond lower Earth orbit.

When Musk dreamed up the idea for his commercial space exploration company 15 years ago his core principle was to recycle flight-proven rockets, a strategy that would dramatically reduce the cost of space travel and make it more available for commercial audiences.

When a two-stage, 23-story tall Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 6:27 p.m. on March 30 from Complex 39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Musk's dream turned into reality. Originally flown in April 2015, the booster rocket returned nine minutes later settling softly on the bulls-eye of the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic 200 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

Touchdown. In both senses of the word.

 
Getting Your Blue Mind On Print E-mail

Melbourne Beachsider

March 30, 2017

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is not your typical scientist. He talks about love and emotions.JNichols 1

You see his passion when he recalls a trip with one of his young daughters to a faraway island where the sky and water were blue and bright or when he speaks about lessons he learned from his late waterman father. Watch Nichols while he talks about his own experience with sea turtle conservation in Baja, Calif. and you see his eyes light up.

Recently Nichols gave a warm and engaging talk at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Vero Beach. He is the author of the 2014 national best-selling book "Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do."

Tall, trim and handsome, Nichols, 49, was dressed in a navy blue dress shirt untucked over jeans and boots. He shared the many ways in which water positively impacts our minds, bodies, overall health and sense of well-being. Showing how an ocean, or any natural body of water, can have a unique relationship with the human psyche.

 
Fresh and fabulous, Sebastian's seafood market Print E-mail

April 13, 2017

Sebastian's waterfront has a long and rich history of local fishermen. Bill Tiedge is doing his best to move it forward.Crab 4

Tiedge launched Crab E Bills Seafood Market in 2011 with a mission of consistently offering superior, sustainable seafood caught by local fishermen and divers. Tucked in the heart of the Sebastian waterfront, fishing boats bob at the docks, while sunlight shimmers off the Indian River. Soon after docking, a bounty of day-boat fish and seafood is delivered to the market's back door.

Housed in a building that has been a waterfront fixture for 90 years, Crab E Bills boasts a wooden beam ceiling, hardwood floors and quirky nautical displays. The gleaming front counter cases shows off a dazzling array of fresh-caught fish lying on pristine beds of ice. Plucked from the sea, the local catch is brought to the market usually within the span of a day or less.

The market prides itself in a wide selection such as snapper, hogfish, grouper, mahi, pompano, kingfish, and amberjack and yellow fin tuna that are teamed with fresh northern fish such as cod, haddock, halibut, and Scottish salmon. There are also succulent sea and bay scallops, oysters, petite spiny Florida lobsters and shrimp such as luscious Royal Reds and Key West Pinks.

 
FIT Spacesuit, key component of space tourism Print E-mail

 Melbourne Beachsider

March 23, 2017

Space tourism is coming. Faster than we imagined.Spacesuit 1

In late February Elon Musk announced the first joy ride into space is set to occur in 2018. The founder and CEO of SpaceX is planning to use one of his rockets to transport two paying customers around the moon. The individuals will be launched from historic Launch Pad 39 at the Kennedy Space Center on a Dragon 2 vehicle powered by SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

When space tourism shifts into high gear, research from Florida Institute of Technology aims to be on board in several critical ways. Last year the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ) to develop standards keeping passengers and crew safe from the ground to zero G.

They are testing the space suit passengers will wear and developing a universal cockpit/flight deck especially for space tourism as well as working with the FAA on designing safety rules for commercial tourism spacecrafts.

In the spring of 2016 the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art purchased a functional spacesuit for $28,000 from Final Frontier Designs of Brooklyn, N.Y., for use in developing a universal cockpit specifically for space tourism. Florida Tech is one of just three universities nationwide that are testing the functionality of a spacesuit that the pilots and passengers will be wearing when they blast off and later make the journey back to earth.

 
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