The BeBionic Robotic Hand

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BeBionic Robotic Hand

Based in Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska has an interest in both the wonders of nature and the inventions of mankind. Valerie Varnuska enjoys reading about advancements in robotic technology, including the robotic hand.

One such robotic hand has become known as the most realistic appliance of its kind. Dubbed bebionic, this technology hails from prosthetic and assistive mechanics developer Steeper. In its innovative design, the firm aimed to provide its clients with a device that was both comfortable and highly functional. As a result, the bebionic hand comes fully-equipped with a number of features, including microprocessors that enhance the wearer’s control, an auto grip ability, and finger motors that facilitate a more natural grip. Along with a variety of wrist and hand positions, these capabilities make the device versatile and dynamic.

Steeper offers its bebionic hands in both small and large variations, which enables wearers to select the size that would best suit them. Those who wish to make their devices appear more lifelike may opt for a prosthetic skin, which slips on like a glove and comes in nearly 20 skin tones. Once in use, bebionic can connect with wireless programming software that aids with device configuration and management.


Stargazing for Beginners

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Stargazing for Beginners

Valerie Varnuska is a Westbury, NY, resident. She enjoys many forms of art and entertainment and is a nature lover. Valerie Varnuska spends much of her time watching the skies, enjoying the natural splendor of clouds and stars alike.

The night sky is beautiful, and can provide hours of entertainment for even the untrained eye. With just a little knowledge and practice, anyone can learn to find planets, identify constellations, and see galaxies more than 2 million light years away. These simple tips will help beginning stargazers get going.

1. Learn to identify one or two simple constellations. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper is a good choice because it is bright and always above the horizon at night. Once you can easily spot one constellation, you can use it as a reference point to locate other bodies in space.

2. Grab your binoculars. You do not need an expensive telescope to see the wonders of space. Binoculars are sufficient for beginners, and you can even see the craters on the moon with a standard pair.

3. Get a sky map and start exploring. Sky maps, also called star charts, show stargazers where to look for planets, galaxies, stars, and more. These maps are easy to find online, and star chart apps are available for smartphones.

Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

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Gravitational Waves

An avid amateur astronomer, Valerie Varnuska loves to learn about the universe and its phenomena. Valerie Varnuska enjoys looking at the night sky above Westbury, NY, and learning about what she sees.

On February 11, 2016, scientists announced the first identified evidence of gravitational waves. The announcement came from David Reitze, director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and has incited an international celebration in the field of astronomy. Scientists have communicated that the ability to detect these waves will change the way the human race views the universe, as the motion of the waves carries data unaltered from its source.

Gravitational waves occur when massive objects decelerate or accelerate in space. Scientists have compared the phenomenon to a storm at sea, where energy disturbs an otherwise calm surface. Gravitational waves have a similar effect on the interlaced entity of space-time, which then carries information about the inciting event throughout the reaches of space. This recently detected gravitational wave, for example, came about as a result of two black holes colliding approximately 1.3 billion years ago.

With the ability to detect gravitational waves, scientists will be able to branch out from traditional light-based astronomic analysis to sound-based research. Now able to analyze galactic events based on auditory rather than purely visual signals, researchers have begun to look into how they can use this data to gather information about the universe’s earliest moments.