Archive for June, 2016

All Eyes at Optometry’s Meeting Will Be On Buzz Aldrin

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

BOSTON — Iconic astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a passionate advocate for science education and exploration, will take the stage during the opening general session of Optometry’s Meeting by the American Optometric Association (AOA).

On July 21, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to set foot on the moon.

Aldrin’s talk promises to be an auspicious beginning to 5 days of clinical education, professional enrichment and updates on the latest technology.

“Our motto this year is Learn, Lead, and Connect,” John Coble, OD, chair of the AOA Meetings Center Executive Committee, told Medscape Medical News.

“We have top-notch continuing education so you can learn, and the ‘lead’ part of that is our House of Delegates, where we set the path for the future of our profession.” Dr Coble explained.

“Optometry’s Meeting is the most unique meeting we have because it’s where the leadership of the profession assembles,” said AOA President Steven Loomis, OD. “We’ll have the president of every state association, the president-elect of every state association, the full board of trustees of the AOA, and the leadership of virtually every major organization in optometry in attendance.”

Some of the issues the House of Delegates will tackle include online technology for refractions, online dispensing of contact lenses, and a public awareness campaign focusing on eye health known as Think About Your Eyes, Dr Loomis told Medscape Medical News.

Ocular Pharmacology

One of the main events of the meeting will be a series of ocular pharmacology courses, which focus on treatment options for ocular infections and ocular inflammation and on current trends in the medical management of eye disease.

This year, the theme of the popular OD Talks, inspired by TED Talks, is Through a Patient’s Eyes. The session will feature Sue Barry, PhD, author of Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions; Clark Elliott, PhD, author of The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back; and Daniel Kish, a blind man who learned to navigate through the world using a form of echolocation.

Hands-on workshops on everything from ocular coherence tomography to the nuances of billing and coding will provide ample opportunities for participants to sharpen their skills and master new ones.

The Best of 2016 poster discussion session will highlight abstracts that are particularly noteworthy, timely, and clinically relevant. This will be followed immediately by the scientific poster session.

“We’ve really pushed our poster sessions to be topnotch, very critical of how things are, and with more emphasis on clinically related topics, in addition to research,” Dr Coble said.

The Contact Lens and Cornea Section Recognition Event will be held after the opening general session. It will honor recipients of the Dr Donald R. Korb Award of Excellence, the CLCS Achievement Award, the Dr Rodger Kame Award, the Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice, and the 2015 Legends Awards.

Luminaries of the optometric profession will be recognized when the class of 2016 is inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

During the 25th Optometry Student Bowl, students from 23 schools and colleges of optometry match wits and skills to try to win $1000, a crystal trophy, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

Other highlights will include a Buck-a-Beer night, featuring cheap beer and snacks, alumni receptions for schools and colleges of optometry, the Optometry Cares 5K run/walk, and a gala celebration of optometry, featuring an evening of Broadway entertainment.

All of this will take place in the days leading up to the fourth of July, which the host city, Boston, celebrates in spectacular fashion.

There will be free festivities on the Charles River Esplanade, where Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in an iconic concert, culminating in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a stirring rendition of The Stars and Stripes Forever, and stunning fireworks over the Charles River.

What better way to unwind after a meeting than spending a day in Boston, one of the nation’s most walkable cities, and the birthplace of the American War for Independence.

Read the Original Article at Medscape

Book Signing for NDTH at Kennedy Space Center

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Buzz Aldrin will be at Kennedy Space Center on Friday on July 22 to sign his new best selling book, No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon.

Signing Guidelines:

  • -Buzz will only autograph the new book “No Dream is Too High”
  • -He will NOT sign any memorabilia, photos, space related items, other books authored or not authored by him.
  • -He will not personalize and will sign his name only.
  • -We allow photos while he is signing but we will not pose for pictures or allow anyone behind the table to take a photo.
  • -Each venue will decide if there is a limit to how many books you may purchase. This is at the discretion of the venue.
  • -Buzz will continue to sign until the last person in line having purchased a book is taken care of. Once all books are sold we will consider the signing over.

Friday, July 22

Space Shuttle Atlantis®
Kennedy Space Center, FL

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Bezos Blastoff: New Shepard Suborbital System Ready for Sunday Test

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The innovative and pioneer-pushing Blue Origin is ready to fly its New Shepard suborbital vehicle this Sunday.

Blue Origin is an entrepreneurial space firm backed by mogul, Jeff Bezos. This rocket system is undergoing extensive testing – all prelude to offering rides to paying passengers to the edge of space.

You can watch this uncrewed flight of the same New Shepard hardware that’s chalked up three previous missions this Sunday.

Liftoff of suborbital space tourism, backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Credit: Blue Origin
Liftoff of suborbital space tourism, backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Credit: Blue Origin
Liftoff is planned for approximately 10:15 am ET and the live webcast starts half an hour earlier at 9:45 am ET at:

Retrothrust system

“On this flight, we’ll intentionally fail one string of parachutes on the capsule,” Bezos explains in a company statement. “There are three strings of chutes and two of the three should still deploy nominally and, along with our retrothrust system, safely land the capsule.”

Trajectory profile. Credit: Blue Origin
Trajectory profile.
Credit: Blue Origin
But Bezos adds: “Works on paper, and this test is designed to validate that.”

Bezos and his team of rocketeers will also use the upcoming flight to continue pushing the envelope on the booster.

“As always, this is a development test flight and anything can happen,” Bezos points out.

Pushing the envelope

New Shepard last flew on April 2, 2016 reaching an apogee of 339,178 feet or 103 kilometers. It was the third flight with the same hardware.

Capsule for six. Credit: Blue Origin
Capsule for six.
Credit: Blue Origin
Blue Origin technicians pushed the envelope on the last flight, restarting the engine for the propulsive landing only 3,600 feet above the ground, requiring the vehicle’s BE-3 engine to start fast and ramp to high thrust fast.

Reusable rocketry

The New Shepard space vehicle is fully reusable and is flown from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site.

The vehicle is comprised of two elements—a crew capsule in which the astronauts ride and a rocket booster powered by a single American-made BE-3 liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen engine. At liftoff, the BE-3 delivers 110,000 pounds of thrust.

Bounding to the boundary

Named in honor of the first American in space, Alan Shepard, the Blue Origin New Shepard craft is a vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle, designed to carry six astronauts to altitudes beyond 100 kilometers, the internationally-recognized boundary of space.

New Shepard is named after America’s first space pilot, Alan Shepard. He flew over 55 years ago on a 15-minute suborbital flight, lifting off on May 5, 1961 and splashing down in the Atlantic under parachute. Credit: NASA
New Shepard is named after America’s first space pilot, Alan Shepard. He flew over 55 years ago on a 15-minute suborbital flight, lifting off on May 5, 1961 and splashing down in the Atlantic under parachute.
Credit: NASA

Blue Origin astronauts would experience weightlessness and views through the largest windows to ever fly in space.

According to the company, astronaut flights will begin following completion of a step-by-step flight test program.


An animation of the Blue Origin astronaut experience can be found at:

Take a look at this impressive video of New Shepard’s last flight at:

Once again, the vehicle’s next liftoff is planned for Sunday, June 19 at approximately 10:15 am Eastern Time and the live webcast is to be available half an hour earlier at 9:45 am ET at:

Blue Origin successfully crash tests space-tourism capsule

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A Blue Origin rocket has now made four trips to space.
The private space company headed by Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos successfully landed the same Blue Shepherd rocket again Sunday after an unmanned test flight from its launch site in West Texas.
Blue Origin wants to pioneer space tourism by offering paying customers a ride to what’s known as suborbital space, reaching about 62 miles above Earth’s surface. It plans to make the first trip with passengers in about two years.
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The company made another leap toward that goal on Sunday by crash testing the portion of its spacecraft intended to carry people. The capsule landed safely even though one of its three parachutes intentionally malfunctioned upon descent.

Bezos is among several high-profile executives — like Tesla’s Elon Musk and Virgin’s Richard Branson — looking to make space travel cheaper by getting the private sector involved. The ability to land and reuse rockets is a major step toward that goal.

“Traditionally, companies spend millions of dollars and many man hours building a new rocket for every single flight,” Blue Origin business and development strategist Ariane Cornell said on the company’s first-ever live webcast of the launch Sunday. “We spend just a mere fraction of that refurbishing this rocket. We’re talking about low thousands of dollars.”

Cornell added the rocket is designed to allow Blue Origin to launch “at least 50 times” for the price of building one new rocket.
Blue Origin and Musk’s SpaceX have both executed multiple rocket landings over the past year. SpaceX has even landed two rockets on a remotely piloted seaborne platform after launching missions destined for distant orbit. The company plans to launch one of its refurbished Dragon rockets for the first time this fall.
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In the past, Musk and Bezos have traded competitive barbs on Twitter. On Sunday, Branson — whose Virgin Galactic is seeking to compete with Blue Origin in space tourism — wished Bezos “Good Luck” ahead of its test flight.
“We’ll be cheering for you. Space needs all of us,” Branson posted on Twitter.
Jeff Bezos ✔ @JeffBezos
Thanks @VirginGalactic! So agree space needs all of us. #GradatimFerociter …
8:23 PM – 18 Jun 2016
138 138 Retweets 432 432 likes
To which Bezos responded: “So agree.”
Neither Musk nor SpaceX had weighed in on the Blue Origin launch on Twitter as of Sunday afternoon.

WGN Radio: No Dream is Too High

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Dave welcomes American hero, astronaut Buzz Aldrin to talk about his first steps on the moon, funding NASA, his mission to Mars and the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he’s gathered through his event-filled life.