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Submission + - NASA plans Permanent Station on Moon after 2020

ArieKremen writes: The New York Times reports NASA's deputy administrator, Shana Dale, saying, that the United States would develop rockets and spacecraft to get people to the Moon and establish a rudimentary base, to be started soon after astronauts return there around 2020. NASA officials said the agency envisioned a base at one of the lunar poles, to take advantage of the near-constant sunlight for solar-power generation, and giving it an "open architecture" design to which others can add the capabilities they want.
According to this time frame, most of us are likely to be around to see Sci-Fi turn fact.

Submission + - Napping Your Way to the Top!

Bamafan77 writes: We at slashdot have discussed the benefits of sleep in the past. Despite the macho (masochistic?) culture in the software world of working through the night with no sleep, the fact remains that we don't function very well when we don't sleep. In a Business Week interview, sleep psychologist James Maas goes further and says that a nap will even benefit those with a full night of rest.
Research on sleep deprivation shows that even at six hours a night, there are all sorts of changes in the body. Insulin rises to pre-diabetes levels. There's an increase in heart disease. Without sleep you don't learn. My research shows that people deteriorate during the day. It's difficult to sustain productivity. Naps can add back to the sleep you're deprived of at night. And a nap enhances productivity even if you have enough nocturnal sleep.
The rest discusses other benefits of napping as well as ways to get in some napping time in an anti-nap environment.

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