After a suggestion made by a member of Lego's Ideas fan-sourced creation platform, the company famous for building blocks and elaborate play-sets, Lego, is launching an official Women of NASA set.
The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas platform last year, and quickly made its way to the 10,000 mark needed for official project approval by Lego.
Weinstock had suggested that the set include computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed onboard software for the Apollo missions while working at NASA during the 60s; Katherine Johnson, who calculated and verified launch and landing trajectories for Mercury and Apollo programs (and who was depicted in the film Hidden Figures); Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Nancy Grace Roman, who helped plan and create the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's astronomy research program; and Mae Jamison, the first African-American woman in space.
The final kit includes all but Katherine Johnson, which Lego says is only because it requires approval from all involved, and apparently, there was some hiccup in gaining approval from Johnson and her family at this time.
The set was designed by Lego's Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges, and sticks close to Weinstein's original vision. Anderson and Sertillanges went to great lengths to capture specific details in the Lego recreations of these space icons, including how Sally Ride's name tag says just "Sally," which is in keeping with a request she actually made in real life.
Again, the Women of NASA set is on sale starting November 1 and will retail for $24.99.
This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.
By Cam Quotes
Today (October 17), Gucci Mane enters the ultimate partnership as he is set to get married on a BET wedding special, but yesterday (October 16) he entered into another big partnership, a shoe deal with Reebok.
Reebok Classic announced their alignment with the “Both” rapper that will usher in the resurgence of the Workout Plus EG, which was a cultural highlight in 1986.
“It’s really exciting to be part of the Reebok fam and get the opportunity to star in my own campaign,” Gucci Mane said via press release. “I’ve been a big fan of Reebok since day one, and the Workout is one of my favorite styles because of its look and long heritage, especially in Atlanta and the South. It’s a style that’s stood the test of time and I’m excited to put my own take on it through this campaign.”
Available in five colorways, the Workout Plus EG will be sold for $85 at Jimmy Jazz and Reebok.com.
By: Kevin Gray
As if air travel is difficult enough at times, residents in nine states will start to find it harder to get on a plane come January if their local government does't act soon. People who live in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will need a second form of id to broad a plane starting January 22, 2018.
Because of the REAL ID Act of 2005, states are required to meet the federal governments minimum ID requirements to be able to use the state ID for things such as air travel. So far, those nine states have yet to improve their IDs to that level so residents will need a more secure ID to fly.
The forms of ID that would be accepted along with the state ID or a valid US Passport, a current military ID, or a valid permanent resident cards (green card).
Forbes reports that some states are in the process of updating their ID situations before January 22, so you may not need a passport to fly. It would be wise to check with your local government for updates. It also looks like even more states will fall under the TSA's flight restricted category by 2020, as ID standards will be higher then.
In any case, it takes four to six weeks to get a passport request processed, so it wouldn't hurt to start planning ahead now.
By: Elliott Baez
You may have heard of the sneakerboot, a rugged yet comfortable hybrid of sneakers and boots, but Converse and Nike may have just released the best one yet.
The Chuck Taylor All Star Waterproof Nubuck has been released and it looks and is amazing. The shoe is specifically built to battle the elements. They combine the look of the classic Chuck Taylor All Star high-top but bears similarity to a boot with its durable, winter-ready "Nubuck" leather.
The leather uppers come in four choice color options: black, sangria, grey and brown. The rubber sole looks rugged enough to handle the harshest of winters. This may be the perfect shoe to stay stylish during those harsh Midwest/Northeast winters.
You can get these winter-ready All-stars on Nike.com for a very reasonable price of $120.