5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • NASA is inviting kids to join its summer Space Camp. Instead of how to pitch a tent or start a fire, NASA will teach kids how to build and launch model rockets, potentially preparing them to be future astronauts. Of course the program is more than just rocket launching. At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, some lucky kids will even get the chance to join future space missions, including the manned flight to planet Mars. But that won't be happening this summer. According to Camp KSC chief educator Kerri Lubeski, that trip will be scheduled once they have their degrees in science. — Tech Times
     
  • Athletes could be swimming in "raw sewage" at next year's Summer Olympics, according to an Associated Press investigation. The waters are so contaminated even human feces were found in the test results, putting the athletes at "risk of becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games." Virus and bacteria levels were tested during the AP-commissioned study at three venues set to host Olympic events in Rio next summer, including Guanabara Bay (sailing), Copacabana Beach (swimming), and Rodrigo de Freitas Lake (canoeing and rowing). A marine biologist from the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project said the test results are "basically raw sewage." — Slate
     
  • Three girls catfished ISIS for travel money and are now under investigation for fraud. Short on funds for their upcoming vacation, the girls from Chechnya, Russia, extorted the money from Islamic State recruiters by telling them they would use the $3300 to travel to Syria. After ISIS initially contacted the girls on social media about joining the militant cause, the trio kept up communication and even sent fake photos. The girls shut the operation down as soon as the money was wired, but not before authorities caught up with them. — Yahoo News
     
  • This roti-making machine looks like a printer, but it makes real, round Indian flatbreads. The Rotimatic is a robotic kitchen appliance capable of producing hot, puffy Rotis at a rate of one a minute. The inventors, Pranoti Nagarkar and Rishi Israni, said the machine works with any type of wheat flour and there are settings for how soft or thick you want your breads to be. They are bringing the Rotimatic to the U.S. market, where it will sell for $599. — Wall Street Journal
     
  • Australia is known for its poisonous and deadly animals, but now 13 more species of spiders have been discovered. During a survey called Bush Blitz, scientists, teachers, and indigenous rangers spent 10 days surveying a large area in Queensland’s Cape York peninsula. After "a lot of digging," the team found, among others, a brush-footed trapdoor spider and the newly christened mouse spider, which lives in a stocking-shaped web. — The Guardian
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