Freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice to bring in the New Year! 🎉🍊👌 Happy 2016 everyone!! Hope everyone had a great night last night, whether that was going out with friends or having a nice night at home ☺ I’m looking forward to a great year with awesome friends and family, getting to study what I love, being creative on the daily, fitness, and of course lots and lots of amazing vegan food 👍 What are you looking forward to in 2016? #vegan #veganeats #vegansofig #vegancommunity #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #veganfood #juice #fresh #fruit #orange #grapefruit #raw #hclf #hclfv #healthy #breakfast #plantbased #personal #newyear #happynewyears

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{5.1.16} {7.55pm} Spent all day working on decorating my new school books. Didn’t do alot on this lazy Tuesday and it was nice! Tried to post this about 4 times so if this has been one my feed multiple times don’t be surpised.

Link to make the watercolour notebook:

Many things happen right now in Germany and I barely find any post which sums it up. So here is a short version:

  • On New Year’s Eve, many women were sexually assaulted by a large group of men in Cologne. In other cities similar things happened.
  • The Police firstly stated that the night was “normal” until more and more reports flooded in which are about sexual harassment. One report is from a woman who was raped.
  • The large group of men were lately confirmed to be foreign.
  • Politicians start blaming the police and say they failed completely.
  • The mayoress of Cologne came up with the idea that women should protect themselves better by keeping an arm-length distance from “dangerous” men ( My comment: This is NOT the answer to this. And to tell the victims how to behave is so wrong. They didn’t do anything wrong. The culprits who sexually assaulted these women are at fault and should learn some manners.)
  • Now a new police report was published since the police is angry about the accusations they face right now. The report cleary states that most men in this largy group were immigrants, some of them confirmed to be from Syria. And it’s also confirmed that they are “newly” arrived immigrants who try to apply for asylum here.
  • One men the police questioned said [quote]:
    “I’m Syrian. I must be handled in a friendly manner. Mrs Merkel invited me.”
Exercising in Space

Are you hoping to get to the gym more often in 2016? While you work out on Earth, here are a few ways that astronauts stay fit on the International Space Station.

Exercise is an important part of the daily routine for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to prevent bone and muscle loss, and to maintain cardiovascular health. On average, astronauts exercise two hours per day. The equipment they use in space is different than what we use on Earth.

Lifting 200 pounds on Earth may be a lot of work, but in microgravity a 200 pound dumbbell would not weigh anything. Therefore, free weights do not serve as a good strength training tool for the astronauts in space.  That means exercise equipment needs to be specifically designed for use in space so astronauts will receive the workout needed.

What Equipment Do They Use in Space?

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED)

The ARED hardware uses adjustable resistance piston-driven vacuum cylinders along with a flywheel system to simulate free-weight exercises in normal gravity. It’s primary goal is to maintain muscle strength and bone mass in astronauts during long periods in space.

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation System (CEVIS)

CEVIS is very similar to a mechanical bicycle. It’s bolted to the floor, and astronauts snap their shoes on to the pedals. A seat belt can be used to hold them in position, and they can change the resistance for varying levels of difficulty.

Russian Treadmill (BD-2)

BD-2 is the treadmill that is found in the Russian segment of the space station. It allows crew members to walk and run with a speed from 2.4 to 20 km/hr. 

Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT)

COLBERT is the second generation U.S. treadmill on the space station. It features data collection devices that will allow scientists and doctors to evaluate how effective the exercise is in reducing the amount of bone and muscle density loss due to microgravity exposure. It allows crew members to walk and run with a speed from 4.8 to 20 km/hr. 

Why is it called COLBERT? 

The treadmill’s name was selected after comedian Stephen Colbert took interest in our online naming poll for Node 3 of space station. He urged his viewers to submit the name “Colbert.” Although we ended up choosing the suggested name “Tranquillity” for the node, we designated its new treadmill “COLBERT” in honor of the name that received the most entries.

VELO Ergomoeter Bike (VB-3)

VB-3 is used for aerobic training, medical tests and pedaling regimes. It is located in the Russian segment of the space station. 

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Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)

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Happy September 1st everybody, or as it’s better known around here, Day One of the new year! The sorting ceremony is coming up soon, followed by some lovely words from the Headmaster and various Professors, followed by a less soaring speech from Jonathan about the school Internet Terms of Service Policy.

Good luck following up “Welcome to Magic School” with “Please refrain from using our networks to torrent”.