NASA’s new $23 million space toilet is headed to the ISS

A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo is packed inside a cargo ship set to blast off late Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to the Guardian on Thursday. The astronauts will give it a test run for the next few months.



This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA


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This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the space station. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as lighter than current ISS toilets in use.

The new smaller size will be

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New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies.

Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have its first customer up and running with the new technology by January, at their Victorian property.

“We haven’t pushed (the marketing) along too far at this stage,” Mr Waterson said. “With just mailing some initial information, we have had a response rate of around 25 per cent from Australia and New Zealand, which I think is quite remarkable these days, because people are often bombarded with information. It is looking like this solution is going to be well accepted. It is a good stepping stone for those who want to grade their own fruit, and value-add themselves, with low investment, both financially

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Parliamentary Standing Committee On Information Technology Headed by Shashi Tharoor Summons Facebook on September 2

The BJP’s Nishikant Dubey has called for Shashi Tharoor’s removal from the parliamentary committee.

New Delhi:

Facebook representatives have been summoned by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology in a row over a US media report that claims that the social networking site deliberately ignored incendiary content from members of the ruling BJP and right-wing voices that was “flagged internally”.

The panel — headed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor — will hear the Facebook representatives on September 2. The notice came in the middle of a battle within the Standing Committee, with two BJP members calling for the removal of Mr Tharoor from the post of the panel chief.

Earlier on Thursday, Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and the BJP’s Nishikant Dubey — both members of the panel — wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The BJP leaders have alleged that Mr Tharoor has broken rules by tweeting his

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