China is planning to build the world's first solar power station in space to provide "inexhaustible clean energy" according to a story in Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China's Ministry of Science and Technology.

They claim to be already testing the technology and intend to build the station by 2050.

Xie Gengxin, deputy head of the Chongqing Collaborative Innovation Research Institute for Civil-Military Integration in Southwestern China, told the China Daily newspaper that a testing facility in Chongqing's Bishan district is being built that will be used to test the theoretical viability of a space-based solar power station.

The 33 acre test facility will develop space transmission technologies while studying the effect of microwaves beamed back to Earth on living organisms. The initial investment of 100 million yuan ($15 million) will be made by the Bishan district government and construction could take up to two years, but once it begins operations, scientists and engineers will use tethered balloons equipped with solar panels to verify microwave transmission technologies.

"We plan to launch four to six tethered balloons from the testing base and connect them with each other to set up a network at an altitude of around 1,000 meters," said Gengxin. "These balloons will collect sunlight and convert solar energy to microwave before beaming it back to Earth. Receiving stations on the ground will convert such microwaves to electricity and distribute it to a grid."

First proposed in 1968 by aerospace engineer Peter Glaser, the concept of a power-generating platform in geostationary orbit has been a popular idea among scientists, but has seen little in terms of development due to technological and financial hurdles. These notions may sound farfetched, but the space agencies of both China and Japan are taking the ideas that were once just the stuff of science fiction very seriously.

Plans to develop an orbital array of photovoltaic dishes were announced in Japan some time ago and according to CNN, Beijing is pledging to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($367 billion) in renewable power generation – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear – by 2020, indicating China's willingness to invest in advanced concepts.
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland this summer and Walt Disney World this fall, it’ll give hopeful fans the opportunity to build their own lightsabers to fulfill their deepest wannabe-Skywalker fantasies, pilot the Millennium Falcon, and drink a cocktail at a wretched hive of scum and villainy. What does local intergalactic food actually taste like on Earth, though?

As we learned at a recent top-secret, photo-restricted preview hosted backstage at Disneyland Resort for a select group of media, tropical fruits, kooky chicken nuggets, and global spices star in a collection of meals and flavors never before offered at a Disney property anywhere on this planet. (This is, after all, the brand famous for selling over 3 million mouse-shaped ice cream bars each year.) Virtually every item is edible fan service: Oga’s Cantina, the long-anticipated Star Wars bar, serves up the Bloody Rancor, a twist on a Bloody Mary served with a meringue bone garnish.


Raspberry crème puff and chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo


So many milks

For instance, yes, you’ll be able to finally drink the iconic blue bantha milk — as well as the green milk seen in Luke Skywalker’s disturbing turn as dairy maid in The Last Jedi. Disney is going big on plant-based cuisines, with allergy-friendly foods across all of its menus, so both are non-dairy products; whether they’re almond, oat, soy, or a combination is unclear, but given that they’ll be served frozen at an outdoor stand and chilled within Oga’s Cantina, our money is on a horchata-like blend.

The Black Spire Outpost on Planet Batuu — where Star Wars Land is “located” — is intended to let fans live out their own Star Wars story in lieu of mimicking Luke Skywalker or Rey’s experiences, so the food is stylized to be like what you’d eat if, say, you ended up on an Outer Rim trading port packed with smugglers and shifty denizens. If a droid were indeed cooking your meat on a repurposed pod engine, there’s no way it wouldn’t come burnt to a crisp — which is exactly how the hand-torn, homemade turkey jerky in two flavor profiles (sweet teriyaki, spicy herb) at Ronto Roasters turned out.


Alien-looking smoked kaduu rubs at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo 

The fried Endorian tip-yip — the chicken-like birds who nested on Endor — isn’t remarkable for its herbaceous green gravy, but its specially sourced product: all-white breast meat that’s “naturally compressed” into a cubic shape, then tossed in a custom flour-based blend and egg wash and deep-fried. The sweet-sticky smoked kaadu ribs are even butchered in line with Star Wars ethos: cut in half and then sliced straight across, they’re given a specific look befitting the creature’s anatomy. And at least as the menu reads now, you can rest assured — no porgs will be harmed in the making of your lunch.

Even the best thing we ate, a green pastry whose domed shape could be a play off of Rey’s quick-rising bread, burst bright purple from its crunchy shell, served with a swath of passionfruit sauce and bits of torn green sponge reminiscent of algae. It’s human food, but when it’s done best, it feels distinctly alien.

The snacks, meals, and beverages arriving to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World pull from a global collection of cultural influences — which, given that Black Spire Outpost is a trading port on the frontier of Wild Space, makes sense. But what’s more surprising is how diners with dietary restrictions are as easily accommodated in this corner of the universe as they are within the parks. At Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, the main restaurant within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs swapped glutinous pasta for arrowroot noodles in its yobshrimp noodle salad and opted for non-dairy olive oil mashed potatoes to be paired with fried endorian tip-yip, while kefta-spiced meatballs in the Felucian Garden Spread are made from Impossible meat. (Served atop herbed hummus with a pita and Israeli salad-like cucumber-and-tomato relish, it’s Mediterranean with a celestial twist.) Even the entree bases, like those served with a sustainable mahi-mahi, are a combination of chopped romaine, kale, quinoa, orange cauliflower, and sweet potato with a coconut curry ranch dressing.


Oga’s Cantina will draw drinkers from across the galaxy


Ronto Roasters will feature spit-roasted meats

Beyond the alterna-milks, Oga’s Cantina — which will feature tunes by everyone’s favorite chatty pilot droid, DJ R-3X — will fuel your parkgoing with a caffeinated cold brew infused infused with falernum and topped with a lime. Fruit flavors, especially tropical ones, are all the rage on Batuu, where the green milk is touted as having orange blossom, tangerine, and citrus elements. Cantina cocktails also incorporate an array of citrus fruits, like yuzu and Buddha’s hand.

The bulk of flavors found throughout the menus play off a mix of sweet and spicy — a likely culinary resonance of the eternal battle between the Light and Dark sides — pulling in two or three elements to embrace umami, most apparent in the Japanese-style snack mix of seaweed senbei crackers, wasabi peas, lotus root, prawn chips, and bubu arare at Oga’s Cantina.

And, thank the Force, nearly everything on Batuu comes with a kick. Szechuan peppercorn in the “clutch sauce” of Ronto Roasters’ Portuguese hot dog, cayenne tossed into blueberry cornbread, Thai chile paste vinaigrette in the yobshrimp noodle salad; even moof juice fruit punch comes with a chipotle-pineapple hint, as flavors were specifically designed across dishes to stimulate all parts of even the most alien palates for the very first time. And if the capsaicin hit isn’t enough of a rush, a ride on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run with a belly full of Jabba juice and burra fish should do the trick.


Arrowroot noodles star in the yobshrimp noodle salad, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo 
When you think about it, everyday we have the opportunity to do something nice for another person. All that's required from us is an open heart for a stranger in need.



This story involves someone in need that was the recipient of a good deed from a kind stranger.

At the time, Chauncy Jones was a hungry 16-year-old student. He was hard-working, both in school and out of school, as he was searching for a job to help his mom pay the rent, bills, and purchase food.

This is what drove Chauncy to Kroger one fateful day. He went to this grocery store to try to find something to eat. He was offering to take customers' bags to their car in exchange for some food.



As he looked for another person to help with their bags, Chauncy approached Matt White and had no idea that his luck was about to change.

He approached Matt and offered to carry the bags in return for glazed donuts from the store. Matt was immediately saddened by this request. He knew that Chauncy needed more than donuts and was inspired to perform an act of kindness.

Matt went back into the store with Chauncy.



When the pair emerged, they had groceries, toiletries, and other important items that Chauncy and his mother needed. Matt went on to deliver the groceries himself.

Then, he shared his experience on Facebook with a photo of the two of them.

In the post, Matt details his encounter with Chauncy. He was shopping for produce when the 16-year-old asked for the box of donuts. According to Matt, at that moment, Chauncy looked hungry, ashamed, broken, and sad.



Matt knew he was going to help, but also knew that donuts would barely be enough. Chauncy was only in the store for the rest of the hour until the next bus came, so Matt knew what he had to do: go on a shopping spree!

They grabbed Cheetos, pizzas, frozen food, soap, milk, pasta, melons, peanut butter, toothbrushes, and anything the two of them could think of. Throughout the shopping trip, Matt got to know Chauncy.

He learned Chauncy was a straight A student and was trying to start a job that would help his mom with the rent. Chauncy went on to share how he would one day be wealthy to help other kids like him.



Disney is ready to sprinkle some magic over future Navy deployments.

The Navy plans to plus up its fleet over the next five years, but its manpower goals may as well be ‘to infinity and beyond.’ Even significant efforts aimed at immigrant and transgender communities failed to move the recruitment needle, but senior leadership hopes Disney holds the key to drawing and keeping the necessary personnel.

“Industry partnerships are critical to rebuilding readiness, and bored sailors just aren’t as interested in hookers anymore. Disney can help us tackle both issues,” said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Anthony Bellin.

Disney executives touted the partnership as an opportunity to serve America’s heroes and responsibly dispose of ships no longer fit for paying customers.

The groundbreaking deal includes ten recently condemned cruise liners that the Navy can retrofit with directed energy weapons and an Avengers-themed Chief’s Mess. Approximately 20% of new naval vessels will include Disney branding and amenities, such as chow with a Disney princess and flight deck runs with a CGI version of Mr. Incredible.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson acknowledged challenges to balancing a world class vacation vibe with national security goals.

“Activities that do not directly increase lethality, like the Wreck-it Ralph karaoke shack, will shut down during threat engagement in order to minimize distractions and critical power loads,” he said.

Sailors can add extra months to their “Disney Fun Deployment” passes at a military discount. E-5’s and above can purchase weeklong family passes for dependents. The first three ships will head to Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii by December 2019.

Machinery Repairman 1st Class Shawn VanDiver was excited to re-enlist after hearing the news.

“I’m a single dad and was looking to get out, but now my son can deploy with me over winter break. We’re gonna have breakfast with Moana every day. Deployments are about to get lit!”


Sometimes we take things for granted. I know that I do! We take for granted the little things like food in our fridge, shoes on our feet, and taking a shower regularly. Well this Iranian man has not bathed or showered in over 60 years. I can imagine he smells less than perfect but he claims cleanliness makes him sick. Amou Haji lives a less than normal lifestyle, however he is 80 years old. He may not be living the most healthy lifestyle but he’s made it 80 years so far, so it seems to be working for him.



He claims to enjoy smoking animal feces and has a diet of mainly rotten animals he finds dead around him, which usually consists of rotten porcupine meat.



The (allegedly) 80 year-old leads a fairly primitive life, with his most prized possession being a steel pipe… that he smokes animal dung with.



He seems to blend in with his surroundings.



He has chosen to live this way for over 60 years now.



He lives in the village of Dezhgah (city of Farashband in Fars province of Iran).



He also enjoys 5 cigarettes a day, but smokes them all at once.



The man claims that emotional setbacks from society in his 20’s made him choose to live this way.



He cuts and trims his hair by burning it over a fire.



He lives a dirty, but simple life



He almost blends in with his surroundings.


Want to see 16 sunrises in one day? Float in zero gravity? Be one of the few to have gazed upon our home planet from space?

In just two years' time, and for an astronomical $9.5 million dollars, it's claimed you can.

Interior renderings of the world's first luxury space hotel, Aurora Station, were unveiled Thursday for the first time.



Developed by US-based space technology start-up Orion Span, the fully modular space station will host six people at a time, including two crew members, for 12-day space travel tours.

It plans to welcome its first guests in 2022, with the station's launch happening in 2021.

"Our goal is to make space accessible to all," Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span, said in a statement last year. "Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before."

Astronaut experience
While a $10 million trip is outside the budget of most people's two-week vacations, Orion Span claims to offer an authentic astronaut experience.

Says Bunger, it has "taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost."

Aurora Station
US-based space technology start-up Orion Span hopes to launch the first ever luxury hotel in space.


12 days in orbit
The fully modular space station is designed to host six people at a time, including two crew members, for 12-day space travel tours.


Two years to go?
The team hopes to welcome Aurora Station's first guests in 2021.


Dimensions
Aurora Station will be around 12 feet wide and 35 feet long -- similar in size to a large private jet.


Inside the hotel
While enjoying the thrills of zero gravity, travelers will be able to float freely through the station, taking in views of the northern and southern aurora from the station's windows.


Sleeping pod
"With customizable private sleeping pods, top-quality space food and luxury design details, Aurora Station is ushering in a new era of space travel," says Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span


During their 12-day adventure, the super-rich travelers will fly at a height of 200 miles above the Earth's surface in Low Earth Orbit, or LEP, where they will witness incredible views of the blue planet.

The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, which means guests will see around 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

Hometown hero
Activities on board include taking part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit -- which guests can take home for a super-smug souvenir -- and soaring over their hometown.

There's also zero-gravity ping pong, complete with floating equipment.



Guests can have live video chats with their less-fortunate loved ones back home via high-speed wireless Internet access and, upon return to Earth, will be greeted with a specially arranged hero's welcome.

While enjoying the thrills of zero gravity, the travelers will be able to float freely through the hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern aurora from the station's windows.

Aurora Station will be around 12 feet wide and 35 feet long -- similar in size to a large private jet.

"With customizable private sleeping pods, top-quality space food and luxury design details, Aurora Station is ushering in a new era of space travel, setting the bar higher than ever before," says Bunger.

Guests will complete a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC) program before take-off. Orion Span has a team of space industry veterans who together have more than 140 years of human space experience.

Orion Span is currently crowdfunding for investors who wish to own part of Aurora Station. At time of writing, there is $217,100 raised on its current SeedInvest campaign with fewer than eight days to go -- which won't make a huge dent in what is surely a very costly project.

Chartered trips



Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space.

Axiom Space, a Texas-based company with a former International Space Station manager at the helm, has plans to put a commercial space station in orbit by 2024.

It says it will begin to take tourists to the ISS in 2020 and later to its own station.

As yet, Axiom hasn't priced its off-world excursions, but says it'll be considerably lower than the tag paid by previous space tourists like Dennis Tito, who stumped up a reported $20 million for a seven-day trip in 2001.

Virgin Galactic, founded by Richard Branson with the aim of taking passengers briefly into sub-orbital space, will charge $250,000 for its trips. Flights were originally set to begin in 2009, but the maiden flight to space finally took place in December 2018.

Whatever the price tag, the tourist demographic with spare cash for space jaunts is presumably quite small.

However, Bunger says that Aurora Station "has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel."

It plans to offer fully chartered trips to space agencies and support zero gravity research and space manufacturing.

Adds Bunger: "Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand."


If you’re one of those Oreo eaters who’s only there for the creme filling, then what we’re about to tell you will be a lot to take at once.

There are now Oreos that have more filling than Double Stuf. Like, a lot more.

Behold. Oreo The Most Stuf cookies exist and they did not come to play. Now wipe the drool from your chin. I will do the same.



Yes, they’re real. And they’re spectacular.

Snack savvy Instagram account Munchie Bunchie says, “This is beyond incredible… like beyond. I honestly almost fainted to the floor when I opened the package! These are so fat!! You gotta be that person that eats the creme by itself to enjoy these (πŸ™‹πŸ½‍♀️ hi me).”



Food-focused Instagram account Cravings Hunter says they’re around $3 a box, which is frankly the bargain of the century.



So far, word on the street is that these ultra creme-filled gems are being found at Rite Aid. Even if they were only found at the north pole we’d find a way to get our hands on them, because hello.



The JunkFoodMom writes, “These were clearly made for fun and the WOW factor and I love it. Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf. Are these 2 double stuffed or 2 mega stuffed put together? Opening you immediately smell the Creme and giggle in delight how big they are. If you like Oreos for the cookie you won’t like these. They are nothing but sweet Creme – the cookie is there to keep your fingers from getting sticky only.”





A post shared by JunkFoodMom (@junkfoodmom) on