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NASA to Discuss Psyche Asteroid Mission, Optical Communications Demo



This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Psyche spacecraft en route to its destination in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 6, to discuss the agency’s upcoming Psyche mission, which will be its first to visit a metal-rich asteroid. Riding along with Psyche is a laser transceiver for NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration.

The media briefing will air live on NASA Television, the NASA appFacebookXYouTube, and on the agency’s website. The agency will share any changes to this streaming information based on the timing of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission departure from the International Space Station.

Laurie Leshin, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, will provide opening remarks. Briefing participants are expected to include:

  • Lori Glaze, director, Planetary Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Lindy Elkins-Tanton, principal investigator of Psyche, Arizona State University
  • Henry Stone, project manager, Psyche, JPL
  • Abi Biswas, project technologist for DSOC, JPL
  • Serkan Bastug, mission manager, Launch Services Program, NASA Kennedy

To ask questions by phone, members of the media must RSVP no later than two hours before the start of the event to Rexana Vizza at: rexana.v.vizza@jpl.nasa.gov.

Questions can be asked on social media during the briefing using #AskNASA.

Psyche is scheduled to launch at 10:38 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Additional launch opportunities are available through Wednesday, Oct. 25. Information about the times each day the spacecraft can launch is online.

Managed by JPL, the mission will embark on a journey of about 2.2 billion miles (3.6 billion kilometers) to the asteroid Psyche, which may be the partial core of a planetesimal (one of the building blocks of a rocky planet) or could be primordial material that never melted.

Once the spacecraft reaches its target in 2029, it will spend approximately 26 months orbiting Psyche, gathering images and other data. The mission will help answer fundamental questions about Earth’s own metal core and the formation of our solar system.

DSOC, the agency’s first test of high-bandwidth optical communications beyond the Moon, will ride along with Psyche. The project aims to show how lasers could increase data transmission rates far beyond the capacity of current radio frequency systems used on spacecraft today. 

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Source: NASA

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SQAIRZ Dominates Baseball Performance with Breakthrough Footwear Clinical Study



WINDHAM, N.H.  /PRNewswire/ — In an unprecedented move that bridges biomechanic science with sports innovation, SQAIRZ, a leader in performance golf footwear, proudly announces its strategic venture into baseball. The launch comes on the heels of a 10-month clinical study spearheaded by Dr. Paul Klutts, which was presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons International Scientific Conference on February 9, 2024.  This clinical study has shed light on the significant impact of SQAIRZ’s patented footwear design on baseball performance.  

Dr. Klutts remarked, “Ten months ago, we began studying the SQAIRZ technology because we know that there are so many variables that impact the players ability to optimize exit velocity.  What we found as physicians is that from clinical and biomechanical standpoints there is a correlation between increased ground reaction forces of the hind foot with batting exit velocity. We are very proud of the fact that these findings are the first clinical baseball performance shoe study that has been published as a poster presentation at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons International Scientific Conference.”

Unprecedented clinical study concludes that SQAIRZ new baseball shoes measurably improve batting exit velocity.

The study meticulously examined the subtalar joint’s role and the effect of performance footwear, specifically designed to promote ground reactive forces, on exit velocity. The research concluded that SQAIRZ baseball shoes, by enhancing ground reaction forces in the hindfoot, measurably improve batting exit velocity. The results of the clinical study findings were groundbreaking: 60.5% of players reported over a 2MPH increase in exit velocity by simply switching their shoes to SQAIRZ. The significance of these results cannot be overstated. With every 1 MPH increase in exit velocity translating to approximately 10 additional feet of ball distance. This marks a significant advancement in sports science, demonstrating the tangible benefits of biomechanically informed footwear.

SQAIRZ is setting new benchmarks for performance gains in baseball as the game requires extremely fast and reactive movements, static and dynamic agility, with an emphasis on precise footwork. Because the only option the baseball player has for leverage, control, and power is the ground, the correct pair of baseball shoes can significantly impact a player’s performance on the field, mound, and especially in the batter’s box. Leveraging the foundational principle that superior balance and stability lead to enhanced performance, SQAIRZ has successfully applied its patented technology to conquer the challenges of baseball with their new GFP baseball shoe.

This unprecedented performance enhancement is attributed to the shoes’ strategic design features, including a patented toe box and wider base, and AI generated traction system which ensure optimal energy transfer and minimize energy leaks during the kinematic sequence. 

“Our journey began with the goal of enhancing performance in golf, leveraging our patented footwear technology to achieve a notable 2.9mph average increase in swing speed,” Bob Winskowicz, Founder & CEO of SQAIRZ states. “This success laid the groundwork for our strategic expansion into baseball, proving our technology’s versatility across land-based sports. After nearly two years of rigorous testing across all skill levels, the benefits have been consistently remarkable. By simply changing a player’s shoes to SQAIRZ, we saw performance improvements in pitching, running, and hitting.  The recent independent clinical study validates our findings, underscoring the efficacy of our approach. Inspired by this success, we’re excited to extend our innovative solutions beyond baseball and golf, exploring new territories including pickleball. This is just the beginning of redefining performance footwear across sports.”

With MLB players already incorporating SQAIRZ shoes into their training regimen, the brand is set to release three versions of their GFP baseball shoe: turf, molded cleat, and metal cleat models. SQAIRZ GFP, standing for Ground Force Production, will be available in May. 

Since 2019, SQAIRZ has been proud to offer game-changing results to golfers around the world, culminating in award-winning models and three wins on the PGA Tour. As SQAIRZ continues to expand its influence beyond golf, this strategic entry into baseball marks a significant milestone, giving baseball players a competitive edge, backed by independent, clinical research. SQAIRZ’s entry into baseball not only sets a new standard for athletic footwear but also paves the way for further footwear advancements across all land-based sports.


SQAIRZ is at the forefront of performance athletic footwear, dedicated to advancing athlete stability, balance, and performance through innovative design. Renowned in the golf industry, SQAIRZ is now extending its impact across sports, proving that foundational advancements can transform the game.


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The Controversy Surrounding Guaranteed-Basic-Income in Arizona: A Republican Stance

Arizona Republicans unite against guaranteed-basic-income programs, citing concerns over socialism and unearned payments.



Arizona Republican lawmakers have taken a stand against the concept of guaranteed-basic-income programs with the recent passing of House Bill 2375. Despite the state grappling with high rates of homelessness, the Republican majority in the Arizona House of Representatives voted in unison to prohibit such programs. This decision has sparked a debate on the effectiveness and implications of such initiatives in addressing poverty and wealth disparity.

The bill’s sponsor, GOP Rep. Lupe Diaz, equated guaranteed-basic-income programs to socialism, labeling the payments as “unearned.” This perspective aligns with the broader Republican stance on welfare policies and government assistance. The legislation aims to block any scheme that provides individuals with regular cash payments without a prerequisite of work or training.

Basic-income programs have gained momentum nationwide as a potential solution to bridge the wealth gap and alleviate poverty. These initiatives offer financial support to specific demographics, often those living in poverty or near the poverty line, without imposing conditions on how the funds should be utilized. They stand in contrast to universal-basic-income programs, which distribute funds universally regardless of income levels.

The contentious nature of this bill underscores a fundamental ideological divide regarding social welfare and economic policies. While proponents view guaranteed-basic-income as a progressive step towards addressing systemic inequalities, opponents like the Arizona Republican lawmakers raise concerns about dependency, misuse of funds, and the encroachment of socialist ideologies.

As the bill progresses to the Arizona Senate, where Republicans hold a slight majority, the fate of guaranteed-basic-income programs in the state hangs in the balance. The outcome of this legislative battle will not only impact Arizona but may reverberate across the nation, shaping the discourse on poverty alleviation and social welfare policies.

The debate around guaranteed-basic-income programs reflects the broader societal conversation on economic justice and the role of the government in supporting vulnerable populations. While opinions may differ on the efficacy of such initiatives, it is imperative to critically assess their potential benefits and drawbacks in the pursuit of a more equitable society.

Source: Business Insider


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First of 20 Pickleball Kingdom Clubs in Tennessee Plants Its Flag in Nashville



NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom, the nation’s leading indoor pickleball franchise, is thrilled to announce the location of its first Tennessee location at 5035 Harding Pl, Nashville, TN 37211. This marks the beginning of an ambitious expansion plan to establish 20 premier indoor pickleball facilities across the state.

Jesse and Emily DeMund, the esteemed area representatives for Tennessee, are at the forefront of this exciting new venture. Their passion for pickleball and commitment to community engagement are set to make the Nashville location a cornerstone for the sport’s enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Pickleball Kingdom Founder and CEO, Ace Rodrigues, commented, “This is monumental. We have the right location, at the right time, and most importantly with the right people in Jesse and Emily. This is the first of many more clubs for Tennessee.”

A New Era for Pickleball in Tennessee

Pickleball Kingdom’s state-of-the-art facility in Nashville features multiple indoor courts designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels. With an emphasis on community and accessibility, the venue aims to become a hub for pickleball enthusiasts, offering leagues, open play, tournaments, and professional instruction.

“Pickleball is more than a sport; it’s a community,” said Jesse DeMund. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment where everyone can enjoy the game, whether they’re picking up a paddle for the first time or competing at a high level. And Nashville is the perfect spot for this flagship location.”

Seeking Entrepreneurs to Join the Kingdom

As Pickleball Kingdom embarks on its mission to spread the joy of pickleball across Tennessee, the company is actively seeking driven individuals to join its franchise family. Prospective franchisees have a unique first-mover advantage in the rapidly growing sport, with comprehensive support from the Pickleball Kingdom team.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to be at the forefront of the fastest-growing sport in the country,” added Pickleball Kingdom COO, Rob Streett. “The opportunities to serve our communities are boundless. We are motivated everyday by how we can make our members’ experience in the Kingdom better.”

Future Locations

“We have some strong franchisees in our Tennessee system already, but I would encourage people who have ambition and vision to reach out so we can have a conversation,” stated DeMund. “We have an aggressive growth plan, so we need people who want to be a part of that meteoric growth.”


About Pickleball Kingdom

Pickleball Kingdom is the premier indoor pickleball franchise in the United States, dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball through high-quality facilities, instruction, and community engagement. With a vision to create a nationwide network of pickleball venues, Pickleball Kingdom is on track to redefine the landscape of recreational sports.

For Franchise & Media Inquiries:
COO Rob Streett, 373673@email4pr.com

SOURCE Pickleball Kingdom

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