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New crew on their way to international space station ISS

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For the first time since the failed launch of a Russian rocket, almost two months ago, people have left for space again. 

A Soyuz rocket with three crew members was launched today from the Baikonur space base in Kazakhstan. They came safely into orbit around the earth. 

The crew members are the American Anne McClain, the Russian Oleg Kononenko and the Canadian David Saint-Jacques. They go to the international space station ISS.

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The crew members are the Rus Oleg Kononen, the American Anne McClain and the Canadian David Saint-Jacques.
The crew members are the Rus Oleg Kononen, the American Anne McClain and the Canadian David Saint-Jacques. © AFP

There they arrive today at the beginning of the evening (Dutch time). A German, a Russian and an American already live in the ISS. They must return to earth in a few weeks. 

Kononenko was in 2011 and 2012 one of the traveling companions of the Dutchman André Kuipers. They stayed in the ISS for more than half a year. Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques are expected to return to earth in the summer. 

At the last launch, on October 11, the crew had to abort the flight and make an emergency landing on earth. That worked, the Rus Aleksej Ovtsjinin and the American Nick Hague remained unharmed. It is not yet known when they still go to the ISS.

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‘We are making new ocean from the North Pole’

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There have been fewer people at the North Pole than in space. Explorer Bernice Notenboom stood on the top of the earth three times. She became so fascinated by that stark, life-threatening and beautiful place that she wrote a ‘biography’ about it: ‘Arctica’.

The temperature can easily touch minus 60 in the pitch dark winter. Nothing grows, nothing is alive. Not even a bird dares to venture. It is not even land: the Arctic is a collection of floating sea ice floes, full of cracks and icebergs, where the harsh polar wind has free rein.

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Professor of the absurd claim of Ratelband: ‘As long as we are healthy, we feel younger’

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You feel younger than you are, who does not do that? It is even healthy, but doctors can not do much with it.

Marcel Olde Rikkert himself never says that he feels younger than the 56 years he is according to his passport. ,, I do not find that comparison so interesting, because people with the same age can vary enormously. I prefer to look at which things I succeed and which I have to pay more attention to. ” 

Shaking his head, he heard about positivity guru Emile Ratelband, who wants to lower his calendar age in his passport by twenty years. ,, Of course it is an absurd claim ”, says Olde Rikkert, professor of geriatrics at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen. ,, The passport is meant to establish objective personal data. ”

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How a robotic cat enriches the lives of elderly people with dementia

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animal More and more healthcare institutions use mechanical pets. A robotic cat can provide solace to the demented seniors who use it and provide a starting point for a chat. Seven life stories about a time that once was

Some fifty robot cats and dogs have the Frisian care institution ZuidOostZorg in its care complexes for elderly people with dementia. The cuddly fake animals give the residents comfort, relaxation and pleasure, says Roelfien Erasmus of ZuidOostZorg. “Our employees were enthusiastic from the first moment. They see with their own eyes how people react. “

More than a year ago, ZuidOostZorg introduced robotic animals, which are not actually robots but rather mechanical toys. “They make noise and respond to touches, they do not do much more. That is enough for most residents. Especially people who used to have pets themselves, respond well to it. The animals evoke memories. Some residents know that the animals are not real, but they are not at all. And there are also residents, often people who did not have pets in the past, who have nothing at all. ”

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