Here's this week's collection of science/tech information nuggets that didn't quite justify their own posts. This time let's look at some overachievers.

Top image: Argentine and Chile as seen from the ISS (NASA)

A 37th birthday is usually not considered a very notable one. But Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano (looking a lot like a Mirror Universe Picard) observed his 37th birthday Friday on the International Space Station. You may remember he was the astronaut who recently had the water leak in his helmet during a spacewalk. He also survived a close encounter with some wasabi peas. This morning he also controlled the Canadarm 2 on the ISS that captured the Cygnus spacecraft.

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(Images: NASA)


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Also observing a birthday this week was John Young. He flew on two Gemini flights (including the first manned one), two Apollo missions to the Moon (only one landing), and two shuttle flights (including commander of the first orbital flight). He also served in several administrative positions in NASA before retiring in 2004.

(Image: NASA)


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A 23 year old engineer in England has developed a prototype bionic hand using a 3D printer. He intends to make the details available online for anyone to use and improve on.

(Image: BBC)


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This weekend's BBC News Magazine features a story of Benjamin Leigh Smith, a largely unknown explorer of the 1800s. During one Arctic expedition his ship sank. He led his crew to survive for ten months before they were rescued. All of the crew survived.

(Image: BBC)