The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

The Year In Science

PSC0113Jesse Lenz

97 percent: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.

1,800 degrees Fahrenheit: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds

Artist’s conception of a cloud map of Kepler-7b (left) in comparison to Jupiter (right)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT Via Universe Today

5: the number of times an astronaut who floated away from the International Space Station would see the sun rise and set before running out of breathable air

320 trillion: the number of particles in each of the Large Hadron Collider's two proton beams (here's what would happen if you got zapped)

Hadron Collider

Courtesy Cern

1 micron: the wavelength of the beams of light fired by this laser rifle

93 percent: the portion of low blood sugar episodes that the first artificial pancreas can detect

MiniMed® 530G with Enlite®


$100,000: the funding Jacques Cousteau's grandson hopes to raise via Indiegogo for his own month-long undersea research expedition

Astronauts Outside Aquarius Reef Base

Mission 31 will use this reef base.NASA/Mark Widick, via Wikimedia Commons

2,000 pounds: the amount of jellyfish these unmanned swimming robots can suck up and shred in an hour

Jellyfish-Chopping JEROS Robots


150 mph: the top speed of the Mission R, the fastest zero-emission motorcycle

Mission R

Courtesy Mission Motors

8,051: the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. (see where they are)

0.3 degrees Celsius to 0.7 degrees Celsius: the amount by which mean global surface temperatures are expected to increase during the period of 2016—2035, compared with 1986—2005, according to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Changes In Surface Temperature Since 1901


$435,000: the funding this team hopes to raise via Kickstarter to build an MP3 player that lives in your ear and is controlled with your teeth

One Bite To Change Songs

Split via Kickstarter