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First space espresso served on the ISS

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Mornings on the International Space Station (ISS) got a bit brighter as the first cup of espresso coffee in space was brewed and drank on the station by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. To celebrate, Cristoforetti tweeted back to Earth a photo of her imbibing the brew, saying, "'Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised.' Fresh espresso in the new Zero-G cup! To boldly brew…"

It may not have been the first Moon landing, but history was made on May 3 at 12:44 GMT as the ISSpresso capsule espresso machine hissed and bubbled out its first cuppa. Designed and built as joint effort between aerospace engineering firm Argotec and coffee company Lavazza with the help of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the ISSpresso uses standard Lavazza coffee capsules, but the makers say that it is otherwise a pretty serious piece of space engineering, which Cristoforetti installed in one of the station's modules.

ISSpresso isn't like a terrestrial espresso machine. It had to be redesigned to take into account the peculiar fluid dynamics of zero gravity, as well as engineered to meet space station safety requirements, such as using steel instead of plastic tubing. According to Lavazza, this makes the ISSpresso more than a publicity stunt and it is officially listed as one of the nine experiments selected by ASI for Cristoforetti’s Futura Mission to the station.

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Too much praise may make kids narcissistic - health - 09 March 2015 - New Scientist

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A long-term study of child behaviour suggests that over-praising your kids could increase narcissistic traits such as selfishness and vanity
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