Category: Sci-Tech

GSM service starts in villages beyond the reach of telecommunications service

24 April, Taplejung: A GSM Tower has comes into operation in Khewang village in Sirijangha Village Council – 7. The GSM (2G) service has started with the completion of the construction of the tower in the village, which had remained beyond the reach of the mobile phone service. The residents of Khewang, Yamphudin, Mamamkhe, Pedang, Tellok, Sidding, Mehel, Surumkhim and Limbudin have benefited from the newly introduced service. This is the first time a telecommunications tower has been built in the village. The villagers had earlier been relying on CDMA service and Ncell Tower located elsewhere. Before the villagers...

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Youths rebuild playing field by collecting funds on Facebook

24 April, Myagdi: In midst of increasing trend of manipulating the social networking site ‘Facebook’, the migrant workers from Myagdi have used it to raise funds and reconstruct a dilapidated playing field here. The youths from Myagdi in foreign destination countries for migrant workers raised funds to reconstruct the playing field owned by Kaulegauda Youth Club based at Beni Municipality – 9. MONA Qatar’s immediate past Chair, Ganesh Shrestha, led a committee to fundraise Rs 415,000 for revamping the playing field....

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More than 60 pct of Chinese read via WeChat

19 April, Beijing: A total of 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read via the popular messaging app WeChat in 2016, up 10.5 percentage points year on year, according to a survey released on Tuesday. About 68.2 percent of adults read digitally in 2016, up 4.2 percentage points than 2015, while 58.8 percent read paper books, only a 0.4 percentage-point increase, according to an annual poll on reading habits, which was carried out in 52 cities across the country. The survey, conducted by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, revealed that 66.1 percent of respondents read on their mobile...

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Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS

11 April, Kazakhstan: Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday, following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station. “Touchdown confirmed,” said a commentator on NASA Television broadcasting the landing. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough was accompanied by Russian space agency cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko in the earthbound Soyuz MS-02 craft. The landing took place in bright conditions at around 1120 GMT (1720 local time) close to the Kazakh steppe town of Dzhezkazgan. Of the trio that blasted off towards the ISS together in October only Ryzhikov is completing a first...

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The Big Bend: U-Shaped New York Skyscraper Seeks ‘Longest In The World’ Title

Ambitious architects have proposed a skyscraper design that would transform New York’s Manhattan skyline: a U-shaped structure longer in length than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. New York City-based Oiio Studio aims to stretch the building, which would look like a horseshoe, to 4,000 feet long, which it claims would make it the longest in the world. The structure, known as the Big Bend, would literally bend in the middle to find a way around the city’s strict planning laws. “If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York, we...

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NASA to launch new probe to measure cosmic material

26 March, Washington: NASA is planning to launch a balloon-based observatory that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium – the cosmic material found between stars. The data from the mission will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in our Milky Way galaxy, witness the formation and destruction of star-forming clouds, and understand the dynamics and gas flow in the vicinity of the centre of our galaxy. The Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) mission, led by principal investigator Christopher Walker of the University of Arizona, will fly an Ultralong-Duration Balloon (ULDB) carrying a telescope with...

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Mysterious ‘Plastic Plankton’ Art Exhibit Reveals Extent of Ocean Pollution

A series of eerie, stunning images reveals the extent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans — by transforming the trash bits into images that look like teensy, ethereal sea creatures. In the images, created by artist Mandy Barker, bits of ocean flotsam — such as stroller wheels, toy horses, burnt plastic flowers and six-pack rings — have been transformed into plankton-like sea creatures. Barker’s art exhibit will soon be published in the book “Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals” (Overlapse, forthcoming May 2017). Plastic oceans Barker originally came up with the idea for the project at a scientific conference in...

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Second part of ancient Egyptian statue lifted from site

14 March, Cairo: The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs was lifted Monday from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a Cairo suburb. The torso was pulled by a crane as dozens of workers supported it while being moved to dry land where it was covered by a white fabric. The first part of the colossus — a large portion of the head — was pulled up Thursday. The Ministry of Antiquities said the statue’s parts would be assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo,...

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Facebook wins German case vs Syrian refugee in Merkel selfie

8 March, Wurzburg, Germany: Facebook clinched victory Tuesday in a German court case brought by a Syrian refugee whose selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel had made him the target of racist trolls. The court ruled that the US social media giant was not obliged to actively search out and delete defamatory posts, like those that had falsely linked the claimant to Islamist attacks and violent crimes. Anas Modamani, 19, had sought an injunction demanding that the company, represented by Facebook Ireland Limited, stop the spread of such defamatory fake news, which have been shared countless times. The company has...

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Nepali team finds asteroids

7 March, Kathmandu: The Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign – 2017 held from January 19 to February 18 has found six new asteroids. Five teams were selected for the campaign from Nepal which included four from Kathmandu and one from Pokhara. The participating teams were provided with the photos taken by Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan – STARRS) based in Hawaii, USA along with necessary software and instructions. The teams found nine asteroids based on the photos and sent it to the US mainland. It will take a few years for the research to be verified. The...

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