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Category: Sci-Tech

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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Hisense debuts dual-screen smartphone

24 Feb, QINGDAO, Shandong: Chinese tech firm Hisense Group on Thursday launched its dual-display smartphone Hisense A2. The Android smartphone has a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel as its primary display, and a 5.2-inch E-ink screen on the rear side. The E-ink screen features sunlight visibility and low power consumption. It can display a static image without using any power. The handset, which costs 2,999 yuan (435 U.S. dollars), has fingerprint sensors on both sides. Hisense is based in Qingdao City, in the eastern province of Shandong, it is best known for its televisions. It has launched a series of smartphones...

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Hitler’s phone, ‘the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time,’ sold for $243,000

Adolf Hitler’s telephone was sold at auction in the United States on Sunday for $243,000. The winning bid was made by phone but the name of the bidder has not been released. The phone was presented to Hitler by the Wehrmacht and was used by the Nazi leader to issue most of his commands during the last two years of World War II, according to a description in the catalog for Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland. The phone was recovered from the Fuhrerbunker in 1945 and has been kept in a box in an English country house ever since....

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Tata Motors profits plummet 96% after cash ban

15 Feb, Mumbai: India’s largest carmaker Tata Motors Tuesday reported a 96 percent fall in quarterly profits, due to a cash ban which hit domestic business and weak sales at its luxury Jaguar Land Rover unit. Consolidated net profit for the three months ending December fell to 1.12 billion rupees ($16.73 million) from 29.53 billion rupees a year earlier, the Mumbai-based company said. Revenue fell 4.3 percent to 685.41 billion rupees. The company’s commercial vehicles business saw a “demand shrinkage” owing to the Indian government’s shock move in November to withdraw high-value banknotes from circulation, it said. Prime Minister...

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IT and Mobile Fest in Pokhara from Thursday

14 Feb, Pokhara: Federation of Computer Association Nepal – Kaski and Pokhara Electronics Entrepreneurs Association are jointly organizing the 8th Information technology and Mobile Fest in Pokhara beginning this Thursday. The festival to be held until February 19 aims to inform the public on the latest technologies in information and communication sector to enter Nepal, Association – Kaski Secretary, Bishwas Bhandari said on Monday. IT conference will be held during the event which will also host an extensive exhibition on technology, regional level typing competition, quiz contest, cost-free maintenance and repair of computers and mobile phones, and an exhibition...

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