World Aids Days walkathon TCI

first_img Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 3 – WORLD AIDS DAY walk in Provo ended in solemn memory of loved ones we’ve lost, or for those who are living with HIV/AIDS.Candles were lit and according to Permanent Secretary, Wesley Clerveaux,  TCI is being validated by PAHO as among the only countries where mother to child transmission has not been recorded for years.TCI has not had cases of HIV/AIDS passing to newborns since 2007.last_img read more

Facebooks 50person cryptocurrency team working on payments report says

first_img Share your voice Tags 0 Tech Industry Internet Services Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stephen Shankland/CNET Ready to send some virtual money to your Facebook friends or WhatsApp contacts so you can split the restaurant bill? Maybe someday you’ll be using a cryptocurrency to do so.Many people in the tech world have soured on cryptocurrencies and their accounting underpinnings, called blockchain. But Facebook remains interested, with a 50-person project underway to build a technology that’ll let members send each other digital money, the New York Times reported Thursday.Cryptocurrencies initially excited fans who wanted a new digital-era payment mechanism, but as the hype increased, investors hoping to see their value rise dominated the cryptocurrency domain. The resulting bubble has mostly burst, but it appears Facebook is trying to sidestep such frenzies and build something more useful for day-to-day money transfers among its more than 2 billion members, the Times said.Facebook’s cryptocurrency project would likely involve a cryptocurrency whose price remains stable, the Times said, corroborating an earlier Bloomberg report. That design would be geared toward avoiding a speculative frenzy like the one that caused the value of the seminal cryptocurrency, bitcoin, to soar and then crash. Cryptocurrencies that are desirable for investment can be poorly suited for ordinary payment transactions since the value in ordinary money can fluctuate wildly.Facebook didn’t comment on the story details, but it did confirm its blockchain work.”Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology,” the company said in a statement. “This new small team is exploring many different applications.”The Times report cited five people familiar with the project and said Facebook is in discussions with cryptocurrency exchanges, the online marketplaces where you can convert ordinary money into cryptocurrencies and vice versa.Using cryptocurrencies to transfer money has long been one of the technology’s supposed virtues. In principle, it could be used to lower transaction fees that are common with other payment services. Those fees are especially heavy when converting from one country’s currency to another.In practice, though, cryptocurrencies haven’t enabled such a frictionless money-transfer world. For one thing, their own transaction fees have increased. For another, the process commonly used to lock in a cryptocurrency transaction, called proof of work, is typically slow and requires enormous amounts of electrical power. And cryptocurrencies have reputation problems linked to their use by scammers and criminals.The leader of the Facebook project is David Marcus, formerly president of online payment company PayPal, the Times said. The Block, a cryptocurrency tracking site, has been flagging Facebook’s blockchain-related job openings. Post a comment Blockchain Facebook PayPal Cryptocurrencylast_img read more

A Quiet Sonic Boom Why NASA Turned To Galveston For Its Supersonic

first_img Listen Supersonic commercial planes could cut travel time in half. You could fly from Houston to New York in about an hour, or from Houston to Dubai in just under nine. The problem? When a plane breaks the sound barrier it creates a sonic boom, a sound so loud and disruptive that the FAA has banned civil planes from flying that fast overland, and within a certain distance of the shore. But, over the past several decades, NASA has been developing technology to make softer sonic booms and bring supersonic transportation to the commercial industry. “NASA’s plan is to design the X-59 airplane, which will create quiet sonic booms,” NASA principal investigator, Larry Cliatt, said at a media event at Ellington airport. “We will fly that across the nation and different communities, to prove that we have the technology to make these lower sonic booms.”Most recently, NASA’s research for the X-59 project brought them to Houston’s airspace, where they tested out “quiet sonic thumps” in Galveston and measured the community’s reaction to the noise.“It’s reminiscent of the sound of somebody dumping a garbage truck, but you could tell that wasn’t it, it was just that sort of loud thump sound,” Galveston resident Craig Cahill, said. Others compared the sound to car doors slamming, thunder in the distance, and dynamite, while some said it made their windows rattle. “I dont think it’s much worse than if you get a hotel at Hobby [airport] at night,” said Frank Gonzales, who works at the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center in Galveston.But some residents didn’t even hear the noise. “I really haven’t experienced anything,” said Amy Hassel, a Galveston resident who works on The Strand.A Simulated SoundBut what they were hearing — or not hearing — wasn’t actually the sound of the X-59. “We don’t have our X-59 airplane yet,” Cliatt said. “We are designing that, and hope to be flying that in the next five years, so we need a way to kind of simulate what the quieter sonic booms will sound like, and that’s what we’re doing now.”To mimic the noise NASA expects the X-59 to make, F/A-18 research planes took off from Ellington airport and flew over the Gulf of Mexico. There, they did a special maneuver that created a sonic boom out at sea, but that arrived as a “quiet sonic thump” in Galveston. The aim was to measure how the community in Galveston responded to the sound, and to develop best practices for measuring community responses during future testing once the X-59 demonstrator aircraft is built. “It’s kind of a lessons learned or pilot program for the future community response tests that we will be doing,” Cliatt said. “Right now we’re learning how to recruit people; we’re learning how to communicate with the people that we’ve recruited; how to communicate with the community itself to let them know that we’re coming and placing these sonic booms in their community.”There were also noise sensors placed around Galveston to complement the data collected from residents.Katie Watkins / Houston Public MediaNoise sensors were set up in Galveston to complement feedback from residents. The Next StepsThe technology isn’t as far off as it may seem. In April, Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to build the X-59, and last week they started building the first components of the plane. The X-59 will be a single pilot demonstrator aircraft, and by 2023, NASA hopes to start flying it over various communities in the US to measure their reaction to the noise, using the methods learned in Galveston. That data will then be provided to the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organization to aid in how they craft future regulations regarding commercial supersonic flight. A few private companies are also developing their own quiet supersonic plane technology.“We’re talking about a future where people can spend less time traveling to their destinations and more time at those destinations, seeing family or working or visiting new spots. It’s a way to shrink the world, to shrink the globe, and it’s exciting to be a part of that future,” Jonathan Rathsam, a NASA research engineer, said. “Not everybody gets to fly to space, but many, many people in the country get to fly on aircrafts.” X Share 00:00 /04:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 2last_img read more

Get a taste of the Seven Sisters in Delhi

first_imgPhysically, they are a world apart, and mostly neglected by what they call ‘mainland’. But the northeast of India is a dreamy land, yet to be explored. But Delhiites now have the chance to experience the Northeast first hand, right here in the Capital. And no, we are not talking of Dilli Haat.A mall in west Delhi has organised an exhibition in partnership with the National Skill Foundation of India. The  five-day exhibition has brought together the traditional crafts of the different states that are together called the Seven Sisters. All of these pieces are unique because they are handmade. You can pick up art, crafts, food items and even clothes from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ A variety of organic horticulture products like orange pickles, organic honey, bamboo shoot products and Naga chilli can also be found here. Or pick up handwoven fabrics with symbolic ornamentation and the traditional saris of Assam, tribal ornaments made from cane and more. Bamboo products from Mizoram like handbags, baskets, flower vases, trays, hats and bamboo boxes are also being sold.The bamboo and cane have been procured from the forests of the Northeast and medically treated to increase longevity. One can also pick up eco-friendly products like bamboo carvings and bamboo furniture. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘This exhibition has been organised with the aim of showcasing crafts, culture and products of the Northeast region. Such fairs not only bring the craftsmen into the limelight, but also provide an opportunity to the people to find out more about arts and crafts from another region,’ said Abhishek Bansal, ED, Pacific Malls.So get set to fill up your shopping bags.DETAILAt: Outer facade area, Pacific Mall, Rajouri GardenOn Till: 13 January Timings: 11 AM TO 9 PMlast_img read more