Technology and Science

  • THE FINAL FRONTIER The first ‘SPACE NATION’ was revealed today and YOU can sign up to be a citizen

    Proposed by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli of the Aerospace International Research Center, the project was started as a way of exploring whether it’s possible to create a country in orbit.

    And if the idea of living in space interests you, you can apply to become a citizen via their website.

    At a press conference in Paris, Dr Ashurbeyli and his team also revealed their plans to act as guardians of the earth.

    Once the satellite is launched, the group will also set about creating a state of the art protective shield to shield Earth from the dangers of doomsday space rocks.

    Scientists and astronomers have revealed plans to set up a new nation in space called Asgardia.

    Anyone can apply to be a citizen in the cosmic country, which will be based around one or more satellites orbiting the Earth. 


    Scientists and astronomers have revealed plans to set up a new nation in space called Asgardia.

    Anyone can apply to be a citizen in the cosmic country, which will be based around one or more satellites orbiting the Eart
    source : https://asgardia.space/en/

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  • Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen


    Yahoo says "state-sponsored" hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

    The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.

    The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public.

    The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the claims.

    The data taken includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data, Yahoo said.

    The company said the information was "stolen by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor" but did not say which country it held responsible.

    News of a possible major attack on the technology firm emerged in August when a hacker known as "Peace" was apparently attempting to sell information on 200 million Yahoo accounts.

    On Thursday, Yahoo confirmed the breach was far bigger than first thought.

    Yahoo is recommending all users should change their passwords if they have not done so since 2014.

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  • Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

    Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire.

    The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone "exploding" during or after charging.

    The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phonewould be able to swap it for a new one.

    Samsung said it had been difficult to work out which phones were affected among the 2.5 million Note 7s sold.

    "There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,'' the president of Samsung's mobile business Koh Dong-jin told reporters.

    "It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety," he said.The firm said it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.

    According to Samsung, the phone has been launched in 10 countries so far but with different companies supplying the batteries.

    The recall comes just one week ahead of an expected presentation of a new iPhone model from its main rival Apple.

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  • Fastest mobile 4G network speed record 'broken'


    A new record has been set for the world's fastest 4G mobile internet speed, according to a network operator.Finnish firm Elisa says it has achieved a 1.9 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) speed on a test network, claiming this is the fastest on record.

    The hyper-fast mobile internet service could theoretically download a Blu-ray film in 44 seconds.But analysts are sceptical that such a feat could currently be replicated within a live, real-world network.

    Elisa said it used technology provided by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to deliver a mobile network speed that edged close to the 2Gbps threshold.

    By comparison, its fastest commercial network speed is 300Mbps - less than a sixth as fast.The corporation's chief executive, Veli-Matti Mattila, said: "We know there hasn't been a speed this high announced by any other network."

    In February however, one university research team - not affiliated with a network provider - managed to achieve a 5G mobile speed of 1 terabit per second (Tbps), which is more than fifty times faster than Elisa's 4G speed.

    In terms of commercial applications, Mr Mattila told the BBC that Elisa is planning to roll out a premium 1Gbps network in Finland within the next "two to three years".

    Mobile virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as "high quality 4K video and beyond", are cited by Mr Mattila as applications likely to benefit most from hyper-fast network speeds.

    Reality checks

    But two analysts are sceptical about the real-world relevance of the speed record.

    "Deploying a network that can support 1.9Gbps doesn't mean customers will get 1.9Gbps mobile broadband," said Nick Wood, assistant editor at Total Telecom.

    He told the BBC: "This is because that network capacity has to be shared among customers. In reality, customers are likely to experience a modest improvement in overall speed and reliability, which is great, but doesn't make for exciting headlines the same way that 1.9 Gbps does."

    Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch, pointed out that only 5Mb per second (Mbps) is required for streaming HD content on Netflix, and Elisa's top speed "is 400 times faster than that".

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  • Insect-Sized Drone Will Spy On Terrorists


    An insect-sized spy drone with four flapping wings and four legs is set to become Britain's latest weapon in the war on terror.

    The Dragonfly drone fits in the palm of a hand and has four flapping wings and four legs.

    It can fly through the air with great agility, allowing it to penetrate buildings through open windows, and perch on surfaces to eavesdrop.

    It can detect incoming objects and buildings, meaning it can avoid obstacles at high speeds.

    It is one of a number of pieces of kit being developed by the Ministry of Defence as part of an innovation drive.

    An anti-drone device that uses lasers to burn holes in enemy drones will also be added to the Army's kit.

    It works in two ways - burning a hole in a drone to damage its electronics, and overloading light sensors on the aircraft causing it to malfunction.

    The MoD's innovation fund is overseen by a Dragon's Den-style panel, which companies and individuals can pitch to.

    There is £800m up for grabs over a 10-year period, to support research and development for new weapons.

    A mobile robot that can detect chemical weapons is also being developed, as well as virtual reality helmets to let pilots train on the ground.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This new approach will help to keep Britain safe while supporting our economy with our brightest brains keeping us ahead of our adversaries.

    "Backed by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade, it will ensure that the UK maintains its military advantage in an increasingly dangerous world."

    source: skynews


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