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Virus delay, early ice melt challenge Arctic science mission

Virus delay, early ice melt challenge Arctic science mission

Technology
Dozens of scientists are sitting in quarantine, waiting for permission to sail forth and capture a crucial moment in the polar calendar that’s essential to their year-long Arctic research missionBy FRANK JORDANS Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 8:03 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- They prepared for icy cold and trained to be on the watch for polar bears, but a pandemic just wasn't part of the program. Now dozens of scientists are waiting in quarantine for the all-clear to join a year-long Arctic research mission aimed at improving the models used for forecasting climate change, just as the expedition reaches a crucial phase. For a while, the international mission looked like it might have to be called off, as country after country we
Functioning of merged entity of PNB, OBC, UBI to be big challenge during lockdown: Official

Functioning of merged entity of PNB, OBC, UBI to be big challenge during lockdown: Official

Finance
KOLKATA: The functioning of the amalgamated entity of three PSBs -- Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India that comes into being on April 1-- will be a "big challenge" in the wake of the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown, an official said on Friday. The merger of UBI and OBC into PNB will lead to the creation of the country's second largest lender after State Bank of India, the official said. "Under the given conditions, the effective functioning of the merged entity will be a big challenge. The government has not given any direction so far in this regard," the UBI official told PTI. The legal process of the merger has been completed, he said. OBC and UBI are the transferor banks while PNB is the transferee in this amalgamation process. The boards of UBI ...
TikTok skull-breaker challenge danger warning

TikTok skull-breaker challenge danger warning

Technology
A stunt being shared on viral video platform TikTok has caused serious injury among teenagers in the UK and US.The skull-breaker challenge involves two people kicking the legs from under a third, making them fall over.US prosecutors have charged two youngsters with aggravated assault over the prank and warned parents to stop their children taking part.TikTok said it would remove such content from its platform.In an updated post to its newsroom, TikTok said: "We do not allow content that encourages or replicates dangerous challenges that might lead to injury. "In fact, it's a violation of our community guidelines and we will continue to remove this type of content from our platform."Nobody wants their friends or family to get hurt...
Europe’s major telescopes ‘can meet satellite challenge’

Europe’s major telescopes ‘can meet satellite challenge’

Science
Europe's flagship telescopes will be "moderately affected" by the new satellite mega-constellations now being launched, according to a new study.Having thousands more bright objects in the sky will create inconvenience and extra cost, but the idea that astronomy faces some kind of a "cliff edge" is not correct, says Olivier Hainaut.He's calculated how observing time might be limited by having 26,000 additional spacecraft in orbit.And it's manageable, he believes.Dr Hainaut works for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) organisation which operates world-class facilities in Chile's Atacama Desert, including the VLT (Very Large Telescope) and the forthcoming Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).Neith...
Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Technology
Traditionally, at the beginning of each year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes on a personal challenge.These have ranged from learning Mandarin, to visiting every state in the US, to last year's promise to host public discussions about tech.After a difficult year for Facebook, the tech billionaire has decided to ditch his yearly challenges in favour of longer-term reflection.He added how excited he is about "a new private social platform" in the future.Laying out his thoughts in a blogpost, Mr Zuckerberg said: "Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I've tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look like in 2030."By then, he added, "we'll have the technology to feel truly present with another person ...