South Africa ‘ready to host SKA’

first_imgPandor was at the SKA site outside Carnavon in the Northern Cape this week to witness the completion of the seven-dish Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7), which serves as a percursor to the MeerKAT, an operational demonstrator telescope that forms a core component of South Africa’s SKA bid. In a boost for the local bid, South Africa’s Parliament passed the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007, which declares the Northern Cape Province as an astronomy advantage area, thus protecting it from unwanted radio interference. South Africa and Australia are competing to host the SKA, construction of which is expected to cost about €1.5-billion. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are expected to announce the winning bidder in 2012. Pandor said 19 countries and 55 scientific institutions have joined the project and several other countries are more likely to join. It is currently expected that 80% of the cost for hosting the SKA will be carried by nine countries. 1 April 2010 Source: BuaNews SKA funding partners “South Africa is going to be chosen to host the SKA, and we will be ready to host it,” Pandor said, adding that the telescope would be one of the greatest scientific projects of the 21st century. Pandor also said she was confident that hosting SKA would assist in retaining scientists in the country, as it would make Africa the world centre of physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering, dramatically increasing Africa’s capacity to innovate in harmony with industries and universities. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor believes South Africa has a strong chance of winning its bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a multi-billion rand international radio telescope that will be between 50 and 100 times more sensitive than any such instrument ever built. ‘An African science hub’ The US will provide 40% of the total cost, while eight European countries – France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK – will together provide another 40%. “The Southern African Development Community has declared their support for the African Square Kilometre Array bid,” she said. “Most importantly, the excitement and challenges of astronomy and space science are already attracting some of our best students into studying science and engineering.” The SKA headquarters will be at Jodrell Bank outside Manchester in the UK, where there is an observatory and a radio telescope that has been listening to deep space for more than 50 years. The KAT-7 will serve both as an engineering test-bed and as an operational radio telescope in its own right. The MeerKAT will be one of the largest scientific research facilities in the world, and will consolidate Africa as a major global hub for astronomy in the world.last_img read more

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Ohio River clean-up event

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCD) will be joining the efforts of the Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) crew for the 2016 Ohio River Tour of river cleanups on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. SWCD staff and volunteers from the public are meeting at the Covington Landing at 1 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011 as the starting location for the cleanup.LL&W will be in Cincinnati from July 27 to August 6 hosting two cleanups per day along the Ohio River.  Interested volunteers must sign a waiver and sign up on their website in order to participate: http://livinglandsandwaters.org/2016-ohio-river-cleanups/The SWCD Ohio River Cleanup Day is Aug. 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting at Covington Landing – 1 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011.Living Lands & Waters aids in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds; expands awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river; and creates a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.last_img read more

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Apple in talks with suppliers to build augmented reality glasses

first_imgApple has reportedly been in talks with suppliers to test prototype augmented reality glasses, according to Bloomberg.Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report states that the executive team are “weighing an expansion” into digital glasses.See Also: Apple picks Blackberry talent for driverless car OSThe prototype device connects to an iPhone wirelessly and shows snippets of information from the smartphone in the wearer’s field of vision. We assume it would be similar to Google Glass, but with less clutter on the screen.The firm has not made a decision on the glasses, but CEO Tim Cook has been hinting at an entry into the market in interviews over the past six months.The augmented reality glasses could be an extension of the iPhone experience, similar to how the Apple Watch provides quick access to notifications and more access to fitness details.Google Glass muddied the waters of augmented reality (AR) for a few years, but startups like Magic Leap are making AR sound cool again.The earliest Apple will enter the market is 2018, according to Bloomberg, but there doesn’t seem to be any manufacturer contracts at the present time.Apple not always in a hurryApple often takes a step back and lets the market stew before entering, as they did with the iPhone and Watch. It may be different this time, as most augmented reality projects are still in alpha or beta.That’s assuming they launch in 2018, which has not been confirmed. It may take a few more years before entering they enter the AR space, especially if it gets bogged down in its self-driving car project.Augmented reality has many applicable fields, Magic Leap appears to be aiming for the gaming market, while Microsoft has sent its HoloLens AR headset to NASA for testing on the International Space Station.We expect Apple’s augmented reality headset to target the consumer space, picking on the same customers that are likely to purchase iPhones and iPads. Tags:#Apple#AR#Augmented Reality#Google Glass#Internet of Things#IoT#Magic Leap David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lee says UST will use loss to UP as motivation Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESSan Miguel caught fire early and built enough cushion to hold off Barangay Ginebra, 107-103, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Terrence Watson impressed in his debut as he unloaded 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal.ADVERTISEMENT Watson, the Beermen’s third import this conference, replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.Arwind Santos also continued his stellar showing, pouring in 23 markers built on three 3-pointers off the bench while Chris Ross got 20 points, five assists, four boards, and four steals while also defending Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut it was Alex Cabagnot, who came to the rescue for San Miguel (5-3), drilling the killer jumper with 54.1 seconds to spare and the final free throws to put the Gin Kings away. He finished with 16 markers, five assists, and three rebounds.“Before this game, I was really worried because Ginebra has been playing well. But my players really showed what they got and I’m really proud of them,” said coach Leo Austria. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo posted 10 points and 15 rebounds as he, Watson, and Ross triggered the Beermen’s early assault that had them leading, 30-16, in the first quarter before extending it to as high as 26, 59-33 early in the third quarter.Japeth Aguilar paced Ginebra (7-2) with 18 points and seven rebounds, LA Tenorio flirted with a triple-double with 17 markers, seven boards, and six dimes, and Greg Slaughter had 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss.The San Miguel defense, anchored by Ross, kept Brownlee in check as he was held to only 14 markers on 7-of-18 shooting from the field, to go with 12 boards and seven assists.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 107 – Watson 28, Santos 23, Ross 20, Cabagnot 16, Fajardo 10, Lassiter 7, Rosser 3, Heruela 0, De Ocampo 0.ADVERTISEMENT GINEBRA 103 – J. Aguilar 18, Tenorio 17, Slaughter 16, Brownlee 14, Ferrer 11, Thompson 7, Caguioa 3, Mercado 2, R. Aguilar 0, Taha 0.Quarters: 30-16, 56-33, 87-65, 107-103.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Aris Celebrates 105th Anniversary, Lefkos Pyrgos Yellows (Vid)

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares THESSALONIKI – It was exactly 105 years ago today, on March 25, 1914, shortly after the liberation of Thessaloniki, in a cafe in the area of “Admiral Votsis” an eminent group of courageous and visionary young people of the time decided to make her own personal “revolution.”On a day so special for Hellenism, Aris of Thessaloniki was founded. The name derived from ancient Greek mythology, Ares the god of war, is a synonym for virility and bravery. The team over the course of time has written its own unique history and is loved by thousands of fans who have made Aris so much more than just a popular team.last_img read more

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