South Africa to assist Nasa Mars mission

first_imgThe separation of the Mars Science Laboratory from the Atlas rocket will occur within perfect view of the Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station for multiple launch opportunities during the launch period. The South African Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Operations directorate has been selected by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Mars mission. The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aims to land and operate a rover, named Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. The Curiosity rover will be more than five times the size, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments, as the previous two rovers sent to the planet, Spirit and Opportunity. Sansa will be paid for providing their services to the Americans, though the amount has not been disclosed. The Curiosity rover will help assess Mars’ habitability, that is, whether Mars is or ever was an environment able to support microbial life. It will also analyse samples scooped from the soil and powders drilled from rocks. The US$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasa’s long-term programme to explore Mars via robotic devices. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch between 25 November and 18 December, and to land on Mars at Gale Crater between 6 and 20 August 2012. It will try to perform the first-ever precision landing on Mars.center_img Perfect view 18 November 2011 The new rover will be expected to operate for at least one Martian year (686 Earth days) as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. “It is a privilege to be a part of this space mission, and this gives testament to the technological expertise that is available in South Africa to support such large-scale investments,” Sansa Space Operation’s tracking, telemetry and control international contract manager, Tiaan Strydom, said in a statement this week. The spacecraft will be launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and Sansa Space Operations’ Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station support will be required during the launch. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Help For Facebook Regret: Web, Android App Now Allows Editing For Live Posts

first_imgreadwrite Finally—after a summer of testing, Facebook has decided to support the editing of posts after they’ve been published. Previously, user regret forced people to delete their posts—along with any “likes,” comments or related links, videos or photos—and start again. The feature launches on the website and Android today, and will be coming soon to Facebook’s iOS app.  Tags:#Facebook#now#social Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Panama Canal Rotterdam Port to Promote International Trade

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Port of Rotterdam The Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) to promote international trade between Europe and the West Coast of South America. Through this deal, the two organizations will work closely to optimize operations while encouraging economic growth and the exchange of information on new business development opportunities, including logistics parks and port development projects.The agreement comes at a period of continued growth for both the Panama Canal and Port of Rotterdam. Last month, the port celebrated a new transshipment record for the first six months of 2019 with 240.7 million tons handled, marking a 3.4% increase compared to 2018.During the same month, the canal set a new daily tonnage record of 1.706 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) on August 16, not long before welcoming the 7,000th Neopanamax transit since the inauguration of the Expanded Canal in 2016.The MOU is renewable after two years and will allow for both parties to share information on their technological capabilities, including the implementation of digital tools and applications aimed at improving transport efficiency and cost reduction.The deal also includes the exchange of market studies, transit data and modernizations plans, as well as joint training programs, studies and marketing activities between the two parties.last_img read more

Shift in venue Presidency decides to conduct Convocation at Nandan

first_imgKolkata: The Convocation of Presidency University will be held at Nandan III auditorium on Tuesday and the chancellor of the university, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will not be present at the programme.The honorary degrees along with honorary D Litt and DSc will be conferred in the programme of half an hour. The degrees of the students will be handed over to them personally later.The uncertainty over the venue of convocation began right from Monday morning after a section of agitating students prevented the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar of the varsity from entering the institute’s campus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe two returned after waiting for sometime. Initially with the consent of the Chancellor, Raj Bhavan was selected as the venue. However, suddenly in a dramatic turn of events, the Governor in a written communication to Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia said he would not be able to preside over the programme. Following this, the varsity had to shift the venue and in the late evening, registrar Debajyoti Konar said it will be held at Nandan III.The agitating students had blocked the main entrance of the university demanding immediate accommodation in the adjacent Hindu Hostel. Students have been demanding accommodation in the Hindu Hostel for more than a month now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Education minister Partha Chatterjee hit out at the agitators and said they had inherited the legacy of raising slogans from the erstwhile Left regime in the state. “These agitators have inherited the legacy of raising slogans and campaigning at factory gates from the 34 years of Left rule. But Presidency University is an educational institution, not a factory,” the minister asserted.V-C Lohia expressed her doubts over holding the convocation on the varsity campus while speaking to the reporters after being stopped at the gate. “There are so many students in the university and only a section of them are involved in such activities (protests). I don’t want tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Convocation ceremony to get affected in any way,” she said. The V-C made it clear that she would not seek police help in this regard.”We are not against the convocation ceremony as it involves the prestige of Presidency. We want it to be held smoothly. However, it is the responsibility of the varsity authorities to ensure its safe conductance,” one of the agitating students said.last_img read more

Dont snack mindlessly

first_imgSnacking is not a mindless pursuit. And unlike universally thought, it is not devoid of any benefits. In fact, if done right, it can be a perfect way of incorporating important, often missed out nutrients to our daily diet. Nutritionists lay down the rules of healthy snacking: Ensure that you choose to eat only those snacks that are made from right ingredients. This in fact is an accurate way of ensuring that the nutrients we need are added to our diet. A few of my favourite ingredients include kaala Channa, nuts and seeds, olive oil and whole grains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKala Channa, a nutrition powerhouse, delivers a lot of fibre that helps regulate our blood sugar and is also loaded with nutrients that help save us from seasonal disorders by boosting our immunity. The easiest way to get a stockpile of multiple vitamins and minerals, even difficult to find trace minerals is to eat snacks that have nuts and seeds added liberally to them. Besides they also deliver high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs), wholesome fibre, and much needed good quality protein (with all essential amino acids). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePick up snacks made in olive oil, as this is the smartest way to ensure omega 3 and to correct the good versus bad fat imbalance in our diet. It is the best way to keep our digestion humming along, keep constipation and cravings away. A snack made with whole grains is the best way to add nutrition to our diet. Make snacking a conscious activity. Snack mindfully, not mindlessly. It is essential that we not only snack smart but we also pick and select our snack smartly. Avoid snack packs that don’t deliver what is promised on the face of their pack. Look out for promises and phrases like Fat-Free, Low in Calories, High in Protein. Don’t take them on face value. All it takes is flipping the pack to the back and reading all ingredients, their proportions, style of making to understand the health and calorie quotient of the snack you are picking up. It is always better to opt for truly baked, healthy and wholesome snacks as they will actually be good for you. In fact, one of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried snacks to baked snacks as they will help you keep both the calories and fat consumption down easily. Don’t think of snacks as extras. Instead, consciously work healthy bites into your diet, and make some smart snacks a part of your food plan for the day. This way they will work for you constructively. Finally, always focus on eating snacks that deliver something extra (yes more than just satisfaction and calories). Focus on clean label. Consumers and regulators continue to put new pressures on food manufacturers, asking for even more information on the label. Consumers want to know the origin of their food. Food transparency strategies are now critical elements of the industry. Many varieties of snacks and breads sold in supermarkets have taken a huge hit in recent years. Their part of the myriad products are struggling as consumers shift to more health and wellness foods. Despite this, more gluten-free, and clean-label baked formulations are cropping up in stores.last_img read more

Why You Dont Need a Digital Detox to Loosen Technologys Grip

first_imgAugust 7, 2013 Do you find yourself checking your smartphone constantly? Do you look at your email and Twitter feed even before your morning shower? If you answered yes to these questions, Psychologist and California State University Professor, Dr. Larry Rosen says you may have an iDisorder — an addiction to technology. In his book iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) Rosen says our over-reliance on technology induces behaviors similar to those of anxiety-based psychological disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder.While we may assume technology is making us more productive, Rosen says tech-related anxiety (that feeling that you can never be without your smartphone) is counterproductive, not to mention bad for our emotional and physical health. “If we’re anxious, that means the brain doesn’t have enough processing power to really do a good job at what we’re supposed to be doing,” says Rosen.But you don’t have to give up technology completely to recover from your overdependence. Restoring balance to your overloaded, tech-obsessed brain can be achieved with a few simple steps.1. Give your brain a break. Just as a computer can overheat, our brains can get overloaded by our use of technology. To calm down the brain, Rosen recommends taking a break every 90 minutes. A ten-minute walk outdoors, meditation, exercise, listening to music or even having a laugh with a colleague is enough to reset your brain.2. Implement “tech breaks” into meetings. More often than not, we’re obsessively checking our smartphones because we’re anxious about missing something, not because we need to urgently respond to something. The key to overcoming this tech-related anxiety, according to Rosen, is to implement “technology breaks” in meetings. Begin by allowing everyone to check their devices for one to two minutes, then put the devices on silent, placing them screen-down on the table and set a timer for 15 minutes.Related: The 18-Minute Ritual That Will Boost Your ProductivityHaving the device within visual range is critical as it sends a signal to the brain to not be anxious. Rosen says simply knowing you will be able to check the device in under 15 minutes seems to relieve anxiety. When the alarm rings, everyone is allowed one to two minutes to check their devices before repeating the process. The 15 minute timer can gradually be increased to 20, 25 and eventually 30 minutes. “The idea is you’re trying to train the brain not to release those neurotransmitters that signify anxiety,” says Rosen, who has used this technique with great success in classrooms, boardrooms and even family dinner tables.3. Minimize distractions. “Electronic communications tend to distract people every three to five minutes,” says Rosen. He says checking email and social media repeatedly are anxious responses that cause us to lose productivity. To minimize these distractions, Rosen recommends checking email every 15 or 30 minutes and turning off notifications in the times in between. Having set times during the day for checking email or social media updates helps to minimize distractions and helps ease tech-related anxiety throughout the day.Related: 5 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min readlast_img read more