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Trillion-Ton Iceberg Breaks off Antartica
Publish Time: 2017-07-12 17:01:00
The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about four times the size of London.On Wednesday, a U.S. satellite observed that an existing crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf appears to have broken through. As recent as one week ago, the Delaware-size iceberg was threatening to disconnect from the ice shelves. Experts had been monitoring the development of the crack for more than a decade.According to the scientists, the iceberg will likely be named A68. The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about a quarter the size of Wales or four times the size of London with a volume believed to be twice that of Lake Erie.The iceberg has yet to move, but currents and winds might push it north of the Antarctic where it could prove bothersome to ships. Its immobility, however, could be charged to it being grounded on underwater hills or to the effects of sea currents and winds.Antarctic research scientists believe that "There is a risk that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbor, Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event in 1995."Or it could simply remain where it is (some have for up to 20 years), float away in one piece or break up into smaller icebergs.According to scientists, Larsen C is now at its smallest extent and about 10 other shelves further to the north along the Peninsula have either collapsed or retreated significantly in recent decades.Two nearby, smaller shelves, Larsen A and Larsen B, disintegrated around the turn of the century – warming climate likely played a role in their demise.The largest iceberg observed in the satellite era was an object called B-15. It came away from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000 and measured about 11,000 square kilometers.In 1956, it was reported that a U.S. Navy icebreaker had encountered an object of roughly 32,000 square kilometers – bigger than Belgium. But, there were no satellites to confirm the sighting, reported.
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US Senators Visited the Tech Park
Publish Time: 2017-01-02 02:38:00
US Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar visited the Tech Park in Tbilisi today. The senators were hosted by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. The guests visited the labs for entrepreneurial innovations and exhibition halls located in the territory of the Tech Park. The senators met with young people interested in innovative ideas and attended their presentations.Senator John McCain delivered a speech for those gathered at the Tech Park. According to him, implementing innovative projects lay the foundation for the future of Georgia's economy."Thank you for your innovation. Thank you for your progress. I believe that it is pretty clear that you are shaping not only your own future but that of the economy of Georgia. It is very uplifting to see young people creating such great things. I am very pleased to be here, celebrating the New Year with the Prime Minister and members of the Government of Georgia. I have been here on many occasions, and I cannot tell you how happy I am to be in a free and independent country where young people are allowed to exercise their best talents and imagination to succeed," John McCain stated.Senator Amy Klobuchar wished success to startup entrepreneurs and innovators and thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for inviting her to the Tech Park."To see this kind of innovation is really exciting because I have seen what it means in the States-it means jobs, a low unemployment rate. I appreciate the Prime Minister for inviting us," Senator Amy Klobuchar said at a meeting with young people.Senator Lindsey Graham wished the young people at the meeting a Happy New Year and pointed out Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili's effort seeking to reform the country."I am Senator Graham from South Carolina. It is very worm there. Innovation and I are incompatible. Without freedom, there is no innovation, so here is my advice. When business grows, so does your country. Democracy requires people to participate. I am very impressed by the Prime Minister's effort to reform your country. I have been here with Senator McCain many times. He is the biggest champion in the US Congress. To those of us who appreciate freedom, you cannot help to love Georgia. Happy New Year!" Senator Lindsey Graham sated.
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Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars
Publish Time: 2015-09-29 20:45:00
Images taken from the Mars orbit show cliffs, and the steep walls of valleys and craters, streaked with summertime flows that in the most active spots combine to form intricate fan-like patterns. Scientists are unsure where the water comes from, but it may rise up from underground ice or salty aquifers, or condense out of the thin Martian atmosphere. “There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration programme, told the Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”The water flows could point Nasa and other space agencies towards the most promising sites to find life on Mars, and to landing spots for future human missions where water can be collected from a natural supply. “Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past,” said Nasa’s Jim Green. “Liquid water has been found on Mars.”Some of the earliest missions to Mars revealed a planet with a watery past. Pictures beamed back to Earth in the 1970s showed a surface crossed by dried-up rivers and plains once submerged beneath vast ancient lakes. Earlier this year, Nasa unveiled evidence of an ocean that might have covered half of the planet’s northern hemisphere in the distant past, The Guardian reported. 
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Transformation onto digital broadcasting
Publish Time: 2015-05-12 20:24:00
Georgia will transform onto digital broadcasting starting June 17. The reform, which is one of the requirements of European Union, will spread to every family. However, only those, who use ordinary antennas, will have to buy special devices and equipment. A campaign is already launched in the country with purpose of more informing of the population about new standards of broadcasting. 
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Internet service becomes expensive
Publish Time: 2015-03-31 20:30:00
The cost of internet service increases. The leading internet providing companies increased the price for different packages with several GEL. Improvement of service quality is name as one of the arguments. However, Communications Ombudsman does not share the argument. Representatives of Association of Finansists also believe that the set tariffs are not reasonable. A special research was recently done in that direction.  
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Georgian government signed an agreement with Microsoft
Update Time: 2015-03-05 20:40:00
The Georgian government signed an agreement with "Microsoft". Georgia will receive the licensed programs from the world's leading company.The Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili has opened an event in that regard today.
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Broadcasting will be developed into digital broadcasting in Georgia from June 17
Update Time: 2015-03-05 16:40:00
The broadcasting will be developed into digital broadcasting in Georgia from June 17. The technical works in that regard is ongoing.Till June 17 analog and digital signal transmissions will be implemented in parallel mode, the analog broadcasts will be shut down on June 17.
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Invention will help colour blind watch television in more detail
Update Time: 2014-12-08 19:22:02
For colour blind people watching their favourite teams play football, or following a recipe on a cookery programme can be tricky.But that could be about to change, thanks to a new invention by British computer scientists which allows details to be picked out in astonishing clarity.Experts at the University of East Anglia have developed a computer algorithm which enhances areas of red and green, frame-by-frame.The software could run through a set-top box and would work in real-time, altering whatever programme was being watched.“Programmes which contain a large amount of red and green in their images such as sports, cookery and nature, would be particularly enhanced.” said Prof Graham Finlayson from UEA’s School of Computing Sciences.“It will help to improve the viewing experience for colour blind people.”The software, called Eyeteq, would be available to users as an option in the menu.Developers say the main benefit is that it can be watched by normally sighted people, as the picture for them is barely altered.Christopher Cytera, managing director of UEA spin-out company Spectral Edge, said: “Eyeteq provides the perfect solution for the living room TV screen.“Our trials have proved the concept, and it is now ready for integration into prime time consumer technology to transform how colour blind people, and their families, watch TV.”Colours are just light waves moving at different frequencies. Colour-blind people struggle to pick up the frequencies of red and green because of a misalignment of light-receptor cells in their eyes.But the new technology modifies the properties of certain frequencies so that red and green colours on the screen can be recognised by the eye.Colour blindness affects around 2.7 million people in the UK (250 million worldwide), including 1 in 12 men.The condition means that those affected cannot see images, including TV, with as much clarity as those with normal vision.The new technology is now available for integration into consumer set top boxes.Source: telegraph
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Social media told to simplify terms and conditions
Publish Time: 2014-12-01 18:34:00
Social networking firms including Facebook and Twitter are being told to make it clearer to members how they collect and use their data.A report by the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee says the firms' terms and conditions are far too long and complex.The MPs say users may not be aware of how their details can be used by websites and apps.Any reasonable person would struggle with long privacy policies, they add.The committee says reading such documents has been likened to "engaging with Shakespeare".And it says that the rules have been designed for use in US courtrooms and to protect organisations in the event of legal action rather than to convey information.The Chairman of the Committee, Andrew Miller MP, pointed to an experiment where Facebook had manipulated users' emotions by varying the stories they saw in their newsfeeds.He said this "highlighted serious concerns about the extent to which ticking the 'terms and conditions' box can be said to constitute informed consent when it comes to the varied ways data is now being used by many websites and apps".T&Cs updatesThe report calls on the government to set standards which organisations can sign up to, promising to explain how they use personal data in clear, concise and simple terms.Facebook recently unveiled updated terms and conditions policiesthat it claims are simpler and easier to read. It says it has "listened to people who have asked us to better explain how we get and use information".Meanwhile Twitter has clarified its use of data in a blogpost, which explains that it collects data on the apps which users have on their phones in order to "deliver tailored content that you might be interested in".This includes promoted tweets from advertisers. Twitter goes on to explain how users can turn off this form of data collection.Relationship of trustThe Science Committee's report also says there is a problem with apps which request information which they do not obviously need, so as to provide their service.It says companies should have a greater responsibility to explain why they need to collect information.The government does not escape criticism in the report.The Committee cites the NHS Care data programme, which was delayed after concerns about patient privacy.This is described as an example of where the relationship of trust between data collector
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