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AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

Lightning is seen through the window of

It’s been two days since AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared over the Java Sea, and still there’s no sign of the missing plane or the 162 people aboard. It is, of course, all but impossible to know at this point just what went wrong, but we do know the flight’s planned route to Singapore would have taken it through clusters of thunderstorms, and we know the crew moved west of their course to avoid clouds.   Continue reading

Nicaragua Canal: 200 year old dream finally comes true

Nicaragua Canal: 200 year old dream finally comes true

Published on Dec 26, 2014

Nicaragua has started work on one of the most-ambitious construction projects in Latin America – a waterway linking the Pacific and Caribbean to dwarf the Panama Canal.

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When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

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The antidote to racism partly lies in empathy, or the willingness to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” as the saying goes. But scientists from universities across Europe are taking the maxim one step further, providing people an opportunity to experience life in someone else’s skin by experimenting with virtual reality as a means of helping people shed racial stereotypes.

Researchers from London and Barcelona teamed up to discuss their recent experiments on virtual reality and race in an opinion piece for the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, published Dec. 15. The researchers found that if people got the chance to physically experience their own body with different skin colors (or ages and sexes), their unconscious biases against other racial groups could be diminished. Continue reading

Disconnect to Connect – By: Dhanpaul Narine

Disconnect to Connect

               By: Dhanpaul Narine

The Revolution is in our living rooms

and it is digitized!

There’s inbox, outbox, and dropbox

with miles of cables, sockets and dockets

And endless satellite links

to display websites in their thousands

 

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Brazil/Guyana fibre optic cable project collapses

Brazil/Guyana fibre optic cable project collapses

December 10, 2014 | By |
File Photo: Cable being laid at Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, in 2011.

Photo: Cable being laid at Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, in 2011

More than four years after an agreement was signed between Guyana and Brazil for a fibre optic cable to link Government facilities, the project appears to have collapsed because of technical issues. It would appear certain now that billions of dollars have gone down the drain, unless Government finds a way to rescue the venture.

According to a Government source close to the project, continuous breakage to the cable has left the project in limbo. Time and again the deadlines have been pushed back. The cable passes through difficult terrain along the Linden/Lethem trail. Logistics have reportedly caused major headaches for contractors. Continue reading

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Jeremy Howard |

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Jeremy Howard |

Published on Dec 6, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The extraordinary, wonderful, and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

Jeremy is the CEO of Enlitic, which uses recent advances in machine learning to make medical diagnostics faster, more accurate, and more accessible. The company’s mission is to provide the tools that allow physicians to fully utilize the vast stores of medical data collected today, regardless of what form they are in – such as medical images, doctors’ notes, and structured lab tests.
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Video: These are the robots that handle your Amazon order

Signe Brewster  Dec 1 2014, 1:15pm PDT – GIGAOM

Amazon Unveils its Eighth Generation Fulfillment Center [via BusinessWire]

When you hit the “buy” button on that Amazon Cyber Monday deal, it could be a robot that pulls it out of the warehouse. Amazon released a video Sunday that shows its 15,000 Kiva robots at work, and it’s pretty neat to see how the whole system comes together.

Amazon fulfills orders out of huge warehouses located all over the U.S. At most of the warehouses, it’s up to the company’s human employees to walk up and down the aisles and grab the items to be boxed up. Continue reading

ORIGINS- Exclusive Worldwide Premiere – a must-watch video

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Origins – Exclusive Worldwide Premiere

Published on Nov 13, 2014

Watch the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film from November 13th – November 22nd. Get Details: http://origins.well.org
SIgn up for the free 5 day Deep Dive Event here- http://origins.well.org/explore/

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The DC-3 The Plane That Changed The World + early aviation in Guyana

The DC-3 The Plane That Changed The World

The DC-3 was designed in the early 1930’s.  It first flew on December 17, 1935, which means in about a year it will be turning 80! I don’t think these aircraft will ever disappear from the skies as thousands were manufactured and at least 1,000 are still in service, refurbished and updated .  The low initial cost of these planes and their capabilities make economic sense for many small arlines ferryinng passengers and cargo.

British Guiana Airways (Guyana Airways) had DC3’s (also called Dakotas) in its fleet, serving regionally as well as the locally, mainly on the Georgetown – Lethem, Rupununi route.  See following picture and  link on the history of early aviation in Guyana: Continue reading

Smart kids’ life advice – Playlist (7 video talks)

Playlist (7 talks)

Smart kids’ life advice

These young speakers encourage us to ask bold questions, think creatively and dream big. It’s spot-on life advice that adults may just want to listen to.

Playlist (7 talks): Smart kids’ life advice

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    Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
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