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Finding a Flash Drive in the Sea – NYTimes.com

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Finding a Flash Drive in the Sea – NYTimes.com.

 

“YESTERDAY, the aerial search for floating debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was called off, and an underwater search based on possible locator beacon signals was completed without success. Although efforts to find the missing aircraft have not been abandoned, Angus Houston, the man in charge of finding the plane, said, “We haven’t found anything anywhere.”

 

The more than 50-day operation, which the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, calls “probably the most difficult search in human history,” highlights a big technology gap. We live in the age of what I once called “the Internet of Things,” where everything from cars to bathroom scales to Crock-Pots can be connected to the Internet, but somehow, airplane data systems are barely connected to anything.

 

Investigators discovered Flight 370’s path into the Indian Ocean using an unorthodox analysis of data from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or Acars, which was invented in the 1970s and is based on telex, an almost century-old ancestor of text messaging made essentially obsolete by fax machines.

 

 

That aircraft system was not designed for locating planes…

 

…The solution to these problems is simple: We need new satellite technology. And it’s arriving. Wealthy private investors and brilliant young engineers are dragging satellites into the 21st century with inventions including “flocks” of “nanosatellites” that weigh as little as three pounds; flat, thin antennas built from advanced substances called “metamaterials”; and “beamforming,” which steers radio signals using software.

 

On Jan. 9, a San Francisco-based start-up called Planet Labs sent a flock of 28 nanosatellites into space. The first application for this type of technology is taking pictures of the Earth, but it could also be used to receive data streaming from aircraft retrofitted with those new, flat “metamaterial” antennas. There are many other possible systems. Dozens of new satellite technologies are emerging, with countless ways to combine them. Streaming data from planes is about to become cheap and easy…”

The Science of Peak Human Performance

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Birds family

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Silhouette – Naples, Florida – Rczeien

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OCD: it’s like having a bully inside your head – People | Popular Stories, Obituaries & More | The Irish Times – Fri, Apr 25, 2014

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OCD: it’s like having a bully inside your head – People | Popular Stories, Obituaries & More | The Irish Times – Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

“..the disorder is not always outwardly evident, as sufferers often keep the thoughts they grapple with a secret…

Nicknamed “the doubting disease”, the disorder is associated with hyperactivity in the part of the brain responsible for regulating distress. It also sets off compulsive behaviour, such as repeatedly checking locks and switches, which temporarily quells this sense of alarm…”

The science of why most marathon winners are from east Africa – Vox

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The science of why most marathon winners are from east Africa – Vox.

“All six winners in Boston today are originally from the same corner of the world: east Africa. And that’s true of almost every major long-distance race, going back for years. So why is that? Why do runners from two or three medium-sized countries, none of which have much money or highly developed infrastructure, manage to outrun virtually the entire world —virtually every time they compete?

This is a question that scientists and journalists have been asking since the 1990s, when the trend began, a few years after African nutrition rates caught up with the rest of the world. But the question has never totally been answered, in part because merely asking it touches on some of the most sensitive issues in modern history: colonialism, slavery, and persistent racial inequality both in Africa and outside of it…”

Renewal

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Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please say a warm Earth Day hello to first-time contributor Jasmine Soto, a Fashion Designer from New York living with Bipolar Disorder. Jasmine is also a multimedia artist who loves photography, collage and watercolor. When she feels low, she tries to motivate herself to get up and out by taking her camera on a healing journey. She tries to focus on her surroundings and capture the moment. She has found that being in nature uplifts her. Jasmine is a member of the non-profit Fountain Gallery where she is a volunteer and a participating artist. 

About the photo: “In springtime all is made new. These are the new blossoms at Astoria Park in Queens. This photo makes me feel like the Earth is singing a new song.  After a long winter the spring season brings light and color which certainly help with mood.

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**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions.

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How Illicit Financial Flows Drain African Economies | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

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How Illicit Financial Flows Drain African Economies | Open Society Foundations (OSF).

“African economies have lost between $597 billion and $1.4 trillion in illicit financial flows in the past three decades. That’s nearly equal to the entire continent’s current gross domestic product. This plunder results in missed development opportunities, increased poverty, and continued injustice.

While many African nations are experiencing unprecedented economic growth, illicit financial flows (IFFs) prevent this growth from translating into better overall living conditions for Africans…”

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