Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv MANILA - At 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday, the Philippines’ second microsatellite Diwata-2 passed over the Philippines, causing the receiving antenna at the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center in Quezon City to move with it as data is transmitted to the ground receiving station. Tumbling in space at seven kilometers per second, Diwata-2 took around 10 to 20 minutes to pass over the Philippine area of responsibility. During that time, it was sending its vital signs to the receiving station. Both batteries showed up on the large screens as bright green bars. At that time, it was not consuming a lot of power as the ground station wasn’t sending any commands. But Joel Marciano Jr., acting director of the Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), said microsatellites like Diwata-2 can easily be given commands to take photos of large swathes of land. Philippine government … [Read more...] about Philippine Space Agency: Is a Filipino in space in the horizon?
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Rumours of South Korean actor Lee Jong Suk dating former girl group member Kwon Nara have been shut down by their management agency. The rumours blew up following a report by Newsis on Aug 1 that claimed the two had met while Kwon was still a member of K-pop girl group Hello Venus and developed a romantic relationship. According to an industry insider, Lee had invited Kwon to join his management agency A-MAN Project after Hello Venus' disbandment in May. Lee, also the founder of the agency, reportedly invested considerable time and effort into Kwon's career. The pair had allegedly been spotted out on dates, and Kwon was often seen at Lee's cafe 89 Mansion in Seoul. Lee's fans, who have been known to go to extreme lengths for the actor, immediately took to social media to express their devastation at the dating rumour. But they can relax for now. A-Man Project, which represents both Lee and Kwon, was quick to shut down the rumours, saying: "The report released today about them … [Read more...] about Is Lee Jong Suk dating Kwon Nara? Here’s what their agency said
(Reuters Health) - U.S. nurses may not receive adequate training in how to care for patients during a nuclear event or radiation emergency, a nationwide survey of nursing schools suggests.More than three-fourths of nursing school administrators and faculty who participated said their curriculum included no training or less than one hour of training on nuclear emergency preparedness, researchers report in the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness."We're looking at how to make sure the American health care system is robust and optimized for a disaster event, which includes making sure the workforce has the knowledge, skills and abilities to understand how to respond," said lead author Tener Veenema of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland.Public health emergency preparedness programs have grown since the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011, and disastrous hurricanes such as Irma, Harvey and Maria in 2017, Veenema's team … [Read more...] about US nurses may not be ready for nuclear emergencies
HONOLULU: Hawaii's governor on Friday (Jul 12) declared an emergency on the island of Maui, where firefighters were battling a blaze that forced the evacuations of thousands of people and sent huge clouds of smoke billowing over nearby beaches.Although most of the evacuees were later allowed to return home, the blaze more than tripled in size to spread over about 3,642 hectares, scorching mostly former sugarcane fields and brush."I am declaring our Valley Isle a disaster area for the purpose of implementing the emergency management functions as allowed by law," Governor David Ige said in a statement.The fire in Maui, sometimes called the Valley Isle, had been 60 per cent contained by sunset but officials warned that even though the shelters were shut, they might need to reopen if more evacuations were ordered.Authorities had also managed to contain about 35 per cent of a second, smaller fire across roughly 81 hectares, that had broken out north of the first near Kahului, forcing some … [Read more...] about Hawaii governor declares emergency for Maui wildfires
By Alina Tugend The New York Times Sun., May 12, 2019 Maria Uriarte, a professor in the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Columbia University, is trying to understand how Hurricane Maria in 2017 altered plant life in Puerto Rico. But trying to identify which species of tree survived and which was destroyed over acres of rainforests by looking at aerial photographs is a near-impossible task for the human eye. “The challenge with ecology as a field and climate change as an area is that the world is highly variable,” Uriarte said. “You can learn something about what happens in one place, but then the question is: How applicable is this in other areas that I haven’t worked at?” That is why she has turned to artificial intelligence, and machine learning in particular, which is especially good at taking in large amounts of information, then sorting through it, classifying it and “learning” to detect — … [Read more...] about How AI can help handle severe weather