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World’s largest telescope poised for trials in China

The world’s largest telescope built in China, having a reflector of the size of 30 football fields, is poised for a trial-run as installation work has been completed after the last of 4,450 panels was fitted into the centre of the big dish on Sunday.

Hoisting the last triangular panel to the reflector lasted about 40 minutes. It was a landmark step for the telescope’s planned launch of operations in September, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. About 300 people, including builders, experts, science fiction enthusiasts and reporters, witnessed the installation at a karst valley in Pingtang County in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

Scientists will then begin debugging and trial observation of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), said Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which built the telescope.

Source: Hindustan Times

Facebook's 'Multilingual Composer' in 45 languages

Facebook is introducing a new software that automatically translates your posts to several different languages. The software makes your published posts visible to people in their preferred languages. All you need to do is type up a post, click on a pull-down menu, and add up to 45 different language translations – ranging from French to Filipino to Lithuanian, tech website CNET reported.

The so-called “multilingual composer” is being tested only among a small group of users for now. The social network said the feature is already being used by 5,000 Facebook Pages that are specifically for businesses and brands, but it will soon open for testing to the broader social network.

The software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to prefill the translation field when you add different languages to a post. It utilises information like a user’s location, language preferences and what language a person most commonly uses to post on Facebook to decide which version of the message to show.

According to Facebook, about half of its 1.65 billion users worldwide speak a language other than English. The move is expected to allow people to spend more time on Facebook.

Source:The Indian Express

Five reasons to start your day with coffee

Much to the delight of coffee lovers, drinking coffee has more health benefits than what people think. And as it is said in City of Ashes, ‘as long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?’ The latent benefits of moderate coffee drinking for adults are rarely discussed because of the myth that coffee does harm to your health. Here’s why a cup of coffee is healthy for you.,/p>

According to health experts, two-three cups of black, caffeinated coffee without sugar and a little bit or no milk can reduce the risk of liver disease – including liver cancer. The benefits associated with drinking dark black coffee also helps in preventing diabetes and thus lowering the risk of liver disease. Drink a cup of black coffee daily to cut your risk of liver disease.

Studies suggest that people who drink coffee are at a lower risk of suffering from depression. Coffee acts as a mild antidepressant agent which in turn stimulates the production of neurotransmitters that play a key role in lowering your risk of depression.

Drinking coffee keeps your heart healthy which in turn improves your physical performance. It gives your stamina a magical boost. Here are the other health benefits of coffee to justify your addiction.


New nose for 12-year-old boy

It was no less than a miracle when a 12-year-old Arun Patel in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh got a new nose fixed by a team of Indore surgeons recently. The new organ was made entirely from body tissue and cartilage harvested from Arun's own body.

Arun was forced to put up with rather grotesque looks ever since his nose tissues began to waste due to a disease at the age of three months. The youngster, a resident of Matana village, was brought to Indore by his family members around a year back for nose reconstruction surgery.

Doctors first cultivated extra tissues on the youngster's forehead for nearly three months and harvested a piece of cartilage from his chest area to forge a new nose. Once a normal nose was grown on Arun's forehead, it was transplanted on his face at its proper place.

The whole process took around a year, said Dr Ashwani Das who was a member of the medical team that treated the boy.

Source: IANS

Maha plans to run agriculture on solar energy

The state government is working on a draft proposal to segregate and shift agriculture feeders from coal-based power to solar energy through a long-term policy aimed at making both agriculture and industries financially sustainable.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at a recent meeting suggested, “The process of shifting agriculture power to solar energy in a phased manner should be taken up keeping in mind the 15 to 20 years horizon. Coal-based power is unlikely to come down if not substantially rise in next two decades.”

Although Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawnakule has initiated steps in these directions, promising to replace the existing 40 lakh agriculture pumps with more efficient ones, the bigger task is to mobilise revenue for the energy sector.

The government will bring legislation in the monsoon session through an amendment in the Maharashtra State Electricity Duty Act.

Source:The Indian Express

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