Project Loon flies for 1 million hours

first_img Project Loon headed to help Puerto Rico Automation software collects wind forecast data, builds maps of where to travel and then processes each balloon’s observation so changes can be made to follow that map. It is this software that directs the balloon’s movements, not the 24/7 team of engineers monitoring them, head of Engineering Salvatore Candido said.According to Candido, the first time he saw a balloon deciding to zig where a human would have chosen to zag, he had to “stare for a while at the strategy the algorithm was trying to execute” before realizing he had been outsmarted by the software.”The first balloon allowed to fully execute this technique set a flight time record from Puerto Rico to Peru,” Candido said. “I had never simultaneously felt smarter and dumber at the same time.”Balloons also choose when to loiter in an area to wait for winds to change, and fly in figure 8 patterns to maintain a constant LTE signal over an area for longer periods. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Project Loon reached a massive milestone. Project Loon Alphabet’s Project Loon has reached the milestone of flying its balloons in the sky for a collective 1 million hours, the company announced Tuesday. This equates to 40 million kilometers travelled.Project Loon delivers mobile connectivity to remote and disaster-ravaged areas, with the balloons operated by a solar-powered pump. They drift on winds at heights of 50,000 feet to 70,000 feet, tacking like a boat to follow air currents. 0 Project Looncenter_img Alphabet says its Loon balloons could beam internet to more people than before Alphabet’s Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board This Loon internet balloon just spent seven months in the air Share your voice Post a comment 1:16 Mobile Sci-Techlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir disgusted by Ambati Rayudu snub takes a dig at Virat

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:30Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad Closecenter_img Gautam Gambhir has always been an aggressive and outspoken individual, both on the pitch as well as off the cricket field. Now, the former Indian international cricketer has taken a dig at the Indian selectors and called the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu from India’s 15-member ICC World Cup 2019 squad “disgusting”. The five-member selection committee met at Board of Control for Cricket in India’s headquarter in Mumbai on April 15 along with Indian skipper Virat Kohli before announcing the squad and Rayudu did not make it in the squad. The direct beneficiary of his exclusion was Vijay Shankar, who has impressed the Indian selectors and the captain in the limited opportunities afforded to him following Hardik Pandya’s suspension in January. “It is disgusting to see that he (Rayudu) is being judged more on his IPL form and less on his overall skill-set. I am not a big fan of statistics as they never tell the whole story,” Gambhir wrote in his exclusive column for The Times of India (TOI). It is understood that the captain has the last call with regards to contentious places in a squad and thus Kohli may have played a part in the selection of Vijay Shankar over Rayudu. Has Ambati Rayudu solved India’s No. 4 connundrum?IANSGambhir referenced his leadership call when he had selected Andre Russell to be a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise despite his ordinary record as a part of the Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) franchise. “Before we played him in 2014, Russell had only 58 runs to show in seven games for his earlier franchise Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). If these dry numbers were the only criterion, Russell should have been fishing somewhere in Jamaica, In short, Rayudu had a strong case to be in the (World Cup) team,” wrote Gambhir. The former KKR captain was also baffled by the presence of only three specialist seamers in English conditions. “I must say I am surprised by the fact that we are going in with just three specialist fast bowlers. I tried to visit and then revisit this fact but I have still not been able to get my head around these selections. I have always believed that whatever be the format, it is the batsmen who set up the games and bowlers are the ones who win them. Therefore, I feel we are a little light in the fast-bowling department,” the 37-year-old wrote. Gambhir top-scored in the 2011 World Cup Final with a match-winning 97INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images”To cut a long story short, I would have gone with one more (fast bowler), perhaps Navdeep Saini in place of Vijay,” Gambhir concluded.last_img read more

Skeletons found in pit in France offer evidence of Neolithic warfare

first_img © 2015 Phys.org At the bottom of the 2 meter deep pit, the researchers report, were the scattered pieces and bits of hand bones, along with seven human arms, all from the left side of the body. On top of those were piled the full skeletal remains of one woman, two men and four children. Just one of the skeletons had an arm missing—one of the males, but it was not yet known if one of the arms underneath was his. The condition of the skeletons, the team suggests, indicates that the bones once belonged to people who were killed in some type of warfare—there was damage that appeared inflicted by axes or other such implements. Testing of the bones indicated they were all from a period between 5,500 and 6,500 years ago, putting them in the Neolithic period. A layer of sediment was on top of the skeletons and on top of that was the skeleton of another woman, whose body had clearly been put there long after the bones underneath.The team notes that there was also a piece of jewelry among the skeletons, an arrowhead, a pig jaw bone and the skeletons of two hares, which the group notes, might have simply fallen in the pit and died because they could not jump out. General view of pit 157 (a); and plan of the complete or almost complete bodies (b). Credit: Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180 Citation: Skeletons found in pit in France offer evidence of Neolithic warfare (2015, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-skeletons-pit-france-evidence-neolithic.html Such pits were not unusual for the time the researchers point out, what is new is that the bones appear to have belonged to victims of warfare and that there was a collection of severed arms. The researchers suggest the severed arms might have been part of a trophy collection, though they note that it would represent the first evidence of such a practice for the people of that time period. Taken together, the evidence rules out the placement of the arm bones and skeletal remains as part of a funerary process, they add. More information: Fanny Chenal et al. A farewell to arms: a deposit of human limbs and bodies at Bergheim, France, c. 4000 BC, Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180AbstractBetween c. 4500 and 3500 BC, the deposition of human remains within circular pits was widespread throughout Central and Western Europe. Attempts at forming explanatory models for this practice have proven difficult due to the highly variable nature of these deposits. Recent excavations at Bergheim in Alsace have revealed a particularly unusual variant of this phenomenon featuring a number of amputated upper limbs. The evidence from this site challenges the simplicity of existing interpretations, and demands a more critical focus on the archaeological evidence for acts of systematic violence during this period. Examples of chop marks on left humeral shafts (scale-bar = 10mm; black bar = 5mm). Credit: Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from several institutions in France, studying 6000 year-old skeletal remains found in a pit in eastern France is reporting that the remains included a bottom layer of just arm bones and a top layer consisting of the full skeletons of several adults and children. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the researchers describe the arrangement of the bones and their condition and offer some ideas regarding how the bones likely came to be in the pit. Explore further New research effort claims King Phillip II buried in Tomb I not Tomb II Journal information: Antiquitylast_img read more

How Often is Too Often to Send Client Updates

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Clients want to feel in control. If they need information, they don’t want to go trawling through a website to find it. They want direct contact with their business partners and a swift and relevant response.Yet too many companies today let their clients down when it comes to communication. Only 29 percent of B2B customers feel engaged with their partners. And a low engagement rate can have dramatic consequences, as disconnected customers are liable to take their business elsewhere.While it might sound like notification hell, sharing information frequently with clients and empowering them to correspond with you at any time will keep them from feeling left in the dark.Related: How to Finesse Your Relationship With the 10 Types of Clients Everyone GetsAny company that values learning and teaching as much as doing needs a responsive, agile communications strategy to avoid wasting time and money. Sending notifications that “everything is fine” can be annoying for both clients and your staff. But in some situations, more frequent, personalized updates that offer real insights — and the ability to respond — will instill greater confidence in your company.You can gauge your clients’ desired level of outreach according to their specific needs. Keeping them updated on their projects is easy when you use the right tools. Here are three scenarios in which circumstances dictate the type and frequency of client communication. You’ll also see a few types of resources I use to ensure my own company hits the mark.1. You’re struck by disaster.When disaster strikes or websites go down, clients need to know what you’re doing to resolve the problem. Paying clients don’t like to hear about your worst-case scenario. Whether a line of code took down your online platform or a customer-service response offended a core audience group, you must be immediately accessible to your client. It conveys reassurance and can help make this doomsday event a distant memory.Slack is the heartbeat of our projects for a good reason: True emergencies should be dealt with immediately. When tricky situations can’t be misinterpreted or ignored, we invite clients to continue the conversation by joining our Slack channels. This allows us to put out small fires on a regular basis and provide answers to their questions in real time.Clients can Slack us as often as they’d like because all relevant data is always on offer. When a channel gets too noisy, we set up another room to filter relevant responses. Other companies are embracing this platform, too. Digital security startup Clef launched a Slack community to give engineers easy access to customers, and there are now 2.3 million daily active users across the Slack platform. As more companies adopt this technology, its’s easy to predict that clients soon will demand the same level of responsiveness from all partners.Related: When Digital Meets Culture, Entrepreneurs Learn to Adapt2. Your client wants to be updated at every stage of a project.Share your progress with robust status updates. One of our clients never before had been involved  in software development. Understandably, he wanted to know about every step we took. We sent him push notifications, code reports, and even log reports so he could better understand his project. It changed his whole view of how to work with a development team.The process taught him how seemingly innocuous requests to change the code could wreak havoc on the testing timeline. He also appreciated how the knowledge he gained from his deep involvement helped him maximize the development cycle and raise a new round of capital for expansion.Automated notifications are a must for companies trying to stay responsive. A growing number of businesses testing a product or seeking to increase adoption are catching on to the benefits of automated push notifications. With a read rate of up to 97 percent, push notifications provide in-depth information in just a few lines of text. And no one on your team has to do anything to send them.  Software provider Jobstream Group sends automated notifications via Zapier and Slack. We use existing integrations, too, but sometimes build our own. By integrating gamification, our system tells us which teammate committed the code and exactly when and how many lines were committed. An automatic score indicates how the code tested and how quickly it can be incorporated.3. Your client demands attention in every situation.Your client is telling you he or she wants to be part of the process, seeing changes as they’re implemented. Such detail-oriented clients want their hands in the guts of the operation. This requires instantaneous and responsive communication as well as email updates when you reach key milestones.Email responders are essential feedback loops that work best for status updates. In addition to giving our clients a heads-up on progress and any information needed to continue, we ask simple questions. This approach not only ensures that clients read our message but also allows us to stay engaged and responsive to their needs.We don’t send autoresponder messages every hour, on the hour. Each project has predetermined phases that merit emails detailing shifting personnel, our schedule, and what our clients should expect next. We also send daily and weekly status updates to maintain visibility. We’ve learned consistency is another key to maintaining relationships.Related: 6 Amazing Apps to Increase Business ProductivityIn today’s hyper-responsive business environment, providing high-quality service requires equally high-quality communication. Don’t leave clients to cope with perceived problems on their own. Instead, give them a green light to participate in the process and check in as often as needed to make sure they feel satisfied, comfortable, and engaged with you and your company. July 1, 2016 Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more