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SCIENCE – BD Updated http://bdupdated.com Online News Portal Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:54:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 PayPal, MasterCard reach deal for store payments http://bdupdated.com/archives/126 http://bdupdated.com/archives/126#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:50:45 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=126 MasterCard Inc said it signed a deal with PayPal Holdings Inc that will allow customers to use PayPal’s payment services in stores. PayPal’s partnership with MasterCard follows a similar deal with Visa Inc in July as the company looks to expand its payments network. The partnership with MasterCard was first reported by the Wall Street …

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MasterCard Inc said it signed a deal with PayPal Holdings Inc that will allow customers to use PayPal’s payment services in stores.

PayPal’s partnership with MasterCard follows a similar deal with Visa Inc in July as the company looks to expand its payments network.

The partnership with MasterCard was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

PayPal will allow users to select a credit or debit card as the default payment method and share data on transactions made through MasterCard’s tap-and-pay feature, according to the Journal.

PayPal, which spun off from e-commerce company eBay Inc last year, has focused on aggressive growth.

The company’s revenue in the second quarter rose more than 15 percent to $2.65 billion from a year earlier and the volume of payments it processes jumped 28 percent to $86.21 billion.

PayPal is also in discussions with banks that issue cards, to explore new products and partnerships, the Journal report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

PayPal was not immediately available for comment.

Shares of PayPal were marginally higher in premarket trading on the Nasdaq. Up to Friday’s close of $37.07, the stock had risen 2.4 percent this year.

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Israel is building an autonomous vehicle army http://bdupdated.com/archives/114 http://bdupdated.com/archives/114#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:44:51 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=114 Israel is planning to bolster its high-tech arsenal by deploying fully autonomous military vehicles along the country’s dangerous border with Gaza. ‘This is the future – the border is a very dangerous place,’ an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told FoxNews.com, citing the threat of improvised explosive devices, snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels. ‘Sending …

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Israel is planning to bolster its high-tech arsenal by deploying fully autonomous military vehicles along the country’s dangerous border with Gaza.

‘This is the future – the border is a very dangerous place,’ an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told FoxNews.com, citing the threat of improvised explosive devices, snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels.

‘Sending unmanned vehicles to do these patrols means that troops’ lives are not at risk.’

Working with Israeli defense specialist Elbit Systems, IDF has equipped Ford F-350 pickup trucks with specialized remote driving technology.

The trucks, dubbed Border Protector Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), are also fitted with four driving cameras and a 360-degree observation camera to help operators identify threats. At the moment, the vehicles are unarmed.

UGV testing began in July 2015 and the trucks became operational in February.

Currently, each vehicle is driven by an operator in a remote control room using a steering wheel, joystick and pedals.

In the next few months, the Israeli army aims to deploy the UGVs semi-autonomously, with the vehicle driving toward a map coordinate set by its operator.

The trucks, however, will still need their operators to guide them around any obstacles in their path.

Longer-term, the trucks will need less human intervention. ‘In the future, we will have the capability of fully autonomous driving,’ the IDF official added, noting that the UGVs will autonomously navigate any obstacles in their path.

Troops can also drive the UGVs traditionally from the driver’s seat.

IDF declined to reveal how many UGVs are in operation or the exact timeframe for autonomous operation.

Plans are also in place to add a weapon to the vehicle. ‘We think at the beginning of next year, we will get a machine gun on the vehicle that will be operated from a control room – the machine gun will not be autonomous,’ said the IDF official.

The UGV replaces the semi-autonomous Guardium vehicle that was deployed by Israeli forces in 2009. ‘The Guardium was unable to navigate obstacles by itself, but the UGV will be able to,’ explained the official.

The Israeli army wants to eventually deploy the UGVs on Israel’s other borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Israel is not the only country looking to harness autonomous military vehicles. The US Army, for example, recently tested driverless vehicle technology in Michigan.

The Army’s Tank Automotive Research and Development Center also showcased one of its autonomous vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

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Jupiter’s great red spot ‘roars with heat’ http://bdupdated.com/archives/80 http://bdupdated.com/archives/80#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:34:50 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=80 Jupiter`s Great Red Spot – a hurricane three times bigger than Earth – is blasting the planet`s upper atmosphere with heat, astronomers have found. Using measurements from an infrared telescope in Hawaii, a UK and US team found evidence for temperatures as high as 1,500C – hundreds of degrees warmer than anywhere else on the …

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Jupiter`s Great Red Spot – a hurricane three times bigger than Earth – is blasting the planet`s upper atmosphere with heat, astronomers have found.

Using measurements from an infrared telescope in Hawaii, a UK and US team found evidence for temperatures as high as 1,500C – hundreds of degrees warmer than anywhere else on the planet.

They suggest the hotspot is created by thunderous soundwaves “breaking” in the thin upper reaches of the atmosphere.

It arguably solves what planetary scientists had dubbed an “energy crisis” for gas giants like Jupiter: temperatures in their upper atmospheres soar much higher than can be explained by solar energy – especially given their vast distances from the Sun.

If the mysterious heat were generated by local sources, like Jupiter`s famous storm, then the conundrum would be solved – and these measurements are the first direct evidence of any such activity.

Study co-author Dr Tom Stallard, from the University of Leicester, said this was a major step forward in a “20-30 year odyssey” to try and understand heat flow on Jupiter.

“Ever since Voyager, we`ve had measurements of the temperature at the top of Jupiter`s atmosphere, and it`s been hot across the whole globe – from the poles, all the way to the equator,” he said.

Jupiter`s enormous, dramatic aurora can explain the heat in the polar regions, but for that warmth to reach the equator would require incredibly dramatic mixing, which modelling studies haven`t been able to support.

“There`s no real excuse for it to be so hot,” said Dr James O`Donoghue from Boston University, the paper`s first author.

The freshly discovered spike in temperature, detected using a spectrometer at the Nasa Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, offers a solution.

Several hundred km directly above the clouds of the Great Red Spot, the hotspot suggests that high-altitude heat is somehow created by the turmoil beneath.

“Several people have argued that it`s likely that the heat comes from below, but the observations have never backed them up,” Dr Stallard said.

He and his colleagues don`t know exactly what is causing the heat, but they have some ideas. It could be driven by devastating Jovian thunderclaps, rumbling upwards from the churning red clouds of the Solar System`s biggest storm.

“You get some kind of acoustic event, probably thunder or something like that – or possibly other forms of sound energy – and that propagates directly upwards,” Dr Stallard explained.

“That wave will continue going upwards until it reaches a lower-density region at the top of the atmosphere, and then it breaks and deposits all that wave energy into the top of the atmosphere, just like waves break on the shore – as the water gets thinner, it`s less able to carry that wave and so it breaks and you see lots of energy.”

There is a precedent for such sound-driven warming much closer to home, according to Dr O`Donoghue.

“There is some evidence in Earth`s atmosphere, above storms and above features such as mountains – the Andes mountains in fact – that there are acoustic waves emanating from them, and that they propagate up into the atmosphere and cause heating there,” he said.

The key to revealing the temperature spike was a tiny ion: H3+, or protonated hydrogen. It is incredibly reactive and usually short-lived, but in the sparse fringe of Jupiter`s outer atmosphere there is almost nothing else for it to react with.
Crucially, this ion works like a glowing, long-range thermometer for scientists, if they have the right sort of telescope – such as the spectrometer at the IRTF, which gathered the relevant data in a single nine-hour window back in 2012.

“Just by measuring its light, you can find out the temperature wherever it is,” said Dr O`Donoghue. “And it`s throughout all of the gas giant upper atmospheres – so it`s essentially an in situ temperature probe.”

Further insights might come from Nasa`s Juno spacecraft, now in orbit around Jupiter after its five-year trek.

Dr Stallard said that telescopes around the world were trained on the gas giant to take parallel measurements – and his team had planned their observations with the mission in mind.

“We thought, this is something that we haven`t addressed, and it needed addressing. We`ve really ramped up our studies away from the aurora.

“Juno`s going to reveal magnificent levels of detail about… what the aurora are and how they`re generated. But it will be interesting to see how much it tells us about the non-auroral regions and the top of the atmosphere.

“Obviously it`s been designed to look deep, and to look at the aurora at the poles, but potentially Juno could reveal a lot more.”

Source: BBC

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Boeing aims for supersonics and Mars at outset of second century http://bdupdated.com/archives/77 http://bdupdated.com/archives/77#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:26:24 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=77 The Boeing Co marked its centennial on Friday with plans to sharpen its focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could carry humans to other planets. But innovation at Boeing will be “disciplined” and not endanger the future of the world`s biggest plane maker, Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg …

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The Boeing Co marked its centennial on Friday with plans to sharpen its focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could carry humans to other planets.

But innovation at Boeing will be “disciplined” and not endanger the future of the world`s biggest plane maker, Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told reporters at an event marking the company`s founding on July 15, 1916.

The enterprise established by William Boeing in a Seattle boathouse has faced numerous “bet the company” moments over its 10 decades to bring out new planes such as the 707 and 747.

“We have won for 100 years because of innovation,” Muilenburg said. “The key is disciplined innovation. We`ll take risks. We`ll invest smartly.”

Chicago-based Boeing has managed to stay ahead of European rival Airbus in plane production and is a major defense and space contractor, producing fighter jets, aerial refueling tankers, communications satellites and rockets.

The company is exploring the possibilities of commercial supersonic and hypersonic planes, Muilenburg said. It also is at work on a manned mission to Mars. Though those are perhaps many decades away, “I`m anticipating that person will be riding on a Boeing rocket,” Muilenburg said.

More immediately, Boeing is pressing for licenses to conclude sales of 109 aircraft to Iran, including leased jets, despite opposition from some in Congress. “This is a significant opportunity,” he said. “It does represent significant U.S. manufacturing jobs.”

The company also is still working on plans for a so-called “middle of the market” aircraft that could fill a gap in its product line between the 737 and the 787. Muilenburg said it might use “existing products, derivatives of existing products or an all new airplane” to fill the gap.

“If it`s an all new airplane, we think that would probably be in the 2024-2025 time frame in terms of when it would be introduced into service,” he said.

Muilenburg spoke with reporters at the beginning of a celebratory weekend of events for an estimated 100,000 employees, families and retirees at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Muilenburg said Boeing is arguably stronger now than at any point in its 100-year history. It has a backlog of 5,700 plane orders, enough to keep its factories humming for six or seven years.

Beyond filling those orders, it aims to “sharpen and accelerate” its innovation, in plane design in the factory and services. This includes “second-century design in manufacturing, automation, 3-D printing, additive manufacturing,” he said.

“Even though we`re arguably the best aerospace company in the world today, we have to continue to invest in innovation,” he said.

Source: Agencies

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How To Use Almond Oil To Remove Makeup? http://bdupdated.com/archives/62 http://bdupdated.com/archives/62#respond Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:58:40 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=62 Do you need a makeup remover that benefits your skin in other ways? Have you ever considered almond oil? As you know, this wonderful oil has many benefits for health, skin and hair. It is often included in many skin care products as it helps the skin in more ways than one. It is an …

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Do you need a makeup remover that benefits your skin in other ways? Have you ever considered almond oil? As you know, this wonderful oil has many benefits for health, skin and hair. It is often included in many skin care products as it helps the skin in more ways than one. It is an amazing antioxidant that helps reduce sun damage and the signs of aging. These are just a few of the benefits of almond oil for the skin (1).
Coming to removing makeup, wondering how almond oil can do the job? Read on to know!

Why Is Almond Oil A Good Makeup Remover?

When you choose a makeup remover, you probably always look for the one that can effectively remove eye makeup. Eyeliner and mascara are two things that need a little extra effort to get removed properly. Many women across the world who have used this oil to remove makeup rave about how eye makeup comes off easily when they use almond oil.
Unlike other makeup removers that you find in the market, almond oil does not contain any chemicals or substances that may cause damage to your skin. It is gentle on your skin, and of course, removes makeup without any problems. When you use this oil to remove makeup, you do not have to pull or tug your skin. Your skin is sensitive and pulling and tugging can damage it. It can also increase the appearance of fine lines.

Another reason almond oil makes a fantastic makeup remover is that it does not leave an oily and heavy residue on your skin. Using light almond oil will feel amazing on your skin and it will help in gently removing makeup, dirt and other impurities on your face.

If you have dry skin or a skin condition such as mild eczema, psoriasis, etc., using almond oil as a makeup remover is your best option. It will soothe your skin and give you relief from itchiness, flaking, cracking, etc. This is something that other products in the market cannot offer. In fact, since they contain so many different substances, they may aggravate these symptoms even more.

Using Almond Oil Makeup Remover:

The steps to removing makeup with almond oil are simple. They are as follows: Take an adequate amount of almond oil on your palm and gently massage all over your face, focusing on your eyes and the area around them. Moisten a cotton ball with rose water (or plain water if you prefer) and gently rub the makeup off.

Use a little extra oil on your eye area, especially if you are using waterproof mascara.
Once you are done, wash off with lukewarm water.
You can also add a few drops of the oil to a cotton ball or tissue and remove your makeup if it works better for you.
Since almond oil has many wonderful effects on the skin, you do not have to wash it off after removing your makeup. You can leave the oil on and let it work its magic on your skin. As mentioned earlier, you can gain relief from the symptoms of certain skin disorders and treat your skin to some much-needed hydration as well (2).

Almond oil will do more than just remove your makeup. It will give you skin that glows with health. It does wonders for the skin, which is why you should stop buying makeup removers from different brands and stick to this amazing oil. With this oil, you can have the skin that you have always dreamed of – radiant, soft and beautiful!
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20 Amazing Health Benefits Of Fish Oil Capsules http://bdupdated.com/archives/57 http://bdupdated.com/archives/57#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:45:48 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=57 Fish oil capsules are widely used supplements made from the oil of fishes like cod, halibut, herring, salmon, mullet, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, sardines, trout, whale blubber, etc. Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other vital nutrients, these supplements offer a wide range of health and beauty benefits to us. Here we …

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Fish oil capsules are widely used supplements made from the oil of fishes like cod, halibut, herring, salmon, mullet, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, sardines, trout, whale blubber, etc. Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other vital nutrients, these supplements offer a wide range of health and beauty benefits to us. Here we have discussed the top 10 benefits of fish oil capsules, which can be enjoyed by taking them regularly.

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Is Banana A Weight Loss Or A Weight Gain Fruit? http://bdupdated.com/archives/54 http://bdupdated.com/archives/54#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:44:24 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=54 Whenever people come across someone skinny, the first advice that they give is to consume a lot of bananas with milk. On the other hand, if you’re on a diet and if you go to your nutritionist, she/he will also suggest that you eat at least one banana every day. While some people believe that …

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Whenever people come across someone skinny, the first advice that they give is to consume a lot of bananas with milk. On the other hand, if you’re on a diet and if you go to your nutritionist, she/he will also suggest that you eat at least one banana every day.

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Surprising Benefits Of Papaya (Papita) For Skin, Hair, And Health http://bdupdated.com/archives/51 http://bdupdated.com/archives/51#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:43:01 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=51 A fruit native to South America, papaya, with its buttery consistency and sweet taste, has attained widespread popularity. Monikered “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is also known as ‘Papita‘ in Hindi, ‘Boppayi Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Pappali‘ in Tamil, ‘Omakaya‘ in Malayalam, ‘Pappayi Hannu‘ in Kannada, ‘Papaiya‘ in Gujarati, ‘Papai‘ in Marathi, ‘Papita‘ …

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A fruit native to South America, papaya, with its buttery consistency and sweet taste, has attained widespread popularity. Monikered “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is also known as ‘Papita‘ in Hindi, ‘Boppayi Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Pappali‘ in Tamil, ‘Omakaya‘ in Malayalam, ‘Pappayi Hannu‘ in Kannada, ‘Papaiya‘ in Gujarati, ‘Papai‘ in Marathi, ‘Papita‘ in Bengali. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, papaya has numerous benefits to offer for your skin, hair, and health.

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4 Papaya Face Pack Tutorials With Pictures and Steps http://bdupdated.com/archives/32 http://bdupdated.com/archives/32#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:20:07 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=32 Papaya has rightly been named as the “angel fruit” due to its versatile utilities and properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit which is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It contains a special enzyme called “papain” that removes dead cells and cures skin impurities. High in healing enzymes, papaya can …

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Papaya has rightly been named as the “angel fruit” due to its versatile utilities and properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit which is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It contains a special enzyme called “papain” that removes dead cells and cures skin impurities. High in healing enzymes, papaya can be also used to treat sunburns or irritated skin.

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30 Breathtaking Arabic Mehndi Designs To Try Right Now http://bdupdated.com/archives/26 http://bdupdated.com/archives/26#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:16:26 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=26 Wedding season is approaching and all the brides to be are busy deciding on their attire and jewellery. However, a bridal look remains incomplete without mehendi. Brides nowadays want designs that have a modern touch to it, and Arabic mehendi will be ideal for them. In Arabic Mehendi the designs have distinctive floral art work …

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Wedding season is approaching and all the brides to be are busy deciding on their attire and jewellery. However, a bridal look remains incomplete without mehendi. Brides nowadays want designs that have a modern touch to it, and Arabic mehendi will be ideal for them. In Arabic Mehendi the designs have distinctive floral art work and a free flowing structure; the floral designs are repeated in a geometric pattern covering entire hands and foot. Arabic mehendi will accentuate the beauty of the bride and make her look ravishing!

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