Kini Semua Berpeluang Jadi Pelancong Angkasa, Syaratnya...

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INOVASI: Impian masyarakat dunia untuk meneroka angkasa lepas di masa hadapan sebagai pelancong angkasa semakin menjadi realiti dalam tempoh terdekat.

Jika dahulu untuk meneroka ke angkasa lepas hanya dikendalikan agensi angkasa lepas yang menelan belanja berbilion RM namun usaha kini digerakkan syarikat yang mahu menyediakan perkhidmatan membawa manusia ke angkasa lepas.

Firma swasta antarabangsa kini berlumba-lumba menyediakan perkhidmatan terbaik kepada mana-mana individu berkemampuan yang mahu merasai pengalaman melancong ke angkasa lepas dengan menaiki pesawat komersial yang berkelajuan seperti roket.

Pada 11 Januari 2018, Syarikat Virgin Galactic berjaya menyempurnakan ujian penerbangan kapal angkasa VSS Unity, sekali gus meletakkan syarikat berkenaan di landasan tepat untuk meneruskan misi menghantar pelancong ke angkasa.

Setakat ini, lebih 700 hartawan termasuk selebriti terkenal, Brad Pitt dan Katy Perry telah menempah kerusi berharga hampir AS$250,000 (RM992,562) untuk menikmati perjalanan ke angkasa yang ditawarkan syarikat itu.

Portal Mail Online melaporkan, ujian berkenaan dijalankan itu menyaksikan kapal angkasa itu mendarat dengan selamat daripada altitud hampir 15,000 meter.

“Sudah beberapa bulan sejak penerbangan terakhir kami, di mana kami bekerja melalui tempoh masa yang dirancang.

“Ini melibatkan analisis yang luas, pengujian dan pengubahsuaian kecil untuk memastikan kesediaan kenderaan untuk memikul beban serta daya kuasa yang lebih tinggi,” kata jurucakap Virgin Galactic.

Semasa ujian penerbangan tersebut, kapal angkasa VSS Unity melepaskan 450 liter air, selain melakukan simulasi peralihan berat yang biasanya disebabkan oleh bahan bakar roket.

Tidak seperti syarikat-syarikat angkasa lepas komersial lain, seperti SpaceX dan Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic memulakan penerbangannya tanpa menggunakan pelancaran roket yang biasa dilakukan.

Syarikat itu, sebaliknya melancarkan VSS Unity dan kapal lain dari pesawat penerbangan yang dikenali sebagai VMS Eve.

Pengasas syarikat berkenaan, Richard Branson berkata, pihaknya yakin kapal angkasa VSS Unity bersedia membawa pelancong menyertai ujian penerbangan suborbital menjelang April 2018 ini.

SUMBER: THE MAIL ONLINE/ NASA



Facebook Just Lost $3.3 Bilion, Shares Drop 4.4%

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FORBES calculation reported FACEBOOK co-founder Mark Zuckerberg losing nearly $3.3 billion of his personal net worth for the latest indication changes to the social networking site. 

Zuckerberg’s announcement that Facebook would change its algorithm to make people’s news feeds more focused on friends and family, rather than posts from businesses and media companies, 4.4 percent drop came just after that announcement.

In a Facebook post on Thursday 11 Januari 2018, Zuckerberg said that public content from brands had inundated news feeds, overtaking posts from personal connections. By the end of Friday, Facebook shares were trading at $179.37, down more than 4.4 per cent from Thursday’s price of $187.77.

Zuckerberg, who Forbes ranks as the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, co-founded Facebook in 2004, when he was 19 years old. 

Now 33, the billionaire is worth $72.4 billion, behind only Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway and Amancio Ortega of Zara.

Facebook Inc. said it’s making major changes to its flagship social network, shifting users’ news feeds back toward posts from friends and family and away from businesses and media outlets -- a transition that is likely to mean people spend less time on the site. The shares tumbled the most in more than a year.

“Video and other public content have exploded on Facebook in the past couple of years,” wrote Zuckerberg in his post. 

“Since there's more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what's in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do—help us connect with each other.”

“As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard—it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”

Critics slammed Facebook for failing to filter out misinformation over the past few years, especially during the 2016 presidential race when “fake news” abounded all over social media. 

Zuckerberg has insisted in the past that Facebook is not a media company, and said that the notion of his platform’s content influencing the election was a “crazy idea.”

The latest tweak could be an effort to eliminate some of the responsibility of policing brand content, according to some experts. But investors seem to be wary of the change, and businesses are worried that it could hurt revenue models.

Facebook and companies from Twitter Inc. to Apple Inc. have been confronting a mounting public backlash against technology and social media, as the public grapples with a constantly connected life in which they are exposed to fake or biased news, cyber bullying and even internet addiction

REFERENCE:
1. Newsweek
2. Bloomberg
3. Forbes

Hawaii Gempar Amaran Serangan Peluru Berpandu Balistik, Rupanya...


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DIOLAH OLEH: MOHD EZLI MASHUT

GLOBAL: Ekoran kesilapan mesej amaran berhubungn serangan peluru berpandu balistik menerusi telefon penduduk Hawaii panik sehingga mencetuskan kegusaran dan kekeliruan.

Amaran itu, muncul dalam Sistem Amaran Kecemasan digunakan pihak berkuasa seluruh negara untuk menghantar maklumat kecemasan penting ditulis: "ANCAMAN PELURU BERPANDU BALISTIK MENUJU KE ARAH HAWAII. SEGERA BERLINDUNG. INI BUKAN SATU LATIHAN."

Agensi Berita Antarabangsa AFP melaporkan amaran kecemasan yang menggesa penduduk Hawaii segera berlindung itu muncul beberapa bulan selepas ketegangan meningkat antara Washington dan Pyongyang, dengan Korea Utara berkata, ia berjaya menguji peluru berpandu balistik yang boleh membawa kepala peledak nuklear ke AS, termasuk rangkaian kepulauan gunung berapi itu.

"Tiada ancaman peluru berpandu di Hawaii," Agensi Pengurusan Kecemasan (EMA) Hawaii segera menulis tweet, ketika media sosial huru hara dengan gambar skrin mengenai amaran kecemasan itu di telefon bimbit.

Jurucakap tentera AS, David Benham berkata, Pusat Arahan Pasifik 'tidak mengesan sebarang ancaman peluru berpandu balistik ke Hawaii. Mesej terdahulu dihantar secara salah.'

Mesej yang betul menyatakan; 'tiada ancaman peluru berpandu atau bahaya kepada Hawaii', tidak dihantar ke telefon bimbit sehingga 40 minit kemudian.

Gabenor David Ige akan bertemu pegawai kanan Jabatan Pertahanan dan EMA negeri untuk membincangkan mengapa mesej salah, yang turut disiarkan di sesetengah televisyen tempatan, dihantar. 

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BAGAIMANA RAKYAT HAWAII MEMBERIKAN REAKSI?

Agensi Associated Press menggambarkan reaksi rakyat Hawaii sebagai "panik keseluruhan" sementara menurut saluran berita CNBC, persiapan "sementara meletakkan penerima ke keadaan mendesak, dengan ramai dilaporkan berjalan untuk perlindungan".

Matt Lopresti, ahli Dewan Perwakilan Hawaii, berada di rumah ketika menerima amaran pada telefon bimbitnya.

Dia menerangkan bagaimana dia dan keluarganya telah mencari perlindungan di dalam tab mandi.

"Kami mendapat anak-anak kami, mengambil bekalan kecemasan kami, memasukkannya ke dalam bilik kami yang paling tertutup di rumah kami yang kami bilik mandi," katanya kepada penyiar tempatan, KGMB.

"Kami meletakkan mereka di dalam tab mandi, berkata doa kami, cuba mencari tahu apa yang sedang berlaku kerana kami tidak mendengar apa-apa penggera, mana-mana siren.

"Tidak banyak perkara lain yang boleh anda lakukan dalam situasi itu, anda tahu, kami melakukan apa yang kami boleh ... dan saya sangat marah sekarang kerana ia tidak sepatutnya membuat kesilapan besar."

Apa Yang Berlaku Kepada 'Butang Kecemasan'?

Selepas Tentera Amerika Syarikat mengesahkan tiada ancaman peluru berpandu dikesan dan mesej kecemasan dihantar adalah salah, Gabenor Ige menjelaskan ia adalah prosedur yang berlaku ketika pertukaran bagi memastikan sistem berfungsi dan pekerja menekan butang yang salah.



SUMBER BERITA:
1. AFP
2. BBC NEWS
3. ASSOCIATED PRESS


Honda Reveals Newest, Innovative And Futuristic Mobility and Robots

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HONDA officially revealed its for newest innovative and futuristic mobility and companionship robots, part of the company's 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) program. 

Endgadget reported that Honda plans to develop the platforms with a variety of like-minded partners as part of the company's "open innovation" approach.

Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president & CEO of Honda R&D Co., Ltd described the company's position saying: "Honda views robotics not as something in conflict with people, but as an opportunity to expand their potential. 

We have entered an era when robotics will become increasingly visible and essential in our everyday lives and have the ability to unlock human potential." 

In addition to the robotics concept, Honda says that in 2018 they will invest in mobility, and energy management. As part of this investment, Honda announced they are partnering with six startup companies to demonstrate technologies that relate to autonomous vehicles and advanced connected cars.

The Newest Products Includes:

1. 3E-A18, a companion robot that shows compassion with its facial expressions.

2. 3E-B18, a chair-like mobility device for indoor and outdoor use that could double as a baggage cart or stroller.

3. 3E-C18, a small electric mobility device with multi-functional cargo space.

4. 3E-D18, an autonomous off-road vehicle for work activities.


REFERENCE:
1. Endgadget
2. Columbus Business First
3. Interesting Enginering

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