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First ever lightning-mapping satellite set for take off!!!

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It’s lightning like you’ve never seen it before: streamed, 24/7, from space.

On 19 November at 5:42 p.m. EST, an Atlas V rocket will launch the US’s most advanced weather satellite yet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have packed the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) full of scientific instruments that will improve weather prediction around the US and in space.

GOES-R will be fired into a geosynchronous orbit 36,000 kilometres above Earth. The journey should take around 3.5 hours, after which it will unfold its solar panels. The satellite will then scan the western hemisphere every 15 minutes and the continental US every 5 minutes. Areas of severe weather will be given special attention with scans every 30 to 60 seconds.

“On-board is the world’s first lightning mapper to make it into geostationary orbit,” says William Koshak at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who helped develop the instrument. The lightning mapper will detect lightning within clouds, from one cloud to another, and between the clouds and the ground across the American continent.

Thunderstorms and tropical cyclones tend to show increased lightning activity before they can be picked up by radar, so GOES-R will be able to give weather forecasters a much needed heads-up.

Previously, lightning mappers have made only made it into low Earth orbits, which are out of sync with the spinning of the Earth. “This means that we will be able to get continuous, 24/7 monitoring. We’ve never had that before,” says Koshak.

The GOES-R satellite will also help to detect distress signals from aircrafts, ships, or personal devices. It should be able to pick up a signal from almost anywhere in the world and then relay it back to a search and rescue team.

Whilst GOES-R is looking down on Earth, it will also keep watch in the other direction. It will have UV and X-ray sensors pointed at the sun to keep an eye on solar flares, which can interfere with GPS. It will also carry a suite of space weather sensors that will collect data to help understand the possible hazards for astronauts and scientists.

GOES-R is the latest satellite in the GOES system that is currently used by NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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YouTube terminates Addy A-Game and Street Attraction channels

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Source: BBC -YouTube has crated two channels run by “pick-up artists” after a BBC investigation into the online industry.

It has removed hundreds of videos from accounts linked to Addy A-Game and Street Attraction for violating its rules on nudity and sexual conduct.

In September, Adnan Ahmed, who ran the Addy A-Game channel, was convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour towards young women.

Street Attraction’s coaches insist that they have done nothing wrong.

Adnan Ahmed, 38, was found guilty of five charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Police began an investigation after his behaviour was revealed by the BBC’s The Social earlier this year.

Ahmed had secretly filmed himself approaching dozens of women in Glasgow and in Eastern Europe.

The investigation for Panorama and BBC Scotland’s Disclosure examined the global “game” business that claims to sell the secrets to picking up women.

It looked into channels that host videos of the sexual exploits of so-called pick-up artists, including what they claim are secret recordings of women having sex.

Addy Agame, aka Adnan AhmedImage captionAdnan Ahmed was found guilty of threatening and abusive behaviour

Reporter Myles Bonnar went undercover at a “bootcamp” run by Street Attraction, which claimed to teach techniques on seducing women such as overcoming “last minute resistance”.

Street Attraction’s founder Eddie Hitchens told the BBC that everything was “completely consensual”.

He said: “We actually help men…so if anything we help prevent rape culture to help prevent them get involved in anything illegal or non-consensual.”

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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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