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News in Short - 23-February-2020

Physicists manage to hold individual atoms for the first time

Date: 23 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A team of physicists from the University of Otago, in New Zealand, has managed to grab individual atoms and observe their unseen atomic interactions. 
  • This is a first in the world of physics and could have a huge impact on future quantum technologies, something that could be integral to our society's future.
  • In order to hold an individual, microscopic moving atom down the physicists had to use equipments such as lasers, mirrors, vacuum chamber, as well as microscopes.

Frozen horned lark bird discovered in Siberia

Date: 23 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists have recovered genetic material from the well-preserved remains of the bird horned lark, trapped in frozen Siberian soil, which is 46,000-year-old.
  • Finding that can help understand how the region transformed at the end of the last ice age when the Earth was largely covered in ice and snow.
  • The genetic analysis also suggests that the bird belonged to a population that was a joint ancestor of two sub species of horned lark living today, one in Siberia, and one in the steppe in Mongolia.

MIT finds new way to deflect Earth-bound asteroids

Date: 23 February 2020 Tags: Space
  • MIT scientists have come up with a decision map for figuring out the best response in the event of an incoming asteroid crisis.
  • The decision map weighs up factors like an asteroid's mass and momentum, and then predicts the most effective way of avoiding a collision if it looks like the object will hit Earth's gravitational keyhole, that window of space where a hit would be guaranteed.
  • At the end of the decision map are three choices: steering the asteroid away with a projectile; sending a scout up to take more measurements; or sending two scouts up to take more measurements and maybe shift the path of the asteroid slightly.

Pakistan retained in FATF Grey list

Date: 23 February 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • Pakistan has been retained on the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for another four months, with a stern warning from the global watchdog.
  • The grouping has ordered Pakistan to complete the 27-point action plan it has been given by June 2020 or face being put on the “black list”.
  • FATF said that Pakistan needs to continue to work on eight specific areas, including demonstrating it is “identifying and investigating” all terror financing activity in the country, freezing the funds of all designated terrorists and that its prosecutions result in “effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions” against all terror entities in Pakistan.

Larry Tesler, inventor of Cut, Copy and Paste dies

Date: 23 February 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Larry Tesler, a pioneer of personal computing credited with creating the cut, copy and paste as well as the search and replace functions, has died. He was 74.
  • Tesler was not nearly as well known as computing giants such as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. But he played an early, central role in making computers accessible to people without computer engineering degrees.
  • Tesler worked in companies such as Xerox technology, Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, Western union and Evernote.