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 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, 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.