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Seattle tech giants Amazon and Microsoft issued statements this weekend in response to the outrage and protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Protesters gathered in cities across the U.S. in response to the death of Floyd, who died after being held down by a white Minneapolis officer during an arrest. The officer was charged with third-degree murder in the case on Friday.

Demonstrators broke the windows of an Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle during a protest Friday evening. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan placed a 5 p.m. curfew for downtown Seattle on Saturday as the protests continued.

Bloomberg reported Sunday that Amazon adjusted delivery routes and “scaled back typical operations” in cities where protests occurred this weekend.

Leaders in Seattle and in the tech community are among those speaking out. “The pain and emotional trauma caused by the racism and violence we are witnessing toward the black community has a long reach,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in an Instagram post directing users to this essay, “especially if you’re a manager or leader.”

Microsoft posted remarks from CEO Satya Nadella to employees on Friday.

“We need to recognize that we are better, smarter and stronger when we consider the voices, the actions of all communities, and you have my assurance that Microsoft will continue to advocate to have all those voices heard and respected,” Nadella said, adding that employees should “have empathy for those who are scared and uncertain, and join me and everyone on the senior leadership team, in advocating for change in our company, in our communities, and in society at large.”

Sherrell Dorsey, an entrepreneur from Seattle and founder of The Plug, is tracking tech company responses. Other giants including Apple, Salesforce, Twitter and others made statements.

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Hope Mars mission into new orbit; The transition from capture orbit has begun

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Dubai — The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, Tuesday announced it had commenced its transition from its capture orbit to its science orbit with the successful completion of a 510 second (8.36 minutes) burn of its thrusters.

Barring the requirement for a minor course correction, the spacecraft is now in its final orbit of Mars and ready for its two-year science data gathering phase — the core aim of the mission.

“Although the Hope Probe is a huge achievement and a source of great national pride, its core objective, defined right from day one of this mission, is to build the first complete picture of Mars’ atmospheric dynamics,” said Omran Sharaf, EMM Project Director.

“The Transition to Science Maneuver (TSM) was critically important and I can say was the last truly scary moment for the mission because there was a very real risk of losing the spacecraft during this last burn.

“We’re now assessing the results of that burn, but I can say we are confident that we will not need a further large correction maneuver.”

The transition saw the Hope Probe move from its 1,063 by 42,461 capture orbit to a 20,000 by 43,000 science orbit. The maneuver was the last scheduled ‘big burn’ in the spacecraft’s journey from its launch on the July 20, 2020.

The science phase will commence on April 14 with a number of calibration and test runs that aim to establish a sound baseline for the accurate and efficient management of the measurements from the spacecraft’s three instruments.

The mission’s two-year science data collection will formally commence on May 23, 2021, with data being made available globally in October.

“Once we have established our stable science orbit and deployed our instruments, we can start building datasets and testing our systems with the live data,” said Hessa Al Matroushi, EMM Science Lead.

“This is the data we will be processing, formatting and sharing with the world’s science and academic communities openly through our website.”

The painstaking process of science data gathering consists of making repeated ‘passes’ around Mars and mapping each set of measurements to build a dynamic picture of the movement of dust, ice and water vapor throughout the planet’s atmospheric layers.

As well as measuring hydrogen, oxygen, carbon monoxide and ozone, the probe will capture variations in temperature. The unique elliptical 25-degree orbit of the Hope probe enables a planet-wide, high-resolution sample to be taken each 225 hours (9.5 days).

“If you imagine spinning a basketball on your finger and then wrapping it with wool as it spins, you get an idea of how Hope covers the whole planet over consecutive orbits. While we’re doing that, we’re constantly measuring with two spectrometers and an imager.

“These three data streams combine to give us a holistic, powerful and unique picture of Mars’ atmosphere that we hope will answer many, many questions we have about the planet and our theories regarding its atmospheric loss,” said Al Matroushi.

The Hope probe carries three science instruments: EXI – The Emirates eXploration Imager is a 12 megapixel digital camera that captures high-resolution images of Mars along with measuring water ice and ozone in the lower atmosphere through the UV bands.

EMIRS – The Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer collects information on surface and atmospheric temperatures and measures the global distribution of dust, ice cloud, and water vapor in the Martian lower atmosphere.

EMUS – The Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer measures oxygen and carbon monoxide in the thermosphere and the variability of hydrogen and oxygen in the exosphere.

EMM and the Hope probe are the culmination of an international collaboration, knowledge transfer and development effort.

The spacecraft and its instruments were designed and developed by MBRSC engineers working with academic partners, including LASP at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

The Hope Probe’s historic journey to the Red Planet coincides with a year of celebrations to mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

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വാട്ട്സ്ആപ്പ് സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് ഇട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാതെ അവരുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കാണാം ; ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ

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വാട്സാപ്പിലെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസിലൂടെയാണ് ഇന്ന് നമ്മള്‍ എല്ലാം ആ​ദ്യം അറിയുന്നത്. ഇതില്‍ പലതും നമുക്ക് കാണാന്‍ താല്‍പര്യമുണ്ടാകും പക്ഷെ കണ്ടു എന്നത് സ്റ്റാറ്റ്സിട്ടായള്‍ക്ക് അറിയാനും പാടില്ല എന്നാണ് നിങ്ങള്‍ ചിന്തിക്കുന്നതെങ്കില്‍ അതിനൊരു എളുപ്പ വഴിയുണ്ട്. ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ ,

1. വാട്സാപ്പ് തുറക്കുക.

2. അതിന് ശേഷം സെറ്റിങ്സ് തുറക്കുക

3. അക്കൗണ്ടില്‍ ടാപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക

4. അതിന് ശേഷംപ്രൈവസി എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണും അതില്‍ ടാപ് ചെയ്യുക.

5. പ്രൈവസി തുറന്നാല്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ‘Read receipt’ എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണാം.

6. ‘Read receipt’ ഓഫ് ചെയ്യുക.

7. ഇനി നിങ്ങള്‍ കാണുന്ന സ്റ്റാറ്റസുകളൊന്നും സ്റ്റാറ്റസിട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാന്‍ പോവുന്നില്ല. ഒപ്പം നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കും നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കണ്ട കോണ്ടാക്റ്റുകള്‍ കാണാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല.

8. ഇത് തന്നെയാണ് ബ്ലൂ ടിക്ക് ഓഫ് ചെയ്യാനുമുള്ള മാര്‍​ഗം.

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