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Global Warming Slowdown Because of Atlantic Ocean

Global warming might slowdown to last a decade due to vast amount of heat vanishing into the darkest depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans, a latest research says.

Global warming is not rising at the same rate at which it rose till just a few years ago.

This research is the latest explanation for a slowdown of global warming despite ever increasing greenhouse gas emissions and rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Researchers are claiming that the slowdown in global warming may continue for the next ten years, before going up once again.

This report seems to be the most welcome news for the world. It opposes the theory that the entire world is going to see a huge rise in temperature in the next few years with glaciers melting and sea level rising across the world.

Now, the rapid rate of climate change  and rise in sea level that marked the anticipated end of the 20th century has ground almost to a stop. The new study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, showed that a slow-moving Atlantic current, which carries heat between the two poles. This current sped up earlier this century to suck more warm surface waters down to 1,500 metres (5,000 feet).

Most of the previous studies about massive amount of heat missing for more than a decade, focused on shorter-term particles that could block incoming sunlight, but they could not explain it.

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This new finding concludes that the Pacific alone cannot explain the warming “hiatus” and that much of the heat being trapped in the Atlantic and Southern oceans.

The researchers say that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. However, they caution that global temperatures are likely to increase rapidly when the cycle flips to a warmer phase.

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U.S. House Staffers Banned Again by Wikipedia for Transphobic Edit

All computers from the U.S. House of Representatives are blocked again by Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, after some malicious edits to popular pages on the site.

Before being banned by Wikipedia, it has been found that some transphobic edits have been done to Wikipedia articles over past days. An anonymous user with an IP address from the US House of Representatives made a series of anti-trans edits to the page for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

In this summer, it’s the third such punishment for would-be anonymous House Internet users. A series of « disruptive » edits, including a change to the entry about the website Mediaite to describe it as a « sexist transphobic news and opinion blog. », forced Wikipedia to impose ban for the first time for 10 days.

On Wednesday night, the Wikipedia editors found that the same IP address was making several controversial edits on articles related to transgender issues.  As a result, a Wikipedia administrator imposed a month-long ban at last night.

The user inserted hate speech about the transgender community into Cox’s page. The page originally stated that Orange is the New Black « contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman. » The entry changed that status that the show contains « a real man pretending to be a woman. »

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After the edit was discovered, the IP address was banned from Wikipedia editing for a month. However, user can still update the site if they create an account and log-in.

On Thursday morning John Valeron, a Wikipedia editor, apologized for the event and the user’s « attempts at spreading hate speech.

Wikipedia expects users not to make anonymous edits at all and they always welcome genuine edits to explain legislation and policies.

A team of researchers spent weeks to know more about orb-weaving spiders and found some changes in the size and habitat of these spiders in Australia

Spiders residing in urban areas are healthier and bigger

The study consists of a collection of 222 mature female golden orb-weaving spiders, which are commonly found in urban and natural environment. The team observed the differences in the size, weight, fat reserves and height of these spiders and compared these components with the initial data and findings.

The team discovered that these spiders have better reproductive abilities and larger bodies, compared to their relatives in the countryside.

One of the scientists – Elizabeth Lowe shared her findings with the BBS news and said; “Hard surfaces and lack of vegetation lead to the well-known ‘urban heat island’ effect, with more heat retained than in areas with continuous vegetation. The high temperature is associated with increased growth and size in invertebrates. This increase in prey would result in bigger, heavier, more fecund spiders. By gaining a better understanding of the impacts of urbanization on wildlife in cities, we can work towards creating healthy, functioning ecosystems in urban areas.”

A team of researchers spent weeks to know more about orb-weaving spiders and found some changes in the size and habitat of these spiders in Australia
A team of researchers spent weeks to know more about orb-weaving spiders and found some changes in the size and habitat of these spiders in Australia

Lowe also commented that they would continue to monitor the health and growth of these spiders for some more time, so that their firm findings would further help in the study of urban spiders in medical journals.

Are the social networking sites such as Facebook safe for the kids? A recent survey held to find an answer to this question, gave insight to many concerns posed by people

Security reasons forces parents to keep their babies’ info off from social sites

Despite many assurances given by these social sites in the security and data privacy of its users, parents are finding it unsafe to upload the pictures of their kids.

Some of the concerns posed by these parents were that it is easy for anyone to check their pictures, find information about their location and check what tasks they are doing currently.  One of the parents residing in California – Sonia Rao, gave a statement about her concern of publicizing the identity of her 1-year-old kid.

According to her statement she said; “I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone to look at. When you meet a new person and go to their account, you can look them up, look at photos, videos, and know that they are traveling.”

Are the social networking sites such as Facebook safe for the kids? A recent survey held to find an answer to this question, gave insight to many concerns posed by people
Are the social networking sites such as Facebook safe for the kids? A recent survey held to find an answer to this question, gave insight to many concerns posed by people

Other concerns expressed by a few parents were about some companies who may misuse their kid’s images and personal data for their own cause.

“If I don’t want somebody to know about my child, to take an active interest in them, to recognize them in a city street or as they are leaving the schoolyard, the easiest way to do that is to not have any identifying information out about them.” said Scott Steinberg, a technology consultant who has more than 4000 Facebook friends.

The discovery of a solar concentrator is made at the Michigan State University

Make a plastic home and a plastic phone with the help of solar energy

The team of researchers used transparent plastic for this invention. This creative plastic concentrator can be used to build buildings, manufacture phones and many such things.

Several attempts were made earlier about using LSC (Luminescent Solar Collecting) material,  but, the results was not up to the mark. The material was bright in color, thus not making it efficient for building a widespread area.

According to one of the researchers of the project – Richard Lunt, “No one wants to sit behind colored glass, It makes for a very colorful environment, like working in a disco. We take an approach where we actually make the luminescent active layer itself transparent.”

The discovery of a solar concentrator is made at the Michigan State University
The discovery of a solar concentrator is made at the Michigan State University

Lunt guarantees the durability of the material and assures the people for its cost affordability. He also added by saying; “It can be used in tall buildings with lots of windows or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader. Ultimately, we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.”

This is still a beginning of a new invention, and thus the pros and cons are yet to be cleared and specified more efficiently.