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  • The Pirate Bay Down, all domains including Tor version unreachable

    The Pirate Bay Down, all domains including Tor version unreachable

    Top torrent website, The Pirate Bay offline as hosting servers down

    The torrents lovers have a grim start to the weekend as all the The Pirate Bay domains are offline. ThePirateBay.se has been unreachable for more than 4 hours now suggesting an error with the hosting. This time the outage seems even more serious because the Tor website of TPB which was normally up during the previous outages is now unavailable.

    2016 has been a pretty bad year for The Pirate Bay as this must be the nth time, TPB has been knocked off due to some error. Such massive outages are causing discernment among torrent lovers who look forward to new torrent releases especially on weekends.

    Earlier outages showed TPB displaying CloudFlare error message across all domain names, however today even that is not present instead opening thepiratebay.se shows a Error 500 with a message stating that TPB cant handle the request.

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  • ጎግል በቀረበበት ክስ ምክንያት እስከ 5 ቢሊየን ዶላር ሊቀጣ ይችላል ተባለ

    አዲስ አበባ ፣ ሚያዚያ 15 ፣ 2008 - ግዙፉ የቴክኖሎጂ ኩባንያ ጎግል ከሰሞኑ ከአውሮፓ የንግድ ውድድር ቢሮ ክስ ቀርቦበታል።

    ክሱም ኩባንያው የአውሮፓ የንግድ ውድድር ህግን ጥሷል የሚል ሲሆን፥ በዚህም እስከ 5 ቢሊየን የአሜሪካ ዶላር ሊቀጣ ይችላል ተብሏል።

    የአውሮፓ የንግድ ውድደር ኮሚሽነር ማርጋሬት ቬስታገር፥ ባደረግነው ጥናት ጎግል የአውሮፓ የንግድ ውድድር ህግን ጥሶ ተገኝቷል ያሉ ሲሆን፥ በዚህም ክስ ተመስርቶበታል ብለዋል።

    ኩባንያው ክሱ እንዲቀርብበት ምክንያት የሆነው ነገር የጎግል ኩባንያ የሆነውን አንድሮይድ ኦፕሬቲንግ ሲስተም የሚጠቀሙ ስልኮች ንብረቱ የሆኑትን መተግበሪያዎች እንዳይጠፉ በማድረግ በማስጫኑ ነው።

    በዚህም ሌሎች ደንበኞች የሌሎች አምራቾችን ምርቶች እንዳይጠቀሙ አድርጓል ተብሏል።

    ጎግል በተባለው ክስ ላይ የሚቀጣ ከሆነ ከሚያገኘው የዓለም አቀፍ የሽያጭ ገቢው ላይ 10 በመቶውን እንዲከፍል ይደረጋል መባሉ ተዘግቧል።

    በዚህም ኩባንያው እስከ 5 ነጥብ 14 ቢሊየን የአሜሪካ ዶላር በቅጣት መልክ ሊከፍል ይችላል።

    በጎግል ላይ የቀረበበት ክስ ኩባንያው የሚከተለውን የንግድ እቅድ ሊያደናቅፍበት ይችላልም እየተባለ ነው።

    ጎግል በበኩሉ ክሱን ያስተባበለ ሲሆን፥ ማንኛውም ሰው አንድሮይድ ኦፕሬቲንግ ሲስተምን ያለ ጎግል መተግበሪያዎች መጠቀም ይችላል ብሏል።


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  • Gravitational waves: Numbers don't do them justice

    "It's astonishing; it really is." Jim Hough can't stop repeating the phrase.

    The veteran gravitational wave hunter from Glasgow University has come to the National Press Club in Washington DC to witness the announcement of the first direct detection of ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by the merger of two "intermediate-sized" black holes.

    The numbers look bald on paper, but it's when you try to imagine the scenario being described in those numbers that you rock backwards.

    Imagine two monster black holes spinning down on each other in space. One has a mass which is about 35 times that of our Sun, the other roughly 30. At the moment just before they coalesce, they're turning around each other several tens of times a second. And then, their event horizons merge and they become one - like two soap bubbles in a bath.

    David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO), described it thus: "Take something about 150km in diameter, and pack 30 times the mass of the Sun into that, and then accelerate it to half the speed of light. Now, take another thing that's 30 times the mass of the Sun, and accelerate that to half the speed of light. And then collide [the two objects] together. That's what we saw here. It's mind boggling."

    In that moment of union, the holes radiate pure energy in the form of gravitational waves, and lose mass equivalent to three times that of our Sun. Energy equals mass times the speed of light, squared. Everyone knows the equation; this is it in action.

    That tremendous release of energy, and the warping of space-time that results, is why the LIGO laboratories have been able to sense it, even though this staggering event occurred about 1.3 billion light-years from Earth.

    A thousand researchers from 80 institutions in 15 countries are celebrating this moment. The excitement this week, building up to the announcement in the US capital, has been palpable. It's easy to see why.

    The detection of the black hole merger was made at 09:50:45 GMT on 14 September.

    The laser interferometers operated by LIGO had only just come online after several years refurbishment to enhance their sensitivity. They weren't even in a formal science observation mode. The researchers were still going through commissioning checks when the detectors picked up the signal - a disturbance equivalent to someone nudging the ultra-quiet equipment by minute fractions of the width of a proton, the particle at the heart of all atoms.

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  • Remembering Joseph Weber, the controversial pioneer of gravitational waves

    Yesterday, as dozens of journalists, scientists, and government officials crammed into a press conference in Washington, D.C., to hear the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s (LIGO’s) official announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves, organizers reserved a place in the front row of the audience for astronomer Virginia Trimble. Her husband, the late Joseph Weber, had been the first physicist to search for the gravitational waves that Albert Einstein originally predicted in 1916. In fact, Weber, who spent his career at the University of Maryland, College Park, claimed in 1969 to see them. And he stuck to that claim even after others failed to reproduce his result. For Trimble, strong emotions well up as the LIGO team announced a detection that, at least for the moment, physicists appear to agree on.

    “Damn it, it’s devastating,” she says, “I’m sorry.” Trimble, who now works at the University of California, Irvine, notes that Weber worked on his gravitational wave detectors even after the National Science Foundation (NSF) cut off his funding in 1987 and shifted its focus to developing LIGO—the agency ultimately spent more than $1 billion on it. With almost no funding, Weber worked on his devices until he died in 2000 at the age of 81.

    Gravitational waves are tiny ripples in space and time itself, set off by cosmic cataclysms such as the merger of two neutrons stars or black holes. Such waves stretch and compress space and in the 1950s Weber calculated that he could detect them using large cylinders of ultrapure aluminum, about 2 meters in length and 1 meter in diameter.  The stretching of space, he reasoned, would make the bars hum, vibrate, and ring with sound like jumbo tuning forks. The vibrations should measure about a 10-millionth of a nanometer—about the same amount the bar would vibrate with thermal energy—but Weber hoped to spot the waves by seeing multiple cylinders sing in concert. In 1969 and again in 1970 he claimed to see just such signals.

    Unfortunately for Weber, others failed to reproduce his signals. What’s more, as Weber stuck to his guns, others argued that Weber had, unawares, manipulated the data in ways that could conjure up false signals. Still, the physicist continued to experiment with his “Weber bars” for decades, and researchers in Russia and elsewhere also pursued the technique. And many physicists credit Weber for kick-starting the search for gravitational waves. One of Weber’s bars now sits as a museum piece at the LIGO site in Hanford, Washington.

    When asked whether she thinks her husband really saw gravitational waves, Trimble says, “I don’t know.” But she thinks that Weber’s loss of NSF support not only took a toll on him, but may have slowed development of the field he started. “I think if there had been two technologies going forward they would have pushed each other, as collaborators not at competitors,” she says, “and it might have led to an observation sooner.”

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  • Ethiopia: Bolstering Research Environment, Depth, Category

    Ethiopia's all rounded scientific, technological and economic development is strongly associated with its level of research conducting capacity, findings and research institutions' aggressive involvement in indigenous social, economic, environmental activities as well as the betterment of citizens' life.

    Thwarting the existing socio-economic bottlenecks, bringing advancement in science and technology and creating conducive conditions for research institutions are not only means of averting impediments but they are also crucial coping up mechanisms in a competitive world. They could be used for the sake of exploring unlimited human interest and nature's secret.

    Furthermore, to be accurate, to get credence and to be workable everywhere, presenting the research findings along with their research methodology is a prerequisite in the field of research categories. No matter how complex, time consuming, costly, social or natural science research findings will be effectual when they become problem solver of a baffling area. In this era of modernization, although the level, type and topic of research differs, every country conducts researches based on respective development levels with a view to meeting citizens needs, augmenting the return from animals and promoting environment stewardship and boosting product and productivity. They establish research institutions and conduct different socio-economic, scientific among other researches in various settings.

    To this effect, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) has effectively discharged its mission for the last 50 years; conducting agricultural researches and releasing various crop and animal forge varieties. It has released numerous crop species from its various echo-system sites. Its contribution towards boosting crop production and productivity and reinforcing agricultural domestic research and its technological breakthroughs have greatly helped in hastening the nation's agricultural development. During its five-decade research engagement, besides improving production and productivity, it has released path breaking technologies, animal forages varieties among other echo-system based research findings.

    In deeded, it is tautological to mention agricultural research findings significance to a predominately agrarian country like ours. Particularly, in ensuring food security, ensuring climate change resilient economy, coming up with innovate climate change effect adaptive variety, all in all in securing production and productivity, conducting problem solving researches across the nation's boundary are imperative and timely.

    The government is committed to expanding research institutions and bolstering researches to cope up with or tackle the current El-Nino effects and advance Ethiopia's development.


    Presently, one of the government's priority areas reside in expanding higher learning institutions. The push is aimed at promoting and intensifying researches on parrying barriers on socio-economic development. Hence, it initiates indigenous research institutions to conduct research on several issues and up hold native diagnosis than adapting in wholesale external research findings. But this does not mean the external once are not important.

    By far, the country's research centres and higher learning institutions are expected to probe into challenges affecting the country today to come up with solutions. This is pressing because, the country today is witnessing changes in climate, water shortages and reduction in soil moisture in certain regions. And it requires experts full engagement in trouble-shooting research approaches. Specially, there is a call for focusing on increasing agricultural production and productivity

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