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New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

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Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine. As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have created a device they call an “Air-gen.” or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” s
Daily News Abandons Subscription Model; News Behind A Paywall On The Internet Is A Hard Sell

Daily News Abandons Subscription Model; News Behind A Paywall On The Internet Is A Hard Sell

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The Daily News took to Twitter (the tweet has since been deleted) to announce that readers would now be able to access their content on the internet: VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND READ ALL THE NEWS FOR FREE!! https://dailynews.co.zw Even though the tweet was taken down, I did manage to access Daily News and I have no subscription. Publishing online and understanding what the audience wants Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of publications flirt with different approaches regarding how they roll out content online. At one point, Herald, NewsDay and Daily News all decided that they would stop publishing full stories online in order to stop other publishers from stealing their stories. This was a terrible move because it didn’t focus on the reader at all. In fact, publicatio

Polyfoil Zim to invest US$1m in equipment

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LEADING packaging material manufacturer and supplier, Polyfoil Zimbabwe plans to invest US$1 million in plant and equipment at its factory in Bulawayo over the next three years to improve on operational competitiveness. The Bulawayo-headquartered company which emerged from the woods in 2018 having been placed under judicial management in 2013 is operating at 48 percent capacity due to depressed demand. In an interview after a tour of the firm by Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Raj Modi who was accompanied by Bulawayo Provincial Minister Judith Ncube yesterday, Polyfoil Zimbabwe managing director, Mr Mudiwa Mhazo said: “Our wish-list (for retooling) goes up to US$1 million over the next three years as there are a number of machinery that we want and we would want to do it (retooling)
First Mutual Health rates up

First Mutual Health rates up

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First Mutual Health — a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings that offers medical aid insurance schemes has reviewed corporate member contributions upwards effective January 1, 2020. The company offers medical insurance schemes through packages that range from general medical to more comprehensive private medical cover plans. It has seven medical cover plans namely; the Topaz, Coral, Ruby, Amber, Sapphire and Opal Plans. Contribution rates fall into two main categories covering adults and children. In a circular to members released on Monday, First Mutual Health indicated the decision emanated from the desire to preserve values of member contributions possibly on the back of inflation and subsequent rising costs of goods and services. This had made insignificant the price adjustm

Powerspeed AGM to adopt share option scheme

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POWERSPEED Electrical Limited (PEL) will seek to adopt a share option scheme involving 10% of the company’s shares for the purpose of employees and directors at its annual general meeting next month. In a notice issued yesterday announcing the AGM slated for March 5, 2020, the company said that 38 million shares would be put up for the share option scheme. “That 10% of the issued share capital, amounting to 38 000 000 shares of the company be placed under the control of the directors, who shall have the authority to issue them to employees and directors for the purpose of a staff share option scheme,” PEL said. “The ZSE [Zimbabwe Stock Exchange] approved share option scheme rules will be made available for inspection at least 14 days prior to the date of AGM.” Typically, under
Telecel CEO Responds To Allegations Of Mismanagement

Telecel CEO Responds To Allegations Of Mismanagement

Telecomms, What's Hot
Earlier today we published an article regarding the alleged state of affairs at Telecel Zimbabwe. A source reached out to us and claimed that there were a number of issues affecting the telecommunications company and whilst Telecel were yet to respond to our request for comment at the time of publishing that story, they have done so. Angeline Vere who most of the allegations were aimed at, responded and gave Telecel’s official response: Regarding Telecel’s profitability which is claimed to have plummeted from US$56 million to US$1 million during Angeline’s tenure, the CEO said the reason behind this is economic pressure: The organisation has not been spared from the factors currently severely affecting the economy. Especially, the issues of commercial pow
This US Politician Wants To Ban People Under 21 From Owning Or Using Cellphones

This US Politician Wants To Ban People Under 21 From Owning Or Using Cellphones

Telecomms, What's Hot
A politician in Vermont – A northeastern US State- has introduced a bill that prohibits ownership or use of smartphones for people under the age of 21. Why has Democratic Sen. John Rodgers proposed the bill? For a number of reasons which are not as silly as you might have thought when you saw this headline: The use of cell phones while driving is one of the leading killers of 15 teenagers in the United States… Each day, 11 teenagers die in automobile crashes in the USA. Young people frequently use cell phones to bully and threaten other 20 young people, activities that have been linked to many suicides; The Internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists; Cell
Here’s How Homomorphic Encryption Will Bring A Revolution In Computer Security

Here’s How Homomorphic Encryption Will Bring A Revolution In Computer Security

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Encryption has many states. There’s encryption for data in transit which is typically encrypted using protocols such as HTTPS, SSL, TLS, FTPS. Data at rest – which is “data that is temporarily held in computer memory“. Traditional encryption methods can secure data in transit and data at rest but data in use -data being processed, held in memory or analyzed by software apps- has proven harder to encrypt without reduced functionality. This is where Homomorphic encryption comes into play. According to CBS Insights the encryption method is creating new opportunities for secure internet processes: Startups and corporates alike are leveraging it for private database comparison, search, cloud computing, and to prevent future cyberattacks CBS Insights The encr
Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

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Alphabet the parent company of Google has an interesting unit called Loon. Loon has been working on providing mobile internet to remote areas for a while now – with trials in Kenya taking place earlier this year. Loon’s high-altitude solar-powered balloons might make their way to Uganda which has necessitated a key access airspace agreement which is important for the Loon project in Kenya. Ugandan overflight rights are integral to the Kenyan project because the balloons deployed in Kenya “may get above the Ugandan stratosphere as they provide service across Kenya” according to Scott Coriell Loon’s head of Global Communications. The balloons deployed from the US are designed to fly at around 20KM above sea level which should ensure there’s no interference
Russia is making more Soyuz spacecraft to help NASA’s ISS missions

Russia is making more Soyuz spacecraft to help NASA’s ISS missions

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While the US wants to reduce its dependence on Russian rockets, Russia itself is expecting to help for a while yet. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin recently ordered the construction of two more Soyuz MS spacecraft, one of which will help NASA deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. The decision follows a letter from NASA director Jim Bridenstine warning of a delay in starting American commercial spacecraft flights. The US may need extra seats in 2020 and 2021, Rogozin said, and this extra spacecraft will help in a pinch. The other Soyuz vessel would be used for a space tourist flight due in late 2021, although this would help free resources for other missions. Not surprisingly, Russia used the order as a chance to criticize American planning. The country reportedly warn...