The Global Poverty Project has once again challenged fundraisers to live below the poverty line for five days to mark World Hunger Day. While many charities have tweeted the effort, it remains unclear how social media, which is becoming increasingly pervasive, can help end world hunger.
MIT scientists, in collaboration with researchers at Santiago’s Pontifical Catholic University have come up with a system that can trap and condense the drops that make up dense coastal fog and accumulate it. Over time, the system is able to collect as much as 12 liters or 3.17 gallons of water a year.
Millions of Facebook users in Thailand went for the panic button yesterday as the social media giant became inaccessible for about 30 minutes. A senior official at the Information Communications Technology Ministry said the site was blocked to thwart online criticism of the military following the May 22 coup.
Iranian news sites report that the country’s judicial authorities have sentenced eight Facebook users to prison. Facebook has long been restricted in Iran.The move suggests an intensifying effort by Iran’s conservative forces to challenge President Hassan Rouhani’s recent call for greater Internet freedom.
After decades of research, Skype Translator is being developed by Skype and Microsoft. In a demo by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, Skype translator carried out near real-time audio translation using a combination of Skype voice and IM technologies, and Microsoft Translator and speech recognition.
Recent research shows female viewership of pro-gaming has jumped from 15 to 30 percent. But women continue to be virtually absent from the professional gaming arena.