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UCL researchers found water on K2-18b Exoplanet likely more than Earth

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UCL researchers found water on K2-18b Exoplanet likely more than Earth

The researchers have made a first-ever discovery of water in the atmosphere of an Exoplanet, which could be habitable. The planet, named as K2-18b, contains an estimated mass that is about eight times that of Earth.

The discovery, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, was made by a group of University College London (UCL) researchers.

Arguably, water has an ubiquitous presence across the breadth of our universe. Therefore, how important is this discovery?

Edward Guinan, an astronomer at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University said this is an extremely significant discovery. Water (steam) is present in many hot Jupiter planets, however, he argues that its the first time that water bands were discovered for a super-earth.

Having said that, Guinan believes the planet’s density is just about that of our own Jupiter’s icy moon of Europa. Hence, according to him it could be possible that K2-18b might comprise of up to 75 percent water and ice.

The planet must feature an across-the-board, water-rich atmosphere in order to detect water, says Guinan. Thus, K2-18b might comprise of oceans under its widespread warm atmosphere, and could likely have more water than Earth.

Earth is considered as a water-poor planet with not even 1% water by mass. Looking at the outer appearance it may seem Earth contains a lot of water, but it’s water is majorly bound to the external thin layer of oceans, says Guinan.

To discover water on Exoplanet, the UCL researchers created their own open-source algorithms that were used to study K2-18’s starlight as it filtered across its planetary offspring’s atmosphere. Through this process, the researchers were able to detect molecules of water in their spectrum.

Apart from water, the UCL group of researchers detected hydrogen and helium in Exoplanet’s atmosphere, moreover they believe nitrogen and methane could also be discovered on this planet.

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Google’s Pixel 4 popularity dropped due to a major security flaw

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Google’s Pixel 4 popularity dropped due to a major security flaw

Google’s new handset, a neck-to neck competition for iPhone, was rebuked by the techies after they found a major security flaw in the new launch. Google’s Pixel 4 can be easily unlocked using the facial recognition feature even while the people are asleep or unconscious.

Google confirmed that Pixel 4, available at a starting price of £670, gives access to the smartphone even with closed eyes of the owner. Moreover, the device can also be unlocked by a person who resembles the owner.

Tech enthusiasts and security experts argued that the flaw can easily be exploited for gaining unauthorised access to private information of the owner.

Unlike iPhone, Google Pixel 4 can be unlocked by the meddlers just by holding it in front of the owner’s face who could be asleep, unconscious or dead. Secretly checking on the phones of your spouses or partners, who are fast asleep, has become very easy with Pixel 4.

Google has acknowledged the shortfall but asserted that the new phone “meets security requirements”.

Apple’s Face ID feature has been unbeatable till date because the smartphone knows if the owner is aware and willingly looking at the screen to have it unlocked.

However, facial recognition as a security feature can be often be exploited.

Recently, after an embarrassing bio-metric security failure, Samsung acknowledged that its Galaxy S10 smartphone could easily be unlocked with fingerprints of people other than the owner, if it has a screen protector on. Later, it published advice for owners to update the software for fixing the bug.

Google Pixel 4 was launched last week, loaded with features like two rear cameras and a processor that is faster than previously launched Pixel models.

Google, on its website help page for Pixel 4 and Face Unlock said: “Your phone can be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed. Keep your phone in a safe place, like your front pocket or handbag.”

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Samsung’s Fingerprint Reader Flaw may Weaken Company’s Market Hold

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Samsung is once again in the news, not due to its advanced features or release of latest update but due to a fingerprint reader flaw in its latest devices, raising security concerns in the mind of many users.

Even though, some of the flaws in design and software are fixed before the launch while testing, some become a major source of worry for millions of users around the globe.

Found in Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 devices, this flaw allows anyone to bypass the fingerprint reader, only by using silicon screen protectors. Discovered by 34-year-old Lisa Neilson, a British national, the fingerprint reader flaw is making its appearance in many devices not only in the UK but in East Asia as well.

The adverse effects of such a technical concern in latest devices like Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are not difficult to consider. Since Samsung has risen to a point that it now holds over one-fourth of the global market, becoming one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands, fingerprint reader flaw in the devices can lead to its decrease in hold in the market and users switching the device.

In response to the rising instances of technical fault of grievousness as major as this is, a spokesperson from the company said, “We are investigating this issue and will be deploying a software patch soon. We encourage any customers with questions or who need support downloading the latest software to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”

Since the update in technology, there is a rising tide of mobile phones with latest features vying to make human life easy and gain major control over the market.

However, with the inclusion of the latest features in a mobile, there has been an increase in violation of privacy and usage of personal data and information without the user’s consent, putting the personal data and information at risk.

And technical concerns as grave as fingerprint reader flaw are enough to make the user doubt the security of the device and how secure their data is, which is a worrisome fact if thought seriously.

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Ron Ely’s Life Becomes a Tragic Movie as Son Kills Wife

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Ron Ely’s Life Becomes a Tragic Movie as Son Kills Wife

The lead actor of 1960s Tarzan TV series, Ron Ely lost both his wife and son on Tuesday in a tragedy never heard before. Valerie Lundeen Ely was stabbed to death by their 30-year-old son at their home in California. Police officers, who were called to the Santa Barbara house, found the 62-year-old dead with “multiple stab wounds”.

Authorities stated that police cornered their son, Cameron Ely, outside the house and shot him dead, as they deemed him a threat. “We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired. We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting,” said Lt Erik Raney of the Sheriff’s Office.

However, Ron Ely was not reported to have any injury during the attack in the luxury suburb of Hope Ranch. Earlier, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office stated that a disabled elderly man was found inside the home and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

“Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely,” it stated. “During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”

Ron Ely is best known for his role in the Tarzan TV show that aired on NBC between 1966-68. He was also seen in a lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Between 2001-14, the 80-year-old took a break from showbiz, before he retuned to the small screen to play an Amish elder in the Lifetime movie, Expecting Amish.

“I stepped out of acting to raise a family and be able to spend more time with them here in Santa Barbara. Now, all the kids are through college with advance degrees,” Ely told the Charlotte Observer, when the film came out.
Ron Ely was also known to be a novelist, who penned two action thrillers, Night Shadows in 1994 and East Beach a year later. His wife Lundeen was a former Miss Florida. Apart from Cameron Ely, the couple also have daughters, Kristen and Kaitland.

Moreover, Cameron Ely went to the Harvard University and also attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy boarding school in New Hampshire. He reportedly gave a chilling call at 911 himself, just after 8 p.m. local time.

“We wanted to make sure all the residents were safe while we searched the area. We had initially called in the air support unit and neighbouring law enforcement agencies to come help in the search. When we were able to locate the suspect on the property of the homicide, and after the confrontation, we lifted the shelter in place,” said Lt Raney.

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‘Butt Like Kim Kardashian’: A Risky Trend Facing Ban

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The ‘Kim Kardashian’ procedure of lifting bottoms, which appeals a large section of females across the world, is under a consideration of a possible ban by plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom. The move comes amid the rising concern over the “Brazilian butt lift”, accounting for highest death rate of all cosmetic surgeries. The method involves injected of fat taken from another body part into the buttocks.

British plastic surgeons have been suggested to not perform the procedure, which has gained hype from the celebrities, mainly the trend-setter Kim Kardashian. However, the final decision on the ban is yet to be taken.

On Friday, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents a majority of NHS-trained consultant plastic surgeons in private practice, will cast a vote for the first time on whether its members are to be banned from performing the operation. According to a briefing note, the poll will be taking place at the association’s annual conference at London Olympia.

“The topic of BBLs [Brazilian butt lifts] remains controversial, with an excess of complications and even death when not performed safely. This has led to the BAAPS advising against its members undertaking this form of surgery until more is known,” it said.

The note further stated, “We have invited some of the world’s leading BBL experts . . . to take part in a series of lectures and debates on the topic. We then plan to hold a round of indicative voting after the debates to understand the right direction for the BAAPS and its members to take.”

Experts believe that BBLs involve a risk, where the fat injected into large veins could also reach the heart or brain, causing severe illness or death. Having the highest death rate, the cosmetic procedure accounts for an estimated one in every 3,000 surgeries.

Taking about two hours, the procedure has more complications for those travelling abroad for surgeries. BAAPS estimated that such cases cost the National Health Service (NHS) thousands of pounds.

Procedures carried out for BBLs in the UK are not known, but are believed to be in hundreds. The surgery of injecting fat into the bottom creates a lifted effect to imitate the shape of Kim Kardashian, or singers like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. However, none of the celebrities have admitted to have undergone a surgery.

The star figures have set benchmarks that probably have become a bad influence on people. Women are not just taking risks of facing severe bacterial infections, wound ruptures or scarring, but are also increasing becoming conscious of their body types.

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NHS: Teenagers turn to sex therapy after watching pornography online

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NHS: Teenagers turn to sex therapy after watching pornography online

The National Health Service (NHS) has recorded a trebled increase in number of teenagers looking up for sex therapy in two years, The Times reported.

According to the experts, widespread availability of pornography and easy access to smartphones for children are to be blamed.

Statistical data shows that 4,600 children and youngsters aged 19 or under sought psychosexual (sex) therapy in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Muriel O’Driscoll, a counsellor and psychosexual therapist, said: “With the teens, at times, despite introducing them to sex education, they often lose track or expect sex to be perfect every time.”

“They tend to be misled by expecting their potential experience on pornographic films or videos available on Facebook and other portals. They expect people to be able to have orgasms at a blink.”

O’Driscoll also said that his patients, both boys and girls, were sometimes troubled thinking that their genitals looked different or were of different measurement as compared to those they saw online.

A new research conducted by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) showed that teens and children, as young as seven years, are watching and stumbling across pornography on the Internet.

The report also suggested that 75% of parents believed their child would not have watched pornography online, as compared to more than 50% who think they had done so.

Chief Executive of the BBFC, David Austin said: “Pornography is currently one click away for children of all ages in the UK, and this research supports the growing body of evidence that it is affecting the way young people understand healthy relationships, sex, body image and consent.”

Claire Murdoch, the national mental health director at NHS England, said that its becoming clear that other parts of society need to assume responsibility for their actions, practice a proper duty of care and eliminate harmful online behaviour, ensuring the NHS is not left to pick up the pieces.

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