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Regional leaders get together in effort to protect the Amazon



(Last Updated On: October 9, 2021)

Regional leaders came together virtually on Friday to strengthen their efforts to protect the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon.

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque hosted the third summit of the Leticia Pact, a regional deal that boosts coordination and satellite monitoring between the seven Amazonian countries.

Speaking from the jungle city of Leticia in southern Colombia, Duque told participants that Colombia will do its bit by reducing emissions by 51% by 2030.

Britain’s Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment Zac Goldsmith was also in attendance, with Scotland due to host COP26 global talks this year.

At the summit, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank announced a green fund to financially support green initiatives in the Amazon.

Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon have surged in recent years, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.

Some 60% of the forest is located in Brazil. The Amazon is also home to around 1 million people who are members of 500 indigenous groups.

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Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’



(Last Updated On: October 18, 2021)

Facebook Inc (FB.O) plans to hire 10,000 in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse – a nascent online world where people exist and communicate in shared virtual spaces, Reuters reported.

This would be a significant step the company is taking towards the concept, something top boss Mark Zuckerberg has touted in recent months.

According to the report in September, Facebook committed $50 million towards building the metaverse, where companies like Roblox Corp (RBLX.N) and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have an early foothold.

The company earlier launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves, read the report.

Facebook also said in July it was creating a product team to work on the metaverse which would be part of Facebook Reality Labs, its augmented reality and virtual reality group, Reuters reported.

“This investment (in new jobs) is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent,” the company said.

“Europe is hugely important to Facebook.”

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NASA probe will study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids



(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)
NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. Matthew Larotonda reports.
NASA launched a new space probe on Saturday (October 16) morning in a special 12-year mission designed to visit more asteroids than ever before.

It focuses on the Trojan asteroids, which are two large clumps of space rocks orbiting the sun. One floats ahead of Jupiter and the other behind it.

Scientists believe the rocks are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

The probe is called “Lucy” and NASA hopes it will help us learn more about our solar system’s history.

The asteroids are also rich in carbon compounds, and may provide insights into organic materials and life on Earth.

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Nokia to release upgraded version of its classic 6310 ‘brick phone’



(Last Updated On: October 15, 2021)

Nokia releasing an upgraded version of its classic 6310 “brick phone” to mark 20 years since the first original model was released.

The Finnish telecommunications company HMD Global, makers of Nokia devices, said the new version would have the original shape of the classic 6310 with a long battery life.

“The new Nokia 6310 has a host of new features including bigger buttons, zoomed-in menus, a wireless FM radio, and more…all packaged in the iconic shape of the original Nokia 6310,” the Nokia tweeted.

Meanwhile, the long battery life and tough “brick” design remain in place, Nokia said.

But some specifications have been altered for the new model – such as a camera and more memory have also been added to the updated version of the original 6310.

Moreover, the device still features the popular, low-tech game Snake.

The original Nokia 6310 model went on sale in March 2001 and quickly became one of the most popular devices in the world.

The device became popular for its tough “brick” design and long-lasting battery.

Nokia has announced that the new 6310 will first be available for customers in the UK at a cost of £59.99 ($82), news agencies reported.

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