Satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest
The Brazilian authorities and SpaceX boss Elon Musk are negotiating an agreement under which the US space and telecommunications company will provide satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest and help uncover illegal deforestation. The Brazilian government announced this week. Brazil’s Communications Minister Fábio Faria discussed a possible partnership with Musk on Monday in Austin, Texas. SpaceX will provide its Starlink satellite Internet service to schools and health centers in rural areas, as well as to indigenous reserves and other remote areas. The satellites could also help detect devastation in the largest rainforest on earth, said the communications ministry.
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Data protection conference
Experts at the data protection conference of the Society for Data Protection and Data Security in Cologne gave a mixed picture of the current data protection situation. While the new law on data protection in telecommunications and telemedia (TTDSG) as the new basis for data protection law in Germany was assessed as a step forward, there are still many construction sites such as international data transfer. In his welcoming address, the Federal Ministry of Economics’ representative for the digital economy and start-ups Thomas Jarzombek from the CDU defended data protection in general. At the same time, however, the politician also called for radical simplifications in the interests of the economy. The distribution of the responsibility of the data protection supervision over 16 federal states is not expedient. Better is a collegial body that makes uniform decisions for the entire federal level.
The supercomputing fair SC21 is waiting with a confirmation that the two world’s first exascale supercomputers are running in China: OceanLight and Tianhe-3. Their existence was previously rumored, but now David Kahaner of the Asian Technology Program has published new details on the systems. According to this, OceanLight achieves a top computing performance of 1.3 ExaFlops with double precision (FP64) in the Linpack benchmark – over a longer period of time, 1.05 ExaFlops are possible. If the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) included the supercomputer in the Top500 list, it would be around twice as fast as the previous leader, the Japanese Fugaku.
Ingenuity to Mars
A few days before Ingenuity’s 16th flight, NASA released video recordings showing the most difficult flight of the little Mars helicopter to date from two perspectives. Together with the images of the helicopter itself, the result is a picture of the flight from three perspectives and an impressive overview of the work of the device and the routine with which it is now on the move. Ingenuity made the 13th flight on September 4th – his 193rd day on Mars. At that time he had flown only 210 meters, but he was traveling over difficult terrain and had taken photos from different perspectives for the team on earth.