Social distancing beeper will BLEEP if you're closer than two metres to someone else

A SOCIAL distancing gadget that beeps whenever you're not keeping two metres from someone could help people return to work.

The beeper has been invented by Pathfindr and aims to helps companies keep their workers safe.

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In the UK and the US, two metres apart is the recommended distance to stand in order to try and not spread Covid-19.

Pathfindr, based in Norfolk in the UK, usually provides internet-based technical solutions for companies.

However, since the coronavirus pandemic broke out the company has received thousands of concerns about keeping workers safe in the office.

This is why Pathfindr has now entirely switched its production to focus on beepers.


The company's chief technical officer, Ben Sturgess, told Sky News: "It's very simple to use. You wear it round your neck, on a belt or in your pocket, and it pings out a signal constantly at a rate of about two per second.

"If there are any other devices nearby, it sends the message back, calculating how far that other person is away, and if you're within two metres it emits an audible beep."

The company tried to harness Bluetooth technology at first but realised this was bouncing off objects and being blocked by people's bodies.

Sturgess added: "We are using technology called ultra wideband which is a much higher frequency.

"The device measures how long a radio wave takes to travel at the speed of light from one device to another and back again."

Pathfindr managed to create a useable device in less than four weeks.

Hundreds of units per week are already being sold but international demand is surging.

The company is expecting many thousands of orders per week by next month.

Companies enquiring about the device are said to include pharmaceutical companies in Europe and a martial arts clubs in New York.

Pathfindr managing director, Matt Isherwood, told Sky News that the beepers could be useful for the hospitality industry.

He said: "Any customers would wear them whilst in the building to keep socially distant from other customers and staff, and then hand them back at the end of their visit to be sterilised and used again."

Saxon Air, a British-based private charter airline company, is currently using the beepers.

Luke Frost, Saxon's safety manager, told Sky News: "Social distancing is so abnormal for all of us, and yet overnight there's an expectation we maintain that distance.

"So we've been using the device to help remind everyone in our workspace to keep that two metre distance."

In other news, the BBC is launching a new experimental tool that lets you watch TV with loved ones that aren't in your household.

Google’s free Zoom rival lets you call 100 people with no time limit.

And, coronavirus could soon be detected ‘within a minute’ by coughing onto your smartphone.

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Kudlow says China will not sell US debt despite coronavirus feud

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President Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday he does not believe China will sell U.S. debt, despite escalating tensions between the world's two largest economies over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"I don’t believe they’ll sell our debt, because those are the crown jewels of their foreign exchange reserves," Kudlow told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo. "And of course they would lose even more money by doing that. It’s like catching a falling knife."

Beijing is the second-largest owner of U.S. government debt, holding more than $1.1 trillion worth of treasuries.

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The latest flare-up has reignited concerns that China could weaponize its holdings and flood the markets with U.S. bonds. Last week, President Trump and other White House officials directed a government retirement fund to halt ts plans to invest in Chinese stocks this year.

At issue was whether administrators of the Thrift Savings Plan — a retirement savings plan similar to a 401(k) for federal employees and members of the military — should be allowed to move to a benchmark index that includes Chinese companies the U.S. has accused of committing human rights abuses.

"Look, the solution here is for the Chinese to open up their investment system and to play according to the rules set by long-time authorities in the U.S.," Kudlow said.

Relations between China and the U.S. have iced over since the virus outbreak began earlier this year, with the two nations engaging in a vicious war of words.

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The Chinese government has been widely criticized for its initial response to the virus and is frequently attacked by President Trump.

"We could cut off the whole relationship," Trump said during an interview with FOX Business last week.

The central leadership has tried to shift blame to local authorities, including for censuring doctors who tried to warn the public about the disease, The New York Times reported. Health authorities in the country first learned about the outbreak after unknown whistle-blowers leaked two internal documents online.

A recent report, whose authors include an expert from Wuhan's Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found that if China had taken aggressive action just a week earlier in mid-January, the number of infections could have been reduced by two-thirds.

The feud over the virus, however, has spilled into a broader fight over trade and technology.

"The solution for China is to not sell U.S. bonds, which would bankrupt the Chinese government," Kudlow said. "The solution for China is to put some transparency and openness into it."

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Delta will add flights to keep planes no more than 60% full as demand rises: sources

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(Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc will keep planes no more than 60% full through at least July, adding more flights to its schedule than demand would usually justify, people familiar with the matter said.

The move is part of a longer-term bet that CEO Ed Bastian highlighted to investors last month: that consumers' perceptions of safety will be instrumental in reviving more routine travel, and that they will be willing to pay a premium for comfort.

Specific details could still change, the people said on condition of anonymity, citing the uncertain timing of a recovery from the coronavirus crisis that has decimated air travel demand.

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Delta has publicly said that it will limit first class seating capacity at 50% and main cabin at 60% through June 30, and earlier announced that it was resuming some flights next month.

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"We announced a policy on seating capacity through June 30. Nothing has been decided beyond that but we are continuing to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary," Delta
spokesman Trebor Banstetter said.

Flight attendants talk in a nearly empty cabin on a Delta Air Lines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines as travel has cutback amid concerns of the coronavirus. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

Social distancing on airplanes has become a topic of debate. The global industry's main group IATA has said that airlines will not be able to make a profit if they limit airplanes to two-thirds of their normal capacity, unless they drastically increased airfares.

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In the United States, the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week urged airlines to maintain at least one seat between all passengers and cap seating at 67% of capacity on narrow-body airplanes.

While major U.S. airlines' middle seat policies differ, they all require passengers to wear facial coverings, and they have all slashed their flying schedules by as much as 90% in an effort to stem a cash bleed amid withering demand.

Still, Bastian said on a quarterly investor call that fewer airplanes in the skies could be an "opportunity for us to focus more on a more premium experience."

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Industrywide, U.S. airline load factors have recently been about 33%, with some airlines reporting load factors in the 40% range as passenger traffic inches off historic lows. But it is still down about 90% over 2019 levels.

Adding more flights could bring in more revenues but also costs. Delta, which does not expect air travel to recover for two or three years, has said it aims to halve its daily cash burn to $50 million in June.

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In an effort to reassure passengers, U.S. airlines have also intensified cabin cleaning protocols, in many cases using electrostatic cleaning and fogging procedures. They have also endorsed temperature screenings by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), though this has yet to be implemented.

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Will you get a second coronavirus stimulus check? Everything we know so far

Will Congress pass another stimulus package?

FOX Business’ Hillary Vaughn says House Democrats are preparing to roll out an additional phase of funding in a CARES Act 2.0 bill that could exceed $2 trillion. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., later argues he doesn’t want to spend more money without cutting funds in other places.

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The worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression prompted lawmakers earlier this year to send a direct check of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the outlook is hazy for a second cash payment.

House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion relief package on Tuesday that would send another round of $1,200 checks to American adults and children and expand the number of people who are eligible to receive the government aid. The payments would be capped at $6,000 per household.

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“We’re talking about that with a number of different people," President Trump said earlier this week. "We’re talking about a payroll tax. I want to see various things, but we’re talking about that. We’re negotiating with the Democrats.”

But the House bill faces a steep, uphill battle: Senate Republicans have decried the bill as a "liberal wish list" and declared it stands no chance of passage.

Republicans have not yet released a relief bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday it could include enhanced medical malpractice protections for health care providers on COVID-19 cases and new legal protections for businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.

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McConnell and other Republicans have said they want to pause and allow the nearly $3 trillion in spending already approved to begin trickling through the economy before passing additional aid.

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, a Republican, issued a stark warning about the state of the U.S. economy, warning the recession could become "prolonged" if the federal government does not pass additional policy measures. He did not specify which policies should be considered.

"Additional fiscal support could be costly, but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery," Powell said. "This tradeoff is one for our elected representatives, who wield powers of taxation and spending."

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So far, Congress has passed four massive stimulus packages totaling nearly $3 trillion to blunt the economic pain from the virus outbreak. That includes the $2.2 trillion CARES Act signed into law at the end of March, which sent one-time payments of up to $1,200 to Americans who earn less than $99,000.

Some Democrats have taken a different approach to stimulus measures. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ed Markey, D-Mass. unveiled a bill earlier this month that would give most Americans a monthly payment of $2,000 until the virus outbreak begins to fade.

Similar to a House bill proposed in mid-April, the senators called for $2,000 cash payments to every American who earns less than $120,000. it would expand to $4,000 for married couples and also provided an extra $2,000 for each child up to three.

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Rare ‘Super Pink Moon’ will fill skies this week – how to spot it

STARGAZERS will be treated to the site of a Pink Moon this week.

It will be a particularly special phenomenon because it will also be a Super Moon, making it bigger and brighter than usual.


The term Pink Moon refers to the full moon that occurs every April and is named after the pink spring flower that appears at the same time.

The name is slightly deceiving because the Moon won't actually look pink but a slightly pale orange.

Stargazers should be able to spot the orange Pink Moon in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday April 8.

People in the UK, Europe and North America should be able to see the phenomenon.

The phrase 'Pink Moon' actually came about due to a spring flower called Wild Ground Phlox, which is very pink and appears in the US at the same time as April's full moon.

This natural phenomenon is always linked to the date of Easter because it appears after the spring equinox.

You may think the term Pink Moon is confusing but the very same celestial phenomenon can also be referred to as the Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon.

The Pink Moon will look orange as it rises because when a large full moon is seen low in the sky it is being viewed through a greater thickness of the Earth's atmosphere.

Earth's oxygen and nitrogen-rich atmosphere filters out the bluer wavelengths of white moonlight when the Moon is close to the horizon as it rises.

This filtering process, known as light refraction, results in more of the red component of moonlight travelling directly into your eye.

Therefore the Moon will appear red or orange to you.

The Moon can only really appear to have turned pink during a total lunar eclipses, which is often referred to as a a Blood Moon.

What is a Super Moon?

Full Moons occur when when the Moon is on the opposite side of Earth to the Sun.

This results in the lunar surface being fully illuminated.

A Super Moon happens when a full Moon reaches the perigee, which is the point in the orbit of the Moon  when it's closest to the Earth.

The opposite of the perigee is the apogee and when the Moon reaches this point it will look much smaller than usual.

During a Super Moon our closest neighbour appears appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

The different types of moons

Here are some of the most interesting moon phases and when to see them…

A Blue Moon refers to the occasion when a full moon appears for the second time in the same month, this is very rare and the next Blue Moon should occur on Halloween in 2020.

The Harvest Moon appears around the time of the autumnal equinox when farmers tend to do their main crop harvesting.

A Supermoon appears when it is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest, the next one will appear in September.

A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, the next one should happen in May 2020.

Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows:

 

  • January: Wolf Moon
  • February: Snow Moon
  • March: Worm Moon
  • April: Pink Moon
  • May: Flower Moon
  • June: Strawberry Moon
  • July: Buck Moon
  • August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Full Corn Moon
  • October: Hunter's Moon
  • November: Beaver Moon
  • December: Cold Moon.

In other space news, Nasa has revealed some of its plans for colonising the Moon.

If you've ever wanted to see a shooting star you stand a good chance this month.

And, the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed new data about what may be the most powerful cosmic storm in the universe.

Would you like to live on the Moon one day? Let us know in the comments…

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Will 5G give you cancer or coronavirus? Experts reveal why viral conspiracy theory ‘is completely wrong’

5G INTERNET has gone live in Britain and is already delivering ultra-fast internet speeds to smartphones – but can it kill you?

Online conspiracy theorists claim exposure to 5G phone signals will give you cancer or coronavirus, but experts have told The Sun why that's completely false.

Britain now has a 5G network up and running, delivering ultra-fast speeds that are proving to be 10 times faster than 4G.

But conspiracy theorists around the world are warning about the health risks – with claims that 5G will give you cancer.

Just last year, a story about 5G tests killing hundreds of birds went viral, but was debunked.

There are even "Stop 5G UK" petitions and Facebook groups, attracting tens of thousands of fearful Brits to their cause.

Radiation and cancer – the simple facts

The good news is that 5G will deliver super-fast speeds to your phone without killing you, experts say.

5G signals simply aren't powerful enough to damage your cells or cause any illnesses.

"Cancers can arise when you sustain a lot of cellular damage," said Dr David Robert Grimes, an Irish physicist, cancer researcher and scientific myth-buster, speaking to The Sun.

"So if our DNA gets broken up or otherwise accosted by outside forces, it mutates and eventually becomes cancer."

Some radiation has enough energy to split apart chemical bonds and DNA, and that's known as ionising.

The type of signals your phone emits is microwave radiation. It's low on the electromagnetic spectrum, and is therefore non-ionising.

"Microwave radiation is much less powerful than even visible light," said Dr Grimes.

"We're talking a 1,000-fold difference between microwave photons and visible light.

"We know visible light is non-ionising, doesn't break apart bonds, otherwise we'd been in trouble watching TV.

"Essentially we're not worried about long-term exposure, because it just doesn't have the energy."

Importantly, we've had years of experience with microwave radiation with zero issues.

"There is no relation between brain cancers and mobile phone use," Dr Grimes told us.

"You'd expect to see that if there was a link, but we don't see a link.

"With smokers, the more one smokes, the higher their chances of getting cancer.

"This kind of relationship to dose doesn't exist between microwave radiation and cancer "

Is 5G different from 4G?

We've been using 4G phones for years with no consequence.

But conspiracy theorists are correct when they say 5G and 4G signals are different.

In the UK, 4G signals generally sit between 800MHz to 2.6GHz on the electro-magnetic spectrum.

5G is a little higher at 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz, but not much.

After all, the greater the frequency, the less useful radiation is for delivering mobile signals over large areas.

"As you go higher up, it travels less distance and it penetrates buildings less effectively," said Howard Jones, who heads up communications for EE's networks.

"So you want low-frequency stuff for covering rural areas and in-building areas."

He said that 5G is simply far too low to change the structure of a human cell.

"Ionising radiation is much higher up the spectrum: gamma rays, X-rays and those kinds of things," Howard explained.

"The frequency on the cusp of ionising and non-ionising is UV rays that come from the Sun.

"The Sun shines on us all the time and we all know there's an amount of that radiation that is good for you and bad for you.

"But that frequency that UV rays come from the Sun at is 1,000 times higher than the spectrum that we'll be using for 5G."

He added: "It cannot cause cancer. It simply doesn't have the power."

5G conspiracy theories – why are they spreading?

Here's what you need to know…

  • The electromagnetic spectrum is nothing new.
  • But the internet allows conspiracies to spread at speed, according to EE's Howard Jones.
  • "The problem is the level of research people are willing to do that supports the hypothesis they already hold," Howard told us.
  • "You can find lots of people talking about how 5G is not safe on the internet.
  • "But people talking about how 5G is safe just doesn't happen as much. There isn't as much objective and motivation there to say it is safe."
  • However, there are lots of reasons 5G seems scary to people.
  • Dr David Grimes explained: "The first one is the difficult proving a negative.
  • "The other factor is that radiation is invisible. It's a scary word: we conflate difference concepts like radiation and radioactivity.
  • "Radiation is just the transmission of energy through a medium – light is radiation."
  • "The things being said about 5G were being said about normal mobile phones and masts in the late 90s. The claims aren't updated, they're just reiterated.
  • He went on: "Once you're suckered into these beliefs, it's hard to leave them.
  • "Even if we want to believe it, we almost have to put our questioning hat on, and say what evidence is there for that?
  • "Particularly online, you have to treat things with a massive pinch of salt.
  • "It's something as a society we have to learn, or we'll be taken advantage of by cranks or scheming Russians."

Find out if 5G is in your area right now.

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And read about why your iPhone can't get 5G even if you pay for a 5G contract.

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