Tech Net News 05-04-2019


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Credit: Dongju Zhang, Lanzhou University

Our next club meeting will take place this coming Tuesday, May 7th. Our presentation will be by the famous Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, discussing the differences between the Brandmeister and MARC DMR systems.

We also have a radio day in the park, coming up tomorrow at 13:00 local, at Custer Park in Richardson.

There are several operating events going on this weekend. The 10-10 International Spring CW Contest is in-progress, as are QSO parties for Indiana, Delaware, all of New England, and the entire 7th call area.

In news from the world of ham radio:

If you’ve ever wondered what the UTC time is, or just wished you could have a UTC clock on your desk, just keep this simple, fast website open in a window: https://time.is/UTC

Don’t forget that the always fun Museum Ships Weekend will be coming up on June 1-2, 2019.

In news from the world of science:

A major study has shown that with proper treatment, people cannot transmit HIV infection to others. This could lead to the end of an epidemic!

A jawbone from a near-relative of modern humans, the Denisovans, has been found in Tibet. This is the first discovery of a Denisovan outside of the original cave where a few tiny fossils were found, and it’s a great explanation for why Denisovan DNA contains a special gene for survival at high altitudes.

Scientists have discovered a new kind of dementia, LATE, which appears later in life than Alzheimer’s, and which may require different treatment. That is, if an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s can ever be found.

And you knew there’d be bird news, right? It’s baby bird season, so be on the alert…but more in tune with news from science, young ostriches wearing artificial wings have helped researches understand more about the origin of flight.

 

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