Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights — in this case, 19 hours and 16 minutes. The study measured pilots’ brain waves, melatonin and overall alertness, while passengers helped gauge the effectiveness of anti-jetlag measures like changes to cabin lighting and meals. Travelers even participated in exercises to keep their bodies limber. There are two…

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Apple iPad Pro smashes another benchmark record, this time at AnTuTu

The first Apple iPad Pro benchmarks arrived on Thursday, revealing a massive increase in GPU performance for the A12X Bionic over the A12 Bionic in the newest iPhones. Today AnTuTu also revealed the score for the latest slate, and it confirmed the superiority of the newer chipset. The iPad Pro 11” yielded the massive score of 557,679, or over 50% increase from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that we tested a month ago. AnTuTu benchmarks in details The result can be broken down to four core components –…

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TSA braces for record travel over Thanksgiving

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is bracing for a record number of passengers over the Thanksgiving travel period. The agency estimates that it will screen over 24 million passengers and crew at airport checkpoints around the country this holiday season, which started last Friday and lasts through Monday. That’s a 5 percent increase from last year. The busiest travel day will be on Sunday, when around 2.6 million people will trickle through the nation’s airports, making it one of the top five busiest days in TSA’s history.The TSA also said…

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China’s Quantum Satellite Dispatches Transmissions Over a Record Distance of 1,200 Kilometres

A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday. China launched the world’s first quantum satellite last August, to help establish “hack proof” communications between space and the ground, state media said at the time. The feat opens up “bright prospects” for quantum communications, said Pan Jianwei, the lead scientist of the Chinese team, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale…

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easyJet expects record number of passengers for Easter getaway

easyJet will welcome over 2.4 million passengers on its flights over the Easter holidays (1 – 17 April) in what is set to be the busiest Easter getaway in the airline’s history. Numbers will peak on Good Friday, 14 April when almost 250,000 passengers are expected to fly on 1,628 flights across the network. In the UK alone, over 141,134 passengers are set to fly to or from easyJet’s UK airports on 934 flights on Friday 14 April, toppling another record for the most customers travelling with the airline on one day during…

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Alibaba Scores Record Growth And Beats Estimates As Mobile Revenue Soars, Topping Desktop For The First Time

Alibaba recently unveiled its Q2 2016 results, with the marketplace showing tremendous growth as revenue from its mobile users surpassed that of desktop users. The e-commerce vendor’s revenue rose to RMB 32.2 billion ($4.8 billion), placing it 59 percent higher than last year. The growth itself is formidable, being the highest since Alibaba initiated the largest U.S. IPO in history when it started public trading in September 2014. The blooming business model is even more commendable as China’s economy contracted during the last year. Alibaba’s marketplaces in China managed to…

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LSR student Rhea Grover bags record Rs 29 lakh per annum job offer

Zee Media Bureau New Delhi: Every college passout’s dream is to land a good job in a reputed company with a handsome salary. Rhea Grover of Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) hit the bull’s eye when she bagged a record placement offer with EY Parthenon. As per a report in the Hindustan Times, Rhea – a B.Com (Hons) student – has been offered an annual salary of Rs 29 lakh – compare this to last year when the highest package offered to any LSR graduate was Rs 18 lakh.…

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Jamaica welcomes record number of UK visitors in 2015

The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced the number of tourists from the UK & Ireland visiting between January-December 2015 has surpassed the 200,000 mark for the very first time. There were a total of 201,364 arrivals on the island. This represents an increase of 12.2 per cent from the previous year which saw 179,433 pass through Jamaican shores. These figures do not include cruise visitors – only holidaymakers staying overnight. Jamaica is hosting more tourists than ever before and is one of the leading Caribbean destinations among UK and Irish…

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