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Firas Ghanim
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Paralympic gold for Durham University student
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Customer Satisfaction

Last week, my mobile phone network dropped for few hours. At first, I thought it is something with my phone, but I got the same problem even when I put the SIM in another phone. So, I decided to go to my carrier, O2, the next day to check. However, the network came back at night, and I just forgot what happened. To my surprise, I received this message from my carrier yesterday:

"O2: We're really sorry for the network disruption last week. As a goodwill gesture we're taking 10% off your subscription, to be applied in Sept. And to say thanks for bearing with us, from 1 Sept we're giving you £10 to spend in any O2 shop"

That's what I call customer care!
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Oh, I never heard about that, I rarely follow the news! But anyway, I was talking about the concept of "customer care", regardless of the customers reaction :)
Thanks for the info.

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Indeed, a must see!
 
Wow wow wow!! A must see! #ScienceSunday  
Rarely-seen behaviour of a wild net-casting spider's ambush hunt is recorded on a high-speed camera in Central America "for first time", according to film crew.
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don't know much about gaming consoles, but this should be hot if it goes well
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The spanish can't say Shuh!
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The best video you will likely find of a space shuttle launch. As the video says, turn up the volume and watch in HD. Still awe inspiring.

RIP NASA Space Shuttle Program.
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Speechless. Oh my God ... the science!
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15 Most Terrifying Fast Food Kitchens!!
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بس لو واحد مسلم اللي حكى هيك كان فضحتونا!!! نفاق.
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Home is a women’s place and “not the domain of social activity,” a report published by an Israeli daily said on Tuesday, citing a treatise by a leading Zionist rabbi. Rabbi Zvi Tau, president of Har ...
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Beautiful pictures for a beautiful season. Ramadan Kareem :)
All over the world Muslims have begun their holiest month of the year by fasting from dawn until dusk each day, broken each evening by large, communal meals. The start of Ramadan is earlier each year ...
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Voyager Points to Interstellar Future

Humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of Solar System

Data from NASA's +Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion – that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our +Solar System

"The laws of physics say that someday Voyager will become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, but we still do not know exactly when that someday will be," said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "The latest data indicate that we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly. It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system's frontier."

The data making the 16-hour-38 minute, 11.1-billion-mile (17.8-billion-kilometer), journey from Voyager 1 to antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network on Earth detail the number of charged particles measured by the two High Energy telescopes aboard the 34-year-old spacecraft. These energetic particles were generated when stars in our cosmic neighborhood went supernova.

"From January 2009 to January 2012, there had been a gradual increase of about 25 percent in the amount of galactic cosmic rays Voyager was encountering," said Stone. "More recently, we have seen very rapid escalation in that part of the energy spectrum. Beginning on May 7, the cosmic ray hits have increased five percent in a week and nine percent in a month."

This marked increase is one of a triad of data sets which need to make significant swings of the needle to indicate a new era in space exploration. The second important measure from the spacecraft's two telescopes is the intensity of energetic particles generated inside the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself. While there has been a slow decline in the measurements of these energetic particles, they have not dropped off precipitously, which could be expected when Voyager breaks through the solar boundary.

The final data set that Voyager scientists believe will reveal a major change is the measurement in the direction of the magnetic field lines surrounding the spacecraft. While Voyager is still within the heliosphere, these field lines run east-west. When it passes into interstellar space, the team expects Voyager will find that the magnetic field lines orient in a more north-south direction. Such analysis will take weeks, and the Voyager team is currently crunching the numbers of its latest data set.

"When the Voyagers launched in 1977, the space age was all of 20 years old," said Stone. "Many of us on the team dreamed of reaching interstellar space, but we really had no way of knowing how long a journey it would be -- or if these two vehicles that we invested so much time and energy in would operate long enough to reach it.”

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 are in good health. +Voyager 2 is more than 9.1 billion miles (14.7 billion kilometers) away from the sun. Both are operating as part of the Voyager Interstellar Mission, an extended mission to explore the solar system outside the neighborhood of the outer planets and beyond. NASA's Voyagers are the two most distant active representatives of humanity and its desire to explore.

The Voyager spacecraft were built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which continues to operate both. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Explanation of the image from: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/voyager20120614.html
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Venus... just a few minutes before the great transit!
 
First contact at ‪#VenusTransit‬ will happen soon. Latest image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory
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  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • Ayla Aviation Academy
  • ONEWORLD Software Solutions
  • estarta Software Solutions
  • Arab Wings
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  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1996
  • Durham University
    PhD, Computer Science, 2009 - 2013
    Human Computer Interaction
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