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Everyone can donate rice by Free Rice 2.0

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Free Rice 2.0 is a newly opened website which donates rice through the World Food Programme to the hunger. Everyone can take part in the programme by answering questions categrised as Language, Geographic and Mathematics questions. The website will donate certain amount of rice according to the number of questions that are correctly answered.

Everyone can help

The interface of Free Rice 2.0

The interface of Free Rice 2.0

The innovation of the website is to motivate everyone to do every little to help the hunger by setting up a series of questions. It writes on its homepage “For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.”

The multiple-choice questions provided by the website are automatically generated by the computer programme by sourcing its question database. There are Language questions such as English Vocabulary and English Grammar, Geographic questions such as matching the national flag with the proper country, and Mathematics questions such as tables in the database.

By correctly answering each question, the website will donate 10 grains to the hunger. The whole session will be shown in the animation on the right side of the layout: grains will be dropped in.

Tool for self-education

The interface of Free Rice 2.0: lad

The interface of Free Rice 2.0: lad

The programme will raise the difficulty level based on users’ performance. For most people, it is also a good way to evaluate the knowledge and be self-educated.

To elaborate, when choosing the incorrect answer, the programme will maintain the difficuly level and show couple of different questions before reaching for the same one. In this way, the user is able to remember the correct match and widen the vocabulary. The same goes with other types of questions.

Editor’s words

Charity is no more new concept to the world. Nowadays more and more governmental organisations, NGOs, charity funds and individuals aim to help the vulnerable. The biggest challenge they are facing, undoubtedly, is how to achieve new channels to gain the wider commitment group, by triggering their own motivation.

In this perspective, Free Rice 2.0 is doing a pretty good job. The figures show that there are hundreds of thousands of people now logging on the site and doing their part to assist. They can even be named on the achievement list providing they are the top guns of the participants. It just the same as on some hero-lists of online games.

Combining fun, education with personal ambition and the final goal of helping the hunger, the website seems have been successful with those innovations.

Whereas the problem those charity funds always facing is the lack of public concerns. This problem is more obvious when putting into the frames of certain countries and regions. Take mainland China as an example. The state run charity firms, especially the Red Cross is now facing a critical situation because it is losing people’s faith. The major event is the Guo Meimei Scandal, which exposes a chain of interests behind the curtain. When digging deeper, the connections between private firms and governmental branches and representatives are not that simple as stated in the official papers. This problem rise more doubts for people: are the charity associations and organisations that we have been trusted for half of our lives still trustworthy?

The way around to solve the trust crisis may consider Free Rice 2.0 as an educational guide. Apart from the illness beyond cure, those problems which can still be solves must be dealt with now, for the sake of the society. Finding new ways to regain public’s trust and attention is the top priority.

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Modern Warfare 3 will be released on November 8th 2011

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Infinity Ward has released four teasers on the game’s official Youtube site. Starting with the traditional acoustical wave and radio communication sound, the trailers suggest the new Modern Warfare will take place in several major cities in the world, including London, New York and Paris.

Amazon US, COD: Modern Warfare 3

Amazon US, COD: Modern Warfare 3

Activision, the series’ publisher, has not disclosed any details about the new game. But it can be assumed that following the previous issue, Modern Warfare 3 will let the players engage in the unfinished story after Russian’s surprise attack to the U.S.

According to Kotaku, the game information website, the multiple throwaway roles including SAS Operative, a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, tank gunner and AC-130 gunner will be available to the players.

Two Delta Force operatives codenamed “Frost” and “Sandman”, who may also occur in the future Modern Warfares, will be introduced in the single-player campaign.

Multiplayer campaign will allow players to act under two types of Special Operation modes, namely “Survival” and “Mission”.

Modern Warfare 3 was officially announced on May 12th  2011. Amazon US has recently opened its pre-order function for the new game. The price is given as $ 59.99.

IGN trailer England version

Hot Pursuit is Released

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The famous racing game Need for Speed (NFS14): Hot Pursuit, powered by Electronic Arts (EA), is available in the North American area today. The game editions include PC, PS3, Wii and X360.

EA says:” One of the most exciting parts of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is the innovative feature we like to call Autolog. It allows you to connect, compare and compete with your friends. It keeps the competition between you and friends at the heart of the game.”

This time EA is very confident that NFS will give the gamers a very thrilling experience after its legendary from NFS1 to NFS14. The Hot Pursuit strikes top scores in various game websites, such as IGN and Eurogamer.

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NASA Discovers Youngest Nearby Black Hole

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100.

Composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100.

Follow the news conference today, NASA finally uncovers the mask of the ‘ exceptional object’ — the youngest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood.

The 30-year-old object is a remnant of SN 1979C, which is a supernova in the galaxy M100 approximately 50 million light year from earth we live on.

The discovery is observed by astronomers who use NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. It provides a unique opportunity to watch this type of object develop from infancy.

The scientists think SN 1979C was first discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1979. Then it formed when a star about 20 times more massive than the sun collapsed.

Many new black holes in the distant universe previously have been  detected in the form of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). However, SN 1979C is different because it is much closer and belongs to a class of supernovas unlikely to be associated with a GRB. Theory predicts most black holes in the universe should form when the core of a star collapses and a GRB is not produced.

Early yesterday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) claimed it had discovered an ‘ exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood’. It also said that further details would be disclosed at 12:30 pm. EST on Monday.

The animation of its formation can be watched from NASA video gallery.

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