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Here’s The Impressive Way Google Is Providing Internet To Peru

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Balloons the size of tennis courts are providing the internet across Peru.

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For the last few months, Google has sent several internet-enabled balloons into Peru’s stratosphere, roughly 10 to 30 miles above the Earth, enabling thousands of Peruvians access to the internet they wouldn’t otherwise have. The program, known as Project Loon, has been in development by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, over the last few years.

“Project Loon” has provided much-needed internet accessibility to flood-damaged Peru.

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As the BBC reports, over the last three months, Peruvians have used the balloons to send 160 GB worth of data, which translates to “two million emails” or “30 million instant messages” that would not have been sent otherwise. As Project Loon engineer, Sal Candido, told the BBC, “The thing about stratosphere balloons is they’re 20km above us, and they’re way above a lot of the chaos that goes on down on the ground.” So as floods and other natural disasters ravage places like Peru, the balloons are relatively safe.

Project Loon has confronted many problems and has implemented several technical advancements.

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Project Loon’s technology is not without its problems. So far, the longest a balloon has been able to stay airborne is 190 days, which is impressive. However, some have crashed to Earth after only an hour-and-a-half. Once in the air, the balloons are guided by artificial intelligence capable of understanding weather patterns that keep them strategically located in the skies above Peru. The internet is provided by a local service provider. In the case of Peru, Spanish company Telefonica has provided Google’s balloons with internet and telephone services.

[H/T] BBC: Google’s balloons connect flood-hit Peru

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Latino Man Held At ICE Detention Center Appears To Have Committed Suicide After Being In Isolation For 19 Days

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Latino Man Held At ICE Detention Center Appears To Have Committed Suicide After Being In Isolation For 19 Days

A Panamanian 27-year-old who was being held at a Georgia detention center, awaiting possible deportation, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday.

CNN reports that guards found Jean Jimenez-Joseph lifeless with a sheet around his neck inside his cell at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement saying that his family has been notified of his death.

At the time of his death, Jimenez-Joseph had been held in isolation for 19 days, according to CNN. According to Mother Jones, a United Nations expert on torture has warned about keeping prisoners in solitary confinement for more than 15 days, as extended isolation can cause damage to a prisoner’s mental health.

Officials had placed Jimenez-Joseph in isolation because he “jumped over a rail from the second floor” onto the first floor at the detention center on April 27. They also report that state officials will investigate the death.

On Tuesday, when the death of Jimenez-Joseph was announced, ICE reported that the man was the “seventh individual to pass away in ICE custody in fiscal year 2017” and the first to die at the Stewart Detention Center in more than eight years. But just two days later, another man being detained at different detention center in Atlanta also died.

ICE disclosed that Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, had been detained at the Atlanta City Detention Center for just two days when he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. ICE states that cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure, and it was also reported that during the Indian national’s initial medical screening, Patel had high blood pressure and diabetes. ICE states Patel was held in the detention center after arriving in Atlanta from Ecuador because he did not have the proper immigration forms. He is now the eighth person to die in ICE custody.

READ: Troubling Videos Show ICE Agents Arresting A Man In A Denver Courthouse

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