Visitors to bored Ape NFT event in Hong Kong report eye problems

Some visitors to a celebration in Hong Kong of the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection of nonfungible-tokens complained about eye problems and blamed the lighting used at the event.

| Updated on: Nov 06 2023, 19:55 IST
Bad news! ISRO faces new threats for Chandrayaan-3 mission's Vikram lander and Pragyan rover
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1/5 Chandrayaan-3 mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) ambitious lunar project in the form of the Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover, currently rest in a dormant state on the Moon's surface. This mission successfully landed on the Moon on August 23 and conducted numerous experiments. Now, both the lander and rover are in sleep mode from which ISRO is not being able to revive them. However, ISRO has not lost hope.  (ISRO)
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2/5 But now, according to a report by India Today, Chandrayaan-3 mission is facing new threats. These threats to Vikram and Pragyan stem from the dangerous micrometeoroid impacts. A senior ISRO official explained that these tiny particles constantly bombard the lunar surface and pose a risk to the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover. While the Moon's lack of atmosphere and oxygen prevents corrosion, the potential damage from these impacts and the extreme cold during the lunar night is a concern. (ISRO)
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3/5 Additionally, the absence of an atmosphere on the Moon exposes the spacecraft to constant radiation bombardment from the Sun, potentially causing damage over time. (ISRO)
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4/5 Despite these threats, ISRO scientists are happy with the mission's performance. Chandrayaan-3's objectives were to explore the lunar south polar region, known for its water ice reserves. The rover's discovery of sulfur on the lunar surface near the South Pole is significant, and it also detected various other elements, expanding our knowledge of the Moon's composition. (ISRO)
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5/5 The mission's seismic activity measurements and the sulfur discovery have offered valuable insights into the Moon's geological processes. The Vikram lander's hop experiment on the Moon, which lifted off and landed nearby, showcased the potential for future missions to return lunar samples. Chandrayaan-3's data collection has not only advanced our understanding of the Moon but also paved the way for forthcoming lunar and interplanetary expeditions. (ISRO)
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Signage for NFT at the Hong Kong FinTech Week in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. The conference runs through Nov. 5. (Bloomberg)

Some visitors to a celebration in Hong Kong of the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection of nonfungible-tokens complained about eye problems and blamed the lighting used at the event.

Bored Ape creator Yuga Labs Inc. held the so-called ApeFest during Nov. 3-5, including a brightly lit party. A number of people said on X, the platform once known as Twitter, that they experienced eye burn after going to ApeFest.

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“We are aware of this situation and are taking it seriously,” a spokesperson for Yuga Labs said. “We are actively reaching out to those affected to better understand the root cause.”

Adrian Zdunczyk, who is known in the crypto community for providing chart-based technical analysis of digital assets, said on X that he had attended ApeFest and was diagnosed with photokeratitis after visiting hospital. Photokeratitis occurs after unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light.

“My vision was tested as close to perfect with no serious cornea damage, luckily,” he wrote.

Yuga Labs is behind both the Bored Ape and CryptoPunks NFT collections. The NFT market as a whole has crashed from its pandemic-era peak. Creators and traders are also tussling over the appropriate level of royalty payments.

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First Published Date: 06 Nov, 18:55 IST