Monthly Archives: October 2019

GROWING OLDER DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU’LL GET FAT, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

30 OCT 2019 One of the most frustrating things about getting older is when the pounds pile up along with the years. Keeping weight off can be a challenge, even when you aren’t eating more or exercising less. But don’t be discouraged. Aging may be inevitable, but getting fatter need …

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DISPARITY: THE MISUSE OF AID

30 OCT 2019 The International Federation of Journalists has hosted the premier screening of a new film exposing how global aid budgets are used to reinforce spiraling inequality in the world. The film Disparity was directed by activist Renu Mehta and features nine Nobel Laureates, with narration by Sir Ben Kingsley. It …

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SAFETY CONCERNS FOR HYBRID & ELECTRIC SHIPS

On October 11, 2019, an explosion rocked passenger ferry Ytterøyningen while dockside at Sydnes, Norway. The vessel, recently refit with a lithium-ion battery hybrid drive, is part of the new fleet of low and zero emission vessels being deployed across Norway and other parts of the world. The vessel was at dock …

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IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA, AVOIDING THE FLU SHOT CAN ACTUALLY BE A DEADLY MISTAKE

28 OCT 2019 It’s that time of year again, flu season is just around the corner and with it comes the dreaded fear of catching the virus. The flu can come on very quickly and symptoms include aching muscles, chills and sweats, a persistent headache as well as a dry, cough – …

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MONKEYS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DEVOURING RATS AT A PALM OIL PLANTATION IN MALAYSIA

27 OCT 2019 To the pig-tailed macaque, there’s nothing better than sweet fruit plucked from a sprawling palm oil plantation. Except maybe fresh rat. That’s good eating too, apparently. Researchers have found that far from being a pest themselves, monkeys could be welcome guests at Malaysian palm oil plantations, more than making up …

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CHINA DOMINATES IN OIL TANKER MARKET AS REFINERS PREPARE FOR IMO 2020

26 OCT 2019 China’s demand for crude oil shows no signs of abating. There are currently more supertankers bound for the Asian nation than at any time since the start of 2017 and possibly longer. That could signal that China’s refineries are planning to run hard through the end of …

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DUTCH FIRMS AIM TO TURN TROUBLESOME SEAWEED INTO FUEL

25 oct 2019 Dutch shipbuilder Damen is working with waste processing company Maris Projects to tackle the issue of invasive sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean region. The partners are working on a bioprocessing solution to gather the seaweed and turn it into energy, delivering both environmental and socioeconomic benefits. A significant …

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FDA IS CALLING FOR BREAST IMPLANTS TO COME WITH SERIOUS HEALTH WARNINGS

24 OCT 2019 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under fire from women who say they were harmed by breast implants, proposed on Wednesday that manufacturers detail possible complications from the devices, including rare cancers, a range of other symptoms and the need for additional surgeries. The agency recommended that manufacturers …

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PIRACY ALERT ISSUED FOR EASTBOUND LANE OF SINGAPORE STRAIT

24 oct 2019 ReCAAP ISC has issued an alert after three incidents involving ships underway in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in the western sector of Singapore Strait over the last four weeks. ReCAAP ISC advises all ships to exercise enhanced vigilance and recommends …

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RADICAL NEW METHOD CAN DIRECTLY EDIT HUMAN CELLS TO GET RID OF GENETIC DISEASE

24 OCT 2019 Scientists in the US have developed a powerful new genome editing system that could offer significantly more precision and efficiency than the current CRISPR standard. While CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary medical technology that lay the modern foundations for editing genetic code – including variants associated with disease – there have long …

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