Monthly Archives: August 2020

EARTH LOST A ‘STAGGERING’ 28 TRILLION TONNES OF ICE IN JUST 23 YEARS

02 SEPT 2020 Scientists from Leeds and Edinburgh universities and University College London analysed satellite surveys of glaciers, mountains, and ice sheets between 1994 and 2017 to identify the impact of global warming. Their review paper was published in the journal Cryosphere Discussions. Describing the ice loss as “staggering,” the group found that …

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HOW MARIE THARP PIONEERED MAPPING THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN

01 SEPT 2020  Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Most tsunamis start with earthquakes under or near the ocean floor. The seafloor …

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LATEST COVID-19 TESTS WORK WITHOUT ‘TICKLING YOUR BRAIN’

31 AUG 2020 Early COVID-19 images of swabbing from Wuhan, China, looked more like an Ebola news story – health-care workers fully encased in personal protective equipment (PPE), inserting swabs so deeply that brain injury seemed imminent. As COVID-19 (and testing) spread around the world, there were reports of “brain scraping“, “brain stabbing” or …

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MYSTERIOUS WRINKLES INSIDE OUR HEARTS. THIS MIGHT BE WHAT THEY’RE FOR !

01 SEPT 2020 Every single one of us carries a mystery deep inside our hearts that has perplexed us for centuries. There’s a web-like network of bumps lining our ventricles known as trabeculae carnae that seems important, especially while the cardiovascular system is still developing. We’ve just never been sure what functions …

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ECO-FRIENDLY BULKERS BUILT IN SRI LANKA PART OF NEW BUILDING TREND

30 AUG 2020  The Colombo Dockyard in Sri Lanka is preparing to commence construction on a new class of eco-friendly bulk carriers that include electric power for Norwegian shipowner Misje Eco Bulk AS. This order is the second time recently that a Norwegian shipowner has contracted for construction of innovative …

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GREENPEACE FINDS LONG-RUNNING METHANE LEAK IN UK NORTH SEA

29 AUG 2020 Greenpeace reported Monday that its patrol ship Esperanza has located two large methane leaks at an old offshore well site in the UK North Sea. The “gas-emitting craters” on the seabed were allegedly caused by a blowout during a drilling operation in 1990, and they are still …

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FIRST POSSIBLE SOMALI PIRACY ATTACK ON TANKER IN THREE YEARS

28 AUG 2020  A Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker has possibly been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. If the reports are confirmed, it would be the first successful hijacking in the region in three years. Security analysts Dryad Global is reporting that the 8143 DWT Aegean II, managed by Hanan Shipping of …

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IRAN SEIZES UAE VESSEL IN “TIT-FOR-TAT” OVER DEATH OF TWO FISHERMEN

27 AUG 2020  On Thursday, Iran‘s foreign ministry said that it has seized an unidentified UAE-flagged vessel in possible retaliation for the deaths of two Iranian fishermen, who were killed by UAE coast guard forces in a recent enforcement action.  According to the UAE’s state-run WAM media outlet, eight Iranian …

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NICK BROWN TO TAKE THE HELM AT LLOYD’S REGISTER

26 AUG 2020 Nick Brown, the head of Lloyd’s Register’s marine and offshore division, will be taking the helm as the firm’s new CEO effective January 1, LR announced Monday. After 14 years at LR, including five as chief executive officer, current CEO Alastair Marsh has decided to step down …

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WAKASHIO SCUTTLED OFF MAURITIUS AS CLEANUP CONTINUES

25 AUG 2020  Images were released showing the end of the forward section of the grounded bulker Wakashio. With the scuttling now completed efforts are focusing on the remaining stern section with the accommodations block and bridge as well as the ongoing cleanup efforts. Images courtesy of Mobilisation Nationale Wakashio According to a …

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