Monthly Archives: August 2021

TURNS OUT IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO TIME TRAVEL JUST BY FLYING REALLY FAST

28 AUG 2021 The possibility of time travel has excited many of us for hundreds of years, inspiring countless books and films. The ability to move not only through space but into the past or future would open a myriad of possibilities for humankind. But is it theoretically even possible …

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DROP IN INDIAN OCEAN PIRACY PROMPTS REDUCTION IN HIGH RISK AREA MAP

27 AUG 2021  Once considered the most dangerous area on the globe for mariners, the High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean is being reduced under an agreement with the global shipping industry. The changes reducing the geographic boundaries were set by the leading shipping organizations reflecting …

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INATTENTIVE ANCHOR WATCH LED TO $17M IN DAMAGE

26 AUG 2021  An inattentive anchor watch in high current conditions led to two collisions and $17 million in damage, according to a new report by the NTSB. On May 8, 2020, a pilot aboard the bulker Nomadic Milde anchored the vessel near Kenner Bend in the Lower Mississippi River, just upriver …

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HOW THE CRISIS IN CONTAINER SHIPPING COULD AFFECT CHRISTMAS

25 AUG 2021  Ningbo-Zhousan may not exactly be a household name, but find something in your house made in China and it’s quite likely it was delivered from there. Ningbo-Zhousan, which overlooks the East China Sea some 200km south of Shanghai, is China’s second-busiest port, handling the equivalent of some 29 …

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EMPTY EVER GIVEN RETURNS TO SUEZ CANAL, TRANSITING WITHOUT INCIDENT

21 AUG 2021 The Ever Given made its return to the Suez Canal on Friday (20TH AUG) on its backhaul voyage to Asia. AIS as of 11 a.m. EDT shows Ever Given cleared from Canal waters in the Red Sea and making about 7.2 knots. The 20,000 TEU capacity ship …

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CALCULATING PI, AND INFINITY NEVER FELT SO CLOSE

24 AUG 2021 Swiss researchers said Monday they had calculated the mathematical constant pi to a new world-record level of exactitude, hitting 62.8 trillion figures using a supercomputer. “The calculation took 108 days and nine hours” using a supercomputer, the Graubuenden University of Applied Sciences said in a statement. Its efforts …

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TYPE 2 DIABETES INTO REMISSION, A SIMPLE DIET, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

23 AUG 2021 Until recently, type 2 diabetes has mainly been managed by controlling risk factors – such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar (glucose) levels – usually by prescribing drugs. But this approach doesn’t address the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes – such as problems with the hormone …

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LEAD-ACID BATTERY TECHNOLOGY MODERNIZES FOR MARITIME OPERATIONS

22 AUG 2021  Lead-acid batteries have existed for over a century with little change. Advances have occurred in lead-acid battery technology to increase storage density, extend usable service life and improve cold weather performance at comparatively lower cost than modern battery technologies. As a result, derivatives of lead-acid battery technology …

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EARTH IS NEARING IRREVERSIBLE TIPPING POINTS, POLL SHOWS, 3 OUT OF 4 PEOPLE BELIEVE

21 AUG 2021 Some 73 percent of people now believe that Earth’s climate is approaching abrupt and irreversible “tipping points” due to human activity, according to a global opinion poll released Tuesday. ​The survey, conducted before the publication of a bombshell UN climate science report last week, showed that more than half …

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OPTIONS FOR SHIP PROPULSION USING GRID SCALE BATTERIES

20 AUG 2021  The search for carbon free ship propulsion includes adapting grid-scale batteries for maritime applications. Tech billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are providing funding to the Boston-based startup Form Energy, which is developing grid-scale iron-air battery technology projected to cost about one quarter the price of lithium …

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