Monthly Archives: February 2022

TWO SIMPLE MUSCLE EXERCISES CAN HELP REDUCE DIZZINESS WHEN STANDING UP

02 MAR 2022 Feeling dizzy or light-headed when standing is a common experience caused by a drop in blood pressure. When this blood pressure dip is very brief and rapid, and not tied to any other health problems, it’s referred to as initial orthostatic hypotension or IOH. New research suggests some simple …

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HARROWING EXTENT OF LONELINESS WE LIVE WITH, ANALYSIS FROM 113 COUNTRIES

01 MAR 2022 More humans are alive today than ever before, and yet around the world, people are still feeling alone a lot of the time. Even before the global pandemic hit, a sweeping meta analysis has found chronic or severe loneliness was a common and overlooked experience in numerous nations. Past studies in the …

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PLASTIC POLLUTION IS “THE OIL SPILL OF OUR TIMES”

28 FEB 2022  A group of environmental advocates have carried out a lab study on samples of the plastic debris from the wreck of the X-Press Pearl, which burned and sank off Colombo, Sri Lanka last year. The vessel was carrying nearly 1,700 tonnes of plastic pellets, or nurdles, and it released …

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WHAT IS SWIFT, GLOBAL FINANCE ARM THAT WEST CAN TWIST TO HURT RUSSIA

28 FEB 2022 Being removed from SWIFT means Russian banks can’t use it to make or receive payments with foreign financial institutions for trade transactions. Exclusion from SWIFT, a very discreet but important cog in the machinery of international finance, is one of the most disruptive sanctions the West has …

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MERCHANT SHIPS ATTACKED AND ON FIRE OFF UKRAINE

27 FEB 2022   Merchant ships continue to be targeted in the escalating Russian war on Ukraine while security analysts are warning vessels to leave the area due to the increased danger. The crew of a small chemical tanker was forced to abandon ship with at least two members of …

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TURKISH-CONTROLLED BULKER REPORTEDLY HIT BY SHELL IN THE BLACK SEA

26 FEB 2022  Turkey’s president and maritime affairs department were quick to condemn a reported attack on a Turkish-controlled bulker that they said was hit by a shell or possibly a missile while sailing in the Black Sea. It was the latest report of merchant ships finding themselves caught in the …

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CONCEPT FOR ZERO-EMISSION MULTIPURPOSE CARGO SHIP FUELED BY HYDROGEN

27 FEB 2022  Energy Observer, a French partnership that launched a total self-sufficient vessel powered by renewable energies and hydrogen as a demonstration laboratory, is now set to present its concept for a multipurpose ro-ro cargo ship fueled by liquid hydrogen that they believe can rapidly advance zero emissions in …

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ASTRONOMERS JOIN FORCES TO PUSH BACK AGAINST SATELLITE ‘POLLUTION’ RUINING THE SKIES

26 FEB 2022 The number of active satellites in the night sky has more than doubled since 2019 – from around 2,200 to 5,000. That is mostly due to Starlink, a SpaceX project aimed at providing internet anywhere in the world through ‘mega-constellations’ of satellites. Since it began, Starlink has …

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ALANG SHIP RECYCLERS MAKE RENEWED PUSH FOR GREEN STANDARDS

25 FEB 2022  Alang is seeing a renewed push to develop ship recycling standards above the requirements of regulators and classification societies.This development stems from ship owners’ own requirements for recycling of their vessels. These ship owners require ClassNK HKC certification as the basic standard and are looking to audit or pre-evaluate …

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WIFE OF NUCLEAR ENGINEER PLEADS GUILTY IN PLOT TO SELL US NAVY SECRETS

21 FEB 2022  Four days after her husband pleaded guilty to one count of espionage for attempting to sell details from the Navy’s latest generation of attack submarines, the Virginia-class, to an unspecified “foreign nation,” his wife has now also pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to communicate Restricted …

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