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POLISH NAVY DIVE TEAM DISABLES GIANT 12,000 POUND WWII BOMB

21 OCT 2020  A team of Polish divers has begun the challenging task of disabling a 12,000-pound British Tallboy bomb dating back to 1945. The giant “earthquake” bomb was designed to penetrate deep underground and detonate after a delay, shattering fortifications from below. The Tallboy’s heavy steel alloy case made …

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LAB STUDY SHOWS SARS-COV-2 CAN LAST ON SOME SURFACES FOR 28 DAYS

20 OCT 2020 A research group in Australia has just published what appears to be a pretty terrifying finding – SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is viable even after sitting on surfaces such as glass and bank notes for 28 days. With much of the attention turning to indoor ventilation of aerosolised …

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A COVID-19 LULL FOR GLOBAL TRADE POLICY

19 OCT 2020  Like a sailing ship caught in the doldrums, the international trade policy world seems stagnant and listless. Is there any fresh wind to be detected? Can we create some movement? In this coronavirus–dominated environment, nothing much is happening. The trend in global trade itself is not easy to …

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RECORD IMPORTS AS RETAILERS BUILD INVENTORIES BUT FORECASTS DROP

18 OCT 2020  Ports around the United States, and many parts of the world, have been reporting a rebound in volumes as economies began to recover from the shock of the pandemic and governments took steps to support restroe activity. According to new data from the largest retail trade association, …

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SCIENTISTS MAY BE ABLE TO TREAT TINNITUS WITH ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND TONGUE BUZZING

17 OCTOBER 2020 People who experience tinnitus might finally have some hope for alleviating their symptoms, after an experimental device that stimulates the tongue was found to ease the condition in a sample of 273 volunteers with a chronic case of it. The tongue buzzing is combined with a carefully prepared audio …

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AN AUTOIMMUNE-LIKE ANTIBODY RESPONSE HAS BEEN LINKED WITH SEVERE COVID-19

16 OCT 2020 In the earliest days of the pandemic, many immunologists, including me, assumed that patients who produced high quantities of antibodies early in infection would be free from disease. We were wrong. Several months into studying COVID-19, like other scientists, I’ve come to realize the picture is far more complicated. A recent research …

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QUESTIONING MEDIA ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY

15 OCT 2020  A recent series in Forbes on the Wakashio grounding and the state of the shipping industry has attracted considerable attention. Some of its assumptions and interpretations are worth further examination, and in the interest of objectivity, a detailed analysis with supporting data follows below.   Assumption 1: Shipping is a boom …

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CMA CGM GROUP RESTORES E-COMMERCE TWO WEEKS AFTER CYBER-ATTACK

13 OCT 2020  After two weeks of struggling to overcome the effects of a cyber-attack on its systems, shipping giant CMA CGM Group announced that it has finally been able to restore operations on its e-commerce sites and resume all bookings online. Customers had been struggling and frustrated by the …

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BEST AND WORST FACE MASK TYPES, BASED ON THE LATEST RESEARCH

09 OCT 2020 A simple trick can reveal whether your face mask offers sufficient protection: Try blowing out a candle while wearing it. A good mask should prevent you from extinguishing the flame. The rule isn’t foolproof, but it should help weed out masks that aren’t very protective. Ever since the …

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SOUTH KOREAN SHIPYARDS LEAD NEW ORDERS AS SHIPBUILDING BACKLOG FALLS

14 OCT 2020  The South Korean shipbuilding industry is continuing to outpace the Chinese shipyards in the volume of new orders. The tend continued for the third month in a row meaning that the Koreans also reported the largest new order volume during the third quarter of 2020. Total new …

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