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CORONAVIRUS WITH A BABY: HERE’S WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

13 MAR 2020 If you have a baby, you may be worried about them catching the coronavirus, particularly after media reports of an Australian infant diagnosed with it. The good news is, the evidence so far is babies almost never get seriously ill from the coronavirus. And even if infected, they may have no symptoms. …

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SEA TRIALS BEGIN FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE “CAPTAIN”

13 MAR 2020 IBM and marine research organization Promare have announced that a new artificial intelligence captain (AI Captain) will enable the Mayflower autonomous ship to self-navigate across the Atlantic later this year. With the three hulls of the trimaran Mayflower currently reaching the final phase of construction in Gdansk, Poland, a prototype of …

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SCIENTISTS FIND A WAY TO CREATE NEEDLE-FREE VACCINES THAT DISSOLVE IN YOUR MOUTH

12 MAR 2020 The race is on to identify an effective vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. Once discovered, the next challenge will be manufacturing and distributing it around the world. My research group has developed a novel method to stabilize live viruses and other biological medicines in a rapidly dissolving film that …

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FASTER-THAN-LIGHT SPEEDS COULD BE WHY GAMMA-RAY BURSTS SEEM TO GO BACKWARDS IN TIME

11 MAR 2020 Time, as far as we know, moves only in one direction. But in 2018, researchers found events in some gamma-ray burst pulses that seemed to repeat themselves as though they were going backwards in time. Now, recent research suggests a potential answer for what might be causing this time …

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ALLIANZ: CORONAVIRUS IS WORSE FOR COMMERCE THAN U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR

10 MAR 2020  In a research note published Thursday, an economist at leading European insurer Allianz SE predicted that the impact of the novel coronavirus on global commerce will be greater than that from the U.S.-China trade war. “We estimate that losses of trade in goods and services could amount …

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SWISS INVESTMENT BANK STOPS FUNDING FOR OFFSHORE ARCTIC PROJECTS

09 MAR 2020  Swiss investment bank UBS has committed to no longer providing finance for new offshore oil projects in the Arctic, greenfield thermal coal mines or greenfield oil sands projects. The bank’s new standards also include enhanced due diligence for transactions related to LNG and ultra-deepwater drilling. UBS reduced …

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PUTIN UNVEILS MORE PLANS TO BOOST NORTHERN SEA ROUTE

08 Mar 2020 Cargo shipments passing through the Northern Sea Route, Russia’s remote Arctic sea artery, topped 30 million tons during the past year, officials have said, marking a major uptick in fossil fuel deliveries from one of the world’s most vulnerable environments. The shipping upswing, which President Vladimir Putin …

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CRISPR USED ON PATIENT’S EYE IN ATTEMPT TO CURE GENETIC BLINDNESS, WORLD FIRST

9 MAR 2020 For the first time, doctors have attempted to cure blindness by gene-hacking a patient with CRISPR technology. A team from Oregon Health & Science Institute injected three droplets of fluid that delivered the CRISPR DNA fragments directly into a patient’s eyeball, The Associated Press reports, in hopes that it will reverse …

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PSA NORWAY OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO FLOATEL GANGWAY INCIDENT

8 MAR 2020  Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is investigating an incident aboard the Floatel Endurance, which suffered an accidental gangway disconnection on February 29 while working alongside Equinor’s Martin Linge offshore platform. No one was injured in the accident. “The PSA takes a serious view of what happened. An investigation team …

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SAUDI FORCES REPORT ATTEMPTED BOMB-BOAT ATTACK ON TANKER OFF YEMEN

07 MAR 2020  Saudi Arabia’s military said Wednesday that its forces prevented an “imminent terrorist attack” against an oil tanker about 90 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun, Yemen in the Arabian Sea. “The failed terrorist attempt was carried out at [1439 hours] on Tuesday 03 March 2020 during the [voyage] …

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