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PIRACY ALERT ISSUED FOR EASTBOUND LANE OF SINGAPORE STRAIT

24 oct 2019 ReCAAP ISC has issued an alert after three incidents involving ships underway in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in the western sector of Singapore Strait over the last four weeks. ReCAAP ISC advises all ships to exercise enhanced vigilance and recommends …

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RADICAL NEW METHOD CAN DIRECTLY EDIT HUMAN CELLS TO GET RID OF GENETIC DISEASE

24 OCT 2019 Scientists in the US have developed a powerful new genome editing system that could offer significantly more precision and efficiency than the current CRISPR standard. While CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary medical technology that lay the modern foundations for editing genetic code – including variants associated with disease – there have long …

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STRANGE NEW VIRUS COULD REPRESENT ‘ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF VIRAL EVOLUTION’

22 OCT 2019 By sifting through pig faeces, scientists in Japan have discovered a new type of virus that could challenge the already complicated notions of how we categorise what viruses are, and what they can do. Unlike living organisms that fall within the three ‘domains of life’ – bacteria, archaea, and …

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LABOR REFORMS SIGNAL END OF KAFALA SYSTEM IN QATAR

20 oct 2019 Qatar has announced reforms aimed at ending the kafala system and therefore upholding the rights of migrant workers. “Kafala” is an Arabic word which means “sponsorship.” Kafala is unique to the Middle East. The Kafala system allows nationals to employ non-Gulf nationals. The power is entirely in …

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IBM BACKS NEW AUTONOMOUS VESSEL FOR TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE

16 oct 2019 On Wednesday, IBM announced that it is joining an effort to build an autonomous research vessel for a transatlantic crossing. In honor of the fourth centennial of the famous voyage of settlers from England to the Americas, it will be named the Mayflower.  The five-ton, wing sail/solar/diesel powered …

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IMO ALLOWS TRANS-BOUNDARY CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE

15 oct 2019 A new IMO resolution will allow projects for subsea CO2 sequestration to be shared across national boundaries Parties to the London Protocol agreed last week that trans-boundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the purpose of carbon capture and storage (CCS or sequestration) can now be provisionally …

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FIRST PHOTOS OF DAMAGED IRANIAN TANKER RELEASED

14 oct 2019 Iranian state news outlet Shana has released its first images of the damage to the tanker Sabiti, which suffered two explosions and two hull breaches on Friday. The managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, told state media on Monday that the …

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BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT CONVENTION AMENDMENTS ENTER INTO FORCE

13 0ct 2019 The Ballast Water Management Convention amendments formalizing the implementation schedule for the D-2 standard entered into force on October 13. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) entered into force in 2017. The amendments formalize an …

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ONE SIMPLE CHANGE TO CAFETERIA MENUS COULD MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE TO THE PLANET

09 OCT 2019 We all know by now that eating less meat is good for the planet – the production of meat products for human consumption leaves behind a hefty carbon footprint. Now scientists have worked out a very simple way that canteens in schools and colleges could greatly reduce the …

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