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WE COULD SAVE UP TO 12 MILLION LIVES BY RETIRING THIS TECHNOLOGY RIGHT NOW

04 NOV 2021 If the world is strategic about which power plants we retire early and which ones we merely regulate, a new study predicts we could significantly cut our fossil fuel emissions while improving air quality in the short term. Combined with strict climate mitigation policies, these public health …

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EXPERIMENTAL CHEWING GUM THAT TRAPS VIRUS PARTICLES COULD HELP FIGHT COVID-19

03 DEC 2021 An experimental chewing gum could reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Therapy. You might already have noticed headlines calling the findings “fresh hope” in our fight against COVID-19. But how excited should we be? And would this gum work against omicron, the newest …

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WHY SOME PEOPLE FIND IT HARDER TO BE HAPPY, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

02 DEC 2021 The self-help industry is booming, fueled by research on positive psychology – the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. So are we doomed to be unhappy, despite these advances in psychology? According to an influential article published in Review of General …

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IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW SHIP DESIGN SOLUTION

01 DEC 2021  Will It Improve Efficiency or Jeopardize Ongoing Projects and Work Processes? It is not news to shipbuilders that there are benefits to be gained from modern design solutions and a data-driven approach to shipbuilding: accelerating the time to market, reducing costs, and shortening lead-times to name a …

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IMO MEPC77: NOT ENTERING THE HARBOR JUST YET

30 NOV 2021 The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s MEPC77 meetings have ended; though the dialogue had its moments, there were no dramatic pronouncements coming out of this week’s meetings. The virtual format (even for delegates physically at IMO headquarters), where discussion is restricted to three hours daily (sometimes a bit …

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RANSOM PAYMENTS TO PIRATES: WHO MUST PAY IN GENERAL AVERAGE?

30 NOV 2021  Every sea voyage is a maritime adventure. All parties interested in the adventure share certain risks. For instance, if a laden vessel grounds, and the ship owner incurs the expense of refloating her and bears the damage to her hull and propeller in the course of refloating, …

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DANISH FRIGATE KILLS FOUR PIRATES IN FIRST GULF OF GUINEA ENGAGEMENT

29 NOV 2021  Less than a month after beginning its patrols in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish frigate Esbern Snare killed four suspected pirates and took four others into custody. The incident, which is the first involving the newly arrived international presence in the region, is being widely hailed as a …

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WARMING EVENTS COULD DESTABILIZE THE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET SOON. VERY SOON

30 NOV 2021 Here’s another reminder of the precarious position that the world’s climate and ecosystems are in: a new study estimates that global warming could push the Antarctic ice sheet past a tipping point in as little as 10 years. In other words, the point of no return in …

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WHY WE’RE TURNING TO MUSIC TO HELP TREAT NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

29 NOV 2021 You probably don’t realize it when you’re listening to your favorite song, but music has an incredibly powerful effect on the human brain. Singing, playing an instrument, or listening to music have all been shown to activate numerous areas of the brain that control speech, movement, and cognition, memory and emotion – often all …

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NUCLEAR PROPULSION COULD BE “TRANSFORMATIVE” FOR U.S. SHIPPING

28 NOV 2021  The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $8.5 million in research on small, modular nuclear reactors – including reactor technology for marine propulsion. DOE has awarded ABS nearly $800,000 to address challenges to the adoption of new reactor technology in commercial maritime applications. Conventional pressurized-water reactors have …

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