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HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE KEY BRIDGE COLLAPSE From CNN staff

29 MAR 2024 Officials recovered the bodies of two construction workers who were on Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed early Tuesday morning after a 984-foot-long cargo ship collided into a pillar. Maryland Gov. Wes Moore called the collapse Wednesday “a global crisis.” “The national economy and the world’s economy depends on the Port …

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AUSTRALIA MOVES TO STRENGTHEN SAFETY RULES FOR OFFSHORE OIL WORKERS

21 FEB 2024  Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King has introduced legislation to strengthen laws governing the safety of people who work on the nation’s offshore oil and gas projects. This bill follows a recent review of the offshore safety regime by the Department of Industry, Science and …

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VIRTUAL WATCH TOWER: A PUBLIC GOOD

07 DEC 2023  Building the new economy revolves around data, internet-of-things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and federated computing. The shipper-driven, terminal-centric Virtual Watch Tower / VWT (www.virtualwatchtower.org) is a federated computing initiative, created around fourth-generation logistics control towers of operational end-to-end logistics and supply chain monitoring (VWTnet). This results …

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STRANGE MATHEMATICAL PATTERN FOUND IN THE CELLS OF THE HUMAN BODY

01 OCT 2023 From the oxygen-carrying corpuscles in our blood to the branching neurons that govern our thoughts, our body is built of a dazzling variety of cells. Researchers from institutions in Germany, Canada, Spain, and the US have published a comprehensive study of how many individual cells of each …

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STICKY CASE OF INDONESIA, SEIZED IRANIAN OIL TANKER, AND LEGAL JURISDICTION

20 SEPT 2023 An intercepted ship-to-ship transfer raises a series of interlinked questions about sanctions, pollution and the reach of international law.   The two giant freighters floated “dark” in the open ocean not far from Indonesia. Their positioning transponders switched off, neither tanker displayed a national flag – but …

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CREWMEMBER KILLED AS BURNING CAR CARRIER IS EVACUATED IN THE NORTH SEA

01 AUG 2023  Dutch authorities are leading the response after a car carrier caught fire off the northern coast of The Netherlands around midnight on July 25. As the fire continued to spread, the decision was made to evacuate the ship. One crewmember was killed and several others injured at …

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MAJOR ALZHEIMER’S TRIAL SHOWS NEW DRUG CAN SLOW DISEASE PROGRESSION

29 JULY 2023 Results of an 18-month trial led by US pharmaceutical producer Eli Lilly have shown its new Alzheimer’s drug can delay the progression of the disease by up to 35.1 percent. That means across the trial certain patients had their decline slowed down by 4.4 to 7.5 months. It’s expected that …

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SOLAR FARMS OUT AT SEA ARE CLEAN ENERGY’S NEXT BREAKTHROUGH

21 JULY 2023 Buffeted by waves as high as 10 meters (32 feet) in China’s Yellow Sea about 30 kilometers off the coast of Shandong province, two circular rafts carrying neat rows of solar panels began generating electricity late last year, a crucial step toward a new breakthrough for clean energy. The experiment by State Power …

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE COULD BE TWICE AS OLD AS WE THOUGHT 13 July 2023

18 JULY 2023 A retired cosmological theory should be given a second chance at explaining anomalies in our Universe, according to theoretical physicist Rajendra Gupta from the University of Ottawa in Canada. By marrying the existing expanding Universe theory with a fringe explanation called the tired light hypothesis, Gupta has found the Big Bang could …

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UNEXPECTED DEATHS IN THE US ARE RISING AT AN ALARMING RATE

24 JUN 2023 People in the US are dying at higher rates than in other similar high-income countries, and that difference is only growing. That’s the key finding of a new study that I published in the journal PLOS ONE. In 2021, more than 892,000 of the 3,456,000 deaths the US experienced, or …

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