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LESSONS FROM THE SHIP THAT NEARLY DESTROYED 12 PERCENT OF WORLD TRADE

20 MAY 2021  The grounding of MV Ever Given from March 23 to March 29, 2021 captured the world’s attention. Many people asked, how could such a modern and large vessel find itself with its bow rammed into Asia, its stern aground on Africa, and its midship astride one of the major …

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HOW DOES CAFFEINE WAKE YOU UP?

19 MAY 2021 Caffeine is a bitter-tasting chemical related to the nucleic acid bases adenine and guanine.  Produced by a range of plants to deter herbivorous animals from consuming their leaves or seeds, the compound is somewhat ironically prized by us humans for its flavor, not to mention its effect as …

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MEXICO CITY IS SINKING AT AN ALARMING AND LARGELY UNSTOPPABLE RATE, NEW DATA FINDS

18 MAY 2021 Mexico City, the most populous metropolis in North America, has sunk too low for us to save it, according to new research. After centuries of water drainage from underground aquifers, the lake bed on which this city sits has grown increasingly dry, causing the clay sheets to …

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IQ TEST SCORES ARE GETTING HIGHER, BUT ARE HUMANS ACTUALLY GETTING SMARTER?

17 MAY 2021 From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. Which is why it would be easy to assume that with each generation, humans are getting smarter. But is this the …

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DEVELOPING A TECHNOLOGY TO PRODUCE HYDROGEN FROM SEAWATER OR BRINE

16 MAY 2021  An early-stage technology startup company is developing a new process for the production of hydrogen from seawater or brine without the need for desalination. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company, sHYp B.V., is on track for a first commercial pilot before the end of 2021 of the technology that …

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EGYPT OFFERS TO CUT EVER GIVEN COMPENSATION CLAIM TO $600 MILLION

10 MAY 2021 Egypt offered to reduce claims by a third for compensation from owners of the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie told MBC Masr channel television channel. The canal authority said it would reduce the claims for compensation to …

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EXPERIMENTAL BOOSTER PROTECTS AGAINST NEW CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS, EARLY TRIAL SUGGESTS

7 MAY 2021 A new COVID-19 booster being created by Moderna could protect against the variants of SARS-CoV-2 first found in Brazil and South Africa, according to the first results from a small clinical trial. The US biotech firm started developing variant-specific boosters earlier this year after evidence that several coronavirus variants can ‘break through‘ current vaccines. This is their first clinical trial in …

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YOUNG ADULTS WHO’VE HAD COVID-19 SHOW SIGNS OF LASTING CARDIOVASCULAR DAMAGE

10 MAY 2021 Just because you’re young and healthy, doesn’t mean the coronavirus won’t affect you. Young adults who show only minor symptoms of COVID-19 may still suffer lingering changes to their blood vessels, according to a small new study. While the SARS-CoV-2 primarily impacts the lungs and is particularly dangerous for older people, growing research suggests it …

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NEW WAVE OF COVID CASES HAMPERS SOUTH ASIA’S SHIPBREAKERS

9 MAY 2021  India has experienced severe shortages of purified oxygen due to its ongoing second wave of COVID infections, and this has drastically curtailed the country’s ship recycling activity. The outbreak has caused more than 218,000 deaths in the country, and oxygen shortages are partly to blame. As industrial …

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HUMAN BRAIN LIMIT OF ‘150 FRIENDS’ DOESN’T CHECK OUT, NEW STUDY CLAIMS

15 MAY 2021 It’s called Dunbar’s number: an influential and oft-repeated theory suggesting the average person can only maintain about 150 stable social relationships with other people. Proposed by British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar in the early 1990s, Dunbar’s number, extrapolated from research into primate brain sizes and their social groups, …

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