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Old 27-04-2021, 12:45   #166
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Deaths compared for COVID-19 and 1918 Spanish Flu

An article discusses deviation from average death rates, absolute numbers of deaths, and relative death rates by comparing COVID-19 and the 1918 Spanish Flu. The 1918 Spanish Flu had been considered the worst modern influenza pandemic.
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“New Zealand turns to drones to halt Māui dolphin extinction”

“There are only a few dozen Māui dolphins left, and experts hope the development of new technologies can help save the mammal ...
... With just 63 dolphins remaining off of the west coast of New Zealand, fishing companies Sanford, Moana, the New Zealand Government, WWF-New Zealand, scientists, and technology experts have joined forces to fund and develop a drone that is capable of finding and tracking Māui dolphins using artificial intelligence ...”


More ➥ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...hin-extinction

MĀUI63* tracking dronehttps://www.maui63.org/

* MAUI is short for Marine Animal Unmanned Identification, and 63 represents the count of Māui dolphins when it started.
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Old 29-04-2021, 04:36   #168
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Internet Saviour Dead at 42

Daniel Kaminsky, a security researcher who found a significant security flaw in the internet, over a decade ago, died last week, of a diabetic condition [diabetes ketoacidosis], reports the New York Times. He was 42.
In 2008, Kaminsky found a problem [DNS cache poisoning] with the Domain Name System, or DNS, which essentially allowed thieves to steal people's accounts and passwords, empty bank accounts, or even shut down the internet completely.
Instead of exploiting this flaw, Kaminsky alerted the Department of Homeland Security, and executives at Cisco and Microsoft, and found a fix [Source Port Randomization]. This fix makes the attack up to 65,536 times harder.

An Illustrated Guide to the Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability
An Illustrated Guide to the Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

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Old 03-05-2021, 02:57   #169
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3 killed, 27 hospitalized after boat capsizes off San Diego

A packed 40 Ft. boat, being used in a suspected human smuggling operation, capsized Sunday, and broke apart in powerful surf along the rocky San Diego coast, killing three people, and injuring more than two dozen others, authorities said.
A total of 27 people were transported to hospitals with “a wide variety of injuries” including hypothermia.

On Thursday, border officials intercepted a panga-type vessel travelling without navigation lights 11 miles (18 kilometres) off the coast of Point Loma with 21 people on board. The crew took all 15 men and six women into custody.

More ➥ https://apnews.com/article/san-diego...531c30e7be841a


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At least 26 killed in Bangladesh boat crash

At least 26 people have been killed, after a speedboat, carrying about 36 passengers, from the town of Mawa, collided with a vessel, transporting sand, on the Padma River, near the rural town of Shibchar, Bangladesh.

More ➥ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...-boat-accident
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Old 07-05-2021, 04:08   #170
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“DNA identification of a sailor from the 1845 Franklin northwest passage expedition” ~ by Douglas R. Stenton et al

When Sir John Franklin, two ships, and some 130 sailors left a British port in 1845, they hoped to successfully navigate the fabled Northwest Passage, through the Canadian Arctic and into the Pacific Ocean.

Last spotted in Baffin Bay later that year, the ships disappeared, and every crew member perished. The expedition reportedly resulted in the greatest loss of life event in the history of polar exploration, and left more questions than answers about what happened.

But 176 years later, a DNA match has identified the skeletal remains of a sailor, aboard HMS “Erebus”, as Warrant Officer John Gregory, the first time genetics have been used to name any of the officers and crew.

In a study [1], recently published in the Polar Record journal, scientists said the discovery provides clues about the final movements of the Franklin expeditioners.

[1] Study abstract https://www.cambridge.org/core/journ...6A8F978072EE02

News report https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-ne...member-3756689
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Old 07-05-2021, 04:10   #171
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How a sailor is getting ready to go it alone, around the world, with help from P.E.I.

South African-born, Kirsten Neuschafer has her sights set on next year's [starts September 2022] solo and non-stop ‘Golden Globe Race’ around the world, and her sailboat is now on Prince Edward Island [P.E.I.], for an extensive refit.
The sailor's 36-foot ‘Cape George’ boat is now up on blocks, in a barn in the community of Baltic, P.E.I.
Local tradespeople, like Eddie Arsenault, are preparing it for its odyssey of 30,000 nautical miles. Most of that voyage will be in the southern hemisphere, where conditions are notoriously tough on sailors.

So far, Neuschafer is the only woman competing in the Golden Globe Race 2022.
She'll be alone at sea for seven to nine months, never touching land. Adding to the challenge, GPS and cellphones aren't allowed. Sailors will rely on traditional navigational tools — charts and sextant — to find their way.

More ➥ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/princ...race-1.6015291
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WHO names B1617 fourth COVID-19 variant of concern

The coronavirus variant ‘B1617', first identified in India last year, is now being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

The B1617 variant is the fourth variant to be designated as being of global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis. The others are those first detected in the United Kingdom (B117), South Africa (B1351), and Brazil (P1).

The India variant of COVID-19 was dubbed a "double mutant", because it contains two famous mutations. These are the L452R and E484Q mutations, which could help the virus evade an immune response. These two mutations affect the virus' spike protein – the basis of COVID-19 vaccines.
The E484Q is similar to the mutation E484K, which is present in the two notable "variants of concern," such as the B1351 (first found in South Africa) and the P1 (first found in Brazil), and may have an impact on vaccine efficacy.
But aside from these two mutations, the B1617, just like the other new variants, contains more than a dozen mutations.

More ➥ https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-pers...ariant-concern
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U.S. CDC eases guidance on indoor mask-wearing for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said.
"If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."

The newly-issued guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. The announcement comes as the CDC and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people — people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot.

CDC Guidance, Updated May 13, 2021:

“When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated” ~ CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...accinated.html

“Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People” ~ CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...-guidance.html
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Australia’s ‘biggest climate polluter’ takes Greenpeace to court
Energy company AGL is accusing Greenpeace Australia Pacific of abusing copyright and trademark law in a campaign.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific used AGL’s logos in a satirical advertisement campaign launched in early May 2021. The campaign was developed to promote a new report [1] from Greenpeace Australia Pacific, that aimed to raise public awareness of the fact that AGL is Australia’s “biggest climate polluter”.
More ➥ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...peace-to-court

And ➥ https://www.greenpeace.org.au/wp/wp-...ia-Pacific.pdf

[1] “Coal-faced: exposing AGL as Australia’s biggest climate polluter”
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/wp/wp-...igital-1-1.pdf

About: New report: Net zero emissions impossible unless AGL ditches coal
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/news/n...-ditches-coal/
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“The dream of the truly driverless car is officially dead” ~ Opinion by Ashley Nunes
Driverless technology has been heralded as a way to save costs and save lives.
But driverless does not mean humanless. Technology still requires human oversight.
This often means increased, not reduced, costs for business and consumers alike.
Ashley Nunes is Director for Competition Policy at the R Street Institute.
This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
More ➥ https://markets.businessinsider.com/...1-5-1030478907
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China reports 1st human case of H10N3 bird flu
A 41-year-old man in China's eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3, Beijing's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday.
The source of the patient's exposure to the H10N3 virus is not known at this time, and no other cases were found in emergency surveillance among the local population. At this time, there is no indication of human-to-human transmission.
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An interesting Opinion essay:

Earth’s volcanoes, both on land and underwater, are estimated to release, on average, about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Humanity releases almost 37 billion.
The fire we burn is almost 200 times greater than that produced by all the volcanic activity on Earth.
In 2010, Eyjafjallajökull erupted, and put a stop to European air traffic for six days. Eyjafjallajökull emitted less carbon dioxide, per day, than what’s normally emitted by all of Europe’s flights. Thus, in canceling all those flights, the eruption became the first environmentally responsible one in history.

“We Are the Volcano” ~ by Andri Snær Magnason
To visit a volcano is to look in a mirror and consider the force humans have become—the greatest eruption on Earth.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...uption/619047/
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Interesting to note in the Greenpeace section notamention of A G l in Australia plus other power company’s world wide are100 pc Chinese owned ,in this day and age can we afford it .⛵️⚓️��
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Interesting to note in the Greenpeace section notamention of A G l in Australia plus other power company’s world wide are100 pc Chinese owned ,in this day and age can we afford it .⛵️⚓️��
Are you saying that, you think (Australia's) AGL Energy is Chinese owned?
I don't believe that's the case.
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