India Set to Launch ‘Deep Sea Mission’ for Exploration of Energy, Minerals

New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 24, 2020 Last week, China live-streamed footage of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. As per media reports, it was part of the country’s mission into the deepest underwater valley on the planet. India will soon launch an ambitious “Deep Ocean Mission” in order to explore minerals, energy, and marine diversity … Continue reading India Set to Launch ‘Deep Sea Mission’ for Exploration of Energy, Minerals

Thailand brings NASA air quality data down to Earth

Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 24, 2020 For decades, NASA has used the vantage point of space, combined with airborne and ground-based field campaigns, to decipher the impact of air pollution and help other agencies protect people when unhealthy air threatens the places they live, work, and play. Now, government agencies in Thailand are harnessing the power of NASA air quality data and expertise through a … Continue reading Thailand brings NASA air quality data down to Earth

Balloon messages for Hong Kongers held in mainland China

Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 21, 2020 Relatives of 12 Hong Kong democracy activists detained in mainland China released balloons carrying messages to their loved ones across the border on Saturday, as they called for their return. It has been 90 days since the 12 were arrested by the Chinese coast guard in late August when fleeing their city for Taiwan by boat. Most of those … Continue reading Balloon messages for Hong Kongers held in mainland China

Ice storms in Russia’s Far East prompts state of emergency

Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Nov 20, 2020 Freak ice storms following an abnormal weather phenomenon has left 150,000 people without water and electricity in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and prompted a state of emergency. The exceptional weather brought down cables and trees with the government of the Primorsky region declaring a state of emergency. “The situation with the electricity supply remains very difficulthttp://dlvr.it/RmDCgt Continue reading Ice storms in Russia’s Far East prompts state of emergency

Explainer: What is the Sahel and why is it so important?

Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2020 Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region is a crucible of climate change, population movement and jihadist attacks. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this month called it a “microcosm of cascading global risks converging in one region.” – What is it ? – In pure geographic terms the Sahel, or Sahil in Arabic, meaning coast or shore, is a vast region that stretches along … Continue reading Explainer: What is the Sahel and why is it so important?

Arctic animals’ movement patterns are shifting in different ways as the climate changes

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2020 For animals in the Arctic, life is a balancing act. Seasonal cues, such as warmer spring temperatures or cooler temperatures in the fall, tell animals when to migrate, when to mate, and when and where to find food. Predators and prey, birds and mammals alike follow this natural schedule, and an overall shift of just a few days or … Continue reading Arctic animals’ movement patterns are shifting in different ways as the climate changes

Space Flight Laboratory to supply 3 more greenhouse gas monitoring microsatellites

Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 18, 2020 Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), a developer of 52 distinct microspace missions, has been awarded a contract by GHGSat of Montreal to build the next three microsatellites in its commercial greenhouse gas monitoring constellation. “SFL congratulates GHGSat on its success in providing commercial greenhouse gas monitoring services from space,” said SFL Director, Dr. Robert E. Zee. “This contrachttp://dlvr.it/Rm5j8S Continue reading Space Flight Laboratory to supply 3 more greenhouse gas monitoring microsatellites

Senior Pentagon official infected with Covid-19

Washington (AFP) Nov 20, 2020 A senior US defense official tested positive for Covid-19 Thursday after meeting last week in Washington with Lithuania’s defense chief, who later also tested positive for the virus, the Pentagon said. Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that the Pentagon was informed Thursday that Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis, who visited Washington on November 13, was infected with the corhttp://dlvr.it/Rm41dz Continue reading Senior Pentagon official infected with Covid-19

Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm

Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2020 Nearly a million people have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, the firm said, although it has not yet provided any clear clinical evidence of efficacy. China has been giving experimental Covid-19 vaccines to people including state employees, international students and essential workers heading abroad since July. Sinopharm’s chairman told mhttp://dlvr.it/Rm41bt Continue reading Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm

Amazon Pharmacy Opens for Business

Amazon is getting into the online pharmacy prescription business in a big way. The e-commerce giant is setting up a new drugstore on its platform, Amazon Pharmacy, that will allow customers to complete a pharmacy transaction on their desktop or through the company’s mobile app. Amazon said that filling prescriptions at its pharmacy would be as easy as shopping anywhere else on the platform.http://dlvr.it/Rm1w7Y Continue reading Amazon Pharmacy Opens for Business