Fortnightly Yours. 8/24 2024

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Arresting : striking, eye-catching

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A1. Tehran signals no retaliation against Israel after drones’ attack Iran.

A2. As famine looms in Sudan, the hungry eat soil and leaves.

A3. Unprecedented’: How bird flu became an animal pandemic.

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A1. Tehran signals no retaliation against Israel after drones’ attack Iran.

Explosions echoed over an Iranian city on recently in what sources described as an Israeli attack, but Tehran played down the incident and indicated it had no plans for retaliation — a response that appeared gauged toward averting region-wide war.

The limited scale of the attack and Iran’s muted response appeared to signal a successful effort by diplomats who have been working to avert all-out war since an Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel last Saturday.

Tehran signals no retaliation against Israel after drones attack Iran – The Japan Times

A2. As famine looms in Sudan, the hungry eat soil and leaves.

 

Nearly five million people are close to famine as the country’s civil war passes the one-year mark. Aid officials say the warring parties – the army and the Rapid Support Forces – are looting aid or blocking it from reaching areas where starvation is taking hold. But ‘the world’s largest hunger crisis’ is drawing little global attention.

As famine looms in Sudan, the hungry eat soil and leaves (reuters.com)

A3. Unprecedented’: How bird flu became an animal pandemic.

Bird flu is decimating wildlife around the world and is now spreading in cows. In the handful of human cases seen so far it has been extremely deadly.

‘Unprecedented’: How bird flu became an animal pandemic (bbc.com)

Factual : actually occurring.

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F1. Nearly half of China’s major cities are sinking, researchers say.

F2. So, you bought a pipeline. Now what?

F3. The world’s coral reefs are bleaching. What does that mean?

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F1. Nearly half of China’s major cities are sinking, researchers say.

 

Nearly half of China’s major cities are suffering “moderate to severe” levels of subsidence, putting millions of people at risk of flooding especially as sea levels rise, according to a study of nationwide satellite data released on Friday.

The authors of the paper, published by the journal Science, found 45% of China’s urban land was sinking faster than 3 millimetres per year, with 16% at more than 10 mm per year, driven not only by declining water tables but also the sheer weight of the built environment.

Nearly half of China’s major cities are sinking, researchers say | Reuters

F2. So, you bought a pipeline. Now what?

 

The most expensive infrastructure project in Canadian history began as an attempt to provide a simple transport route to the West Coast for growing oil production. A dozen years on, the government-owned operator of the $34-billion Trans Mountain expansion (TMX) is poised to crank open the taps, and it’s proven to be anything but simple.

After 12 years, the $34-billion Trans Mountain pipeline is finally finished. But what happens next? – The Globe and Mail

F3. The world’s coral reefs are bleaching. What does that mean?

Recently, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the world’s fourth mass global bleaching event is underway – with serious consequences for marine life and for the people and economies that rely on reefs.

The world’s coral reefs are bleaching. What does that mean? | Reuters

G1. How Volvo landed a cheap Chinese EV on U.S. shores in a trade war.

A made-in-China electric vehicle will hit U.S. dealers this summer offering power and efficiency similar to the Tesla Model Y, the world’s best-selling EV, but for about $8,000 less.

The EX30 from Volvo Cars (VOLCARb.ST), opens new tab, the Swedish luxury brand owned by China’s Geely (GEELY.UL) , foreshadows the fierce competitive threat U.S. automakers could face from Chinese EV manufacturers that have surged far ahead of global rivals, especially on affordability.

How Volvo landed a cheap Chinese EV on U.S. shores in a trade war | Reuters

G2. Deadly Dubai floods made worse by climate change.

Deadly storms that left Dubai under water and killed more than 20 people in Oman were likely made worse by climate change, scientists say. Heat pumped into the atmosphere by humans probably made the record rainfall 10-40% heavier, as well the natural weather pattern El Niño also drove the intense storms.

Deadly Dubai floods made worse by climate change (bbc.com)

G3. World’s biggest 3D printer whirs into action.

A giant 3D printer, which is big enough to make a house, has been unveiled at the University of Maine. The university says it has beaten its own record for the world’s largest polymer 3D printer – with the new printer four times bigger than the previous machine. Large 3D printers, such as that unveiled in Maine, are more likely to be used to make parts of houses rather than full homes, says Dr Eujin Pei, who is an expert in additive manufacturing at Brunel University.

World’s biggest 3D printer whirs into action (bbc.com)

Seminal : original ,groundbreaking

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S1. Gigantic marine reptile’s fossils found by British girl and father.

S2. Latest Biden chip deal highlights U.S. semiconductor successes.

S3. Biden unveils $7 billion for rooftop solar in Earth Day message.

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S1. Gigantic marine reptile’s fossils found by British girl and father.

A fossil jawbone found by a British girl and her father on a beach in Somerset, England belongs to a gigantic marine reptile dating to 202 million years ago that appears to have been among the largest animals ever on Earth. Researchers said on Wednesday the bone, called a surangular, was from a type of ocean-going reptile called an ichthyosaur.

Gigantic marine reptile’s fossils found by British girl and father | Reuters

S2. Latest Biden chip deal highlights U.S. semiconductor successes.

With this week’s $6.4 billion deal by the U.S. and South Korean chipmaker Samsung Electronics to draw semiconductor expertise to American shores, the administration of President Joe Biden has highlighted another win under the CHIPS and Science Act.

Latest Biden chip deal highlights U.S. semiconductor successes – The Japan Times

S3. Biden unveils $7 billion for rooftop solar in Earth Day message.

President Joe Biden on Monday celebrated Earth Day by announcing $7 billion in grants for residential solar projects that will power nearly a million low-income households. The announcement kicks off a week of activities aimed at touting his administration’s record on climate change.

Biden unveils $7 billion for rooftop solar in Earth Day message | Reuters

Wacky : amusing, peculiar

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W1. Israel’s Iron Dome

W2. Tennessee passes bill to let teachers carry guns, a year after mass shooting.

W3. A Brewery Worker’s Drunken Driving Defense: His Stomach Made the Alcohol

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W1. Israel’s Iron Dome

Iron Dome was originally billed as providing city-sized coverage against rockets with ranges of 4 to 70 km (2.5 to 43 miles), but experts say this has been expanded as the system has been improved over time.

How Israel’s Iron Dome protects its cities (reuters.com)

W2. Tennessee passes bill to let teachers carry guns, a year after mass shooting.

The Tennessee legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would allow teachers and school staffers to carry concealed handguns in schools, one of the most divisive steps taken by Republican leaders in the year since six people were killed by a shooter at a Nashville school. Cut through the 2024 election noise. The House approved the measure as protesters shouted objections, nearly drowning out the proceedings with chants of “Not one more kid!”

Tennessee passes bill to arm teachers, allowing them to carry guns in schools – The Washington Post

W3. A Brewery Worker’s Drunken Driving Defense: His Stomach Made the Alcohol

A Belgian man has avoided a drink-driving conviction after proving to a court he has a rare condition that causes his body to create alcohol by itself. The 40-year-old was pulled over by police who breath-tested him at the roadside, where he gave off a reading of 0.91 milligrams of alcohol per litre – compared to a legal limit in Belgium of 0.22mg/L, according to the ABC. However, after testing him a month later, the man still registered a reading of 0.71mg/L. The man, who works at a brewery, was able to prove to a court in Bruges on Monday he has been diagnosed with auto-brewery syndrome (ABS) – which causes carbohydrates in his stomach to be fermented, increasing ethanol levels in his blood which make him appear intoxicated, according to major news outlets.

Belgian Man’s Drunken Driving Defense: His Body Made the Alcohol – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

What is ethanol metabolism? | AAT Bioquest

In Other news

World Bank sounds alarm on ‘historical reversal’ of development for poorest nations.

Half of the world’s 75 poorest countries are experiencing a widening income gap with the wealthiest economies for the first time this century in a historical reversal of development, the World Bank said in a report on Monday.

The differential between per capita income growth in the poorest countries and the richest has widened over the past five years, according to the report.

World Bank sounds alarm on ‘historical reversal’ of development for poorest nations | Reuters

Apple pulls WhatsApp, Threads from China app store after Beijing order.

Apple (AAPL.O), opens new tab said on Friday it had removed Meta Platforms’ (META.O), opens new tab WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China after being ordered to do so by the Chinese government, which cited national security concerns.

Telegram and Signal – two other foreign messaging apps – were also removed from the store on Friday, according to app tracking firms Qimai and AppMagic.

Apple pulls WhatsApp, Threads from China app store after Beijing order | Reuters

Can a marriage without sex be a happy one?

Can a Sexless Marriage Be a Happy One? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The schlock economy

Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers (ftc.gov)

Lori and George Schappell, Long-Surviving Conjoined Twins, Die at 62

Lori and George Schappell, Long-Surviving Conjoined Twins, Die at 62 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

How Do We Know What Animals Are Really Feeling? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Hyping ‘overcapacity’ in China is the real threat to world: Global Times editorial – Global Times

China set to launch high-stakes mission to moon’s ‘hidden’ side

Drought Pushes Millions Into ‘Acute Hunger’ in Southern Africa – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pro-Palestinian Encampments Spread, Leading to Hundreds of Arrests – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

MeToo founder Tarana Burke defiant after Harvey Weinstein ruling (bbc.com)

Too early to judge impact of Rwanda plan on Ireland – No 10 (bbc.com)

Biden just signed a potential TikTok ban into law. Here’s what happens next | CNN Business

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