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  • How droplets can spread on transport

    May 27, 2020

    Graphic new simulations published by the University of Oregon show how easily droplets can spread in confined spaces, underscoring the need for social distancing on public transport. A video published by the university and shared by the BBC shows how a person talking can spread droplets further than one might think. Respiratory scientist, Dr Julian Tang of ...

  • Why blackouts are so common in Afghanistan

    May 27, 2020

    Early this month, Afghanistan’s electricity sector took three major hits after blasts crippled transmission towers in Kabul’s Chimtala area and Charikar city in Parwan province. The next day in Charikar, explosives detonated at the site killed one official and injured four more employees from the country’s state electricity company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (Dabs), as ...

  • Excess UK deaths in Covid-19 outbreak approach 60,000

    May 26, 2020

    The number of excess deaths registered in the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak has almost reached 60,000, as an international comparison showed the country has one of the world’s highest rates of coronavirus deaths per capita. Figures released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed cases have been falling, but they came as University of Oxford researchers ...

  • Mold, Legionnaires’ a worry as offices reopen to workers

    May 26, 2020

    Workers headed back to the office face new risks once stay-at-home orders are lifted: Legionnaires’ disease and exposure to mold. With buildings closed to non-essential workers, water in plumbing systems can stagnate and increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Legionnaires’ disease kills about 1 ...

  • Australia: Black Summer bushfire smoke killed nearly 450 people, inquiry hears

    May 26, 2020

    Health experts have told the Bushfire Royal Commission smoke from the Black Summer bushfires that raged across Australia affected 80 per cent of the population. The commission, which is looking into Australia’s preparedness for and responses to natural disasters, is hearing from health experts about the short and long-term impacts of bushfires. On Tuesday, the commission heard ...

  • Time to Move Beyond the Rhetoric of Protecting Civilians in Conflict

    May 26, 2020

    In his annual protection report to the United Nations Security Council, released this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a clear call to parties to conflict and States: move beyond the rhetoric and make the protection of civilians a reality for the millions of people affected by armed conflict. And with good cause. As reported by ...

  • Huawei’s future in U.K. 5G networks in question again

    May 26, 2020

    Huawei’s role in U.K. mobile networks may be in question once again, as the country’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched a review of what impact new U.S. sanctions on the China telecom giant might have on Britain’s telecom networks. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the U.K. government said: “The security and resilience of ...

  • Linking Energy, Food Security, and Health Can Help Face COVID-19

    May 26, 2020

    As the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread in developed and developing countries alike, not all have the privilege of applying basic prevention measures, and energy and food play a key role in several of these. Almost one billion poor people worldwide have little or no access to reliable, affordable energy to remotely communicate ...

  • EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach

    May 26, 2020

    UK budget airline easyJet is facing an £18 billion class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers impacted by a recently-disclosed data breach. Made public on May 19, easyJet said that information belonging to nine million customers may have been exposed in a cyberattack, including over 2,200 credit card records. The “highly sophisticated” attacker to blame for the security incident ...

  • Cyberattacks against hospitals must stop, says Red Cross

    May 26, 2020

    Immediate action needs to be taken to stop cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare organisations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and governments around the world need to work together to make it happen, says a newly published open letter signed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, former world leaders, cybersecurity executives and others. The joint ...

  • Cyber Attacks On Healthcare Systems: Infrastructure Protection Critical – Analysis

    May 25, 2020

    On April 16, 2020, Czech authorities warned its international allies of “imminent, large scale attacks on hospitals”. They know the effects of such an operation. Brno University Hospital, the second largest hospital in Czech Republic, has had to reschedule operations, relocate patients, and delay some COVID-19 test results due to a cyberattack in mid-March 2020. EUROPOL has ...

  • UK: New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases

    May 25, 2020

    A new report published in the Journal of Business Research, led by the University of Bristol, has highlighted the top priorities to help both physical and online stores satisfy fast-changing customer needs and expectations, while also meeting stringent government regulations. Lead author Dr Eleonora Pantano, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Bristol, said: “From the very outset ...

  • 90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK’s lockdown

    May 25, 2020

    Around 90 attacks targeting the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure have been reported during the coronavirus lockdown. The incidents, which surged over the Easter weekend, are believed to be motivated by conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to the deployment of 5G masts. Derbyshire Police has called for witnesses to come forward over the most recent suspected arson attack, which targeted ...

  • Coronavirus monitoring bracelets flood the market, ready to snitch on people who don’t distance

    May 25, 2020

    Surveillance firms around the world are licking their lips at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in on the coronavirus by repositioning one of their most invasive products: the tracking bracelet. Body monitors are associated with criminality and guilt in the popular imagination, the accessories of Wall Street crooks under house arrest and menace-to-society parolees. Unlike smartphones, ...

  • Huge rise in hacking attacks on home workers during lockdown

    May 24, 2020

    Hackers have launched a wave of cyber-attacks trying to exploit British people working from home, as the coronavirus lockdown forces people to use often unfamiliar computer systems. The proportion of attacks targeting home workers increased from 12% of malicious email traffic before the UK’s lockdown began in March to more than 60% six weeks later, according ...

  • Cyber security review may spell end for Huawei 5G deal

    May 24, 2020

    The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK is expected to conclude that US sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company’s technology as planned for 5G networks. The emergency review, announced on Sunday, is designed to pave the way for Downing Street to push for the total elimination of Huawei equipment in British ...

  • Auckland Council sniffer dogs keeping Rakino Island pest-free

    May 23, 2020

    After weeks of lockdown, Auckland Council sniffer dogs are back on the frontline, protecting the Hauraki Gulf’s outer islands from stowaway pests. While they were off duty, locals had to rely on their local ‘taxi’ operators to act as pseudo-biosecurity officers. Just like us, little Rosie the dog has been cooped up at home in lockdown. But ...

  • Analysis of Ebola-related tweets uncovers strong ties between politics, discord, and misinformation

    May 23, 2020

    A new study published in BMC Public Health sheds light on the politicization of disease outbreaks. The research examined thousands of messages sent on the social media platform Twitter shortly after the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States. “One of my areas of focus in my work is public health communication as an important component ...

  • U.S. discussed conducting its first nuclear test in decades, Washington Post reports

    May 23, 2020

    The Trump administration discussed last week whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the matter. The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that ...

  • Why we might not get a coronavirus vaccine

    May 22, 2020

    It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing a vaccine to Sars-CoV-2 – it’s seen as the fast track to a return to normal life. That’s why the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the UK was “throwing everything at it”. But while trials have been launched and manufacturing deals already signed – Oxford University ...