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U.S. Navy develops software to track COVID-19 cases aboard ships

U.S. Navy develops software to track COVID-19 cases aboard ships

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Damage control software to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus is being rolled out to U.S. Navy vessels, the Naval Sea Systems Command said on Friday. The software will be delivered in laptop computers to171 surface ships, and will be used to repurpose the existing Advanced Damage Control System, officials said. Advertisement The system has been used to manage and store data related to incidents from ship collisions and fires to enemy attacks. With the onset of the pandemic, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division proposed upgrading the system to help ships manage and mitigate the impact of the virus, officials said. The software already contains templates for chemical or biological attacks, and can track personnel, plot boundaries around quarantined a...
Coronavirus: Dyson develops ventilators for NHS

Coronavirus: Dyson develops ventilators for NHS

Health
Dyson has announced it will develop a new type of medical ventilator for the NHS, to help with coronavirus.The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had responded to the government's request for help.Meanwhile, a consortium of more than a dozen companies aims to build ventilators based on two existing designs.Some industry insiders have suggested that Dyson's approach to create a new model will take too long.In a statement, Dyson said it had been working with The Technology Partnership, a medical company based in Cambridge, to develop a "meaningful and timely response"."This is a highly complex project being undertaken in an extremely challenging timeframe," it added."We are conducting a fully regulated medical device development, incl...
Army develops hearing protection for military working dogs

Army develops hearing protection for military working dogs

Business
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- From Ephesian war dogs to Conan, the dog honored this week for her role in the capture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, dogs have been members of the battlefield since ancient times. But the effects of combat on dogs' longterm health -- including their hearing -- weren't closely examined until recently. And this week, the Army announced it has developed the Canine Auditory Protection System, or CAPS, to better protect the dogs while they're at work. Dogs' ears are sensitive. It's one reason they're used in law enforcement and military roles -- they pick up soft sounds human ears can't, and they can hear high-pitched sounds inaudible to most people. But loud, booming noises bother them more in the moment. Loud noises and the risk they pose to dog ears are not...
Tropical storm warning issued in Bahamas as potential storm develops

Tropical storm warning issued in Bahamas as potential storm develops

World
Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Forecasters on Thursday continued to keep a close eye on Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, a cluster of showers and thunderstorms slowly organizing over the Bahamas. While the tropical disturbance could strengthen and move over the eastern waters of the Gulf of Mexico, new information suggests it could also become more organized late this week and perhaps turn northward along the United States Atlantic coast early next week. The disturbance, originally dubbed 95L, became Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Thursday afternoon and follows Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which slammed the northern Bahamas last week. If this system were to become a tropical storm, it would be called Humberto. A potential tropical cyclone means that it is expected to bring tropical storm or hurri...
North Korea develops software to teach ideology

North Korea develops software to teach ideology

Technology
North Korea has developed software designed to teach ideology to party members and workers, according to North Korean party daily Rodong Sinmun. Called Chongseo 1.0, it contains writings by the country's founder Kim Il-sung and his son - former leader Kim Jong-il. The paper explains that the encyclopaedia-like electronic book program aggregates classical works and anecdotes about the two Kims, as well as material related to current leader Kim Jong-un. The program works on different devices and operating systems - including Windows and North Korea's Linux-based Red Star - and the plan is to distribute it nationwide. And it won't stop there. Developers are already working on the next version - Chongseo 2.0, adding various functions...