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Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

World
Efforts have resumed to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, as fears it could take "weeks" force trapped boats to consider turning around.Eight tug boats are currently working to drag the 400m (1,312ft) Ever Given to deeper water after it ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest shipping lanes on Tuesday morning. Dredgers are also trying to clear mud and sand from underneath it in the hope it will eventually dislodge. Image: The Ever Given is stuck for a third day. Pic: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock At least 150 vessels, including other container ships carrying oil, gas and grains, are backed up either side of the blockage in Egypt, resulting in one of the worst marine jams the world has seen in decades.The company ...
Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down as planned Wednesday and posted a message on Twitter to thank employees and all who supported his tenure at the space agency. Bridenstine, who left on the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration, made a public plea for continued support of NASA and planned missions to the moon and Mars. Advertisement He referenced historic disagreements at the agency and in Washington over whether to support another moon mission or a Mars mission, or simply to focus on Earth sciences. "It's not about the moon or Mars, which put us in conflict in the House of Representatives between Republicans and Democrats. It's about both," Bridenstine said. "It's about going to the moon to get the science and discovery that we need to le...

Even amid new Covid relief efforts, a bleak winter is ahead for small businesses

Finance
Juanmonino | E+ | Getty ImagesIt's going to take more than a second draw from the Paycheck Protection Program to get the most vulnerable small businesses through the winter, tax professionals say.Congress is back to hashing out new relief measures this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backed a bipartisan $ 908 billion stimulus plan on Wednesday, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed his $ 500 billion package.Both plans allow cash-strapped business owners to take another draw from the Paycheck Protection Program – a forgivable loan program intended for battered businesses.Typically, applicants in the program are eligible for loan forgiveness if they use a minimum of 60% of the proceeds for payroll expenses. Those that fall short may b

House Democrats push to renew efforts for second round of $1,200 stimulus checks

Finance
People gather outside of an apartment complex with the intention to stop the alleged eviction of one of the tenants in Mount Rainier, Maryland, U.S., August 10, 2020.Leah Millis | ReutersThe stimulus stalemate has left lawmakers at odds over how to get more relief to millions of Americans who need it.Earlier this month, Senate Republicans attempted to get a smaller bill through Congress as the standoff between both parties continued.But that relief bill did not include a second round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks, a measure that both parties had all but signed off on. The bill failed to get the 60 votes it needed to advance.Still, House Democrats pushed back on the stimulus check exclusion on Tuesday during a congressional hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secr...
Incredible mobility of flying foxes complicates conservation efforts

Incredible mobility of flying foxes complicates conservation efforts

Science
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Flying foxes, or fruit bats, are the largest bats in the world, but new research in Australia suggests they aren't slowed by their size. According to a study published Friday in the journal BMC Biology, the extraordinary mobility of flying foxes makes management and conservation efforts especially difficult. Advertisement Fruit bats move constantly among a constellation of roosts. Ecologists claim this movement helps flying foxes disperse seeds and pollen throughout Australia's fragmented forest ecosystems. But their varied movements also enable the spread of disease and increase the odds of conflict with humans. To better understand the challenges presented by the mobility of flying foxes, researchers used satellite tracking technology to monitor the movements of severa...