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Navy accepts delivery of USNS Burlington Expeditionary Fast Transport

Navy accepts delivery of USNS Burlington Expeditionary Fast Transport

Business
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy accepted its tenth Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EPF 10, from Austal USA on Nov. 15th, according to Navy press release USNS Burlington will be owned and operated by the Military Sealift Command and will be used in a variety of missions including overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and special operations forces support. "Burlington will provide tremendous flexibility to combatant commanders in the fleet," Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager Capt. Scott Searles said in a release."EPF 10 will enhance our forward presence and provide a variety of capabilities to U.S. operations around the globe." The EPF is designed to carry up to 600 tons of cargo and 312 troops plus Military Sealift Command attachments over 1,3...
The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- According to a new survey of the Amazon, the planet's largest forest is shifting its composition in response to climate change. Unfortunately, the research suggests the Amazon isn't evolving fast enough. The climate is changing faster than the Amazon can adapt. Most noticeably, scientists found moisture-loving tree species are dying off faster than they can be replaced by species that can withstand drier conditions. Droughts during the last decades have damaged large portions of the Amazon. "The ecosystem's response is lagging behind the rate of climate change," Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, geographer at the University of Leeds, said in a news release. "The data showed us that the droughts that hit the Amazon basin in the last decades had serious consequences for the makeup ...
Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Health
Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests. The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza places. Experts say children exposed to fast food on the way home from school are more likely to eat unhealthily. PHE wants local authorities to refuse applications from new takeaways. One in three children is now overweight or obese by the age of 11.And children from poorer areas are more than twice as likely to be overweight. Adults are also affected, with research in Cambridge indicating people living closest to the largest number of fas...
Navy christens expeditionary fast transport USNS Burlington

Navy christens expeditionary fast transport USNS Burlington

Business
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has christened U.S. Naval Ship Burlington, its newest Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport.The USNS Burlington was christened in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and his wife, Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy, as primary sponsors of the ship, and the senator giving the keynote address at the event.Marcelle Leahy said naming the ship after the Vermont city of Burlington was "fitting because Vermonters have long heeded the nation's call to service.""This ship honors Burlington, Vermont, a city that embodies American values and its patriotic, hard working citizens for their support and contributions to our Navy," Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a press release."Burlington, like the other ships in the EPF progra...
Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Technology
Astronomers are getting closer to solving one of the universe's biggest mysteries.Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are transient radio pulses that emit more energy in a single millisecond than the sun does all day.As many as 10,000 of them are thought to occur every day but so far astronomers have only spotted dozens and have struggled to pin down their origin.Fast radio bursts are extremely powerful but they are also very short, lasting only milliseconds.Making a researcher's task even more difficult, many of them only happen once.One, however, has been observed to repeat itself sporadically, allowing researchers to examine it more closely.FRB 121102 could have come from an extreme environment - "among the most highly-magnetised regions of space ever observed", researchers say in a report contain...