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Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Technology
PORTLAND, Maine -- Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping lanes, scientists say. The phenomenon already has increased ship strikes involving rare North Atlantic right whales on the East Coast and giant blue whales on the West Coast, researchers say. The number of strikes off California increased threefold in 2018 — to at least 10 — compared to previous years. When whales are killed in a ship collision, they often sink and don't always wash ashore. So scientists and conservationists say fatal ship strikes are dramatically under-reported. Vessels strik
Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Science
Jan. 13 (UPI) -- If temperatures continue to climb as a result of climate change, hundreds more people in the United States are likely to succumb to fatal injuries. Climate change will increase the prevalence of extreme heat, prolonged droughts and even air pollution, all of which will result in the loss of human life. But new research suggests rising temperatures will increase the number of fatal injuries that occur each year in the United States. Scientists analyzed the number of fatalities that occurred in every county in every state except Hawaii and Alaska between 1980 and 2017, as well as unusual monthly temperature changes over the 38-year period. The fatalities data included both unintentional deaths, transportation accidents, drownings and falls, and intentional deaths, homicide...
Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes

Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes

Business
Mechanical and design problems with the flight control system were among the causes of last year's Lion Air crash, families of the victims have been told.Indonesian investigators focused on a system used to improve handling and prevent stalling on the Boeing 737 Max, which crashed killing 189 people.The 737 Max model was grounded after an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019.On Tuesday, Boeing's Kevin McAllister was ousted, the most senior executive to go in the wake of the crashes.Boeing did not comment ahead of formal publication of the report into the Lion Air crash, which took place 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta on 29 October.The US company's third-quarter results, due later on Wednesday, are expected to be dominated by the fall-out from th...
NIH pinpoints cause for fatal hepatitis b-related liver disease

NIH pinpoints cause for fatal hepatitis b-related liver disease

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists have honed in on the cause of a rare condition Hepatitis B virus, or HBV, associated acute liver failure, or ALF, that can kill a patient in a few days. A study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the fatal condition comes from an unusual interaction between a heavily mutated HBV variant and an abnormal reaction of liver patient assisted by antibody-producing B cells. The researchers analyzed the differences in HBV-ALF and classic acute HBV, to isolate the cause in the rare form. Researchers took liver samples from four patients with HBV-ALF and examined how the HBV damaged the liver, and replicated it by using gene sequencing and tissue cell analysis technology. In the HBV-A...