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New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

Technology
MECOSTA, Mich. -- For generations, Brian Sackett's family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S.About 25% of the nation's potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during September harvest and late spring has been ideal for crop storage. That's a big reason why the state produces more chipping potatoes than any other.But with temperatures edging higher, Sackett had to buy several small refrigeration units for his sprawling warehouses. Last year, he paid $ 125,000 for a bigger one. It's expensive to operate, but beats having his potatoes rot.“Our good, fresh, cool air is getting less all the time, it seems like,” he said on a recent morning as a front-end loader scooped up piles of plump, light-brown potatoe...
Elon Musk’s Starlink in talks with UK to solve broadband problems

Elon Musk’s Starlink in talks with UK to solve broadband problems

Technology
The UK is in talks with Elon Musk's satellite broadband company Starlink to provide connectivity in hard-to-reach areas.It comes as Boris Johnson has promised a £5bn "rocket boost" for parts of the country with slow broadband - the latest pledge in his "levelling up" agenda. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes the satellite constellation project by the billionaire SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk is one of the best ways to deliver coverage in hard-to-reach areas, although alternatives are being considered.The government is also assessing whether High Altitude Platforms, such as balloons or autonomous aircraft, could help deliver coverage in rural regions like the Scottish Highlands. Image: The UK is in talks with Elon Musk's com...
Covid trauma ‘also affects people with breathing problems at home’

Covid trauma ‘also affects people with breathing problems at home’

Health
Getty ImagesPeople with breathing problems related to Covid-19 who receive no medical help could still suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, a study suggests.One in three of those on ventilators and one in five in hospital was badly affected, it found.But 11% of thousands who stayed at home with breathing difficulties also experienced flashbacks of that time.The researchers stress the importance of following up on mental health.The study surveyed more than 13,000 people who had had confirmed or suspected Covid-19, most of whom did not have breathing problems.About a quarter, nearly 3,500, said they had had breathing problems but no help 176 said they had had breathing problems and were assisted at homeAnother 147 had been admitted to hospital for treatmentAnd 60 had neede...
Fatigue, breathing, mental health problems may persist for months after COVID-19

Fatigue, breathing, mental health problems may persist for months after COVID-19

Health
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- More than 75% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have at least one symptom of the disease six months after they were infected with the virus, a study published Friday by The Lancet found. Fatigue and muscle weakness were the most common persistent symptoms, affecting more than 60% of study participants, the data showed. Advertisement In addition, about one in four participants reported sleep difficulties or symptoms of anxiety or depression months after they were diagnosed with the virus, the researchers said. "Because COVID-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients' health," study co-author Bin Cao said in a statement. "Our analysis indicates that most patients continue to live with at least some of the effects...
Lockheed, Pentagon agree on $70.6M settlement over F-35 parts problems

Lockheed, Pentagon agree on $70.6M settlement over F-35 parts problems

Business
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin will invest nearly $ 71 million to correct an ongoing problem with spare parts for the F-35 fighter plane, an agreement the Pentagon states. The agreement, announced on Tuesday, will be formalized within two weeks, a Defense Contract Management Agency spokesman said. Advertisement The deal refers to over 15,000 F-35 spare parts delivered to the U.S. military without "electric equipment logs," which permit the parts to the identified and absorbed into logistics systems. Incorrect or unavailable information delays the uploading of data, and the dispute centered on at least $ 183 million in Defense Department expenses owing to the problem. The parts in question were rejected for installation only because of the lack of tracking data -- no flaws in safety or...