SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day, the speed of viral spread unseen since the worst wave of the outbreak in spring.The 504 cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought the national caseload to 33,375, including 522 deaths.Around 330 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s 51 million population, where health workers are struggling to stem transmissions linked to hospitals, schools, saunas, gyms and army units.Infections were also reported in other major cities including Daegu, which was the epicenter of the country’s previous major outbreak in late February and March.The recent spike in infections came after the go
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a robotic colleague that has been working non-stop in their lab throughout lockdown. The £100,000 programmable researcher learns from its results to refine its experiments."It can work autonomously, so I can run experiments from home," explained Benjamin Burger, one of the developers. Such technology could make scientific discovery "a thousand times faster", scientists say. A new report by the Royal Society of Chemistry lays out a "post-Covid national research strategy", using robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced computing as part of a suite of technologies that "must be urgently embraced" to help socially distancing scientists contin
MUMBAI: Indian banks are staring at penalties over missed deadlines on compliance with ATM security and cash management norms introduced by the Reserve Bank of India over the last two years which banks say is not remunerative enough to carry out due to meddling in the fee structure. Most banks have not initiated these upgrades as sought by the central bank as their cost analysis of such an overhaul is significantly higher than central bank’s estimates, said people aware of the matter. The norms in question include revamp of outdated cash-replenishment process with a new cassette swapping system, ramping electronic surveillance at ATM premises, installing digital locks and upgrading the Operating Systems powering these cash machines. “Most acquirer banks who operate ATMs are waiting for a h
The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to provide a new tool for helping distressed boatersByThe Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 12:57 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the Coast Guard. “It greatly decreases the time we spend looking for someone and gets the rescue crews out faster,” said Chief Petty Officer Andrew Case from the Coast Guard center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard center in the Northeast was the first to tes
Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and drugs from North Africa to mainland SpainByThe Associated PressMarch 7, 2020, 9:39 AM2 min readMADRID -- Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and hashish from North Africa to mainland Spain. The Civil Guard said Saturday that the smuggling network allegedly used speed boats to bring people and drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar from Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa. The national law enforcement agency said investigators found evidence that 11 speed boats carried a total of 269 people and over 10,000 kilograms of hashish. The ring used radar systems and lookouts on the coast to avoid detection, the ...