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Seismic forensics could inform a warning system for future floods

Seismic forensics could inform a warning system for future floods

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Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Seismic forensics could help scientists develop an early warning system for rockslides and floods in the future. On Feb. 7, 2021, a large rockslide trigged a deadly flood in India's Dhauli Ganga Valley. The rush of water killed more than 200 people and destroyed a pair of hydroelectric power plants. In a new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers used data from a network of seismometers to piece together the minute-by-minute seismic signatures of the rockslide and subsequent flood. Although scientists have yet to determine what exactly triggered the catastrophe, they know that just after 10:20 in the morning, local time, 20 million cubic meters of ice and rock plunged down the slopes Ronti Peak, a mountain glacier, and into the Ronti Ga...
Danes vaccinate 100,000 people in a day to test system

Danes vaccinate 100,000 people in a day to test system

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Denmark is vaccinating 100,000 people in one day as they test their system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people will be vaccinated per dayByThe Associated PressApril 12, 2021, 9:55 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCOPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark’s Health Minister declared Monday “the big vaccine day," with 100,000 people to be vaccinated in one day as officials test the system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people as that will be vaccinated each day.The shots will be given in 68 inoculation centers across the country of nearly 6 million. The number will be lower Tuesday.Minister Magnus Heunicke said Danes will “set a new record,” and urged people to arrive on time and have high spirits.The bulk of the vaccination will be i...
World’s largest ocean monitoring system BRUVS launched

World’s largest ocean monitoring system BRUVS launched

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Professor Jessica Meeuwig, the Director of the Centre for Marine Futures at the University of Western Australia, has told the BBC about her hopes for a new ocean monitoring system.The UK government funded project, known as BRUVS, will focus on monitoring marine life in ten British Overseas Territories including Pitcairn and Ascension Island.Video produced by Anna BoydLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

Racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution reflects ‘broken’ U.S. healthcare system, experts say

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March 18 (UPI) -- The racial inequality in COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the United States reflects a "broken" healthcare system that has long overlooked communities of color, Stephen B. Thomas, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said Thursday. In an analysis of roughly 50 million of the 113 million vaccine doses administered nationally so far, shots were given to 16% of residents of counties with low rates of poverty and unemployment and higher per capita income, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released earlier this week showed. Advertisement In comparison, about 14% of residents of U.S. counties with higher rates of poverty and unemployment have received the shot, the agency reported. At least some of this disparity can be attribute...
In cockroach fights, bet on the roach with the bigger respiratory system

In cockroach fights, bet on the roach with the bigger respiratory system

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Feb. 23 (UPI) -- When cockroaches square off, more often than not, the roach with the bigger respiratory system emerges victorious. Male cockroaches compete with one another for access to breeding females, but even the most aggressive cockroaches don't fight all comers. Advertisement Like other animals, roaches do their best to avoid unwinnable conflicts by sizing up the size and power of would-be opponents. Sometimes, that's easier said than done. According to a new study, published Tuesday in the journal Animal Behavior, mismatches between cockroach competitors aren't always obvious. To better understand the sexual competition between male cockroaches, scientists paired Madagascan hissing cockroaches in a makeshift arena and watched how the tussles played out. Researchers did their bes...