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Tighter U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil will cost Asia but supply will flow

Asian buyers of Iranian crude are well placed to overcome the end of U.S. sanctions waivers as they have demonstrated they can live without it and as global producers have the capacity to make up a shortfall, according to analysts and trade data. The United States on Monday demanded buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May or face sanctions, ending six months of waivers which allowed Iran's eight biggest buyers, most of them in Asia, to continue importing limited volumes. Iran's four-bigges...


Fossil hunter tries to sell baby T-Rex skeleton on eBay for £2.25m, enraging scientists

A fossil hunter’s attempt to sell a young Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on eBay for $2.95 million (£2.25 million) set off a furore among scientists who warned that it needed to be studied, not sold to the highest bidder.The skeleton’s owner, Alan Detrich, defended his decision to try to sell the 15-foot fossil to a wealthy private collector, arguing that it could still be subject to research.“It’s very hard to reach a billionaire,” he said Wednesday, noting that he hoped a wealthy bidder from Europ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, New York, Science, Ebay, Kansas, Rex, People Magazine, Robert, Alan Detrich, Detrich, Leonard Krishtalka, eBay the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Overbrook Kansas, Jordan Montana, Mr Detrich


Dementia more preventable in Asia and Latin America

Close to one in two cases of dementia could be preventable in low- to middle-income countries, finds a new UCL study.The findings, published in The Lancet Global Health, found how improving childhood education and other health outcomes throughout life could reduce the risk of dementia.
Tags: Asia, Science, Latin America, Lancet Global Health


Busts in Asia reveal scales from 38,000 endangered pangolins

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine.
Tags: Asia, Science, Singapore, Ap


Declassified U2 Spy Plane Photos Expose Hidden Archaeological Sites

During the Cold War, the United States flew U2 spy planes over Europe, the Middle East, and central eastern Asia in search of potential military targets. These missions inadvertently gathered historical information, which archaeologists are now using for scientific purposes.Read more...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Cold War, History, United States, U2, Middle East, Declassified Documents, Aerial Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Aerial Reconnaissance


Earth's glaciers lost 9 trillion tons of ice. That's the weight of 27 billion 747s.

Nine trillion metric tons. That's how much ice Earth's glaciers lost in the 55 years between 1961 and 2016. An international team of scientists used satellite and direct field observations to conclude that Earth's glaciers have melted such a profound sum of ice in the last half-century. They published their report Monday in the journal Nature.  If one were to assume an average weight of 735,000 pounds for a 747 airliner (not the colossal Alaskan bear), that comes out to around 27 bil...
Tags: Asia, Science, Nasa, Earth, Alaska, European Space Agency, Greenland, East Coast, Antarctic, University of Zurich, Robert Rohde, Mendenhall Glacier, Josh Willis, World Glacier Monitoring Service, European Alps, Michael Zemp


The Tiny Deals Behind Mukesh Ambani's Bid to Take on Amazon

Asia’s richest man is sharpening his focus on e-commerce with a string of tiny acquisitions and stake purchases to face the world’s largest online retailer, after shaking up India’s telecommunications industry with cheap data and free calls. The acquisitions represent a new strategy for Ambani’s Reliance Group, whose founder -- his father Dhirubhai Ambani -- built a petrochemicals business and the world’s largest oil-refining complex from scratch.
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Science, India, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Ambani, Reliance Group


Shorter treatments transform lives of TB patients in Kyrgyzstan

In the summer months the shores of Lake Issy-Kul in northern Kyrgyzstan are thronged with holidaymakers, attracted by the fresh mountain air and the lake's clear, sparkling waters. But for the children in the hospital in the resort town of Cholpon Ata a trip to the region is far from a holiday. Most of them have to spend months or years in hospital, away from family members, to undergo treatment for tuberculosis – a disease which is rife in central Asia. “Between 90 and 95 per cent of our ch...
Tags: Asia, Science, Kyrgyzstan, Who, Usaid, World Health Organization WHO, MDR, Zarina, Hannah McNeish, Cholpon Ata, Daniyar, Nursultan, Issy Kul, Minovar Kalpakova, Aidana, Cholpon Ata Credit


Tencent Borrows $6 Billion in Largest 2019 Asia Dollar Bond

The transaction beats China Evergrande Group’s $3 billion sale to become the largest dollar bond issuance in Asia excluding Japan this year, Bloomberg-compiled data show. Tencent last came to the dollar bond market in January last year with a $5 billion deal in four parts, including a 20-year note. “The market is keenly anticipating Tencent’s jumbo offering given the broader lack of investment grade China dollar bond supply this year in the offshore market and deluge of high yield bonds from p...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Science, China, Bloomberg, Tencent, Australia New Zealand Banking Group, China Evergrande Group, Asia Dollar Bond, Owen Gallimore


Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Thailand's junta chief gave the smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai seven days to crack down on spiralling pollution Tuesday, which has seen the tourist hotspot choke on Asia's most toxic air this week. The city has far eclipsed other notorious pollution hotspots since Sunday, with the level of dangerous microscopic particles known as PM2.5 peaking at 480 according to the Air Quality Index. The pollution crisis in Chiang Mai has seen residents, street vendors and even monks donning surgical f...
Tags: Asia, Science, Thailand, Chiang Mai


On-Demand Startups Are Hemorrhaging Tens of Billions a Year

Led by the deceptively relentless Wang Xing, whose acrimonious battle with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. makes the Lyft-Uber rivalry look like a game of Words With Friends, the Beijing company delivers meals to people’s doorsteps in 2,800 Chinese cities and has plunged into adjacent business like bike sharing and event ticketing. Let’s conveniently dub this elusive number the SOFA—or Single, On-demand, shortFall Aggregate. Staying in Asia, the ride-hailing juggernaut Didi Chuxing lost 4 billion y...
Tags: Asia, Science, Beijing, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Didi Chuxing, Wang Xing


Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air. With panoramic views of swaying tussock grass and the vast crystalline expanse of the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's beautiful Cape Grim peninsula is an unlikely reference point for the scientific world. "Our job is essentially to find air as clean as you're likely to find anywhere in the world and measure just how pollute...
Tags: Asia, Science, Australia, Southern Ocean Tasmania, Cape Grim peninsula, Sam Cleland


Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago


Asia's mega-cities need clean energy drive to cope with environmental threats

Asia is home to 15 out of the world's 20 biggest cities, and the United Nations estimates another 2.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050, by far the most in Asia. This growth caused serious pollution problems and will challenge transport networks, food supply chains, and energy supplies, the delegates said. "Cities occupy 2 to 3 percent of our planet's surface, yet they consume 70 percent of all energy," said Soren Kvorning, President for Asia Pacific at Danfoss, a Danish engineering f...
Tags: Asia, Science, Cities, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Danfoss, Soren Kvorning


Tencent Sees the Best Run-up Prior to Earnings Release in Years

The most valuable stock in Asia has added 3.2 percent in the past week, the best run-up prior to any release since its 2017 first-quarter update, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Chinese Internet giant, which is only just recovering from one of its darkest periods, will report results after Thursday’s close of trading in Hong Kong. The bank has a buy rating on Tencent and a price target that implies a 12 percent rally in the next year.
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Science, Bloomberg, Tencent


Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

This quirky correlation in Asia's fourth-largest economy, where air pollution outstrips industrialized peers, stems from an old belief attributed to coal miners, that the slippery pork oil helped cleanse dirt from their throats. For middle school student Han Dong-jae, eating greasy barbecued pork belly on a smoggy day is a life lesson imbibed from his mother. "I think it's somewhat helpful, because pork meat has oil and the oil soothes my throat." Scientists say there is no rationale for the ...
Tags: Asia, Science, E Mart, Lotte Mart, Han Dong


Huawei leads Asian domination of U.N. patent applications in 2018

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei led the pack with Asia accounting for more than half of the international patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last year, WIPO said on Tuesday. Huawei, which has been under pressure since the United States demanded its allies bar Chinese vendors from participating in building 5G networks due to national security concerns, made 5,405 patent applications to the U.N. body, up from 4,024 in 2017. "It’s an all-time record by anyon...
Tags: Asia, Science, United States, Huawei, Wipo, World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO, Francis Gurry


Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air. With panoramic views of swaying tussock grass and the vast crystalline expanse of the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's beautiful Cape Grim peninsula is an unlikely reference point for the scientific world. "Our job is essentially to find air as clean as you're likely to find anywhere in the world and measure just how pollute...
Tags: Asia, Science, Australia, Southern Ocean Tasmania, Cape Grim peninsula, Sam Cleland


Snap Jumps to Highest in Six Months After Winning Over BTIG Analyst

"Virtually everything that could go wrong for Snapchat over the past couple years since going public has gone wrong," wrote analyst Rich Greenfield, who upgraded the stock to buy. Greenfield noted a surge in North America spending from advertisers based in the rest of the world, likely mostly Asia, during the second half of 2018 and should benefit revenue growth this year. Greenfield in September downgraded the stock to sell before growing more positive about three months later, raising the ra...
Tags: Asia, Science, North America, Greenfield, Rich Greenfield


Exclusive: Pompeo to meet oil executives, push U.S. crude exports, Iran policy - sources

U.S. Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo will meet with top oil executives before he addresses a conference on Tuesday, in an effort to get them to help the administration's effort to boost crude exports to Asia and to support its policy of isolating Iran, according to three people at two companies briefed on the agenda. The outreach represents a significant new effort to sway industry executives to the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda that seeks to advance diplomatic and policy obje...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Iran, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Trump Administration, China Poland Japan


Singapore Halts All Incoming, Outgoing Boeing 737 Max Flights

With Singapore’s move Tuesday, the newest version of Boeing’s best-selling model is now blocked from Asia’s second-busiest international airport and locked out of a key transit hub for flights to China. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore barred any Boeing 737 Max flight in and out of the city-state. The decision dragged airlines including Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s SilkAir, China Southern Airlines Co., PT Garuda Indonesia and Shandong Airlines Co. into a standoff with the Chicago-based p...
Tags: Asia, Science, China, Singapore, Chicago, Boeing, Singapore Airlines Ltd, Shandong Airlines Co, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore


Oil rises as OPEC's output cuts set to continue, U.S. drilling activity slumps

Oil prices edged up on Monday after Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said an end to OPEC-led supply cuts was unlikely before June, while a report showed U.S. drilling activity fell for a third straight week. The news took downward pressure from oil markets that had built the previous week on the back of surging U.S. crude output and an economic slowdown especially in Asia and Europe. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $56.26 per barrel at 0016 GMT, down 19 cents, or...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Opec, Khalid al Falih


Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark


Researchers unveil progress and challenges in introducing typhoid conjugate vaccine in Africa/Asia

Each year there are nearly 11 million cases of typhoid, a disease that is spread through contaminated food, drink and water. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are leading an international consortium that is studying the impact of a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in an effort to accelerate introduction of the vaccine in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where there is a high burden of typhoid.
Tags: Asia, Science, Saharan Africa, Africa Asia, University of Maryland School of Medicine


U.S. bolsters 'Beagle Brigade' to sniff out deadly hog virus

The U.S. government will employ more dogs to sniff out illegal pork products at airports and seaports in an effort to keep out a contagious hog disease that has spread across Asia and Europe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. The disease, African swine fever, can kill hogs in just two days, but is not harmful to people. U.S. officials decided to ramp up their fight to avoid the virus after Vietnam confirmed its first cases last month, said Greg Ibach, USDA's undersecretary ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Vietnam, U S Department of Agriculture, Greg Ibach, Beagle Brigade


U.S. to train more beagles to sniff out deadly hog virus

The U.S. government will increase the number of dogs used to sniff out illegal pork products at airports and seaports in an effort to keep out a contagious hog disease that has spread across Asia and Europe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. The disease, African swine fever, can kill hogs in just two days. To prevent the disease from entering the United States, the USDA said it will work with Customs and Border Patrol agents to add 60 beagle teams at key U.S. commercial por...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Usda, United States, Customs, Border Patrol, U S Department of Agriculture


WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Conservation group WWF has said it will commission an independent investigation into a media report alleging it backs anti-poaching units responsible for murder, torture and other serious rights abuses. According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across six countries, which was published on Monday, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds "vicious paramilitary forces" who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa.
Tags: Asia, Science, Wwf


The Bering Strait should be covered in ice, but it's nearly all gone

During winter, the Bering Strait has historically been blanketed in ice. But this year, the ice has nearly vanished."The usually ice-covered Bering Strait is almost completely open water," Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Irvine, said over email.At its narrowest point, the Arctic strait between the U.S. and Russia is 55 miles across, and there's a prominent theory that people once crossed from Asia into North America across an exposed Beri...
Tags: Asia, Science, Montana, Russia, United States, Alaska, Arctic, Norway, North America, University Of California, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Bering Strait, Irvine, Bering Sea, Bering, Labe


Head of French carmaker PSA says Europe's CO2 cuts will threaten jobs: Le Figaro

The EU's plans to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles and push carmakers to go electric will threaten 13 million jobs in Europe's auto industry and benefit Asia, the head of French carmaker PSA told Le Figaro. The European Parliament and EU countries struck an agreement in December to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent by 2030, compared with 2021, and by 31 percent from vans. "This jeopardizes the jobs of 13 million people in the industry and could destabilize some of our E...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Eu, Psa, European Parliament, Le Figaro, Carlos Tavares, European Automobile Manufacturers Association ACEA


Venezuela's oil exports drop 40 percent after U.S. sanctions: data

On Jan. 28, President Donald Trump's administration barred U.S. customers from paying for Venezuelan oil until a new government being formed by the nation's congress head Juan Guaido could be established to accept the proceeds. Venezuela's exports since then have dropped to 920,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude and fuel, the data shows. Almost 70 percent of Venezuela's oil shipments since Jan. 28 have gone to PDVSA's clients in Asia, with India rising to first place among top destinations, fo...
Tags: Asia, Science, Singapore, India, Venezuela, Donald Trump, PDVSA, Juan Guaido



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