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Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous

Midwest, Northeast to feel like spring again, after winter's brief visit

The cold weather settling into the Midwest and Northeast this week would normally go unnoticed by the second half of February, but amid this winter's unusually mild weather, it stands out and still commands some respect for those who must work or spend time walking outdoors for any length of time.The leading edge of Arctic air produced snow squalls, gusty winds and blowing snow in the Montreal area on Wednesday morning, which were a factor in a fatal 200-vehicle pileup. Squalls associated wi...
Tags: National Weather Service, New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Boston, Virginia, New York City, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Arctic, Noaa, Philadelphia, Montreal, North Carolina

Study shows UV technology raises the standard in disinfecting ORs and medical equipment

Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect surfaces, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).
Tags: New York, Science, PurpleSun Inc

Fossil fuel methane emissions 'vastly underestimated'

Emissions from fossil fuel production of the potent greenhouse gas methane is 25 to 40 percent higher than previously understood, researchers reported on Wednesday, shining a harsh spotlight on the global gas industry. "Scientists have been vastly underestimating the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere via fossil fuels," scientists from the University of Rochester in New York, who led the study, said in a statement. While more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, methane ...
Tags: New York, Science, University of Rochester

Lake-effect snow squalls to accompany brief blast of Arctic air in Northeast

Following another stretch of mild weather early this week, a brief shot of Arctic air will return to the Northeast during the second half of the week and be accompanied by narrow, but intense, lake-effect snow squalls.High temperatures in Philadelphia reached the 50s on Monday and 60s on Tuesday, with highs near 50 reaching as far north as Boston. Even in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, highs on Tuesday reached or exceeded the 50 F mark.However, a cold front that moved through the Northeast on Tuesday...
Tags: New York, Science, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Great Lakes, Syracuse, Cleveland, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley, Northeast, Syracuse New York

Crews struggle to keep roads clear as winter storm takes cross-country tour

A winter storm is dumping snow across upstate New York and portions of New England on Tuesday as it skirts across the Canada border. The storm first rolled into the Pacific Northwest over the weekend before taking a cross-country tour, dropping several inches of snow across different regions and causing dangerous travel conditions.Portions of upstate New York have reported upwards of 5 inches of snow as of midday Tuesday, with 5.5 inches covering Wells, New York.Take a look below for a region-b...
Tags: New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Colorado, Montana, Canada, Wisconsin, Jack, Denver, Accuweather, Pacific Northwest, New England, Colorado Rockies, Rogers, Rockies

New York Fashion Week Isn't Sustainable, But Neither Is The Fashion Industry

Fashion Week in over in New York, and it’s clear there’s a big trend afoot: sustainability. Designers showcased collections made with recycled fishing nets, models walked the runway with reusable water bottles, and one show was inspired by rising seas.Read more...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Science, New York Fashion Week, Fast Fast Fast

New cross-country system to take heavily worn winter storm path

Meteorologists are closely monitoring yet another cross-country snowstorm on the way. Even though it will take a jog southward over the Rockies, the storm will then trek northward and aim at the Upper Midwest, just as many storms have done so far this winter.The weather pattern feels like the movie "Groundhog Day" as Mother Nature seems to be exercising from muscle memory, according to forecasters, and that will start, in this case, with the storm rolling into the Pacific Northwest coastline."Th...
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Alabama, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Michigan

Repeating weather pattern to breed more snow across Great Lakes, New England early this week

Just as many storms have done this winter, a new system will track from the Plains into the Great Lakes and northern New England early this week and produce another swath of snow.The storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground in Denver on Monday night and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado.The weather pattern feels like the movie "Groundhog Day" as Mother Nature seems to be exercising from muscle memory, according to forecasters....
Tags: Florida, New York, Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Alabama, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Greenland

For evolutionary study finds rare bats in decline, CCNY research

A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the world's largest bats, known as flying foxes.
Tags: New York, Science, Indonesia, The Philippines, City College, CCNY, Susan Tsang

Researchers uncover the moscow subway microbiome

Recently, a group of ITMO University researchers has looked into the microbiome of the Moscow Subway. Turns out that bacterial world of the Russian capital's subway system might be similar to that of New York's public transportation.
Tags: New York, Science, Moscow, ITMO University

Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data, U.S. says

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data. The 2017 breach affected more than 145 million people, with the hackers successfully stealing names, addresses, Social Security and drive...
Tags: Business, New York, Science, Technology, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, China, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Sport, World news, Beijing, Soccer, United States

A massive storm battering the UK helped a British Airways plane from New York to London smash the record for the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight

The Boeing 747 took four hours, 56 minutes to travel from New York to London, as a storm battered the UK.
Tags: UK, New York, Science, London, Boeing, British Airways

CCNY chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Safe and environmentally-friendly hydrogen gas on demand could be on the horizon following a new 'hydrogenation' chemical process in development at The City College of New York. Led by Mahesh K. Lakshman, the research uniquely bypasses the need for an external source of hydrogen gas to accomplish a wide range of hydrogenations. It appears as an inside cover feature in the 2020 issue #1 of journal 'Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis.'
Tags: New York, Science, City College, CCNY, Mahesh K Lakshman

Storm Ciara fast-tracks plane flying from JFK to Heathrow in under 5 hours, breaks record

There aren't many things that can ruin the day quicker than hearing a storm might affect your flight, that is until you find out it could actually speed it up. Storm Ciara made travel conditions tricky, if not dangerous, across northwest Europe, but the storm also helped a Boeing 747 beat the transatlantic flight record on Sunday.Typically storms delay flights, and Storm Ciara was no different, but the passenger plane traveling from New York to London made the trip in 4 hours and 56 minutes ...
Tags: Europe, England, New York, Science, London, France, Germany, Bbc, United Kingdom, Heathrow, Jfk, Boeing, Accuweather, British Airways, Ciara, Atlantic Ocean

Snow to bring slick travel, delays for Monday morning commute in Northeast

A storm system racing through the northern U.S. the beginning of the week will bring a quick accumulation of snow to parts of the Northeast, before the Monday morning commute.The same quick-hitting storm that spread accumulating snow to parts of the Upper Midwest on Sunday approached the Northeast Sunday night. The fast-moving nature of the storm, and marginal temperatures, will limit the duration, amount and coverage of wintry travel in the Northeast. Still, a significant part of the snow is...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Northeast, Upper Midwest, Philadelphia New York City, DirecTV Frontier

Storm targets Northeast US, threatens slick conditions for Monday's morning commute

A storm system racing through the northern U.S. this weekend and into the beginning of the week will bring a quick accumulation of snow to parts of the Northeast, before the Monday morning commute.A quick-hitting storm system will spread accumulating snow to parts of the Upper Midwest this weekend, before taking aim at the Northeast to start the workweek.A strong west- to east-oriented jet stream is the mechanism pushing this storm along at a quick pace. After a dry and seasonal day on Sunday, t...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Northeast, Northeast US, Upper Midwest, Philadelphia New York City, DirecTV Frontier

Weather pattern to keep winter hits coming swiftly across northern US

Winter is not ready to give up just yet as a storm will cruise along the northern tier of the central United States and bring a round of accumulating snow and slippery travel from parts of the northern Rockies to the Great Lakes region this weekend and then portions of the Northeast early in the week.A strong west-to-east configured jet stream will keep the storm moving at a swift pace. This fast movement will prevent the storm from grabbing much moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. "A large are...
Tags: New York, Science, Mississippi, Minneapolis, Washington, Boston, US, Chicago, United States, New Hampshire, Ohio, Great Lakes, Detroit, Gulf of Mexico, Denver, Accuweather

PayPal Holds Payments to Magazine's Staff After Publisher Mentioned Article on Iran in Notes

What happens when PayPal, the Treasury Department, and a New York magazine walk into a bar together? Nothing good!Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, North Korea, Iran, Paypal, Mobile Payments, Payments, Cuba, Sanctions, Stripe, Venmo, Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, PayPal the Treasury Department

Activating immune cells could revitalize the aging brain, study suggests

Researchers at Albany Medical College in New York have discovered that a specific type of immune cell accumulates in older brains, and that activating these cells improves the memory of aged mice. The study, which will be published Feb. 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), suggests that targeting these cells might reduce age-related cognitive decline and combat aging-associated neurodegenerative disease in humans.
Tags: New York, Science, Albany Medical College, Journal of Experimental Medicine JEM

The MTA Is Dangling a Big Bag of Money in Front of Uber and Lyft

It’s been said that, despite a robust transit system, all New Yorkers do is complain about the subway. This is true! We like complaining. But every bit of bile stored for the next unplanned service outage is nothing compared to the gallons of piss and vinegar that should deservedly be poured onto the MTA’s pilot plan…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, New York, Science, Mta, Neoliberal Economics

Northeast to experience weather whiplash as winter storms roll back springlike warmth

It might feel like spring to start this week in the Northeast, but several storms will swing through the region this week, trimming temperatures and serving as a reality check with wintry weather in store for some areas."As many as three storms will travel from the South Central states to the Northeast into Friday," Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.Following record-challenging temperatures reaching the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s on Monday, the first storm will bring a swath of light rain ...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boston, New York City, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Accuweather, New England, Atlantic Ocean, Phil, Northeast, Richmond Virginia, Paul Pastelok, South Central

This Company Wants To Subsidize Your Terrible Commute With Terrible Ads

One of the biggest issues with the subway, at least here in New York, boils down to cold hard cash. Even more than the busking, the rats, and the ooze, last year’s subway fare hike caused many NYC residents to lose their damn minds. But what if—y’know, instead of reducing the fare—we just got advertising to pay for…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Advertising, Hell, Beep Beep Capitalism

New Photos Reveal Sun’s Turbulent Surface in ‘Unprecedented’ Detail

(NEW YORK) — A telescope in Hawaii has produced its first images of the sun, revealing its turbulent gas surface in what scientists called unprecedented detail. They show the surface covered with bright cell-like areas, each about the size of Texas, that result from the transporting of heat from the sun’s interior. The telescope can reveal features as small as 18 miles (30 km) across, according to the National Science Foundation, which released the images. Further observations will help scientis...
Tags: Space, New York, Texas, Science, News, Uncategorized, Hawaii, Solar System, National Science Foundation, Onetime

The FTC and New York attorney general are suing 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli, claiming he created an illegal monopoly by raising a drug price by over 4,000%

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that Shkreli stifled competition by raising the price of a life-saving drug.
Tags: New York, Science, Ftc, Shkreli, Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, Letitia James

A Medical Student Creates Intricate Anatomical Embroideries of the Brain, Heart, Lungs & More

My first thought upon seeing the delicate, anatomy-based work of the 23-year-old embroidery artist and medical student Emmi Khan was that the Girl Scouts must have expanded the categories of skills eligible for merit badges. (If memory serves, there was one for embroidery, but it certainly didn’t look like a cross-sectioned brain, or a sinus cavity.) Closer inspection revealed that the circular views of Khan’s embroideries are not quite as tiny as the round badges stitched to high achieving Gi...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Science, Biology, Etsy, College, Creativity, Cardiff, Khan, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Willis, Nina Paley, Emmi Khan

In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives is the new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, done with the collaboration of the British Museum. We have a good macro-understanding of ancient Egypt through its architecture, art, economics, and culture from the early dynastic period (3100 b.c. to 2686 b.c.) to the Roman period (30 b.c. — the fall of Antony and Cleopatra — to a.d. 395). Elusive, though, are the particulars of everyday existence such as life span, health, diet, aging, and ...
Tags: New York, Science, London, Boston, Britain, Egypt, House, Montreal, Vermont, Cleopatra, Walt Disney, Luxor, Antony, Maurice Denis, Roman Empire, Karnak

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 January 2020

Narrow winding cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, boutiques, wine stores, and restaurants galore all combine to make the town of St Emilion one of our favorites in the Bordeaux region.  We’ll visit it during our May tour. Good morningI’ve continued to update some of the content on the older pages on the website, and earlier this week made a start on updating the airline policies and fees for checked baggage.  This is difficult to keep on top of, because not only are airlines constantly in...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Science, London, Montana, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Ukraine, David, Britain

CLIMATE: 2019 was hottest year on record, NASA and NOAA report

It's official. NASA and NOAA report today that 2019 was Earth's hottest year in recorded history. Excerpt from the joint January 15, 2020 announcement: Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 ranked second-warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global temperatures in 2019 were 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer than the late 19th century, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institut...
Tags: Post, New York, Science, News, Climate Change, Climate, Global Warming, Nasa, Earth, United States, Arctic, Antarctica, Noaa, Greenland, Antarctic, NASA NOAA

Anna Wiener On Uncanny Valley And the Intoxicating Promise of Tech

“In New York, I had never considered that there were people behind the internet,” Anna Wiener writes in her memoir Uncanny Valley. But after leaving her job in the book publishing industry to work in Silicon Valley’s tech bubble, Wiener becomes one of those people as a customer service representative for a data…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Tech, Silicon Valley, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener

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