2020/04/04


Permanently ban wildlife consumption

COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, is a zoonotic disease, meaning it originated from an animal. The source of the outbreak is believed to have been a "wet market" in Wuhan, China, that sold live and dead wildlife and domestic animals, along with other foods for human consumption. Such markets can be a living petri dish, with viruses shed by stressed animals warehoused together mixing with other bodily fluids in unhygienic conditions. When these often new or unknown viruses jump to people, the results can be catastrophic.

Although the origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2)—the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—has not been identified, it is clear that China's wildlife market played an important role in the early spread of the disease

The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It

Much of this disruption may be temporary. But the coronavirus crisis is likely to have a lasting impact, especially when it reinforces other trends that are already undermining globalization. It may deal a blow to fragmented international supply chains, reduce the hypermobility of global business travelers, and provide political fodder for nationalists who favor greater protectionism and immigration controls.

what was normal before may not be anymore. People may be less inclined to jam into crowded restaurants and concert halls even after the virus is contained.

2020/04/02

like an owl entering a superstitious person’s
open-plan room being beaten to death, Athena’s
wise bird struck down, bloody feathers everywhere,
a soft body a futile piñata
releasing clouds. Could you gather up a faith
in strangers, in the absence of a god of strangers?

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels.

China’s role ‘critical’ if world is to meet climate change targets

China is also accused of funding multibillion-dollar coal projects in emerging markets, financing more than a quarter of all coal-fired power plants outside its borders. For instance, an environmental tribunal cancelled a licence awarded to a consortium, which included Chinese companies, for the construction of a US$2 billion coal-powered plant in Lamu, a town on the Kenyan coast.

2020/04/01

“Nobody believes China’s numbers”

Still, the worry, he says, is continued doubts over China’ numbers given its role as source of the pandemic even as it attempts to ramp up “mask diplomacy” by sending supplies to stricken countries overseas. “There’s a lot of concern about how this opacity inside China prevented greater international coordination and cooperation,”

Sheep and bacteria are helping in the fight against coronavirus

Perhaps the most important use for these tools will be in understanding the basic biology of the virus and to identify ways to defeat it. For this, the antibodies will be used to capture the virus from model systems, such as human cell cultures as well as visualise it with imaging methods, such as western blotting (visualising proteins separated in a gel) or cell sorting (such as separating virus-carrying cells from healthy ones).

2020/03/31

Coronavirus lockdowns have changed the way Earth moves

A reduction in seismic noise because of changes in human activity is a boon for geoscientists.

Black Death at Tournai


‘A Once-in-a-Century Pathogen’

A little over one hundred years ago, a novel virus emerged from an unknown animal reservoir and seeded itself silently in settlements around the world. Then, in the closing months of World War I, as if from nowhere, the infection exploded in multiple countries and continents at more or less the same time. From Boston to Cape Town, and London to Mumbai, the “Spanish flu,” so-called because the first widely reported outbreak occurred in Madrid in May 1918, swept like wildfire through cities and communities both large and small

2020/03/30

Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 - 2020)


Rare ozone hole opens over Arctic

Ozone normally forms a protective blanket in the stratosphere, about 10 to 50 kilometres above the ground, where it shields life from solar ultraviolet radiation. But each year in the Antarctic winter, frigid temperatures allow high-altitude clouds to coalesce above the South Pole. Chemicals, including chlorine and bromine, which come from refrigerants and other industrial sources, trigger reactions on the surfaces of those clouds that chew away at the ozone layer.

New study sheds light on coronavirus infection mechanism

researchers describe how they went on to compare the structure of the pandemic coronavirus with related strains found in bats and pangolins. They found that both animal strains could bind to the same human ACE-2 receptor, supporting previous work that suggests the human coronavirus came from bats either directly, or via pangolins that themselves became infected by bats. Before infecting humans, the animal strains picked up key mutations that allowed the virus to spread more easily in humans.

2020/03/27

World Theatre Day

Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by ITI Centres, ITI Cooperating Members, theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March.

2020/03/25

With only 20% more population than Poland, Spain registers 350% more deaths

Although South Korea has 51.7 million inhabitants (compared to 46.6 million in Spain), their numbers of affected are considerably lower than what we have in Spain

Spain's health ministry has announced 838 new coronavirus deaths, marking the country's highest daily jump in fatalities and bringing its total to 6,528.

2020/03/21

Celebrating forest life on International Forests Day

with at least 50 million hectares of forests across the world likely to have been destroyed for profit in the decade to 2020, the need to protect our forests has never been greater.

2020/03/15

Kara Walker: Barack Obama as Othello "The Moor"


Researchers Discover Dead Sea Scrolls at Museum of the Bible Are Forgeries

The forgeries held in the museum’s collection were among the group of 70 fragments of dubious provenance that entered the private market in the 2000s, dubbed the “post-2002” Dead Sea Scroll fragments. They are not associated with the 100,000 authenticated Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 in the northwestern cliffs of the Dead Sea, the majority of which are now held in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

2020/03/14

Slovak Police Arrest Judges in Kuciak’s Murder Case

Slovak police said they have arrested 18 people, including 13 judges, who allegedly obstructed justice in the case of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee in 2018.

2020/03/13

100 Women of the Year (it misses, namely, Pina Bausch...)


Trail of Broken Lives Leads to Kyiv Call Center

“make money fast.” After entering his contact information, he received a call from a man calling himself “Jorge Alvarado” and purporting to be a sales consultant for a cryptocurrency investment company called CryptoMB. He borrowed thousands of dollars from family members to keep making investments, then for fake fees the staff at CryptoMB convinced him he needed to pay in order to withdraw his profits. He showed journalists a forged letter from HM Revenue & Customs confirming he had paid the “tax.”

Tibetan children denied classes in their mother tongue

“The Chinese government is violating its international legal obligations to provide Tibetan-language instruction to Tibetans.”

"Sarvamariri-prashamani -- healer of all epidemic diseases"


How Italy, South Korea differ in tackling coronavirus outbreak

In Italy, millions are locked down and more than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus. But in South Korea, which was hit by the disease at about the same time, only a few thousand are quarantined and 67 people died.

Singapore has managed to escape relatively unscathed from the same sort of rapid spread and death toll that has gripped a growing number of its neighbours.

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes.

Hounded by war, can Idlib's desperate civilians outrun final assault?

two dogs slept on the tomb of a man who had died long ago, their emaciated frames slipping easily through the rusty fence that surrounded it. Children stared vacantly from behind tombstones. Their elders beckoned to them to join them in their mud-covered tents.
There were no planes in the skies for the first time in weeks, and the road in front that stretched from Idlib’s merciless battlefields to the right, and the safety of Turkey six miles to the left, was no longer cluttered with desperate, fleeing families.

2020/03/11


Sustainable development must account for pandemic risk

Disease emergence correlates with human population density and wildlife diversity, and is driven by anthropogenic changes such as deforestation and expansion of agricultural land (i.e., land-use change), intensification of livestock production, and increased hunting and trading of wildlife

2020/03/10

Large ecosystems that have been around for thousands of years could collapse in less than 50 years

Iran Launched an App That Claimed to Diagnose Coronavirus. Instead, It Collected Location Data on Millions of People

Iran has been criticized for its lack of transparency and many experts have predicted that the real infection rate and death toll are much higher than being reported.

“The regime’s survival is intertwined with suppression, surveillance, espionage, and intruding in the most personal affairs of the Iranian people,” Shahin Gobadi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, base din Parid, told VICE News. “It does not spare any opportunity to intensify its efforts, even at the time of such a major crisis such as coronavirus.”

2020/03/09

Powerful male gatekeepers kept women at the margins of the art market

The report also found that 66% of postgraduate art and design students were female in 2017, but just 28% of artists at major commercial galleries were women, a drop from 29% in 2016.

Flight MH17: Trial opens of four accused of murdering 298 over Ukraine

The roar of planes is audible. Schiphol's high-security justice complex is right next door to the runway where flight MH17 took off. But no-one is expecting any of the four suspects to fly in to face justice.

During day two of the MH17 criminal court proceedings in the Netherlands, the prosecution team disclosed that the Russian Federation had challenged the authenticity of a video recording of the BUK Telar, made on 17 July 2014, near the presumed launch site at Snizhne. This video is a crucial piece in the chain of evidence showing the contiguous movement of the BUK Telar convoy

China’s coronavirus cover-up

after an explosion at a petrochemical factory, media organisations were told to censor “negative commentary related to petrochemical projects”. And after parents protested about tainted vaccines, the media were instructed that only information provided by official sources could be used on front pages.

2020/03/08

"Humanity" does not deserve to be saved...

by 2030 the African forests’ capacity to remove carbon will decrease by 14%, while Amazonian forests may stop removing carbon dioxide altogether by 2035.

At least 1,000 women fall victim to honour killings in Pakistan each year

According to estimates by the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network, at least 1,000 women fall victim to honour killings in Pakistan each year.

Faster-Than-Light Speeds Could Be Why Gamma-Ray Bursts Seem to Go Backwards in Time

When a charged particle travelling at near light-speed enters water, it moves faster than the Cherenkov radiation it produces, and therefore can hypothetically appear to be in two places at once: one image appearing to move forward in time and the other appearing to move backwards.

2020/03/06

Why haven’t more women been considered great artists throughout Western history?

They reframe the traditional question “Why haven’t there been more great women artists in Western history?”. Instead they ask: “Why haven’t more women been considered great artists throughout Western history?”

2020/03/05

Boulez Saal

In 1964, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez performed Béla Bártok’s First Piano Concerto at the recently inaugurated Philharmonie in Berlin. In 1980, Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestre de Paris premiered Boulez’s ‘Notations I – IV’. In that same year, Pierre Boulez met Frank Gehry in Los Angeles while working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

2020/03/01

21 praises to Tara


Namibia still waiting for a German apology

Tens of thousands of members of the two ethnic groups were killed in the genocide in German South West Africa after they rebelled against colonial rule. The Herero and Nama also lost their livestock and land. Until today, many live in bitter poverty.