Shutdown reduces Earth vibrations caused by human activity by 50pc globally

By Caroline BroganLondon, July 27, 2020New research by five global institutions shows Earth vibrations caused by human activity dropped by 50 percent between March and May 2020.This period saw governments strictly enforcing shutdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.Researchers say this quiet period could be triggered by social distance rule, closure of services, industry, and drastic drop in tourism and travel, according to the research paper … Continue reading Shutdown reduces Earth vibrations caused by human activity by 50pc globally

Gas exporters forum launches analytics tool to forecast market trends

By Mohammad ShoebThe Peninsula, June 21, 2020The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) announced last Saturday it has developed a more powerful tool to analyse data and forecast gas market trends such as demand, supply and expected prices in regional markets.Using time-series data and other information, the advanced econometric-model provides member countries and customers with valuable insights to make informed decisions.The enhanced Global Gas Model will … Continue reading Gas exporters forum launches analytics tool to forecast market trends

Satellite images backed report says Chinese troops ‘regularly crossed into Indian territory’

Surat, June 18, 2020By Sudeep SonawaneChina’s Peoples’ Liberation Army troopers regularly crossed into Indian territory while patrolling routes on the border, a research analysis says.Author of the study, published by Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Nathan Ruser backs this claim with many satellite images taken on June 16 and earlier.The Australian independent think tank’s report gives clarity on the real situation in the conflict areas. … Continue reading Satellite images backed report says Chinese troops ‘regularly crossed into Indian territory’

US National Institutes of Health wing focuses on antibody tests to crack Covid-19

Rockville Pike, MarylandJune 18, 2020The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, will draw from its diverse participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19.All of Us will achieve this through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s impacts and collection of electronic health record information.All of Us shall give data access to approved researchers. The … Continue reading US National Institutes of Health wing focuses on antibody tests to crack Covid-19

US Air Force boosts infrared threat cover with $151m Northrop deal

Rolling Meadows, IllinoisNorthrop Grumman Press NoteThe US Air Force has raised its infrared threat protection of aircraft with a new deal. The $151.3 million deal with Northrop Grumman Corporation will supply Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems to the US Air Force.The deal is part of an existing indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract.LAIRCM defends domestic and international aircrews. It detects, tracks and jams incoming … Continue reading US Air Force boosts infrared threat cover with $151m Northrop deal

Can India afford to embarrass Trump with Chinese troops inside Ladakh?

By Sudeep SonawaneSurat, May 29, 2020 Can India afford to embarrass, if not snub, US President Donald Trump?Upsetting an important ally while simultaneously dealing with China’s incursion into Ladakh, and border issues with Nepal over Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, is a millstone India does not need around its neck.The Ministry of External Affairs seemingly did this on Thursday, according to a Press Trust of India (PTI) … Continue reading Can India afford to embarrass Trump with Chinese troops inside Ladakh?

Mull over British philosopher Philippa Foot’s trolley dilemma

Let’s imagine that a madman has tied five innocent people to a trolley track, and they are unable to move. A trolley car that is out of control is hurtling towards them, and is only a few seconds away from running them over. Luckily, we can pull a lever that will divert the trolley to another track. The only problem with doing this is that… Continue reading Mull over British philosopher Philippa Foot’s trolley dilemma

Talks in June give hope for US-Iraq ties

Top officials from the United States and Iraq meet mid June for strategic talks. Photo: Leon McCarron. The US-Iraq talks next month may be the last opportunity to save the dysfunctional partnership between Washington and Baghdad. John Hannah | Senior CounsellorMaseh Zarif | FDD ActionMay 12, 2020The United States and Iraq next month engage in a ‘strategic dialogue’ that will discuss their bilateral relationship including … Continue reading Talks in June give hope for US-Iraq ties

US could look at natural gas sanctions as Iran oil exports dip

Brenda ShafferSenior Advisor for EnergyFoundation for Defense of DemocraciesWashington, May 11, 2020The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign is having a significant impact on Iran’s macroeconomic stability and draining the government’s export earnings and reserves. As Iranian oil exports plunge, Iran’s regional and non-oil trade remains an important sanctions target. Iran is the world’s third-largest producer of natural gas, and it holds the world’s second-largest gas … Continue reading US could look at natural gas sanctions as Iran oil exports dip