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Ramping Up Manufacturing to Help Address COVID-19 - Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. NIAID-RMLCaption As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased in Asia and began to spread…
BRUGES TO TAKE STEPS TO CURB OVERCROWDING - In 2018, the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium, which is also known as the Venice of the North, welcomed 8,3 million visitors, up 28% from the previous year. Out of this number, some 6 million visited the city in one day alone. Like many other famous touristic cities in Europe, Bruges is a victim of its own success and…
New device to help treat carbon monoxide poisoning allowed by the FDA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device, ClearMate, intended to be used in an emergency room setting to help treat patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. The device uses a novel method for quickly removing carbon monoxide from the body by increasing a patient’s rate of breathing. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious issue,…
NATO – POLAND TAKES CHARGE OF NATO HIGH READINESS FORCE - On January 1, the Polish army took charge of  NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) placing thousands of soldiers on standby and ready to deploy within days. Poland takes over from Germany, which provided the core of the VJTF’s land forces in 2019. "I thank Poland for leading NATO’s high readiness forces this year”, said NATO Secretary General…
- Homicide kills far more people than armed conflict, says new UNODC study Some 464,000 people across the world were killed in homicides in 2017, surpassing by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period, according to the Global Study on Homicide 2019 published today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). "The Global Study…
DRUGS A new report highlights wide-ranging impacts of EU drug markets on health and security - Europeans are spending at least EUR 30 billion on drugs each year at retail level, making the drug market a major source of income for organised crime groups in the European Union according to the newly released EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and Europol 2019 EU Drug Markets Report. Around two-fifths of this total (39%) is spent on cannabis, 31% on…
BEWARE OF RUSSIANS BEARING GIFTS - Is Russia’s investment bank a Trojan Horse? According to Virgil’s epic poem, the Aeneid, written between 29 and 19 BCE, in the final stage of the Trojan war at least two people, Laocoön, a priest of Poseidon, and the unfortunate prophetess Cassandra, had grave doubts about the massive wooden horse left outside the gates of Troy by the supposedly defeated…
THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY PRACTICES CYBERSECURITY - A cyber training range has been established at the European Space Security and Education Centre (ESEC), Redu, Belgium. Strong and reliable communication is a key part of the space industry. From the signals that make global satellite navigation work to the data we collect from Earth-monitoring missions, space telescopes, human spaceflight and planetary exploration, everything has to be transferred and…
FDA announces Project Facilitate to assist physicians seeking access to unapproved therapies for patients with cancer - On June 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncology Center of Excellence announced a new pilot program to assist oncology health care professionals in requesting access to unapproved therapies for patients with cancer. A new call center called Project Facilitate will be a single point of contact where FDA oncology staff will help physicians treating patients with cancer through…
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS)? European Defence and Security after Brexit - Eurofighter typhoon fgr.mk 4 © SAC Cathy Sharples In May 1993, when the Maastricht Treaty was put to the Danish people for a second time, British Europhobes got involved in campaigning for its rejection.   Again.   Indeed, it did seem somewhat indelicate, even for the supporters of the European Union, to be holding a second referendum on the same Treaty less…
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