News Burst 27 August 2020
News Burst 27 August 2020 – Live Feed. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 27 August 2020 – Featured News
- Amazon stock’s surge during the coronavirus pandemic is making its boss Jeff Bezos richer every week. He is now closer than ever to the historic title of first person to be worth $200 billion. Amazon stock gained about 1.2 percent to close at $3,346 per share on Tuesday, and continued to climb higher after hours. The rally pushed Bezos’ fortune higher again – he gained around $2.2 billion from the 11 percent stake he owns, and his net worth now stands at a record $199.7 billion, according to Forbes’ calculations.
- Sweden has stepped up military activity in the Baltic Sea to send a signal to Russia and other nations which it claims have dramatically increased their presence in the region, the country’s top defense officials have said. The so-called “high readiness action” will bolster Swedish land, naval and air forces in the southeastern and southern Baltic Sea, and on the island of Gotland. The move comes amid “extensive” military maneuvers in the area, both from Russia and the West, the Swedish Armed Forces’ Commander of Joint Operations Jan Thornqvist told local media. He claimed that the current scale of foreign military activity near Sweden has not been seen since the Cold War. The country’s defense minister, Peter Hultqvist, stressed in an interview that Stockholm was “sending a signal both to our partners and to the Russian side that we are prepared to defend Sweden’s sovereignty.” Citing the political turmoil in Belarus, Hultqvist expressed concerns about regional “deterioration,” while acknowledging that the threat of aggression towards Sweden was “low.” Swedish Armed Forces Commander Micael Byden described the mobilization as a “power show” but declined to provide local media with the exact number of military personnel taking part.
- A groundbreaking new study of over 24,000 dreams has provided the strongest evidence yet that our dreams are a continuation of our waking lives, with certain recurring elements shared between our sleeping and everyday selves. The computer scientist Alessandro Fogli from Roma Tre University in Italy explained that everyday life influences what you dream about and vice versa. So anxiety in life leads to anxious dreams, while on the positive side, dreaming can help solve problems that present themselves during waking hours. The modern dream analysis looks for symbols, metaphors, structures and characters which might correspond to other parts of a person’s life. Such methodologies include the Hall and Van de Castle system, which codifies all of the aforementioned elements and explores how they interact with each other in the dreamworld. This is, however, an extremely slow and time-consuming process, as evidenced by Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. The researchers devised a way to track large numbers of dreams at scale, by parsing the language from dream reports of 24,000 dreams contained in a giant public database called DreamBank. More specifically, they honed in on characters, social interactions, and emotional words to search for recurring patterns. The scientists also claim the research may also make it possible to “build technologies that bridge the current gap between real life and dreaming.” Christopher Nolan, eat your heart out.
- Russia in a new study will check the country’s bat population for the presence of coronaviruses. National health watchdog Roszdravnadzor’s Institute of Epidemiology will test nocturnal flying mammals from various regions of the country, including Moscow, Volgograd, and the Black Sea coast, enabling the scientists to determine how common coronaviruses are in different species. The researchers plan to analyze more than 1,500 individuals by checking fecal samples, using a “high-performance sequencing method to obtain information about the complete genome sequences” of any viruses found. In April, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a Geneva news briefing that the evidence suggests the virus “has an animal origin,” and “most likely has its ecological reservoir in bats.” Others, such as US President Donald Trump, have accused China of artificially creating the virus in a laboratory.
- Microsoft came to the defense of the maker of video game sensation Fortnite on Sunday, saying in a court filing that Apple’s moves to cut off the company from programming tools would hurt other game creators and players as well. Epic Games is locked in a legal battle with Apple after trying to dodge commission payments due to the tech giant, prompting the iPhone maker to pull Fortnite from its online store. Apple also threatened to cut off Epic’s access to its programming tools needed to maintain “Unreal Engine”, a software platform that was developed by Epic and which is used by many video game studios to create graphics. In a filing to the California court handling the case between Epic and Apple, a Microsoft manager said Unreal Engine “is critical technology for numerous game creators including Microsoft”.
- Eight Indonesian engineers working aboard Turkey’s first oil and gas drilling vessel, Fatih, took part in the exploration that led to the recent discovery of a vast natural gas reserves in the country’s Black Sea. The discovery of the 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas at the Tuna-1 well, located around 100 nautical miles off Turkey’s Black Sea coast, was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Aug. 21. “Not many people have the knowledge and experiences in wireline drilling, that is why we are hired to work here and to train the local staff [in Turkey],” said Beni Kusuma Atmaja, 30, a wireline drilling engineer from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in West Java.
- Colombian anti-drug police have seized a semi-submersible narco-submarine they say belongs to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and was headed to Mexico. On board was more than a metric ton of cocaine valued at US $18.6 million, officials in Bogotá said on Monday. Colombia’s anti-narcotics police and the navy intercepted the vessel 46 nautical miles off the coast of Tumaco, Nariño. Three men were arrested. Officials said “this semi-submersible, which would have an approximate cost of $1.2 million, has a cargo capacity of up to three tonnes and has a satellite navigation system that, according to the investigations, would allow it to reach its destination in Costa Careyes in the Mexican state of Jalisco by the first week of September.”
- Earlier this month, Niger and Burkino Faso presented CITES with a new report that detailed Zimbabwe’s gross violation of a COP18 resolution, by its capture and sale of 32 very young, not fully weaned elephants to China in October last year. The report says that “by any reasonable metric, the conditions of the transfer and housing of the Zimbabwean elephants are demonstrably inhumane” and “the export of 32 live elephants by Zimbabwe in October 2019 not only contravened the will of the CITES Parties, it undermined the good faith and the spirit of the Convention.” Further harrowing details received of what has become of the elephants, include the pachyderms being trained as circus elephants by mahouts using cruel training methods. In August last year at COP18 in Geneva, in an historic move, CITES members voted to prohibit the removal of African elephants from their natural or historic ranges except under extraordinary circumstances.
- The British Museum has moved a bust of its founder Sir Hans Sloane to an “Enlightenment Gallery” because of his links to slavery, officials said on Tuesday. The likeness of Sloane in the central London landmark has been put alongside other artefacts explaining they were collected through the slave economy at the time of the British Empire. “Dedication to truthfulness is crucial, when we face our own history,” said Hartwig Fischer, museum director, in a statement to AFP. It added that Sloane’s work showed the “complexity and ambiguity” of the period he lived in. Sloane, who lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was married to a Jamaican sugar plantation heiress. As well as his collections, Sloane’s name has been used for various places across London including Sloane Square in the upmarket district of Chelsea.
- German chancellor expresses “significant doubts” over landmark EU-Mercosur free trade deal, citing concerns over the devastating deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The pact between the European Union and the South American free trade bloc – comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – was agreed in principle last year after two decades of wrangling, with then-president Mauricio Macri a key supporter of the deal. President Alberto Fernández has since proven to be less keen on the deal. Environmental activists have also slammed the deal for its lifting of trade barriers to Brazilian beef, which they argue will lead to increased deforestation. Cattle farming is responsible for 80 percent of Amazon deforestation.
News Burst 27 August 2020 – Solar Activity
The Solar Wind Has Arrived
Earth is entering a stream of high speed (~500 km/s) solar wind flowing from a northern hole in the sun’s atmosphere. This is causing geomagnetic unrest and auroras around the Arctic Circle on August 26th. Minor geomagnetic storms are possible in the hours ahead.
Sunspot number: 0
Current Stretch: 5 days
2020 total: 161 days (67%)
2019 total: 281 days (77%)
News Burst 27 August 2020 – Active Weather
Hurricane Laura – Category 4
The Gulf of Mexico is like a boiling pot of water for a tropical depression, in a short time from Tropical Storm Laura it has become a Category 4 Hurricane, the barometric pressure dropped to 927 hPa. It will landfall with winds well above 100 kts between Textas and Louisiana. This is the warning issued by the National Hurricane Center:
“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes, This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline.“
Position North Gulf of Mexixo – Wind 125-150 kts – Pressure 927 hPa – Moving N-NW at 13 kts – Expectecd landfall Aug 27 at 6 am UTC with wind 130 kts gusting to 160 kts.
News Burst 27 August 2020 – Earthquakes
26 August 2020
Europe – M3.7 Iceland
North America – M3 Alaska
Central America – M4.6 South Mexico
South America – M4.4 Central Chile
Asia – M4.8 Philippines
Pacific M4.9 Fiji
Deepest EQ M4.4 597 km Fiji
A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 AH8 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.14 LD / 0.00035 AU (52 360 km / 32 534 miles) from the center of our planet at 19:22 UTC on January 4, 2021. This is the 9th known asteroid to fly past Earth since the start of the year.
Future Mars missions will want to move underground for applications such as accessing water ice, or for hunting for microbial life under the surface, NASA noted. Why InSight failed to dig into the Martian surface came down to “unexpected properties” of the soil, the agency said, which proved harder to push through than the material that two previous Mars missions encountered. InSight’s extended mission will not only include quake monitoring, the craft will also collect data via a radio experiment to learn whether the planet’s core is solid or liquid.
Nepal – Fifteen different associations from the agriculture sector on Saturday announced the formation of a struggle committee and protest programmes against the government’s decision to introduce foreign investment in the agriculture sector.
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