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White House security alert: Secret service agent was on his phone during intrusion
 
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A review from the Department of Homeland Security points out how mistakes made by Secret Service Officers actually helped 42-year-old Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez intrude into the White House on September 19. The review has not yet been made public but was obtained by the New York Times. According to the review, Gonzalez was first spotted by officers on Pennsylvania Avenue but didn’t appear odd until 7:19m when he scaled the fence at a point where the ornamental spikes were missing. He then advanced onto the White House North Lawn, leaving the officers behind. As the Secret Service officer stationed on the North lawn was talking on his cellphone without monitoring the radio, he failed to detect Gonzales until well after the chase was underway. Two officers approached Gonzalez with guns drawn, but didn’t shoot as they thought he was not armed. Gonzalez later lost them in the hedges in front of the North Portico. Another officer also followed but came up short.” Before Gonzalez reached the stairway stairs to the North Portico door, one officer took cover behind a pillar, pointing his gun at Gonzalez but didn’t shoot as he thought the man was unarmed and the wooden doors were locked. Gonzalez was later found carrying a knife.” The door to the North Portico was unlocked and the alarm was disarmed, letting Gonzalez force himself in with no fanfare, even as one officer was trying to secure the area by physically subduing him twice but failed. After she mistook her flashlight for her baton, she finally pulled out her gun. However Gonzales ignored her. He then passed the entrance hall and made it into the East Room, but was finally taken down by an officer at reached the doorway to the Green Room. The review also finds the Secret Service underestimated the potential threat of the intruder, as shown by the investigation of two prior incidents, including his arrest on gun charges in Virginia in July. In that case, a map of Washington DC with a line drawn pointing to the White House was found. In August, he was stopped near the south fence of the White house with a hatchet in his waistband but was later released when authorities failed to find any other weapons in his car after the search. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City: a 3D reconstruction of the densest city on Earth
 
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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned slum that was once considered the densest settlement on Earth. The city, a unique urban experiment, had about 50,000 inhabitants occupying only 300 buildings, which were crammed together into a living space that followed its own set of laws. Governed by the Chinese mafia known as 'the Triads', the city became famous in the 1980s for its brothels, casinos and opium dens. Living conditions were squalid, with cramped and dirty spaces, no direct sunlight, patchy or non-existent electricity, and no garbage collection. Nevertheless, the city's population grew fivefold in just 40 years, from 10,000 to 50,000 people in 1990. Rent was on average only HKD35 a month (about US$4 today) and no taxes were charged or paid. It was therefore very attractive for doctors and dentists and manufactures who could practice without licenses, or people who could not afford to live elsewhere. The city's unique political status and anarchic conditions, however, made it an embarrassment for the British government, who after a difficult eviction process, started tearing it down in 1993. The demolition ended in April 1994. A year later, the place was transformed into a Qing Dynasty style garden. This animation recreates the historical process that lead to the creation of this fascinating city, and eventually to its disappearance.
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Las Vegas shooting spree: a complete timeline
 
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Authorities said on Wednesday that the bullet that killed Jerad Miller came from a Las Vegas police officer's rifle, and not from his wife Amanda Miller, as had previously been reported. The couple fatally shot two police officers and a civilian before they died in a gun battle with police in Las Vegas on Sunday (June 8). The shooting began at 11:22 a.m. local time Sunday when Jerad, 31, and his wife Amanda Miller, 22, gunned down police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo in a CiCi's Pizza. The two placed a yellow "Don't tread on me" flag and swastika on Beck's body and pinned a note about a "revolution" on Soldo's. Contrary to initial reports, Beck did not return fire before he was killed. The violence continued inside a Wal-Mart across the street, where Joseph Robert Wilcox, a customer legally carrying a concealed handgun, was shot by Amanda Miller while confronting Jerad Miller. Police responded within minutes and engaged in a gun battle with the Millers inside the Wal-Mart. Pinned down by police fire, the Millers pointed their guns at each other. Amanda Miller fired several shots at Jerad Miller before shooting herself in the heaqd. Authorities say an autopsy of Jerad Miller showed he was killed by a bullet fired from a police rifle. A trail of social media posts and videos show the pair was obsessed with the idea of an armed revolution against the government. Neighbors say the couple spoke often of targeting police officers. White supremacist paraphernalia was found in their apartment. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Oregon school shooting: student gunman Jared Padgett was gun-obsessed
 
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Jared Michael Padgett, the 15-year-old gunman who killed a fellow student at Reynolds High School in Portland Oregon on Tuesday was reportedly a gun-obsessive who became furious with his classmates during a presentation he gave in class about Hitler just a week before the shooting. According to a police statement, Padgett used an AR-15 rifle owned by his family that he obtained after removing it from its secured storage place in the family home. In addition to the AR-15 rifle, he also carried nine full magazines capable of holding several hundred rounds, a handgun and a large knife. Padgett arrived at school yesterday morning on the school bus. He then entered the boys' locker room in the building that housed the school gymnasium where he murdered fellow student, Emilio Hoffman. Teacher Todd Rispler encountered Padgett in the locker room. As he was fleeing, Mr. Rispler was shot once, suffering a graze to his hip. Mr. Rispler was able to get to the school's office to initiate the lockdown process. Padgett encountered police officers who were starting to enter from two separate doorways as he was moving through the main hallway. He exchanged gunfire with one of the officers. Then he made his way into a small restroom where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the Daily Mail, Padgett was known as a quiet student from a large military family with a fascination for guns. His family attends a Mormon church and Padgett was said to be very involved in the church. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Japan successfully extracts gas from offshore methane hydrate
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx For story suggestions please contact [email protected] Japan's state-run energy company Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) says it has successfully extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits. Methane hydrate consists of methane trapped in crystalline structure of frozen water, and it is being explored as a future source of natural gas, due to the large deposits trapped under oceans and permafrost around the globe. It is viewed as a clean energy source, as carbon dioxide can be injected into wells during the extraction process. According to Reuters, "A Japanese study has estimated the existence of at least 40 trillion cubic feet (1.1 trillion cubic meters) of methane hydrates in the eastern Nankai Trough off the country's Pacific coast, about 11 years of Japanese gas consumption. Japan used depressurization to turn methane hydrate to methane gas, a process thought by the government to be more effective than using the hot water circulation method the country had tested successfully in 2002."
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US Navy railgun: how it works
 
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Engineers have fired the first of two industry-built electromagnetic railgun (EM Railgun) prototype launchers for the US Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. The EM Railgun launcher uses magnetic fields created by strong electric currents to accelerate a sliding metal conductor, or armature, between two rails to launch projectiles at up to 5,600 miles per hour. The launcher was made by BAE Systems. A launcher built by General Atomics is scheduled for delivery in April. Source: US Navy via MSNBC, Magnet Lab, World of Defense ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Panama Canal expansion
 
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A $5.25 billion project to expand the Panama Canal is scheduled for completion in 2014. The project includes two new sets of locks and navigation channels that will be able to handle ships that are 25 percent longer and carry up to three times as much cargo as the largest ships accommodated by the existing canal. The expansion will also allow the canal to add up to 15 passages to its current capacity of 35 ships per day. Source: NY Times, Globe and Mail, Popular Mechanics ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours
 
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Evacuated Tube Transport is an airless, frictionless, maglev-like form of transportation which is safer, cheaper and quieter than trains or airplanes. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours. Sources: ET3.com, Discovery News
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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius explains how he killed girlfriend in affidavit (update)
 
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This animation is based on Oscar Pistorius' affidavit, in which he explains that he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for a home intruder. South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius' signed affidavit was read to a Pretoria courtroom during a bail hearing on Feb. 19 after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Feb. 14. In the affidavit Pistorius denied murdering Steenkamp and said he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder. The statement, read by his lawyer, told the court how Pistorius heard a noise coming from the bathroom and shot through the toilet door four times. Only after shooting did he realize that Steenkamp was not in bed and that the person he had shot may have been his girlfriend. He then broke down the locked door with a cricket bat in an attempt to save her. Steenkamp died shortly afterwards from gunshot wounds. Pistorius, 26, has been formally charged at Pretoria Magistrate's Court with one count of murder. A South African judge granted bail to Pistorius today after his lawyers argued that he is too famous to pose a flight risk. SOURCE: Reuters ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/
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World Cup 2014: Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium the first net zero energy stadium
 
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The Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia, built in two years using materials from the previous demolished stadium, will host seven games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. According to reports, it is the first stadium in the world to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum seal, the top sustainability certificate. It is also the second largest stadium in Brazil, with a capacity of more than 72,000 seats. The seats are distributed between the lower, middle and upper stands, in addition to 74 hospitality boxes. The football field measures 68 x 105 metres and is seeded with Bermuda Celebration grass, known for its tolerance to cold, extreme drought and shade as well as for exceptional wear tolerance and divot recovery. The pitch is only 7.5m from the front row of seats. A 1.5-metres wall separates the players from the spectators. The suspended roof is an innovative and environmentally friendly structure made of metal cables and trusses covered by a fibreglass membrane able to protect the public from ultraviolet rays and while the photocatalytic captures and break down the exhaust fumes the equivalent of 1,000 vehicle exhaust fumes. This is particularly important because more than 50% of the CO2 emissions related to stadium operations come from transportation to and from the stadium. The 9,600 solar panels on the roof outer ring are able to power the entire stadium while the open structure allows natural ventilation. The stadium also features a rainwater collection system capable of storing 10.51 million liters of water that is to be reused in toilets, cleaning and watering the playing surface. Vehicles can enter the parking lots through a tunnel which leads to three sections, one for electric cars, one for combustion engine cars and one for buses, for a total of 572 lots. Fans will also be encouraged to travel
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HIV treatment adds a third one-a-day pill
 
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Gilead Sciences' one-pill-a-day HIV drug Quad is in the final phases of testing and could be approved by the FDA in August. If approved, Quad would become the third once-a-day pill to reach the market, after Atripla and Complera. The release of these drugs has vastly improved the lives of many HIV carriers who previously used so-called "cocktail" therapy, several pills taken several times a day, to manage their infections. Quad is a four-in-one pill that contains Emtricitabine (FTC), TDF, Elvitegravir (ETV) and Cobicistat. This animation demonstrates how FTC works to inhibit HIV RNA transcription.
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Filipino UN peacekeepers make daring escape from rebels in the Golan Heights
 
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Thirty-five Golan Heights U.N. Filipino peacekeepers managed to hold off an attack by Syrian rebels on Saturday, before a group of fellow Irish and Filipino UN peacekeepers managed to evacuate all UN troops out of the area in armored vehicles in a daring escape on Sunday night. A second UN camp in the Golan Heights was also attacked over the weekend, with some 100 rebels trying to ram through the gates. Rebels demanded the 40 Filipino peacekeepers on the base surrender, but the Filipino troops instead returned fire. In a rare move of cooperation with the international community, Syrian government troops fired shells at rebel positions near the UN site in a bid to stop the UN camp from being overrun. The battle for the camp raged for some seven hours before the Filipino troops fled the compound with their weapons under cover of darkness, hiked for two hours over chilly hills and linked up with other UN troops who then escorted them to safety. Reports say an additional contingent of some 40 Fijian UN peacekeepers were taken hostage by rebels and their current fate is unknown.
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Uranium enrichment explained
 
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on US President Barack Obama to "draw a red line" for Iran's nuclear program, saying that Iran was "months away from building a nuclear bomb". Netanyahu pressed the US government to impose limits on Tehran's nuclear program. These include measures such as prohibiting Iran from enriching uranium beyond 3.5% (used for nuclear fuel rods). This animation illustrates how uranium is enriched to 3.5% and 90% (used in nuclear bombs).
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Goldsboro nuclear weapon accident: two nuclear bombs nearly exploded
 
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For story suggestions please contact [email protected] Declassified documents released this week have revealed that a multi-megaton bomb was 'armed' when it crashed to the ground following an air accident over North Carolina in 1961. A B-52 bomber carrying two Mark-39 hydrogen bombs broke in half over the small town of Goldsboro, North Carolina on the night of January 24, 1961 after suffering a "failure of the right wing", according to CNN. As the plane broke apart, the two nuclear bombs plummeted toward the ground. According to the Daily Caller, the first bomb landed with its parachute open, but didn't explode because the safing pins that gave power from the generator to the weapon had been accidentally removed during landing, effectively shutting down the bomb. The second bomb free-fell to the ground, and it was put into the 'armed' position upon impact. However, one of the secondary subassemblies, that contained a significant amount of highly-enriched uranium was lost, thus the bomb did not detonate. The two bombs had an explosive yield of 3.8 megatons and would emit thermal radiation over a 15-mile radius. Had the device detonated, lethal fallout could have been deposited over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and as far north as New York City. There are at least 21 declassified accounts between 1950 and 1968 of aircraft-related incidents in which nuclear weapons were lost, accidentally dropped or jettisoned for safety reasons on board planes that crashed in various U.S. states and other countries, CNN reported.
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$10 million in rare gold coins found in California
 
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Originally published on February 26, 2014 A batch of rare 19th century gold coins unearthed by a California couple last year is about to go on sale. The couple, from Northern California, was out walking their dog on their property when they noticed something sticking out of the ground under a tree, according to SF Gate. Stopping to investigate, the couple found it was the top of an old cannister. They used a stick to dig up the can and brought it home, where they discovered it was filled with gold coins. The couple returned the site to continue digging, and found eight cannisters in total, all containing mint-condition gold coins from the 19th century. The 1,427 coins found inside the cans dated from 1847 to 1894, according to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which authenticated the coins. The coins were organized in chronological order, filling one can before being added to the next, and the next can after that. The coins are in $5, $10 and $20 denominations, and added up amounts to about $27,000. However, some of the coins are so rare today experts say they could be worth nearly $1 million each. Altogether the coins are estimated to be worth at least $10 million. SF Gate reports that although most of the coins were minted in San Francisco, one $5 gold piece came from Georgia. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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JetBlue flight diverted after pilot flips out
 
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The pilot of a JetBlue plane had to be restrained by passengers after being locked out of the cockpit and running through the cabin shouting about a bomb. The plane was about two hours into its JFK to Las Vegas flight when the co-pilot became concerned about the pilot's erratic behavior and locked him out of the cockpit. The pilot, named as Clayton Osbon, then began to shout about the plane being taken down before he was restrained by several passengers. The plane was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, where the pilot was taken to a medical facility. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark
 
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A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature. The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are also planned to go into service in the next years.
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World’s first human head transplant: Surgeon says possible scientific breakthrough is just two years
 
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Originally published on 27 February, 2015 The world's first attempt to transplant a human head will be launched this year at a surgical conference in the United States. The procedure was first proposed in 2013 by Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy to help extend the lives of people suffering from muscle and nerve degeneration or those who have advanced cancer. Canavero said the surgery could be ready as early as 2017. The procedure begins with doctors cooling the patient’s head and the donor’s body so their cells do not die during the operation. After the neck is cut through, major blood vessels are linked up using thin tubes, and the spinal cord cut cleanly with a sharp surgical knife to minimise nerve damage. The head is then moved on to the donor’s body, and the spinal cords can be fused together using polyethylene glycol to encourage the fat in cell membranes to mesh. Once the neck is sutured, the recipient will be kept in a coma for three or four weeks while implanted electrodes provide regular electrical stimulation to the spinal cord. Finally, when the patient wakes up from the coma, they will be able to feel their face and speak but will need a year of physiotherapy before they can walk. The first successful head transplant was carried out in 1970 by a team led by Robert White at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. The team transplanted the head of one monkey onto the body of another. They did not join the spinal cords, so the monkey was unable to move its body. But it was able to breathe with artificial assistance. The monkey died nine days later when its immune system rejected the head. Many neuroscientists are wary of the idea, calling it too outlandish to be a serious consideration and note there are many ethical implications related to the surgery. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Floating natural gas platform (FLNG): explained
 
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Royal Dutch Shell has announced its intention to use a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform to exploit the Browse gas field off the north coast of Western Australia. This animation introduces the FLNG platform. The floating platform measures 105 meters tall, 75 meters wide, 488 meters long, and weighs 600,000 tonnes when fully loaded. The first FLNG vessel will begin harvesting gas from the Prelude gas field, situated 200 kilometers off the Kimberley Coast, in 2017 and will stay there for up to 25 years. The facility is also designed to withstand storms, and cyclone-force waves. According to Reuters, "it expects to produce around 3.6 million tonnes of gas a year with a capacity for a further 4.7 million. It expects to make its first delivery to customers within 6 years." SOURCE: The Australian, BBC, Reuters
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FBI investigates George Zimmerman for shooting of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin
 
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The US Department of Justice and FBI are reinvestigating the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, at the Retreat View gated community in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26. The federal intervention comes after mounting dissatisfaction over how the case has been handled. This animation reconstructs the night of the incident based on 911 calls from Zimmerman and the neighbors. Sources: WKMG, Miami Herald ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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First myoelectric prosthetic hand undergoes tests
 
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Originally published on January 21, 2014 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Alfred Man Foundation has developed a prosthetic hand that utilizes implantable myoelectric sensors known as the IMES system. It is a minimally invasive, intuitive control system that can help a patient control a prosthetic limb by reading the wearer's residual muscle movements. According to reports, Staff Sergeant James Sides, who lost his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, is the first patient to test a myoelectric prosthetic hand. The system takes advantage of the electrochemicals signals that exist in the body. Tiny wireless platinum/iridium sensors, about 16 mm (0.66 inches) long, are embedded directly into the residual muscles of the amputee's limb where they detect the signals that go from the brain to the muscles and that control specific movements. These signals are captured and sent wirelessly from the implanted sensor to a decoder box which serves as an electronic brain. Here the signals are translated into the intended movement in the artificial limb. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Next Media Animation's News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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What is the U.S. electoral college and how does it work?
 
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United States citizens over the age of 18 can choose to vote in presidential elections. This is called the popular vote. But American voters don’t actually pick the president through a majority vote. That’s the job of the electoral college. In 2016, a candidate will need at least 270 electoral votes to become president. This system is strange to many, but it goes back to the earliest days of the founding of the United States of America. The founding fathers created the electoral college because they worried states with smaller populations might not be fairly represented. They also didn’t think the “common man” was informed enough to choose a suitable president. So they created the electoral college, which is a group of selectors who cast votes as representatives of each state. Today, it has 538 members. That’s one for every member of the House of Representatives and Senate, representing all 50 states. In addition, Washington DC has three electoral college members. To win the presidency, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes. Winning electoral votes is mostly achieved by winning the popular vote in each state. Win California’s popular vote and you take home the state’s 55 electoral votes. Win the popular vote in Texas and you are awarded that state’s 38 electoral votes. This is called a winner-take-all system. But sometimes, a candidate wins the popular vote nationally but doesn’t amass enough electoral votes. This happened in 2000 when Democratic candidate Al Gore won the popular vote nationwide, but Republican George W. Bush won Florida in a close contest. Bush’s win in Florida was enough to give him the electoral vote victory, and the presidency, despite Gore beating Bush by roughly half a million popular votes. Usually the electoral college and the popular vote produce the same winner. Only four times in America’s history has the popular vote been different from the electoral vote. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Kurds supplied by several countries with weapons and equipment
 
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Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said in a statement on August 26 that seven countries will join US-led intervention to arm Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The supporting countries are Albania, Britain, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, and France. France is the first European country to call to send arms to supply Kurds and has confirmed the delivery of sophisticated weapons to Kurdish forces. Canada has committed to transport arms provided by allies and 30 Canadian Forces personnel in two cargo planes, a CC-177 Globemaster and a CC-130J Hercules. Britain will supply non-lethal equipment, including body armour and night vision goggles, while Denmark has become the latest Western government to fly a Hercules C-130 aircraft carrying 55 Danish troops along with emergency aid and weapons to northern Iraq. Italy will supply machine guns, anti-tank rockets, and ammunition, as Albania is sending 22 million cartridges, 15,000 grenades and 32,000 mortar missiles. Croatia is set to provide surplus weapons left from the end of the last war in the former Yugoslavia. As Iraqi Kurds are mostly armed with weapons from the former USSR, Croatian government said, “they will find these arms compatible.” Germany, in a break with post-war tradition, has also agreed to supply non-lethal military materials to Iraq to fight against Islamist militants. According to German media, Spiegel Online, the pacifist government will supply 4,000 bulletproof vests, 200 radio units, 680 night vision devices, along with 4,000 helmets, 20 metal detectors and 30 mines probes. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the seven countries will help provide "urgently needed arms and equipment" to Kurdish forces. At the same time, hundreds of soldiers have been sent to northern Iraq by Iran, which also provided weapons and ammunitions. According to Al Jazeera, it is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops are involved in fighting Sunni rebel group
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US Senate report outlines brutal CIA interrogation techniques
 
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An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation practices following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US was released Tuesday morning. The report details CIA interrogation techniques used on at least 119 suspected terrorists following 9/11. Some detainees were interrogated using methods such as waterboarding, which sees interrogators repeatedly pour water onto cloth or cellophane placed over a subject’s face in order to simulate the sensation of drowning. Other detailed interrogation techniques include mock executions, where a suspect is made believe that their death is imminent or that a detainee in neighboring cell has been killed. Some subjects were also deprived of sleep and kept awake for as long as 180 hours, usually in standing or in stress positions, and at times in the nude and with their hands shackled above their heads. Loud music, controlling of darkness and light and slapping were also used to cause sleep deprivation, the report says. Exposure to cold and cold showers were also used. At least five detainees were also subjected to rectal feeding, in which food is fed through a rectal tube, as well as rectal hydration. The scathing report also suggests the CIA never compiled an accurate list of which subjects were detained and subjected to these interrogations techniques.
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Lockerbie disaster 25th anniversary - A timeline of events
 
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Originally published on December 21, 2013 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx Saturday, December 21, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. On December 21, 1988, Pan AM flight 103 from London to New York City was blown out of the sky, killing 259 on board and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland. According to reports, that day an explosive device was placed in a Samsonite Silhouette 4000 suitcase and was smuggled unaccompanied aboard Air Malta Flight KM180. The airport scanner did not detect the Semtex plastic explosive and the electronic clock timer allegedly inside a Toshiba BombBeat radio-cassette player. According to the official version of the events, the aircraft took off in Malta and landed in Frankfurt. The luggage was then transferred to a flight bound for London, and again moved to Pan Am flight 103 headed to New York. According to the Independent, the Operation Bird report concluded that the bomb departed from London, not Malta, and that Mohammed Abu Talb, an Egyptian terrorist with links to Palestinian militant groups, and not Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was responsible for the attack. The report said that Talb bribed a worker at Heathrow airport and smuggled the suitcase with the bomb inside onto the flight. At 7.02 p.m., half-an-hour after takeoff from London, there was an explosion aboard Pan Am 103 while over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. According to investigations, the nose and cockpit separated from the fuselage and the plane rapidly disintegrated. At 7.03 p.m. the kerosene loaded wings and the the main cabin struck the town of Lockerbie. Several houses caught fire and 11 people died. By 7.07 p.m. all the wreckage had landed, scattering over an area of 1,360 square km. Megrahi, who always denied involvement in the disaster, remains the only person convicted for the attack. He was jailed for life in 2001 but was released in 2009 on compassionate grounds following prostate cancer diagnosis. According to Reuters, he "arrived home to a hero's welcome. The next day, Britain condemned the celebrations in Tripoli. "The release also provoked an outcry in the United States since most of the 270 people killed in the bombing were American." Megrahi died in 2012.
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Air Force, Marines test MALD missile decoy that can mimic radar signatures of F-16s and B-52s
 
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The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force announced on Tuesday that they had successfully completed the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD-J, with a radio data link at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona. The Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD, program was initiated by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1995 to develop a low-cost decoy missile that could be fired from a variety of aircraft at a safe standoff distance. A contract for MALD was given to Raytheon in 2002, which manufactures the ADM-160B MALD and ADM-160C MALD-J. MALD weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles. It can be launched from a range of aircraft, from a B-52 bomber to an F-16 multirole fighter jet. MALD can autonomously fly a pre-planned route and mimic the radar signatures of other aircraft ranging from large strategic bombers to stealth fighters, or even entire formations of bombers or fighter jets, to mislead enemy defence systems. In battle, a single MALD or flight of MALDs can be used to identify and distract enemy defenses, allowing other aircraft to destroy or evade these defenses. A newer version of MALD, the MALD-J, possesses these decoy functions as well as the ability to spoof and jam enemy electronic systems. MALD-J is equipped with a radio data link and can send situation awareness data to the battle manager, who can use this information to adjust MALD-J’s mission while in flight.
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Evidence used to convict Amanda Knox in spotlight
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx The evidence initially used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murder was highly reliant on DNA material. Knox's acquittal has been overturned by Italy's highest court of appeal. Knox was originally convicted of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. The initial guilty verdict found Knox and two other men, her boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito and Rudy Guede, had murdered Kercher. After appealing, Knox was acquitted after spending four years in jail. In March 2013, Italy's Court of Cassation overturned Knox's acquittal, paving the way for a retrial of the case.
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Young man's sudden death blamed on marathon X-box sessions
 
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The father of a 20-year-old man who died from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has blamed his son's death on his marathon video game sessions. Chris Staniforth often spent more than 12 hours at a time playing Halo on the X-box 360. He collapsed and died from a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Timeline of the Orlando nightclub massacre
 
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RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact [email protected] Officials are releasing more details about the worst case of gun violence in U.S. history. The information shows a clearer picture of how the gunman shot dozens of people to death at a LGBT nightclub in Florida Sunday. Omar Mateen began firing at a police officer outside Pulse nightclub at around 2:02 a.m, the Wall Street Journal reported. Additional officers joined the gunfight and Mateen fled inside to one of the restrooms where he had between five and eight hostages. Up to 25 people were in the adjacent bathroom. At around 2:28 a.m. Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamic State during a call with a 911 dispatcher, the Wall Street Journal reported. The 29-year-old also falsely told authorities he had accomplices and explosives inside the Pulse nightclub, the New York Times reported, citing Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department. According to the New York Times, a SWAT team and armored vehicle later arrived at the scene. Messages from hostages prompted officials to begin a rescue operation out of fear that more killing will take place, the Wall Street Journal reported. At around 5:00 a.m., officers attempted free hostages by breaching the restroom wall with an explosive device but the blast didn’t create a big enough hole. They then rammed the wall with an armored vehicle and created a sizeable gap through which hostages were able to flee. Mateen then began another gunbattle with officers, and was soon killed. Authorities say 50 people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, while 43 victims remain in hospital. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Shooter firing at police officer 2. Officers firing at shooter, shooter flees 3. Shooter and hostages in restroom 4. Shooter pledging allegiance to Islamic State and speaking about explosives 5. SWAT team and armored car arriving 6. SWAT team trying to breach wall with explosives 7. Armored vehicle smashing a hole in the wall, hostages fleeing 8. SWAT team and officers killing shooter 9. Number of those killed and wounded VOICEOVER (in English): "At around 2:02 a.m. on Sunday morning, Omar Mateen engaged in a shootout with an officer outside the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida." “Other officers later joined the gun battle. Mateen escaped inside and headed toward a restroom.” “Various reports say between five and eight hostages were in the restroom where the 29-year-old fled. Up to 25 people were in the other restroom.” “At 02:28 a.m., Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. He also mentioned a bomb vest and explosives.” “A SWAT team and armored vehicle arrived at the scene after officials deemed it necessary to begin a rescue operation.” “At around 5:00 a.m. police tried to breach one of the walls of the club with an explosive device, but this didn’t destroy the wall completely.” “Officers then used an armored vehicle to smash a hole in the wall, allowing hostages to flee.” “Mateen was eventually killed following another exchange of gunfire with SWAT and police officers.” “Authorities say 50 people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, while 43 victims remain in hospital.” SOURCES: Wall Street Journal, New York Times http://graphics.wsj.com/orlando-shooting/ http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/12/us/100000004466754.mobile.html?_r=0 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/us/orlando-shooting.html *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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The Dead Sea is drying up at an alarming rate
 
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The Dead Sea has already lost more than one third of its surface area over the years. The water level is currently dropping by over 1 meter every year and its shoreline is expected to drop from 411 meters to 430 meters below sea level by 2020, according to the environmentalist group EcoPeace Middle East. Traditionally, the Jordan River is the Dead Sea’s inflow source. However, 50 years ago it was diverted to supply cities, reducing the water inflow level to the Dead Sea to just 5% of its original volume. The hot and dry climate of the region makes it difficult for the Dead Sea to restore itself. That added to the rapid loss of water has resulted in the increased salinity of the lake. The group also points out that the Dead Sea is threatened by cosmetic companies that extract mineral water from the region to make beauty products. Hotels and attractions built along the shoreline also release untreated sewage into the Dead Sea. Even though the Dead Sea does not have any wildlife in itself, the region around it is known for supporting several endangered species such as ibexes, leopards and the indigenous Dead Sea Sparrow. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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How does sickle cell disease kill a person?
 
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Contact [email protected] to license this or any News Direct video For story suggestions please contact [email protected] RESTRICTIONS: NONE Prodigy, one half of hip-hop and rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas at the age of 42 after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia. Mobb Deep is widely regarded as one of the most successful acts of all time. Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, suffered from sickle cell anemia since birth. Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed by genes from parents to their children. For example, if both parents have sickle-cell trait, a child has a 50% chance of having the sickle-cell trait, 25% will not carry sickle-cell alleles, and 25% develop a chance of having sickle-cell disease as two hemoglobin S genes are inherited. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Red blood cells that contain normal hemoglobin are disc shaped, whereas sickle cell hemoglobin forms long and inflexible chains. Normal red blood cells are flexible and can pass through large and small blood vessels. Sickled red blood cells can stick to vessel walls, which can cause a blockage in the vessels that stops the oxygen delivery. Normal red blood cells can live up to 120 days. When the number of red blood cells decreases, the kidneys releases erythropoietin hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. Sickled blood cells can only last up to 20 days due its inflexible nature. The body often cannot keep up with the fast pace of decreased red blood cells, causing the person to suffer anemia. Anemia can cause various organ damage over time, including to the brain, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys, as well as to the skin and bones. According to the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, most people with sickle cell disease are of African ancestry. About one in 13 African American babes is born with sickle cell trait and one in 365 black children is born with sickle cell disease. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Genetics of sickle cell disease 2. Normal red blood cells and hemoglobin compare to sickled blood cell and abnormal hemoglobin 3. Normal red blood cell cycle compare to sickle cell anemia 4. Organ damage caused by sickle cell anemia SOURCES: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, BBC, The Washington Post https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40351370/prodigy-from-rap-group-mobb-deep-has-died-aged-42-after-performing-in-las-vegas https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/20/prodigy-of-iconic-new-york-rap-duo-mobb-deep-dead-at-42/?utm_term=.6e33cb3312a6 *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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How a Canadian company will mine the sea bed near Papua New Guinea
 
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Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals has reached an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea to begin mining an area of seabed believed to be rich in gold and copper ores, according to the BBC. Under the terms of the agreement, Papua New Guinea will contribute $120 million to the operation and receive a 15 percent share in the mine. Environmentalists say the mine will devastate the area and cause long-lasting damage to the environment. The BBC reports that "the mine will target an area of hydrothermal vents where superheated, highly acidic water emerges from the seabed, where it encounters far colder and more alkaline seawater, forcing it to deposit high concentrations of minerals." The report continues: The result is that the seabed is formed of ores that are far richer in gold and copper than ores found on land. Mike Johnston, chief executive of Nautilus Minerals told the BBC "that a temperature probe left in place for 18 months was found to have 'high grade copper all over it'." Nautilus announced in April that it had completed its bulk cutter, the first component of its Seafloor Production Tools system, which will be used to mine the seabed. Nautilus also approximately 500,000 square kilometres of "highly prospective exploration acreage" in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as in international waters in the eastern Pacific, the company said in a press release. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Climeworks plant removes carbon dioxide directly from air
 
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Contact [email protected] to license this or any News Direct video For story suggestions please contact [email protected] RESTRICTIONS: NONE The alarming rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide has called scientists to develop carbon dioxide removal technologies that will counter climate change. One company, called Climeworks, has built a plant that directly removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The plant is located on the roof of a waste recovery facility, which provides heat to power the plant. Air containing carbon dioxide and other molecules is blown through several CO2 collectors. According to a Climeworks press release, the plant is made of 18 collectors, which capture about 2,460 kilograms of carbon dioxide each day. The amount of carbon dioxide collected varies daily depending on the weather and air composition. Each collector is equipped with a filter system that contains amine molecules. Carbon dioxide binds to the amine molecules, while other air molecules pass through and return to the atmosphere. Once saturated with carbon dioxide, the filter is heated to about 100°C, causing the carbon dioxide to unbind from amines, and allowing it to be collected. The filter can be reused several thousand times, making this process of carbon dioxide removal and collection a continuous cycle. The carbon dioxide collected by the plant can be used to help make renewable fuel and materials, or supplied to the food and beverage industry. Each year, it also provides 900 tons of carbon dioxide via pipeline to a greenhouse located 400 meters away. This CO2 supply has reportedly increased crop yield by 20%. Beyond this greenhouse, Climeworks has plans with a wider scope. The company reports that they would like to remove 1% of global carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, which will aid in limiting a global temperature rise of 2°C. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Setup of the Climeworks plant and the waste recovery facility 2. Information on the amount of carbon dioxide collected by the Climeworks plant 3. How the Climework plant collects carbon dioxide using a filter system 4. The cyclic nature of the Climeworks plant’s filter system 5. The uses of collected carbon dioxide 6. Collected carbon dioxide used in a greenhouse VOICEOVER (in English): “The Climeworks plant is located on top of a waste recovery facility, which provides it with heat and electricity. Air containing carbon dioxide and other molecules are blown through several carbon dioxide collectors. ” “The plant currently has 18 such collectors, which are large boxes fitted with filters that capture more than 2,400 kilograms of carbon dioxide each day.” “Carbon dioxide binds to the amines in the filter, while other molecules pass through and return to the atmosphere.” “Once saturated, the filter is heated to 100°C, causing the carbon dioxide to unbind and be extracted.” “The filtration system can be reused several thousand times, allowing this process of removal and collection to be a continuous cycle.” “The carbon dioxide collected by the plant can be stored underground, used to help make renewable fuels and materials, or supplied to the food and beverage industry. ” “Climeworks provides 900 tons of carbon dioxide annually to a nearby greenhouse, which has reportedly increased their crop yield by 20%.” SOURCES: Climeworks; Science http://www.climeworks.com/ http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/switzerland-giant-new-machine-sucking-carbon-directly-air *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Smoking marijuana does not harm lungs: study says
 
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A US government-funded study has found smoking marijuana regularly for up to seven years does not impair lung function. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Medicine monitored the lung function of over 5,000 young men and women over 20 years between 1985 and 2006, and found that smoking pot for seven 'joint years' - which means 365 joints a year - does not alter lung function. However, experts say this will probably not push forward the legalization of medical marijuana, as the drug poses other health risks. Sources: New York Times, CBS, LA Times, AFP ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Why sleep is important: Brain uses sleep to cleanse itself of toxins
 
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Originally published on November 21, 2013 Sleep helps cleanse the brain of toxins that are generated by daily cognition, according to a new study published in the journal science by scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center and New York University. The study's authors also suggest some brain disorders may in part be the result of failing to clear away some toxic proteins. During nightly rest the brain refreshes itself by removing the buildup of mental metabolites such as beta-amyloids (Aβ) and tau proteins, byproducts of a day's cogitation. Mismanagement of neural waste may slow the electrical signals across synapses and cause neurons to die. Accumulation of beta-amyloids and tau proteins could lead to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The brain's waste removal system, known as the glymphatic system, is more active during sleep when the glial cells that keep nerve cells alive shrink, increasing the size of the interstitial space, the gaps between brain tissue, allowing more fluid to flow through and wash the toxins away. Tiny pores on projections called "end feet" from Astrocytes, a type of glial cell, suck cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from blood vessels into the interstitial space. The clear cerebrospinal fluid enters the brain rapidly to mix with interstitial fluid and wash brain waste out to blood vessels. The waste then ends up in the liver. The transporting of fluid across cell membranes requires a lot of energy, which might be the reason the brain needs to clean itself and process sensory information at separate times, the study's authors suggested. Noting the link between sleep deprivation or disruption and neurodegenerative diseases, the authors suggest that neural trash removal must be one of sleep's major benefits. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Sonars may be causing some whales to become suicidal
 
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For story suggestions or custom animation requests, contact [email protected] Visit http://archive.nextanimationstudio.com to view News Direct's complete archive of 3D news animations. RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN A new report suggests that whale's suicidal behavior may be linked to sonar waves. Sonar waves cause major distress for underwater mammals. They are thought to scare them away, but a new report suggests that the effects are deadly. The report suggests suicidal behavior in some beaked whales is linked to exposure to sonar waves. Cuvier's beaked whales are deep divers with bodies capable of withstanding changing pressure. Their metabolism slows down to save oxygen and their organs adapt to avoid decompression sickness. However, according to a report published in the Royal Society Proceedings B Journal, when the whales come into contact with sonar waves emitted by naval patrols, they quickly swim away in fear and confusion. Nitrogen gas bubbles then accumulate in the whales' veins, causing brain hemorrhages and damage to their organs and nervous system, including their spinal cord. This unnatural, quick change in their diving pattern makes the animal accumulate nitrogen. Beaked whales normally dive over 1,000 meters deep for one hour, but when exposed to sonar waves they swim for over two hours at depths of around 3,000 meters. Once disoriented and hurt they tend to beach in nearby coasts. In 2003 a paper pointing out the possible link between sonar and whale deaths led to a 2004 ban on naval exercises around the Canary Islands. Scientists behind the report have an idea for a solution. They suggest placing more moratoriums on mid-frequency sonar activity in regions where large groups of beached whales frequently appear. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Cuvier's beaked whales swimming in the ocean 2. Cuvier's beaked whales frightened and confused swimming away from the sonar waves 3. Effect of decompression sickness and accumulation of nitrogen in whales' bodies 4. Cuvier's beaked whales become stranded and beaching VOICEOVER (in English): "Cuvier's beaked whales are deep divers with bodies capable of withstanding changing pressure." "Their metabolism slows down to save oxygen and their organs adapt to avoid decompression sickness." "However, according to a report published in the Royal Society Proceedings B Journal, when the whales come into contact with sonar waves emitted by naval patrols, they quickly swim away in fear and confusion." "Nitrogen gas bubbles then accumulate in the whales' veins, causing brain hemorrhages and damage to their organs and nervous system, including their spinal cord." "This unnatural, quick change in their diving pattern makes the animal accumulate nitrogen." "Beaked whales normally dive over 1,000 meters deep for one hour, but when exposed to sonar waves they swim for over two hours at depths of around 3,000 meters." "Once disoriented and hurt they tend to beach in nearby coasts." SOURCES: Agence France Presse, Royal Society Proceedings B Journal https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/some-whales-sonar-may-provoke-suicidal-behaviour-study-doc-1ct6fy4 https://royalsocietypublishing.org/journal/rspb *** ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Pentagon chooses Boeing 747-8 to replace aging Air Force One fleet
 
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Originally published on January 29, 2015. The United States Air Force will replace its aging fleet of two modified Boeing 747-200 Air Force One Presidential planes with three new Boeing 747-8 jets, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. This animation introduces the basic design of aircraft and some of its advanced security features. As Reuters reports, “Boeing welcomed the Air Force's decision to skip a competition and opt for the 747-8, citing its 50-year history of building presidential aircraft. “The Air Force said it intended to award a sole source contract to Boeing, but they must still negotiate a contract and the modifications needed to adapt the jet for presidential use. “The Air Force now operates two VC-25s, specially configured Boeing 747-200Bs. Details about the new contract, including cost, were not released. “It said it planned to purchase enough of the technical baseline to permit competition for maintenance during the plane's planned 30-year life. “James said the Air Force One program would use proven technologies and commercially certified equipment to keep the program affordable. “The Air Force decision was widely expected since the only other suitable four-engine jet is the A380 built by Airbus (AIR.PA) in Toulouse, France. “The 747-8 is the only four-engine commercial jet Boeing makes, providing an extra margin of flight safety over the more standard twin-engine planes. “But the Air Force order for a few 747s might not extend the life of the 747 program, which has failed to capture much business in recent years. “Boeing was clearly trying to preserve production so it could fill the Air Force order, said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia. “Now that the firm order is there, he said, it might be an opportunity for the program to end.” ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Cameroon turns human waste into clean power in biogas project
 
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Two towns in Cameroon have installed biogas systems to turn human waste into sustainable energy that can provide fuel and electricity for local communities. The project was initiated by Bioenergy-Cameroon, a non-governmental youth organization. Local students, especially female students, are trained on how to install and maintain innovative technology systems such as solar power and biogas mechanisms. According to Reuters, the system includes a septic tank, which is connected to a bio-digester at individual households. Human waste placed in the septic tank is converted into biogas inside the bio-digesters, which release energy into people’s homes for cooking and lighting. Reuters reports that more than 3,000 households and local schools in the towns of Buea and Bamenda have installed the biogas system. The Center for Environment and Development, an NGO in Cameroon, estimates that the biogas project may reudce greenhouse gas emissions in the vicinity by up to 60 percent. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Death Penalty: Execution by firing squad a more humane form of capital punishment?
 
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After a series of botched lethal injections, Wyoming and Utah are considering bringing back the firing squad as a form of capital punishment. During execution by firing squad, the inmate is strapped to a specially designed chair. A patch is put over his heart, and his head is covered with a black hood. Armed with 0.30-caliber Winchester rifles, five anonymous shooters, most of them law enforcement officers who have volunteered for the role, stand 25 feet away from the inmate. Each executioner fires one shot. One of the guns fires blanks, so the executioners cannot be sure if they killed the inmate. Execution by firing squad, which has been abolished in most states, was last performed on convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner in Utah three years ago. The practice was abolished by Utah in 2004 but remained an option for Gardner because he was sentenced to death in 1985. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Official investigation: Sandy Hook shooter's motives unknown
 
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Originally published on November 26, 2013 Authorities have released a summarized report of an official investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place on Dec. 14, 2012. The 48-page summary that was released to the public was shortened from a report that ran into thousands of pages. However, authorities say the motive of the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, remains unknown. According to the report, Lanza first killed his mother with .22-caliber rifle at close range as she lay in bed the morning of Dec. 14. He then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in a 2010 Honda Civic, parking next to a no parking zone outside of school. Officials later found a Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun in the vehicle. Lanza was armed with a Bushmaster XM15-E2S, a Glock 10 mm handgun and a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol when he arrived at the school at around 9:30 a.m. He was also carrying 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster. When he found the doors were locked, he shot through the glass window to the right of the front lobby doors. In the north hallway, Lanza shot and killed school principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. He also fired upon two other staff members in the hallway, who survived. The shooter then went into the main office, but apparently did not see the staff who were hiding inside, and returned to the hallway before entering first grade classrooms 8 and 10. It is unknown which order he entered the rooms. While there, Lanza opened fire on teachers and students, killing four teachers and 20 children. Police received a 911 call at 9:35 a.m, and the first police officer arrived on the scene outside of school at about 9:39 a.m. A minute later, Lanza took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol in classroom 10. The entire event took place in under 11 minutes. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Yunnan-Singapore Link: How China is building a trans-Asia high-speed railway network
 
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China has vowed to build a high-speed railway network that spans across Southeast Asia, and if successful, travelling between Yunnan and Singapore will take a mere ten hours. The construction of a high-speed rail linking Kunming, China and Vientiane, Laos, commenced in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in five years. Thailand’s junta has pledged to build three high-speed railways. One will link Nong Khai and Nakhon Ratchasima; the other will connect Nakhon Ratchasima, Bangkok and Map Ta Phut; the last will serve as a link between Bangkok and Rayong. These new links have the potentials to link Thailand to southern China. According to China Railway Corp, the construction of the Kunming-Singapore line will be broken down into four stages. Apart from the Kunming-Vientiane and the Vientiane-Bangkok sections, the other stages include Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. China was also previously in talks with Myanmar to build a high-speed railway connecting Yunnan and Kyaukpyu. However, due to opposition from local people, the plan has been shelved but the Chinese government said it would continue to push for the project. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Preah Vihear temple border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand explained
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx Cambodia and Thailand will take their centuries-old border dispute back to the International Court of Justice from April 15 to 16, 2013 to ask for a ruling on where the territorial border lies. At the centre of the dispute between the Southeast Asian countries is an 11th Cenutry Hindu temple, built under the ancient Angkor Empire (now modern day Cambodia). Both Thailand and Cambodia laid claim to the temple before and then after French colonial rule was imposed on Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. In 1962 the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, ruled that the temple, known in Cambodia as Preah Vihear, belonged to that country. In its judgment, the court only specified the ownership of the temple, and neglected to rule on ownership of the surrounding area, which is claimed by both countries. When the temple was submitted by Cambodia to become a world heritage site in 2008, violent, nationalistic clashes broke out in and around the disputed area between Thai and Khmer military forces. Brief clashes ensued that year and culminated in deadly clashes in 2011 which killed at least eight people and displaced tens of thousands. Both countries agreed to demilitarise the disputed area, an undertaking carried out slowly over the following year. Cambodia submitted a request for the World Court to reinterpret its 1962 decision and rule on ownership of the disputed territory.
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U.S. investigation launched after man killed in Tesla autopilot highway accident
 
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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into Tesla Motors after a driver of a Model S was killed while using the vehicle’s autopilot mode, Reuters reported. According to Electrek, Joshua Brown was driving his Tesla Model S last month. The accident occurred on U.S. Route 27 in Williston, Florida on May 7 when the vehicle struck a tractor trailer turning left across the highway, the Levy Journal reported, citing the Florida Highway patrol. The trailer tractor was heading west and made a left turn across the highway while Brown’s vehicle was heading eastbound. The vehicles collided when the truck was perpendicular to the car across the highway. Tesla said in a post to the company’s blog that neither the autopilot nor the driver noticed the trailer due to the vehicle's white side coloring against the bright sky, so the brake wasn't applied. They say that the high ride height of the trailer, its position on the road and other rare circumstances of the collision caused the vehicle to continue underneath the tractor. In a description of the software, Tesla notes that the Autopilot system uses camera, radar and sensors to automatically steer on highways, change lanes and adjust speed. The company adds the system is in beta and drivers should always keep their hands on the steering wheel while using the autopilot system. The car lost its roof during the accident and continued along the highway before crashing through two fences and hitting a power pole, the Levy Journal reported, citing the Florida Highway Patrol. It stopped around 100 feet south of the highway. Brown died at the scene. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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India vs China: India battles China for economic and military influence in the Indian Ocean
 
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Originally published on 05 March, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- India is sending military assistance to the Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius to counter China’s influence in the Indian Ocean. China’s forays into the Indian Ocean have sparked concern in New Delhi, prompting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen India’s relationship with four nearby island nations. India is sending a 1,300-tonne patrol vessel, the Barracuda, to Mauritius on March 12 and plans to send an additional 13 vessels within the next year. India will also fit all four islands with surveillance radars and ocean mapping capabilities. India has increased the foreign investment cap in its domestic defense industry to 49 percent from 26 percent and increased defense spending by 12 percent over last year to 2.29 trillion Indian rupees ($38.35 billion) for 2014-15. With the new budget, India plans to construct four warships in Mumbai and three in Kolkata, along with six nuclear-powered submarines. As part of an effort to expand India’s sphere of influence into Southeast Asia, New Delhi also has plans to send two patrol vessel to Sri Lanka, two frigates to the Philippines and 10 patrol vessels to Vietnam. China’s military has expanded its geographical reach in Asia over the past several years. Chinese submarines have conducted lengthy trips into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. China has also built seaports and power plants on several of the islands as part of China’s “Maritime Silk Road.” ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Next Media Animation’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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French Polynesia to host world’s first floating city
 
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RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact [email protected] A fully autonomous floating city was once just a libertarian fantasy, but is now just a few years shy of becoming reality. French Polynesia signed a deal with the Seasteading Institute on Jan. 13, agreeing to host the world’s first floating city, or seastead, in a tropical lagoon within its protected waters, the New York Times reported. The seastead will be designated as a special economic zone that will develop innovative technologies for solar power, aquaculture, and wind energy. Design-wise, the floating city will consist of interconnected square and pentagonal platforms made from reinforced concrete. The platforms will have a variety of structures built on them, from residential and commercial, to green spaces; with pricing per square foot reportedly on par with major cities like New York or London. The project’s initial islands are expected to house a few dozen people, and will cost an estimated combined total of $10 million to $50 million. With rising sea levels threatening many Pacific islands, seastead advocates believe floating cities may be a solution. Seasteads are being touted as environmentally friendly and restorative, as the presence of floating communities could also spark recovery for the region’s dying corals by slightly lowering water temperatures in their vicinity. The Seasteading Institute will have to complete environmental and economic feasibility studies, but construction on the project could start as early as next year. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. French Polynesia to host seastead in a tropical lagoon 2. Seastead to be special economic zone, will showcase clean energy innovations 3. Seastead made of interconnected pentagonal and square platforms 4. Three-storey residential, commercial, green spaces on each platform 5. Total cost of seastead, and cost per square meter 6. Rising sea levels threaten islands, seastead as possible solution 7. Floating communities can lower water temp and spark coral recovery VOICEOVER (in English): “On Jan. 13, French Polynesia agreed to host the world’s first floating city, or seastead, within its protected waters.” “The seastead aims to be a special economic zone that will develop innovative technologies for solar power, aquaculture, and wind energy.” “Design-wise, the floating city will consist of interconnected square and pentagonal platforms made from reinforced concrete.” “Platforms will have a variety of structures: from residential and commercial to green spaces; with pricing per square foot on par with major cities like New York or London.” “The project’s initial islands will cost a combined total estimated at $10 million to $50 million, and will house a few dozen people.” “With rising sea levels threatening many Pacific islands, seastead advocates believe floating cities may be a solution.” “The presence of floating communities could also spark recovery for the region’s dying corals by slightly lowering water temperatures in their vicinity.” SOURCES: Seasteading Institute, New York Times, ABC https://www.seasteading.org/floating-city-project/ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/world/australia/climate-change-floating-islands.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/world-first-floating-city-could-rise-in-french-polynesia/8184828 *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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How scientists enter and exit BSL-4 laboratories
 
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As scientists work around the clock to develop a treatment for Ebola, research on this and other deadly diseases must be conducted in specially designed facilities known as biosafety level four (BSL-4) laboratories. To gain entrance to a BSL-4 laboratory, researchers must pass through stringent security controls, such as an iris scan. Entrants then shed their street clothes and don scrubs. All personal items except glasses are not allowed inside. Another mandatory garment is a positive-pressure suit, which offers maximum protection for staffers to work in a potentially hazardous environment. Each suit has a hook connecting to ventilation hoses, which supply medical-grade breathing air for researchers. Scientists and technicians, while still wearing their protective suits, must take a decontamination shower before they leave. Water and chemicals are sprayed to remove dirt, residue and microbes. After taking off the suits, researchers take a hot shower before changing into their own clothes and leaving the facility.
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MH370 search: Flaperon debris on Reunion Island may explain how the plane broke apart
 
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Originally published on 31 July, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- For story suggestions please contact [email protected] As investigators analyze the debris that may have come from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, not only are they trying to determine whether the recovered flaperon belongs to the missing plane, but they are also trying to determine how exactly the part broke off the plane. The flaperon, which authorities believe likely came from the right wing of a Boeing 777, has limited damages on its front where its hinge connects to the plane’s wing. However, there are jagged, horizontal damages on its back. A group of independent aviation experts told CNN that it’s possible that the flaperon was on the plane, but facing down when the aircraft made impact with the ocean. The back then experienced extensive damage upon contact with the water. But the group says that if the flaperon had indeed been on the plane when it made contact with water, its front should have been damaged as well because the flaperon would have pressed up against the plane’s wing during the crash. The experts say that it’s more likely the plane was in a steep, spiraling descent and the flaperon fell off since the rear damage is more consistent with general stress rather than the damage caused by a hard impact with water. An aircraft component specialist who also spoke with CNN disagrees though, saying that there may be limited damage to the front simply because the flaperon remained on the plane during impact. While authorities are increasingly certain that the flaperon comes from a Boeing 777, they are not yet certain whether its from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight or not. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Next Media Animation’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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New form of burial freeze-dries bodies, turning them into plant food
 
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A Swedish and an Irish company have been developing and providing new forms of burial. Promessa Organic from Sweden, led by biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, has developed what they’ve called Promession, a method by which the human body is converted into powder, dried and eventually turned into organic matter that converts into soil within a year. Similar to the process of freeze drying, promession involves a system called the Promator in which the body is first frozen to minus 18 degrees Celsius and submerged in liquid nitrogen. The body is refrozen as the liquid nitrogen evaporates into harmless gas. The brittle body then is vibrated and transformed into organic powder. The powder is taken to a vacuum-sealed chamber where water is evaporated. Afterwards, mercury, allegan, sodium and over 50 other foreign substances are removed. The remains are packed into an organic coffin and buried at the family’s request. After a year, the remains turn into soil, which can feed a tree. The company has also developed an improved “clean cremation” where the dry and metal free remains that exit the Promator system are burned. This clean cremation can guarantee Zero Mercury and avoid the production of dioxins. Irish company EcoLegacy offers a similar burial service. Their process, which they’ve called EcoLation, is similar to Promession, except the energy that is expelled in the process is turned into energy reused in future processes. Both processes differ and are more ecologically friendly than traditional burial and cremation. In traditional burial, coffins and chemicals (formaldehyde) are introduced into the environment. In cremation, heat energy is consumed and toxins are released to reduce the body into ashes, which are waste products that contain no organic material. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Airbus unveils new A350 XWB family to compete with Boeing 777 and 787
 
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this animation used an incorrect model for the A350 XWB. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Airbus recently launched a world tour for its newest aircraft, the A350 XWB. The planes are designed to replace the company’s 330 and 340 models and directly compete with Boeing’s 777 and 787 models. A350 XWB (extra-wide-bodied) are twin engine long-range planes that fly long-haul routes with a range of up to 15,300 kilometers. There are three variants: the A350-800, the shortest model; the A350-900, the standard model; and the A350-1000, the extra-long model. According to reports, Airbus may offer an even larger A350-1100 model in the future. The aircrafts feature 5.61 meter-wide cabins, which positions them between Boeing’s 787 and 777 cabins. Airbus claims wider cabin width allows for wider seats and more headroom for passengers, as well as more panoramic windows. The A350 family is also the first Airbus design to have carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) fuselage and wings. Airbus says greater fuel efficiency and larger passenger capacity — between 276 to 369 passengers — makes the planes 25 percent more cost effective than their competitors.
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What is dry drowning?
 
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Contact [email protected] to license this or any News Direct video For story suggestions please contact [email protected] RESTRICTIONS: NONE Dry drowning caused the death of a little boy from Texas a week after he went swimming, according to doctors. Francisco Delgado III, 4, died last Saturday after he swam at the Texas City Dike over the Memorial Day weekend. The boy’s family said the child showed symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea, until he eventually stopped breathing. “Out of nowhere, he just woke up. He said ahhh,” Francisco Delgado Jr., father of the boy told ABC Eyewitness News. “He took his last breath and I didn't know what to do no more.” KHOU reported that doctors found fluid in the boy’s lungs and around his heart, which seems to show that the boy died of dry drowning. Dry drowning and secondary drowning account for about 2 percent of drowning incidents. Dry drowning occurs when a small amount of water irritates the vocal cords, causing them to spasm and close up the airway. It usually happens soon after exiting the water and the person would have trouble passing air into their lungs. Secondary drowning occurs when water gets into the lungs and causes a condition known as pulmonary edema, which is the buildup of fluid in the air sacs. It can take up to 24 hours before a person shows signs of distress due to secondary drowning. Symptoms of dry drowning and secondary drowning may include coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing and feeling extremely tired. Experts advise parents to think of drowning as a process rather than an end result. Dry drowning or secondary drowning can occur at different times after a person inhales water. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Illustration of dry drowning 2. Illustration of secondary drowning 3. High-speed submersion and diving can cause laryngospasm reaction 4. Drying drowning and secondary drowning account for 2 percent of drowning incidents VOICEOVER (in English): “Dry drowning occurs when a small amount of water irritates the vocal cords, causing them to spasm and close the airway. It usually happens soon after exiting the water and makes it difficult for air to pass into the lungs.” “Secondary drowning occurs when water enters the lungs and causes a condition known as pulmonary edema, which is the buildup of fluid in the air sacs. It can take up to 24 hours before someone shows signs of distress due to secondary drowning.” “High-speed submersion in water or diving can cause a reaction called laryngospasm.” “Dry drowning and secondary drowning account for about 2 percent of drowning incidents.” SOURCES: AJC.com, KHOU, Parents, WebMD http://www.ajc.com/news/national/doctors-year-old-died-dry-drowning/lDdAZ7m5ShXKyHlVErnBfJ/ http://www.khou.com/news/local/family-warns-of-dry-drowning-after-son-dies-days-after-swimming/446413922 http://www.parents.com/kids/safety/outdoor/dry-drowning/ http://www.webmd.com/children/features/secondary-drowning-dry-drowning#1 *** For story suggestions please contact [email protected] For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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