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Monday, September 27, 2021

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Study suggests reduced mortality risk for Covid-19 may be associated with adequate vitamin D levels | Forbes

A study led by Dr. Michael F. Holick and researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that there is evidence that getting enough vitamin D provides significant support in protecting hospitalized individuals infected with Covid-19 from adverse outcomes. He recommends taking a vitamin...

Jamaica’s Port Royal: The wickedest city on Earth? | BBC Travel

Port Royal has been known as “the wickedest city on Earth” with its rich history of trade in the late 17th century. However, it experienced a massive earthquake that destroyed and sank much of the city. “It is believed...

Get ready for the great urban comeback | The Atlantic

Over time, natural disasters and infectious diseases have shaped the way our city was built. This is the reason why we have drainage and transportation systems, skyscrapers, and water dams. “Disasters reveal problems that already existed, and in doing...

Modern Monetary Theory; Folie à deux — a shared delusion | Medium

Policy and business circles these days are buzzing around Modern Monetary Theory. The idea behind MMT is that the government can pay its bills by printing money. The effects of this policy undermine the effect of inflation and is...

Service Reflections: Veteran recalls being a teen in Vietnam War | Stars & Stripes Japan

Sgt Steve Bosworth, now a retired US Marine Corps, recalls his military service from 1967 to 1970 as a teen in his deployment during the Vietnam War. He said, “I believe Viet Nam instilled a chronic paranoia into my...

The “Vatican” of the Templars? | BBC Travel

Aside from the UNESCO heritage Convent of Christ in Portugal, another Templar site was preserved: The Church of Santa Maria do Olival in the city of Tomar. Built during the 13th century, it was a Gothic stone church that became...

The reason these military helicopters are painted pink | We Are the Mighty

Medium-lift utility helicopters like the Sikorsky S-70 platform is one of the most popular and versatile aircraft used by the U.S. military and government agencies. Few of them stand out as they were painted with a fluorescent shade called...

US 2020 election: Social media’s nightmare scenario | BBC News

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has recently noted that he is worried about the possible election outcomes as people wait for all the mailed-in votes to be counted. "With our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or...

California Marine unit set to receive first amphibious combat vehicle | Marine Corps Times

An eight-wheeled amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) produced by BAE will be delivered to the California Marine units in the next few months according to Marine Corps officials. It is set to replace the tracked amphibious assault vehicle that the Corps has been using since Vietnam. The first batch will go...

Here is the surprise choice to become Germany’s standard assault rifle | The Drive

The German Defense Ministry is considering C.G Haenal’s rifle design over its long-time supplier Heckler & Koch on its Standard Assault Rifle. Haenel’s fully automatic AR-15/M4 patterned MK556 in a 5.56mm caliber.  Germany’s successor to the G36 is being procured under a program known as System Sturmgewehr, or Assault Rifle...

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Army Identifies Green Beret Who Died During Dive Training in Reservoir | Military.com

Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead was 29 years old when he passed away during an underwater training exercise last...

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