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Is it safe to travel to Italy? Latest coronavirus travel advice after government shuts all schools | i News

7,375 people in Italy are currently confirmed to have the coronavirus, leaving many people to wonder if countries with a high infection rate are safe to travel to. Italy has now closed all schools and universities and locked down certain towns in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. There is no official travel ban to the country, ... Read More »

A dog in Hong Kong has a low-level infection of the new coronavirus | Science News

A pet dog in Hong Kong, China has tested positive for a low-level infection of the coronavirus, allegedly from its owner. Many are now concerned that canines and possibly other pets will be able to spread the virus. Scientists have stated, however, that this is the only known case in a pet and there is no evidence that canines can ... Read More »

Retiring officer turns low-income housing into luxury apartments for Fort Bragg soldiers | ABC

Warrant Officer 3 Jamie Tilke has spent the past 15 months creating more housing for soldiers at Fort Bragg. Completed just weeks before his retirement following 24 years of service, Tilke has turned low-income housing into a set of duplexes. He found the inspiration after years of being overseas and having to stay in hotels, as well as staying in hotels ... Read More »

Hysteria and complex systems | Feld Thoughts

How do you think the coronavirus will impact things? In this Feld Thoughts article, the author delves into how Covid-19 has affected (and continues to affect) people and behavior and compares Covid-19 to a complex adaptive system. In this scenario, contagion, a key attribute, is seen negatively at multiple levels, such as biological and economical. Hysteria is the main level ... Read More »

The masochists who race the Iditarod without dogs | Outside Online

When people are asked to picture a race across an icy and snow-filled tundra, many picture dog sled races. Those in the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska, however, use a bicycle or skis, or walk. The annual event began its 20th competition March 1st with competitors starting out their 1,000-mile course. Most racers complete the course in 2-4 weeks depending ... Read More »

Online commissary privileges finally available to newly eligible shoppers | Military.com

Almost 4 million people now allowed to shop at the commissary and exchange are now able to receive those benefits online. Those newly granted access include Purple Heart recipients, former POW, caregivers registered with the VA’s Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, and veterans with a service-related disability. Since January 1st, however, they have struggled to use their benefits online ... Read More »

Scientists discovered the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to live | CNN

A tiny parasite that doesn’t breathe and lives in salmon has been discovered. Stephen Atkinson is a senior research associate at Oregon State University’s Department of Microbiology and co-authored a paper on the Henneguya salminicola. This new parasite is a myxozoan cnidarian and is related to coral and jellyfish. A defining characteristic of an animal has always included the need ... Read More »

Hampshire’s Bob Weighton set to be named world’s oldest man | BBC

Bob Weighton was born on 29 March 1908 and is about to be named the world’s oldest man. The current record was held by 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe who recently passed away. Weighton grew up in Hull and has lived through the reign of five monarchs and 22 prime ministers. He currently shares the title of the oldest person in Britain ... Read More »

Top enlisted soldier tries ‘do-it-all’ goggle being tested by Army, Marines | Marine Times

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston has been testing and looking into an Integrated Visual Augmentation System. Grinston navigated an empty room while taking cover and engaging fighters while wearing the simulation goggles. The IVAS goggles are designed to provide training, navigation systems, weapon sights, and other features to increase the wearer’s capabilities. Soldiers, Marines, and special operations personnel ... Read More »

Demand for ‘doomsday’ survival gear is spiking because of the coronavirus and other emergencies — here are the most popular items | Business Insider

Businesses in the doomsday and survival gear markets have seen a spike in consumer purchases. Recent scares, such as the Coronavirus and the Australian bushfires, have led to a rise in the purchase of gas masks and even the creation of underground bunkers. Survival gear company, Mira Safety, commented that their January sales in hazmat suits and respirators have already ... Read More »