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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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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 tips@nma.com.tw 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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'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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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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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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Timeline: Final moments of Asiana 214 crash
 
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Watch the update report: https://youtu.be/f53UOeJEGuU New information from the investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 include revelations that two flight attendants were ejected from the plane upon impact. Meanwhile, an investigation into the possibility that one of the two fatalities from the crash may have been caused from being struck by an emergency vehicle is ongoing. The following timeline is based on a report by Reuters. 82 seconds before impact: Plane's altitude is about 1,600 feet. Autopilot is disengaged. Speed not given. The plane is configured for approach and proceeds normally with "no discussion of any aircraft anomalies or concerns," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman later says. 73 seconds: Air speed slows to 170 knots. Altitude is about 1,400 feet. 54 seconds: Speed falls to 149 knots, altitude drops to 1,000 feet. 34 seconds: Speed falls to 134 knots, below safe landing target of 137 knots. Altitude is 500 feet. Instructor pilot realizes plane is too low. 16 seconds: Speed falls to 118 knots, altitude now 200 feet. Pilots notice plane not centered to runway and try to correct. Indicator lights near runway show plane is pointed too low. 8 seconds: Speed falls to 112 knots, altitude 125 feet. Plane's throttles start moving forward. 7 seconds: Crew member is heard on cockpit voice recorder calling for more speed. 4 seconds: Sound of "stick shaker" is heard warning of a stall. 3 seconds: Flight reaches lowest speed of 103 knots. Engines at half power and power increasing. Engine response to command to increase power appears to be normal. 1.5 seconds: Call is made to abort landing and "go-around." Impact: Speed is 106 knots. Plane's tail section hits sea wall at edge of runway reaching into San Francisco Bay and breaks off. Debris is strewn along runway as plane comes halt. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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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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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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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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Charlotte boy survives being thrown 100 feet by tornado
 
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A North Carolina boy escaped with minor injuries after a tornado destroyed his family's house and tossed him 100 feet next to a nearby interstate highway. Jamal Stevens, 7, was on the second floor of the Charlotte house on Friday night when the tornado hit and blew the roof and walls of the house away. A neighbor found the first-grader between the family's backyard and Interstate 485, about 100 feet from the home. He was rushed to the hospital and was released with a brace on his left arm and no broken bones. Source: AP ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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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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Brazil accident: Transbrasiliana bus collides with tanker truck, killing at least seven
 
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At least seven people died on Monday morning when a bus crashed into a tanker truck on a highway in northeastern Brazil. A bus belonging to the operator Transbrasiliana was traveling along a highway in the state of Piaui at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. An official record states the bus was carrying five passengers, but local news site Globo reported that there could be more. Some drivers are known to take more passengers without informing the bus company. The bus driver allegedly tried to overtake a vehicle but did not notice a tanker truck was coming in the opposite lane. The two vehicles were engulfed in flames after an explosion took place. The accident also left three people, including a 5-year-old child, injured.
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Clostridium difficile and fecal bacteriotherapy
 
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Clostridium difficile (c. diff.) can exist in a healthy person's gut without them exhibiting symptoms. The spores also exist in hospitals and nursing homes, attacking patients on antibiotics and with medical conditions that make them susceptible to bacteria. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, leaving c.diff to multiply in the small intestine where it starts attacking the colon. Symptoms include severe abdominal pains, bloody stools, and colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Other than using antibiotics to treat c.diff, a more experimental treatment called fecal bacteriotherapy, or feces transplant, can be used. A healthy donor's feces is injected into the patient via an enema, creating a new, healthy gut flora. C. diff. kills 14,000 people each year in North America.
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Young mother breaks into 28 homes after dropping kids off at school
 
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Virginia mother of three Melissa Addison, 36, allegedly broke into 28 homes in a month after dropping her children off at school. Addison took money, coins, and jewelry from the homes. She was arrested on Dec 5. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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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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Indian designer developing world's first Braille smartphone
 
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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 Interaction design graduate Sumit Dagar and his team are developing what he calls '[the] world's first Braille smartphone'. While still in development, the as-of-yet unnamed phone sports a screen with a grid of pins that move up and down as required, forming into Braille characters and shapes. Giving the device a refreshable, tactile display capable of elevating and depressing content to change the user interface for different applications. The unique technology allows visually impaired users to store contacts and dial phone numbers to place calls, more easily get around by using tactile maps, capture highlights of images allowing the visually impaired to get a sense of images of people and scenes and use the camera to scan text and convert it to braille, among other features. Dagar and his team intend on releasing the phone by the end of this year and hope to sell it for around $185. SOURCES: CNN, Times of India
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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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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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UK used plastic rock to spy on Russia
 
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A former official has admitted British spies used a fake plastic rock stuffed with wireless communications equipment to spy on Russia. The device acted as a high-tech dead letter drop. An asset would upload information to the rock and an agent would then later download the information. Russian security found and monitored the device's activity before seizing it. In 2006, Moscow revealed it had captured the device, but the UK didn't claim responsibility until now. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Two Scottish children poisoned eating TV host Loyd Grossman's curry sauce
 
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Two children in Scotland ate curry made from Loyd Grossman branded korma sauce last weekend and were rushed to hospital on Sunday for botulism. Botulinum toxin is a potentially deadly poison that affects victims by paralysis, 1 to 3 days after ingestion. The two children are administered antitoxin and in stable condition. The batch of the sauce that contained the contaminated one has been recalled. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Nasa spacecraft will enter Ceres’ orbit later this week
 
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Originally published on 02 March, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact tips@nma.com.tw NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will reach dwarf planet Ceres on Friday, marking the end of its eight-year journey. The spacecraft’s mission is to study both Vesta, one of the largest asteroid in our solar system, and Ceres, an icy dwarf planet. The Dawn spacecraft will slowly approach Ceres later this week after traveling two and a half years from Vesta. The spacecraft will travel alongside Ceres at a pace that will allow Ceres’ gravity to eventually take hold of the spacecraft and bring the spacecraft into orbit alongside it. Ceres is a little-understood dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. About 590 miles wide, the planet is believed to have a large layer of water underneath its icy mantle and above its rocky core. Research also suggests that Ceres may have a layer of heated, muddy water below its icy surface. As the spacecraft begins to approach Ceres, NASA scientists are already surprised by what they see. Several days ago, the Dawn spacecraft’s camera captured two bright, white spots on the dwarf planet’s surface. There are several theories as to what the white spots may be. Some scientists suggest that the planet may have bumped into objects in the asteroid belt, exposing a layer of ice that reflects light. Another theory is that the white spots are caused by cryovolcanic eruptions that spew ice onto the surface. The third, but least likely, possibility that’s been mentioned is that the white spots are caused by magnesium silicates on the surface. Discoveries made on the Dawn mission will help NASA scientists better understand the planet-formation process. If the Dawn spacecraft is able to complete this final leg of its journey, then the probe will be the first spacecraft to orbit two celestial objects beyond the moon. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Dawn spacecraft leaving Vesta 2. Location of Ceres in the solar system 3. Cross-section of the dwarf planet 4. Layer of heated, muddy water below Ceres’ surface 5. Two bright white spots can be seen on Ceres’ surface 6. Asteroid hits Ceres’ surface and exposes ice 7. Cryovolcanic eruptions on Ceres’ surface VOICEOVER (in English): “NASA’s Dawn spacecraft left the asteroid Vesta in September of 2012 and travelled towards Ceres.” “Ceres is located within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.” “Scientists estimate that Ceres has a 62-mile layer of water below its icy surface and encasing its rocky core.” “Research indicates that there may also be a layer of warm, muddy water below Ceres’ surface.” “As the space probe approached Ceres, it was able to snap a photo of two, bright white spots on the planet’s surface.” “Unsure about what the spots are, scientists have a few theories. One is that objects in the asteroid belt hit Ceres, exposing some of the icy mantle below that reflects light.” “Another theory is that cryovolcanic eruptions may be spewing large amounts of ice onto the planet’s surface.” SOURCES: Space.com, Wired, Forbes, The Guardian http://www.space.com/28689-nasa-spacecraft-dwarf-planet-ceres-arrival.html\ http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-02/27/ceres-spots http://www.wired.com/2014/01/ceres-water-jets/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/02/21/dawn-meets-ceres-expect-a-weird-world-of-ice-volcanoes-mud-oceans/ http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/01/dawn-ceres-nasa-probe-enter-dwarf-planet-orbit *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nma.com.tw 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 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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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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US' fourth case of mad cow disease found in California
 
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The first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in the US since 2006 has been found in a California dairy cow, US officials have said. This animation explains Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Sources: Reuters
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AirAsia X flight en route to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne after navigational error
 
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An Australian aviation investigation report has revealed how an AirAsia X flight bound for Malaysia last year accidentally flew to Melbourne instead of its Asian hub after a navigational error. The AirAsia X Airbus A330 was scheduled to fly from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur. Australian authorities say the plane’s captain manually copied the gate coordinates displayed on sign outside the cockpit window into the flight management guidance system. As he accidentally omitted a zero, the system located the plane near Cape Town, South Africa. Both the captain and the first officer heard several chimes as they prepared for takeoff. They chose to ignore the alerts because there were no other abnormal indications. Immediately after takeoff, an audible alert sounded, warning of terrain in the plane’s flightpath. Not seeing any obstacles, the pilots ignored the warning. The plane had already deviated from its supposed departure flight path and crossed the paths of other aircraft. An airport traffic control officer noticed the deviation and contacted the pilots. Only then did they realize the GPS error on their navigation display. The pilots requested permission to abort the flight and return to Sydney airport, but were unable to turn back due to deteriorating weather. The captain then accepted the alternative route to Melbourne and manually flew the plane to the new destination. AirAsia X told CNN that all of its aircraft have since been equipped with upgraded flight management systems to avoid repeating a similar mistake. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Woman's body went unnoticed for two days in public pool
 
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Thirty-six-year-old Marie Joseph's body was found in the Veteran's Memorial Swimming Pool in Fall River, Massachusetts, after she two days earlier. Investigations are underway as to how the incident occurred and how her body could have gone unnoticed in the public pool for more than 48 hours. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Scientists discover 1000-year-old monk inside Buddha statue
 
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Originally published on 23 February, 2015 A CT-scan of an ancient Buddha statue has led to the unique discovery of a mummified Chinese monk, dating back to the 11th century and preserved in the same position as its exterior statue. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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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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Google X acquires Makani Power for kite-like airborne wind turbines
 
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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 Google is to acquire Makani Power, a US company that is developing an airborne wind turbine mounted on a tethered wing that generates energy at altitude where winds are stronger and sustained. The company will become part of Google X, the search giant's R&D lab, which has been trying to improve energy efficiency through its investments. Makani uses tethered aircraft linked to its base that flies between 800 and 2,000 feet above ground. Air moving across the turbine rotors forces them to rotate to produce electricity. Earlier this month, Makani Power tested a prototype capable of generating 30 kilowatts of power. In future the company hopes to develop models that can generate 600 kilowatts.
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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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Google expected to bring innovation to wireless with new MVNO plans
 
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Originally published on 07 March, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Industry pundits are buzzing after Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai all but confirmed reports that the company will experiment with offering wireless services direct to consumers. In normal cellular operations, a device is usually limited to working on one company’s network at a time. However Mobile Virtual Network Operators, or MVNOs, buy network services from one or more carriers and resell them to customers, meaning their devices could connect to many amalgamated networks at once. Google is expected to use this scheme, along with utilizing wireless broadband hotspots in order to guarantee the best connection in any location. It’s latest Android smartphone OS version has this ability baked in. Insiders say Google can manage this due to its growing presence as a broadband provider as well as leveraging its tie up with Starbucks, where it operates the wi-fi networks in over 7000 of its stores. It is anticipated that the company will lease wireless capacity from both Sprint and T-Mobile to form a seamless nationwide network. Others are cautioning however, that the service will probably be only able to work with it’s Nexus 6 branded smartphone once the trial gets underway. Google is known for conducting these sorts of experiments as well as investing billions in cash in order shake up different technology sectors such as automated self driving cars, and even high altitude balloons that beam down internet access. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- 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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The reason why Trump’s phone call from Taiwan was controversial
 
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For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw The congratulatory phone call U.S. President-elect Donald Trump took from Taiwan last week was a surprise to politicians and press, as his staff to downplayed the political implications of the conversation. The widespread reaction to the call has left many members of the public wondering why a conversation with Taiwan’s president would be so controversial. Civil war in 1927 that involved Communist revolutionaries led by Mao Zedong, and the Nationalist government led to the Nationalists feat in 1949. They fled to Taiwan, where they kept control of their forces. Fighting ceased, with the two sides being ruled separately. However, both sides continued to claim authority over all of China. China has maintained that Taiwan is a breakaway province and that the two sides will eventually unify. Meanwhile, the Taiwan-based government at the time declared mainland China was being controlled by illegitimate Communist rebels. The Nationalists were originally recognized by the United States and its allies as China’s rightful rulers, with the government in Taiwan taking China’s seat in the United Nations. However, Beijing eventually took over Taiwan’s seat, and when the U.S. eventually switched recognition from Taiwan to Beijing in 1979, many other countries followed its lead. Taiwan, now a democratic sovereignty, cannot reintegrate with China, as many of its people have said they will not surrender their freedoms. China has also threatened any declaration of independence with military force. Although tension between the two sides continues, Taiwan and China have increased cooperation over the years in the forms of postal, trade and transportation links. The U.S. passed a law requiring the government provide Taiwan with defensive weapons in case of potential aggression from China. However, to protect the status quo, the U.S. has at the same time maintained that its official policy does not support an independent Taiwan. To keep the peace, the U.S. has retained an ambiguous position of keeping close relations to Taiwan, while refusing to recognize its independence. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Dengue fever cases rise to epidemic levels in Singapore
 
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Singapore is facing its biggest dengue epidemic since 2005. Cases of the life-threatening tropical illness peak during the warm months from May to October. The mosquito that carries the dengue fever virus breeds in stagnant water, often found in urban areas in places like potlants, roof guttering and backyard puddles. Almost half the world's population is at risk of contracting the oft-deadly virus. Southeast Asia and Latin America are particularly susceptible to outbreaks of the deadly virus. Initial symptoms can be mistaken for the common flu, with joint and muscular aches accompanied by headaches. The virus passes from a mosquito's saliva into the lymph glands and eventually the bloodstream of the victim. This video explains how the virus is contracted and spreads. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Ocean trash cleaner to debut off Japanese island in 2016
 
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Originally published on 03 June, 2015 A self-sustaining system designed to rid the world’s oceans of millions of tonnes of floating plastic garbage is set to make its debut next year off the coast of Japan. The Ocean Array Platform is designed to collect plastic trash that currently floats on or near the water’s surface. The one-mile wide array features two large booms on either side which use ocean currents to direct the plastic toward a central receptacle. The trash is then filtered into a large trash receptor on the back of the floating platform for recycling. With solar panels and water-generated turbines below the ocean surface, the platform is completely self sustaining. The array will be installed near the Japanese island of Tsushima in 2016 as part of a two-year long trial. Should the trial prove successful the project will be gradually expanded, with the ultimate aim to deploy a 62-mile-long array to capture around half of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge area of floating marine plastic and trash located between Hawaii and California. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Boy with rare disease is allergic to the sun
 
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8-year-old James Creag from Salford, UK, suffers from erythropoietic protoporphyria. The disease leaves him with a deficiency in an enzyme and makes him extremely sensitive to sunlight. Little James must apply a cream to every inch of his skin to block sunlight, even when he is indoors. Under sunlight EPP patients skin becomes itchy and painful, and can even swell up or blister. In some patients abdominal pain is observed; but because of the rarity of EPP, this symptom is often mistaken for appendicitis. The genetic disorder occurs when two parents are both carriers. It affects one in 300,000 people. The local housing trust donated dermaguard windows to the Creag household, so that little James can run free at home without having to apply medication. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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 events when child fell into gorilla exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo
 
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There is much public outcry after Harambe, a silverback gorilla, was shot and killed after a child fell into the gorilla exhibit the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday. Some claim the gorilla appeared to be protecting the toddler and should not have been killed. However, the zoo maintains that authorities made the right decision, as it was a matter of life and death for the child. Harambe was a 17-year-old 400-pound silverback gorilla that was shot dead when a child fell into its enclosure on May 28. Witnesses say they heard the child ask if he could go in to swim with the gorillas, and that his mother had said no. However, the 4-year-old managed to get past a 3-foot-tall railing and bushes that were roughly 4 feet wide before falling into the animal enclosure. The child fell a distance of 15 feet into the moat below that was filled with water that was about a foot deep. Three gorillas were in the enclosure at the time, but zookeepers managed to call two of them inside. Video captured by bystanders at the zoo show Harambe, the remaining gorilla, seeming to protect the child at times, while at other times aggressively dragging the toddler through the water The executive director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens says using a tranquilizer dart on the animal would have made the situation worse, as it would not have taken effect quickly enough and may have agitated the gorilla more. Reports say the child was sitting between the gorilla’s legs when officials fatally shot the animal. In memory of Harambe, people have been leaving flowers around a bronze statue of a gorilla and her baby outside the Cincinnati Zoo's GorillaWorld exhibit. Some claim it the child’s parents should be punished for failing to keep a closer watch on their child. However, the zoo says it does not plan to press charges. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Cinnamon challenge may be potentially deadly
 
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"The Cinnamon Challenge," a viral phenomenon on Youtube that started in 2001 but surged into popularity around 2007, may cause very severe health consequences, experts warn. The challenge involves ingesting a tablespoon of ground cinnamon dry without water within 60 seconds. This almost always leads to violent coughing, choking, and sometimes vomiting. This is because cinnamon blocks saliva glands and makes the mouth and throat extremely dry. After coughing the powder may enter the airways and even the lungs, resulting in lung inflammation or even pneumonia. This is especially dangerous to those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. Source: CBS, Newser ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Concorde successor would travel from Europe to Sydney in 3.5 hours
 
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Airbus maker EADS's proposed Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport (or ZEHST) would carry passengers 20 miles high at a cruising speed of Mach 4, dramatically cutting flight times. The plane would use rockets engines to push it to a cruising altitude of 20 miles, where faster speeds are easier to achieve because the air is thinner. Ramjets would then propel the pane to a cruising speed of more than 3,000 miles per hour, or Mach 4, allowing to plane to fly from Paris to the US East Coast in an hour, to Tokyo in two-and-a-half hours, and to Sydney in three-and-a-half hours. Conventional turbofan jet engines would be used for takeoff and landing to make sure the plane is as "quiet" as a conventional passenger jet when it is close to the ground. The now-retired Concorde was not allowed to fly over the continental US because its engines were too loud. EADS said the ZEHST's jet engines would run on biofuel derived from seaweed. Its rocket engines would run on liquid hydrogen and oxygen, producing only water vapor emissions. EADS said a prototype of the aircraft could be built by 2020 and that the plane could be enter service by 2050.
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Injured man survives four days in Utah desert
 
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North Carolina man Amos Richards was hiking Utah's Little Blue John Canyon when he fell, dislocating his shoulder and breaking his leg. Stranded and unable to walk, he managed to crawl most of the way back to his vehicle before being rescued. Richards decided to hike the canyon after seeing "127 Hours", a movie about hiker Aron Ralston that cut off his arm to escape after becoming trapped by a boulder in the canyon. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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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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Boeing granted patent for force field technology
 
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Originally published on 24 March, 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 tips@nma.com.tw Deflector shields seen in sci-fi movies such as Star Wars may soon be a reality as Boeing has been granted a patent for a shockwave attenuation system which uses an energy shield to protect objects from explosion shockwaves and shrapnel. The system generates a plasma shield using lasers, electricity and microwaves after detecting a nearby explosion. The system is designed to protect objects from the considerable damage that shockwaves and shrapnel can cause following an explosion. A small area is ionized, making the temperature, density and composition inside it different from its surroundings. The shockwaves are either then absorbed, reflected or deflected by the protective arc. The innovative technology has one shortcoming. Since the shield also absorbs light, everyone protected by the system would be completely blind when the system operates. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has also been working on a similar defense system. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- 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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CDC Ebola: Lab error may have exposed Atlanta technician to Ebola
 
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Originally published December 23, 2014 A lab technician at Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus due to the mishandling of virus samples, will be monitored for 21 days, US health officials said. Authorities fear the potential exposure occurred as two sets of fluid samples from guinea pigs infected with Ebola were prepared at a high-security CDC laboratory in Atlanta. The set containing live Ebola was transferred to a lower-security laboratory unequipped to handle the pathogen. The technician working on the sample wore only a gown and gloves and did not use a face shield. In June, the CDC committed another error by sending live anthrax samples to a lower-security laboratory. Dozens of workers were at risk, but none were infected. The agency also mishandled another sample in May. What was supposed to be a benign flu sample became contaminated with a H5N1 bird flu strain and was sent to a laboratory of the Department of Agriculture. The CDC was only informed of the incident two months later. The CDC has been lambasted for the spate of recent blunders handling dangerous pathogens. CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said a full review into the incident will be launched.
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Hello Barbie “creepy eavesdropping doll” at New York Toy Fair violates privacy
 
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Originally published on 13 March, 2015 Toymaker, Mattel Inc., has announced an internet connected Barbie doll which features interactive conversation with its user. However, privacy advocates fear the doll’s cloud-based technology exposes children to eavesdropping by Mattel, or anyone with access to the company’s servers. The doll, named Hello Barbie, uses technology developed by a company called ToyTalk. The doll converses with its user by recording audio files of the user’s speech when the record button is pressed. The Wifi-connected doll then sends those files to Mattel’s servers where the speech is decoded and processed. A conversational reply is then sent back over the internet and played by the doll. Mattel’s servers retain information about each user in order to personalize the doll’s responses. For instance, the doll remembers the user’s name, likes, and dislikes. Parents can also have the doll’s collected recordings of their child’s voice emailed to them daily or weekly, so they can know what their child is telling the doll. This feature by itself has been called a potential invasion of children’s right to privacy. ToyTalk says the information collected by the doll will not be used for marketing purposes, and a statement from Mattel says “Mattel is committed to safety and security, and Hello Barbie conforms to applicable government standards.” The doll will be available for purchase starting in Fall 2015. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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New Horizons is two years away from its next target
 
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NASA’s New Horizons mission is just two years away from its next target, a small Kuiper Belt object that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. New Horizons is scheduled to fly by 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, making it the most distant object humans have ever explored. 2014 MU69 measures between 25 km to 45 km across. Scientists are not sure how bright the object is. Its albedo reading, the measure of how much light reflects from a surface, may be 0.04 or slightly brighter. By comparison, Pluto has an albedo reading of between 0.49 to 0.66, while Mars has a reading of 0.15. New Horizons is currently speeding at a velocity of 14.32 km per second relative to the sun. It is almost halfway between Pluto and its next target, a Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69. New Horizons was designed to fly well past Pluto. It carries extra hydrazine fuel for a Kuiper Belt object flyby and its communications system is designed to work from far beyond Pluto. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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El Chapo prison escape: Overview of the drug lord’s escape from Altiplano prison
 
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Originally published on 14 July, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escaped from a prison in central Mexico on Saturday night, embarrassing Mexican officials who had promised that El Chapo’s 2001 escape, achieved with the help of prison guards, would not be repeated.Guzman escaped from Altiplano Federal Penitentiary at around 8:52 p.m. local time on Saturday by crawling through a series of tunnels located right underneath the shower of his prison cell. The longest tunnel, a 1,500-metre-long horizontal tunnel included lighting and ventilation, and ended at an isolated house in the nearby neighborhood of Santa Juanita.Mexican authorities have begun a manhunt in the area and are holding at least 30 employees for questioning, including the head of the prison.In 2001, Guzman paid prison guards to help him escape from the high-security Puente Grande prison in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. After he was finally recaptured in 2014, President Enrique Pena Nieto said that another El Chapo escape must “never happen again.” ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- 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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Dutch diplomat found beaten in his Moscow flat
 
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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 A Dutch diplomat in Russia was beaten in his flat on Tuesday by unknown assailants, further straining relations between the two countries after police in The Netherlands allegedly beat a Russian diplomat in his house. The attack happened in central Moscow. Onno Elderenbosch opened his door to two men pretending to be electricians who had come to repair a fuse box, Voice of America reported. Instead the men attacked and beat him. They then tied him up, and before leaving the apartment drew a heart with the letters "LGBT" (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) on a mirror. Elderenbosch suffered minor injuries but did not ask for medical treatment, Reuters reported. According to reports, the episode is the latest of a list of diplomatic confrontations between Russia and The Netherlands. The Moscow attack resembled the attack of Russian diplomat Dmitry Borodin in the Hague on October 5, when he was allegedly beaten in front of his children by Dutch police. Dutch media reported that the police were responding to complaints from Borodin's neighbours that he was drunk and abusing his two children, a two-year old son and four year old daughter. Borodin was badly beaten with a baton, handcuffed and temporarily detained. According to Reuters, "The Netherlands has apologised for the detention of the Russian diplomat. "Dutch police have not commented on the charge that he was beaten with a police baton, but did confirm that he was detained illegally in violation of the right to diplomatic immunity." Earlier this month, the Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia for the arrest of 30 activists, two of them Dutch, who were aboard a Dutch-registered Greenpeace ship protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic.
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Roller coaster malfunction traps 14 at Australian amusement park
 
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Originally published on 15 March, 2015 A roller coaster accident at a theme park in the Australian state of Queensland trapped 14 people for more than three hours on Sunday afternoon. No injuries have been reported and and all affected people have since been freed. The Green Lantern roller coaster at the Warner Bros. theme park on Australia’s Gold coast malfunctioned at 12.50 p.m. on Sunday, causing two carriages to stop suddenly. Brisbane man Stephen Moss told Fairfax Media he heard a “bang” and saw part of a wheel fitting come loose. “There are two rows of seats in the carriage and the back row started to fall to the right,” he said. “It fell about 30 degrees and my wife and I thought these people were dead. We thought it would fall, but it went about 30 degrees and then stopped.” Those trapped in the higher of the two carriages were stuck roughly 30 metres above the ground. At the lower carriage, rescuers dispensed water and umbrellas to protect riders from the sun before returning it to safety where they disembarked. Once the higher carriage was stabilised, rescuers used a cherry picker to return all riders to Earth a little after three hours following the accident. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- 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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Doping in sports: myostatin blocking and EPO
 
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Gene doping prevents the muscle restricting protein, myostatin, from forming. A strand of DNA called antisense oligonucleotides blocks myostatin from forming. Drugs, such as ACE-031 also prevent myostatin from forming by blocking its binding with cell receptors. Another doping method is Erythropoietin, or EPO. EPO is produced by the kidney to increase the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. EPO doping can be achieved by blood transfusions, or drugs that were originally made for anemia cures.
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