Since last December, more than 9,000 airline passengers who took a coronavirus rapid test as they flew out of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, Indonesia, may have been tested by having previously used cotton swabs jammed into their noses. Medan police arrested four workers and a local manager of the major pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma, which was working in conjunction with the airport to help perform the tests. The Medan-based Kimia Farma employees were allegedly washing and repacking cotton swabs for the tests while pocketing up to 1.8 billion rupiah (~$125,000), local police said. Airline passengers in Indonesia are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding, and many opt for the convenience of being tested at the airport. Since the alleged swab scam began in December, Kimia Farma workers were testing between 100 and 200 passengers a day at the airport, some with fresh tests and others with tests that apparently involved reused swabs. The … [Read more...] about 9,000 fliers may have had reused swabs jammed up their noses in Indonesia
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In a cosmic coincidence, a meteor exploded over Russia early Friday (Feb. 15) on the same day another hunk of space rock will whiz close by Earth. NASA scientists say the two objects were on very different trajectories and are thus completely unrelated. But Russia has been bombarded before: In 1908, a piece of asteroid or comet exploded over Siberia. Had today's (Feb. 15) asteroid event been as large as that one, many more would be injured or killed. "The phenomena are similar," said Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. "It's just that this is much smaller, and it exploded much higher up." Explosive power Hundreds of people, possibly 1,000, are reportedly injured after today's blast in the Chelyabinsk region, about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) east of Moscow. Most of the injuries were apparently caused by broken glass from windows that shattered in the shock wave from the fireball . [ See Photos of the Russia Meteor … [Read more...] about Russia Meteor Explosion: How Powerful Was It?
A distinctly colored species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo dragon, has been discovered in Indonesia. The lizard, whose scientific name is Varanus obor , is also called by its popular names, Torch monitor and Sago monitor. It's called Torch monitor because of its bright orange head with a glossy black body. "Obor" means torch in Indonesian. The newfound lizard is a close relative of the intimidating Komodo dragon , as well as the fruit-eating monitor lizard recently reported from the Philippines. The Torch monitor can grow to nearly 4 feet (1.2 meters) in length and 3.5 pounds (1.5 kilograms) in weight, and thrives on a diet of small animals and carrion. The Torch monitor exists only on the small island of Sanana in the western Moluccan islands of Indonesia. A unique aspect of this geographical region is the lack of mammalian predators, which may have given reptiles the space to evolve as the top terrestrial predators and scavengers. … [Read more...] about Monitor Lizard Discovered with Flame-Colored Head
Boo Zoo Album Intro Meerkats Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treaters these zoo animals also get to celebrate the spooky holiday. They don't need costumes, but they do get treats, usually in the form of meat- or veggie-filled pumpkins courtesy of their keepers. Here are some "Boo at the Zoo" participants from zoos around the country. Lion cub Denver Zoo A lion cub playfully pounces on a pumpkin at the Denver Zoo. Meerkats Chattanooga Zoo Meerkats chow down on a pumpkin at the Chattanooga Zoo. Asian small-clawed otter National Zoo At the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., an Asian small-clawed otter explores the new orange addition to its habitat, and it is delighted to find its one of its favorite treats, meal worms, inside. Asian small-clawed otters ( Aonyx cinerea ) are the smallest of the world's 13 otter species. They live in freshwater streams, rivers, and creeks as well as coastal regions and are native to Indonesia, southern China, southern … [Read more...] about Boo at the Zoo: Animals Get Their Spook On
Microsoft-owned GitHub is the latest online service to block Google's FLoC though it has done so without even mentioning the browser-based tracking feature. The company recently announced that it was rolling out a new HTTP header for all sites created in GitHub Pages. In an extremely short blog post , the company provided further details on the new HTTP header, saying: “All GitHub Pages sites served from the github.io domain will now have a Permissions-Policy: interest-cohort=() header set. Pages sites using a custom domain will not be impacted.” TechRadar needs you! We're looking at how our readers use VPN for a forthcoming in-depth report. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the survey below. It won't take more than 60 seconds of your time. >> Click here to start the survey in a new window << We've built a list of the best VPN services available These are the best anonymous browsers on the market Also check out our roundup of the best … [Read more...] about GitHub is blocking FLoC