Pirates Anchor FV Naham 3 Close to Somali Shoreline (UPDATE)

first_img View post tag: Somali On Saturday 27 July, a helicopter from an EU Naval Force warship overflew the pirate controlled fishing vessel Naham 3 and was able to confirm that the fishing vessel had become detached from the sunken MV Albedo and was steaming north along the Somali coast under her own power.Latest photographs taken this morning by EU Naval Force show that FV Naham 3 is now being held at anchor close to the coast in the Galmudug region.FV Naham 3 has been in armed pirate hands since it was pirated in the Indian Ocean on 26 March 2012. She had been tethered to MV Albedo, which was pirated in November 2010, for several months. MV Albedo sank in shallow waters on Sunday 7 July.Recent aerial photographs have shown pirates wielding their weapons on the upper deck of FV Naham 3.It is understood that negotiations are on-going between a hostage support programme and the pirates to try and secure the safe release of the hostages. The whereabouts of the hostages cannot be verified by EU Naval Force at this time.[mappress]Press Release, July 29, 2013; Image: EU Navfor July 29, 2013 Pirates Anchor FV Naham 3 Close to Somali Shoreline (UPDATE) View post tag: Naval View post tag: 3 Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: Pirates View post tag: Naham View post tag: FV View post tag: Shoreline View post tag: Anchor View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Pirates Anchor FV Naham 3 Close to Somali Shoreline (UPDATE) View post tag: Closelast_img read more

Emily Balskus wins $1M Waterman Award

first_img Related Microbes might manage your cholesterol Balskus uses chemical tools to unravel how gut microbes impact human health and disease “Much of our work has focused on elucidating how microbes in this environment are performing chemistry — what are the specific catalysts, or enzymes, that they use to perform chemical transformations that are linked to health or disease,” Balskus said. “With this knowledge, we can more accurately predict the chemistry performed by microbial communities, can begin to study its biological consequences, and can even think about developing tools to control it.”The Waterman Award, Balskus said, will allow her research team to take on higher-risk projects with potentially greater rewards and pursue creative directions that would have been impossible without NSF support.But Balskus has more than just scientific ambitions. “I hope that by receiving this award,” she said, “I can inspire women and other individuals who are underrepresented in science as well as gain a platform to highlight the challenges we currently face.” Growing up, all her science teachers were women; because of that, she didn’t hesitate to pursue a career in science.“The future of human health, of medicine, needs Emily’s research,” said Catherine Drennan, a professor of biology and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of Balskus’ collaborators. “I’m a fan of Emily. I’m just really inspired by her. And I want my 11-year-old daughter to look at her and say, ‘yes, women can do anything.’”Balskus shares the 2020 Waterman Award with John O. Dabiri, an aeronautical engineer at the California Institute of Technology. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSF postponed the original award ceremony; the agency will present Balskus and Dabiri with their awards, which include a medal and $1 million in research funding over five years, in Washington, D.C., at an unspecified date. Two plush microbes stare up at everyone who visits Emily Balskus’ office. One, a buttercup yellow, mimics the fuzzy hotdog-shaped E. coli. Another, baker’s yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is just a white sphere with eyes.Far larger than living microorganisms (and far cuter), these cuddly counterparts reveal not just Balskus’ research area, but also her admiration for her subjects. Most people fear the trillions of bacteria that live in and on the human body. But for Balskus, these microbes provide potential solutions to vast problems in human health and medicine ranging from drug metabolism to cholesterol management and even cancer.“Emily Balskus has opened up novel ways to explore and exploit the chemistry and biology of microbes that live in our bodies and how they are linked to our health,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  “And we’re already seeing the potential impact.”Today, Panchanathan announced that Balskus is one of two recipients of the Alan T. Waterman Award, the NSF’s most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States. Balskus is only the sixth Harvard scientist (and the only Harvard woman) to receive a Waterman, which the government has awarded annually since 1975.“I hope that through receiving this award I can help to bring attention to microbes, the important roles they play in all aspects of our lives, and how chemistry can help us to understand the microbial world,” said Balskus, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology. She credits her research group, past and present, for earning this award. “It means a lot to all of us to know that the scientific community is excited about our discoveries and approach to science.”To study microbes, Balskus shifted into the biological realm, but her work is still fundamentally chemical. Bacteria perform mysterious chemistry, sometimes forging or dismantling molecules using reactions that lie beyond the skills of today’s best chemists. So, Balskus hunts for microbial genes that produce enzymes, protein-based catalysts that perform chemical reactions, to understand how and why microbes do what they do.“Despite the important roles these organisms play in all habitats, we know very little about how they influence surrounding environments and organisms,” Balskus said. “We don’t understand the chemistry they perform. For example, 85 percent of genes in the human gut microbiome can’t confidently be linked to a microbial activity.”But in her latest work, Balskus and her team linked genes in the human microbiome to microbial activity, mapping, in a way, how some members of the human gut might influence their host.For example, her lab recently discovered how certain microbes break down cholesterol in the human gut. Only some people host these cholesterol-busting bacteria and those who do tend to experience lower levels of blood cholesterol. This finding could lead to new types of treatment to manage high cholesterol levels.Balskus also discovered that some gut microbes can interfere with drug metabolism, gobbling up L-dopa, for example, before the Parkinson’s treatment can reach the brain and help assuage symptoms of the disease. And, her lab played an important role in discovering how E. coli produce a harmful toxin that damages the digestive system and potentially leads to increased risk of colon cancer. Harvard microbe hunter wins Blavatnik Award Researchers discover mysterious bacteria that break it down in the gut last_img read more

Cable layer Responder sinks after catching fire off South Korea

first_imgThe fire broke out early in the morning of September 11, Seoul time. Fortunately, there were no casualties or injures reported. According to local media reports, the sinking took place due to the flooding caused by the fire fighting on the deck of the cable layer. The ship went down after more than 12-hour long firefighting campaign. Built in 2000 by Volkswerft shipyard in Germany, the Responder sailed under South Korean flag – managed by subsea cables services firm KT Submarine. The fire was extinguished by, among others, Korean SAR and coast guard ships. Cable laying ship Responder sank on the afternoon of September 12 Seoul time, west of southern tip of Tsushima island in East China sea off the coast of South Korea. Also formerly known as Maersk Responder, the vessel has a total length of 106 meters and a breadth of 20 meters. All 60 people on board evacuated to a nearby smaller cable laying ship, which was working in pair with the Responder.last_img read more