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Prepare for natural disasters, experts urge biomedical research centers
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, the storm destroyed scientific equipment worth more than US$20 million at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. Tropical Storm Allison hit the University of Texas Health Science Center (UT Health) in Houston in 2001, and caused so much damage that some researchers had to restart their careers elsewhere. Despite such catastrophes, a report published on 10 August finds that many research institutions in the United States are still unprepared for disasters.
The report, released by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, looked at what happened to research facilities during past disasters, interviewed people about how they had changed their current policies and procedures and consulted…
Iraq sends workers home as ‘ungodly’ heat grips Middle East
While Europe battles with a heatwave named Lucifer, the Middle East is enduring a summer so brutal that even those accustomed to Baghdad’s searing August weather are labelling it “ungodly”.
As temperatures rose towards 51C (124F) on Thursday, Iraq’s government declared a mandatory holiday, allowing civil servants to shelter at home.
So far this month in the Iraqi capital, every day but one has reached 48C or higher, and the forecast is for the high temperatures to continue for the next week.
July was little different, in Iraq and in Syria, where the capital, Damascus, has also been several degrees hotter than usual nearly every day since late June.
In Kuwait, where birds have reportedly dropped from the skies, and Riyadh…