COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

November 4, 2020

Ten amazing dogs sniff out COVID-19 carrying passengers in Finland’s Helsinki airport.

In a pilot program, passengers are asked to volunteer to run a test wipe across their skin to collect a sweat sample.  The wipe is placed in a cup in a nearby booth, where the dogs quickly go to work and make a physical sign to indicate samples that carry the virus.

These canines can detect the virus in only ten seconds, and up to five days before symptoms even appear.  If one of the dogs indicates that a passenger carries the virus, the person is then sent for a nasal swab test for confirmation.

The airport is hopeful that it can eventually use medical dogs as part of the normal screening process to find effective and efficient ways to keep travelers safe.


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This post is based on the Science Alert article, Dogs Deployed at Helsinki Airport Can Detect COVID-19 With Almost 100% Accuracy, by Michelle Starr, September 25, 2020; the Yahoo! Life article, Dogs Continue reading

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California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

November 2, 2020

California has set 2035 as the deadline for requiring all new automobiles to be zero-emission.

This move will eliminate new gasoline powered vehicles from being sold in California.  Existing gasoline powered cars could still be owned and sold.  The ban will also include medium and heavy-duty trucks by 2045 where feasible.

The measure is estimated to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35%.  California’s Governor encouraged other states to join their ban for the good of the environment.  At the moment, over 15 countries already have similar commitments in place.  Additionally, California will not issue new permits for fracking as part of their commitment to the environment.


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This post is based on the Rapid City Journal article, California Moves to End Sales Of New Gas-Powered Cars, by Adam Beam, September 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Prachaya Roekdeethaweesab/Shutterstock

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1. What industries will be impacted by the ban?

Guidance: This ban could potentially have a negative impact on automobile manufacturers, and gasoline production and distribution. Continue reading

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Black Friday Re-Imagined

Black Friday Re-Imagined

November 2, 2020

Has Black Friday been upstaged by a new October shopping day?

Retailers are looking for ways to drum up demand.  They are also seeking creative capacity alternatives to fill it and distribution channels to get merchandise delivered in a timely way.

Some retailers envision encouraging more online shopping with Black Friday deals available online instead of only in-store to cater to shoppers still leery of big crowds and pandemic concerns.  Others plan to take it a step further with a new holiday, dubbed “10.10 Shopping Festival,” invented by those who want to shift sales even earlier than usual, in this case to October 10.

The 10.10 shopping day occurred a few days prior to Amazon’s Prime Day on October 13 and 14, which was expected to reach $10 billion in sales, up 40% over July 2019’s Prime Day.


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This post is based on the Fox Business article, Black Friday 2020: Coronavirus pandemic shopping trends force retailers to rethink holiday shopping, by Michael Bartiromo, September 28, 2020; the Fortune article, Amazon Prime Continue reading

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