Scanning the Horizon: 8-12 Feb

These 8 women in STEM are at the forefront of the world’s response to COVID-19

Source: World Economic Forum

Source: UN Women


This year's International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated the women at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and highlighted their lasting contribution to the world and the obstacles and inequalities women still face professionally.


The article celebrates 8 women in STEM, including Dr Ozlem Türeci, the co-founder of BioNTech and the co-creator of the first vaccine against coronavirus, Dr Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at WHO and Ramida Juengpaisal, a developer who created a COVID-19 tracker overnight in Bangkok.


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German sniffer dogs detect COVID-19 with 94% accuracy

Source: Reuters via WEF

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus have been used last year in Finland's Helsinki airport and are still actively identifying sick travelers in Chile's Santiago international airport. Meanwhile, a German veterinary clinic has been training dogs to detect the "corona odour" that comes from cells in infected people with a striking success rate of 94%. More testing is needed, but such dogs could be used in everyday life, like for example, on people attending concerts and other public events.


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New Zealand celebrates its national holiday COVID-free

Source: LinkedIn

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern celebrated her and her team's success in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the country with a public breakfast BBQ, with no social distancing or masks in sight. As the national vaccination program is about to start this week, this example of a strong and effective collaboration is truly an inspiring one!


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Special Valentine Cargo Flight on Turkish Cargo A330F

Source: Sam Chui


Sam Chui, who is an aviation and travel vlogger followed and covered a Turkish Cargo A330-200 cargo flight from Istanbul to London Stansted carrying 64K kg of fresh flowers for Valentine's Day. The flowers originally coming from Kenya were offloaded in a striking speed of less then an hour and were sent to flower markets opening on the same day. A truly impressive work the air cargo staff achieved that often goes unnoticed:

How the cargo drone ecosystem is changing

Source: The STAT Trade Times

The article explores how the fast-growing cargo drones sector has been shifting its focus to healthcare due to opportunities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. From Dronamics which announced the development of the world's first cargo drone network back in November, to Drone Delivery Canada shipping the COVID-19 relief equipment to remote areas in Canada, or the NGO Dove Air partnering with the UN for drone aid delivery in nine countries in Africa, the practical examples of companies stepping up their efforts in the healthcare field are more and more apparent.


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Ocean carrier CMA CGM buys jets for new air cargo unit

Source: Freight Waves

CMA CGM, the French 4th-largest container shipping company has invested in a cargo airline in an attempt to diversify its transportation and logistics portfolio. Similarly to Amazon, which operates 75 aircraft via contracted cargo carriers, CMA CGM has outsourced flying to a European airline, which is undisclosed but believed to be Air Belgium. For an ocean carrier to diversify its range towards airfreight, it sends an important message of how important this industry is and we hope it will trigger a stronger recognition and much needed investment, namely in the airline industry.


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