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The World Needs Ventilators. Here’s the Snag

(Bloomberg Opinion) — In the face of a global health emergency, automakers are stepping in — or being summoned — to make ventilators. Can they manufacture at the scale required, with the world needing a 10-fold increase in production to cope with the surge in coronavirus infections? It will be a severe challenge.

Car companies such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are a natural choice to mass-produce these medical devices. They churn out millions of vehicles every year, procuring and bringing together hundreds of parts from around the world at rapid speed. Ventilators needs anything from 400 to 1,000 components from tubes and sensors to pressure valves, humidification systems and filters. There is significant overlap between the engineering of ventilators and cars, which both bring together electronic, electric, hydraulic and mechanical aerodynamics expertise.

The parts are mostly different, though. The constituents of a ventilator

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The World Needs These Minnesota Companies To Fight Coronavirus

The World Needs These Minnesota Companies To Fight Coronavirus

TWIN CITIES, MN — In his State of the State address Sunday evening, Gov. Tim Walz gave a shout out to the Minnesota companies that have become extremely important globally as all nations response to the new coronavirus crisis.

“Minnesotans won’t just prepare for COVID-19—we will lead,” Walz said. “The brilliant minds and hard work of Minnesotans will help lead the world’s response to this crisis.”

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The governor highlighted the following companies:

Maplewood-based 3M is manufacturing millions of N95 face masks a month. The masks are a vital piece of personal protective equipment — PPE — that helps keep medical professionals and others from being infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Minnetonka-based Medtronic has release the designs of its ventilators to the public

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What is an Ecolodge? 21 Top Eco Resorts and Eco Hotels Around the World

The environment will thank you for choosing to stay at these ecolodges.

As consumers contemplate the negative effects travel has on the environment, greener alternatives are steadily growing in popularity. This is especially evident in the hospitality industry, where ecolodges, or accommodations designed to have a minimal impact on their natural surroundings, are popping up across the world. Many ecolodges employ local workers, provide environmental education programs and give back to their local communities. While some ecolodges are located in remote destinations, there are also many eco-friendly resorts and hotels in urban areas. From New York City to Singapore, Amsterdam to Sydney, travelers from all around the globe can use this guide to make smarter lodging choices and in turn preserve the environment for travelers of the future.

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa: Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico, has a rich natural landscape, which is integrated into

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As of Thursday, U.S. had most coronavirus cases in world

As of Thursday, U.S. had most coronavirus cases in world

(This March 26 story corrects paragraph 18 to say a majority of emergency room patients arrive with coronavirus-like symptoms instead of 80%)

By Maria Caspani and Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of U.S. coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000 on Thursday, surpassing the national tallies of China and Italy, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages of supplies, staff and sick beds.

With medical facilities running low on ventilators and protective masks and hampered by limited diagnostic testing capacity, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, rose beyond 1,200.

“Any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the capacity of the healthcare system,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference. He described the state’s projected shortfall in ventilators – machines that support the respiration of people have cannot breathe on their

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18 times people around the world spread love and kindness to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic

18 times people around the world spread love and kindness to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic

A message of hope stating "Everything will be fine, I will stay at home" on the balcony of a building in the historic center during COVID-19 pandemic in Italy on March 25, 2020 in Carpi, Italy.
A message of hope stating “Everything will be fine, I will stay at home” on the balcony of a building in the historic center during COVID-19 pandemic in Italy on March 25, 2020 in Carpi, Italy.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly around the world, reaching at least 172 countries and resulting in more than 20,000 deaths.

  • But as one-third of the world has been put under lockdown, the global community has come together to spread love and kindness through volunteer work, music, and inspirational videos.

  • Here are some inspiring moments of communities choosing to lift each other’s spirits in the face of a crisis.

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As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise daily, and an increasing number of countries administer strict lockdowns, it can be easy to feel discouraged, depressed, and uncertain of what the future holds.

But

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Eerie photos show empty airports, trains, and roads across the world as people stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak

Eerie photos show empty airports, trains, and roads across the world as people stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak

A car-less street in Shanghai, China.
A car-less street in Shanghai, China.

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  • Amid travel bans and restrictions, many airports, trains, and roads across the US and world are empty.

  • In the United States, President Trump announced earlier this month that all travel from Europe by non-US citizens will be suspended for 30 days.

  • Italy and France are facing nationwide lockdowns, and citizens have been told to stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel.

  • China, where the coronavirus originated, was the first country to go into lockdown, and is just now easing lockdown restrictions. China’s extreme travel bans and resulting empty roads contributed to a huge drop in air pollution.

Transport hubs around the world are starting to look like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie. Devoid of their usual travelers, the once bustling centers have an unusual and eerie appearance. 

Italy and France, two of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, are under strict

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Museums and libraries across the world release free coloring pages

Museums and libraries across the world release free coloring pages

With museums and galleries closing in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, cultural institutions are trying to be innovative to offer activities in line with the “social distancing” guidelines.

While 2,500 world-class museums are offering virtual tours on Google’s Arts & Culture pages, the New York Academy of Medicine has invited libraries and cultural institutions to provide coloring pages based on their collections.

More than 100 organizations took part in this year’s installment, among which are the New York Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian, the University of Melbourne and Washington State Library.

The coloring books, free to download as PDF pages, are suited for wannabe artists of all ages.

While the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec are offering various botanical sketches from its collection, Europeana has dedicated its new coloring book to the history of women’s rights across the European continent.

The 2020 edition of “Color Our Collections” will

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Poland wants to let some prisoners go home due to coronavirus

More Polish prisoners will be given the possibility to serve their sentences at home due to the coronavirus epidemic, under a justice ministry proposal that could benefit up to 20,000 convicts. Poland has so far reported 684 cases of coronavirus, including eight deaths. It has shut schools, cinemas and other public venues, banned the entry of foreigners into the country and urged Poles to stay at home if at all possible.

Pompeo meets Afghan political rivals during visit to Kabul

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Afghan capital on Monday on a previously unannounced visit to try to salvage a historic deal between Washington and the Taliban, struck in February but marred by a political feud. Pompeo visited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at his palace before meeting

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Check out 30 famous World Heritage sites you can virtually visit on Google Earth while social distancing

Check out 30 famous World Heritage sites you can virtually visit on Google Earth while social distancing

Google Earth.
Google Earth.

Google Earth

  • Google Earth has a list of 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites to virtually visit and learn about online.

  • On Thursday, the US State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory covering all international travel.

  • The advisory came as the coronavirus has infected more than 235,000 people and killed more than 9,700.

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COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, might stop you from traveling, but you can still visit historical sites online using Google Earth. The tech company put together a list of 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites, with historical context and pins for each one.

The worldwide death toll of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is now more than 9,700, and the virus has infected more than 235,000 people.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines,

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