In the News – 30 April 2013

"Elderly man sneezing" - AP
“Elderly man sneezing” – AP

A new study finds that, “Living in the U.S. raises risk of allergies.”

The research, published in the Journal of American Medical Association concludes that, “Children born outside the United States have a lower risk of asthma, skin and food allergies, and living in the United States for a decade or more may raise the risk of some allergies,” according to the report.

"A bee collects pollen from a sunflower in Utrecht, the Netherlands. EU states have voted in favour of a proposal to restrict the use of pesticides linked to serious harm in bees." Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters
“A bee collects pollen from a sunflower in Utrecht, the Netherlands. EU states have voted in favour of a proposal to restrict the use of pesticides linked to serious harm in bees.” Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Continent-wide suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides,” voted by, “EU Member states.

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian on the decision in Europe to ban, “Bee-poisoning pesticides,” calling it a, “Landmark victory for millions of environmental campaigners, backed by the European Food Safety Authority.

Ion trap apparatus. Image: Hartmut Häffner Source: Wired
Ion trap apparatus. Image: Hartmut Häffner
Source: Wired

Time Crystals’ could upend physicists’ theory of time.”

This article by Natalie Wolchover was published in Wired Magazine.

Wolchover reports on Nobel-Prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek’s plans to create a, “Theoretical object that moves in repeating patterns without using energy – inside a device called an ion trap.”

According to the author, “Time crystals derive their movement not from stored energy but from a break in the symmetry of time, enabling a special form of perpetual motion.”

Seeding a new kind of concrete” from Sunflower husks –

Published in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management.

University of Turkey study, “Demonstrated that the use of husks reduces the density of concrete as well as boosts the material’s resistance to cracking after exposure to icy then thawing conditions,” according to the report in Science Daily.

"Small hydropower plant built in 2011 on Aurino river, Aurina valley, Bolzano, Italy."  Credit: Agenzia Ambiente - Ufficio tutela Acque della Provincia di Bolzano Source: Phys.org
“Small hydropower plant built in 2011 on Aurino river, Aurina valley, Bolzano, Italy.” Credit: Agenzia Ambiente – Ufficio tutela Acque della Provincia di Bolzano
Source: Phys.org

Switzerland experimenting with, “Increasing hydropower capacity without straining the environment.”

Jan Overney writes for Phys.org that Switzerland has, “Over 800 mini-hydroelectric plants awaiting approval,” but that the, “Biodiversity of Swiss river eco-systems could be at stake,” unless, “More enlightened policies,” are adopted to, “Help preserve the environment.

"Detainees kneel during an early morning Islamic prayer at the U.S. military prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2009."  (Photo: John Moore, Getty Images)  Source: USAToday
“Detainees kneel during an early morning Islamic prayer at the U.S. military prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2009.” (Photo: John Moore, Getty Images) Source: USAToday

Obama: We need to close Guantanamo Bay” – USA Today

From the report:

President Obama said Tuesday that his administration would re-engage Congress on closing the U.S. military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility a “recruitment tool for extremists” and suggesting it is undermining U.S. security.

Up to 100 prisoners suffering from indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay are being force-fed after going on hunger strike in protest.

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