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Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands

Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Presenting the sink urinal.

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« La liberté d’information souffre, il faut réagir » - Ecrans Libé

« La liberté d’information souffre, il faut réagir » - Ecrans Libé | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"L’Américain David Talbot lancera à l’automne Open America, site dont l’ambition est de créer une passerelle entre journalistes d’investigation et lanceurs d’alerte.

 

A 61 ans, David Talbot, pionnier du journalisme web aux Etats-Unis et fondateur en 1995 du site politique Salon.com, se lance dans une nouvelle aventure consacrée à l’investigation qui, avec l’affaire d’espionnage par la NSA révélée par Edward Snowden, prend tout son sens."

 

Also check http://www.icij.org/ , The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists " an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories" Among other things, they have published the secret files about tax havens.


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Also check http://www.icij.org/ , The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists " an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories" Among other things, they have published the secret files about tax havens.
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Just How Bad Is Beijing's Pollution? Hint: Crazy Bad. The Choking Skies of China's capital of 19 million - images, tweets- TheClimateDesk

Found on " "A journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate" With:  Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, Mother Jones, Need to Know (PBS), Slate, The Atlantic,The Guardian Wired."

 

An aspect of the extraordinary toll the Chinese people  &, unsuspiciously, the planet, pays for importing & consuming ridiculously cheap goods from China.What China does to its air is definitely getting to us.

 

A video:"Beijing's Big Fog.":"Beijing commute, posted last night on China's video-hosting service, Youku.

  http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzI5MzA3MzY0.html

 

" pollution from cars and coal plants wiped whole colors from the visible spectrum. ..The sun looks like a satellite in a dying solar system. "

 

...According to the state-run China Daily, if the US standard was adopted nationwide, only 20 percent of Chinese cities would be rated as having satisfactory air quality, against the current 80 percent.


the Asia Society curated this fascinating multimedia project on Beijing's air problems and a time-lapse taken from a single Beijing apartment complex in 2009. Well worth it:

http://sites.asiasociety.org/beijingair/


newsfeed on China's air pollution from beijingair

http://sites.asiasociety.org/beijingair/#news-feed

 

Also check: China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study | @scoopit http://sco.lt/9A2J3B

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It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country.  But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple."

 

Also check  Grey's video "Bizarre Borders 1 & 2

@scoopit http://sco.lt/5I5cdV


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:20 AM

This article is in dire needs of some maps, but it still provides 5 intriguing case studies of borders and chunks of territory that defy normal categorization.


Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:53 PM

It  is  Puzzling, but  every  human  being  chose to live in a normal,  happy  and  free  country, in a  Democratie,  if  possible.

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:20 PM

These borders and boundaries indicate something that I thought of while rewatching Independence Day (the Smith/Goldblum flick from '96)...  If we make a mess, and destroy this planet, aliens wouldn't want it.  The land that no one wants, is probably wanted by someone in reality... I am a fervent believer in aliens, and spend my free time diving into attempts to solve my quandary about the higher questions of the universe.  I think that the area that no one wants, everyone wants.  Unlike state boundaries in the US, planets are divided as separate entities from other planets, but grouped in solar systems, galaxies, asteroid belts, etc... I can't wait for the day some pompous fool gets on the bridge of a starship from Earth and sits in the captain's chair and says "Lieutenant, take us to Sector ----- (so and so)"... We will have moved up from the United States and Canada to the United Sectors of Galaxies!  And that little bit of land that 'no one wants,' everyone actually wants... same with planets.  Terraforming will allow those unsightly balls of fury that float around a star to become the most inhabitable of them all!  I wonder where these things will stop... or if it keeps going to larger sectors, endlessly? Well, we will likely encounter other species with territorial claims... play nice, America!  Or the Aliens will pop out of your stomach.  Though there are some politicians now that seem to have popped out of someone's stomach, I think the threat is more domestic while territory disputes occur nowadays, as it is humans arguing with humans, but it will increase when the Martians come to claim what is theirs.

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The generation we love to dump on

The generation we love to dump on | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:45 PM

Maybe the Millenials aren't all THAT bad...

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:59 AM

Loved this bit of humour.

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Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option

Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

The US sugar beet industry coordinated an industry-wide conversion to genetically modified sugar beets, thus eliminating a non-GMO alternative for food manufacturers and consumers. Meanwhile, production of GM sugar beet seed is likely to contaminate organic and conventional vegetable seed production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


Frank Morton faces a major threat to his livelihood. Morton’s business, Wild Garden Seed, which sells organic vegetable and flower seed in Philomath, Oregon, is threatened by the incursion of genetically modified sugar beets in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

 

The Willamette Valley is known as a center of seed production. The valley features fertile soil with ample water from irrigation. Winters are mild and wet and summers are dry, and not too hot. Seeds for specialty crops such as the Brassica family, which includes cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard seed, and canola are grown here, along with onions, spinach, beets, chicories, endives, chard, and many flowers. “It’s seed dreamland,” Morton says.

Unanimous decision to go GMO
The Willamette Valley is also home to all the sugar beet seed production in the United States. Two large companies, Beta Seed and West Coast Beet Seed, supply seed to sugar beet farmers in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Dakota, and other states where the beets are grown. Harvested beets are processed by seven processing companies, the biggest being American Crystal Sugar Company, based in Moorhead, Minnesota. These processors supply beet sugar, which accounts for one-half of the US sugar production, to food and candy manufacturers, such as Mars and Hershey’s.

 

Three years ago, these processors decided to convert the entire US sugar beet production to Roundup Ready genetically modified varieties, developed by Monsanto Company. The industry said farmers needed the GM beets for better weed control.

 

Unanimity was necessary, Morton says. “If any one of the beet processors...

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Narrative-based activity: Who Killed Angela Spelling « Classroom201X

Narrative-based activity: Who Killed Angela Spelling « Classroom201X | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Nice description of a #storytelling resource from #BBCskillswise by @pysproblem81 http://bit.ly/mFxAfb #elt #esol...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en05skim-game-the-big-scan


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BBCskillswise also has lots of resources

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Cicada wings inspire new ideas for antibacterial products

Cicada wings inspire new ideas for antibacterial products | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Here’s another reason to love cicadas: A new study has found that tiny structures on cicada wings can kill bacteria through physical and not chemical means.

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Greg Wurn's curator insight, March 4, 2014 9:20 PM

Interesting, could lead to some very important discoveries in future

Corie Rosen's curator insight, February 29, 2016 8:58 PM

Antibiotic resistance is nothing new; it is a very real threat in the world today. Bacteria are mutating and resisting our best tools at a rate that modern scientists can't keep up with. They say you learn something new everyday, and this was something I had no idea about until now! I flocked to this article because it is definitely an interesting concept. What is even cooler is the fact that a cicada's wings are able to kill gram-negative bacteria (gram-positive aren't affected), such as E. coli, through physical means and not chemical. This means the bacteria are unlikely to become resistant to the affects! Just imagine the ways scientists can utilize this!

 

This article, while not a scientific report, references the study done by scientists and provides links to it, therefore making the article a reliable source of information.

Janice Edgerly-Rooks's curator insight, September 12, 2016 9:36 PM
One wonders why bacteria would make a difference to a cicada's wings. They live underground as immatures which makes me think that antibacterial properties might derive from that part of their life cycle. But they don't have wings, so this is curious indeed.
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Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says

Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
An investigative report by Le Monde has discovered its government is running a secret operation much like PRISM.

 

A video + TRANSCRIPT

 

Newsy's crossed sources:

 NB: http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/07/04/revelations-sur-le-big-brother-francais_3441973_3224.html

"Si les révélations sur le programme d'espionnage américain Prism ont provoqué un concert d'indignation en Europe, la France, elle, n'a que faiblement protesté. Pour deux excellentes raisons : Paris était déjà au courant. Et fait la même chose.
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France 'has vast data surveillance' - Le Monde reportTelecom network cables in France The DGSE data is said to be accessed by other French intelligence agencies

France's foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.

The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.The operation is "outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision", Le Monde says.

 

 http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/exclusive-french-intelligence-has-its-own-version-of-prism/dgse-prism-secret-service-france-big-brother-/c1s12643/ (source: Le Monde)
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/europe/france-surveillance-claims/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
http://www.zdnet.com/france-has-its-own-prism-system-report-7000017694/

 

A comment from a reader on http://www.zdnet.com:

Could be part of the reason why..."...Edward Snowden is having a hard time finding a government that will give him asylum. Normally, the French would be more than happy to thumb their noses at the Americans, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to if they have a PRISM program of their own.

Notice how eager the Russians are to help Snowden out (not at all).John L. Ries 5 July, 2013"

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Worldcrunch - Great stories from ALL the world's best news sources And Also: PRESSEEUROP, EUROPEANDAILY

Worldcrunch - Great stories from ALL  the world's best news sources  And Also: PRESSEEUROP, EUROPEANDAILY | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Worldcrunch has been added to the New York Times Company's syndication arm which will re-sell its content to clients across the world...

 

"ABOUT US: http://www.worldcrunch.com/single.php?single=8 

 

The Mission

Worldcrunch delivers the best global journalism previously shut off from English language readers: selecting, translating and editing content from top foreign-language outlets.

 

The Method

The most relevant foreign-language stories are produced in English by Worldcrunch staff and contributors around the globe, deployed to react quickly to breaking events and find the best content in the international media. We are also creating a platform, Crunch It!, to build a community of newshounds who will flag and help translate interesting stories from both mainstream media outlets and blogs, as well as produce stories of their own.

 

The Vision

With Worldcrunch, the great untapped resource of foreign-language news and information is hereby available. By combining professional journalistic standards with the energy of the web's flock of curious readers, writers and translators -- and building a framework for copyright acces & distribution -- we create a whole new well of top-shelf news content from the best sources covering the world today. And our vision for the future? Worldcrunch will be the virtual square where language barriers fade, and a new brand of global journalism is born."

 

 https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/business/media/09englishnews.html?_r=0

 

"Worldcrunch, a Web-based start-up in Paris, offers English translations of newspaper articles from around the world.

 

Mr. Israely, a former correspondent for Time magazine in Rome and Paris, had no job last year after Time closed much of its European operation.

In May 2011,He founded Worldcrunch with Irene Toporkoff, a former chief executive of the French unit of Ask.com, and investments from three French Internet entrepreneurs.

 

Using freelance journalists, Worldcrunch plans to publish several dozen English translations of articles from newspapers like Le Monde, Die Welt and La Stampa every week. While most of the papers are European, Hurriyet in Turkey and The Economic Observer in China are included, and Mr. Israely said he was seeking more global partners.

 

Some of the partner publications, like the French business daily Les Échos, have English-language sections on their sites where they post the articles Worldcrunch has translated.

 

PRESSEEUROP, another new site edited from Paris, does something similar for European newspapers, translating articles into 10 languages, including English. http://www.presseurop.eu/en

 

The Huffington Post, one of the most popular American news aggregators on the Web, has Europe in its sights, saying it plans to introduce a British edition soon.

 

In Brussels, a site called EUROPEANDAILY aggregates news from across the region, gathering snippets from a variety of European sources and translating them into English. Its founders want to start a pan-European newspaper — in print, no less.http://europeandaily.com/"

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Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents!

Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents! | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
First, order the American presidents, then click on "Play this game". American presidents' speeches and bios will help you understand the use of Present Perfect vs Simple Past .

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Ask Umbra: How can we move beyond oil?

Ask Umbra: How can we move beyond oil? | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
A reader wonders how he can boost solar and wind power. Umbra plugs him in to the right sources.

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But first, a word on peak oil. This term was coined in the 1950s to describe that time when planetary oil production would peak, then begin to slow down, and finally leave us all standing, bewildered and slack-jawed, in an oil-free future. Estimates of when this peak would occur have varied over time, and recent reports suggest it ain’t gonna happen any time soon, given new discoveries of oil from the Great White North to the deep blue sea.

So you might not need to worry about peak oil per se, Jeff. But we absolutely should worry about our oil addiction. The burning of oil and other filthy fossil fuels is doing a number on our climate. The less we use, the better off we’ll be.

 

How can you encourage the transition to cleaner energy? I can think of a few things to try.A smorgasbord of options, if you will:

 

1°) Politely nag your representatives. This country needs some serious energy-policy shifts. You have to tell the people who represent you in Washington, D.C., that this matters to you. Go to their websites. Find their"

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After you die, your remains can help save a coral reef

After you die, your remains can help save a coral reef | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
It makes at least as much sense as burying a person in the ground and putting a stone on top.

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“You’ll be sleeping with the fishes” is, as a general rule, not an optimistic thing to hear. But a company called Eternal Reefs is putting a much nicer spin on the idea for people who’ve decided to be cremated after they’ve passed away. It’s incorporating the remains into artificial coral reefs, to become habitats for fish and other sea creatures.

 

Mother Nature News explains:

Cremated remains are mixed into “100 percent natural cast concrete” to create a “pearl.” Once the pearl has been cast, the family can personalize it with handprints or messages etched into the damp concrete and add small mementos.

On the dedication day, a boat is chartered for..."

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Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone - 1 of the weirdest creatures ever seen

Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone -   1  of the weirdest creatures ever seen | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
“Period Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the heart of one. ...

 

And also:

http://grist.org/list/crazy-living-rock-is-one-of-the-weirdest-creatures-weve-ever-seen/

 


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Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students.

Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students. | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Aulde de B's comment, July 17, 2013 3:47 PM
There is no link. that's it.
Teresa Carvalho's comment, July 17, 2013 9:50 PM
I'm sorry there's no link. I guess I must have copied this picture from somewhere and saved it.
Amélie Silvert's comment, July 18, 2013 12:50 AM
Ok sorry, I thought it was some kind of vergetable maker. :)
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How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline

How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Easy Animations for the rest of us. If you ever had a tough time creating interactive content, this one is for you. The easiest application to create professional motion graphics and presentations in seconds.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:42 PM

Those who use EWC Presenter will be satisfied to discover the latest update to the tool which is a new animated timeline feature. Read the detailed explanations and tips how to work with animation on EWC Presenter.

Thanks to Payman Taei for the suggestion.

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An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park

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In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.

 

"Community members march in the park.

 

"Steve Coleman remembers arriving for his first day on the job as a community volunteer for the nonprofit Parks & People in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago. Standing on the street corner in front of a former after-hours club, looking toward a trash-strewn, overgrown, and heavily eroded streamside park not 20 yards away, he endured the taunts of a passerby. “White boy … white boy,” the man said as he sauntered down the sidewalk.

 

Coleman, who was born in India and raised in Pittsburgh, replied in his plainspoken tone, “I do have a name.”

 

Startled, the man tried to clarify the situation. He meant no offense: The term “whiteboy” was just local vernacular for a particular psychoactive substance on offer for willing customers. He was simply touting his wares.

Susie CagleJoin Grist as we explore the wild landscapes of our cities.

 

Parks & People’s Riverside Center headquarters, it turns out, were located on the same intersection as one of the city’s most brazen illicit-drug supermarkets.

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High ideals: 6Greenpeace women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO)

High ideals:  6Greenpeace  women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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 Whoever says that no one cares enough to protest anymore? Even as we type, six Greenpeace activists are scaling the tallest building in Western Europe, London's 1,016-foot Shard tower.

 

Sabine Huyghe from Belgium, Sandra Lamborn from Sweden, Canadian Victoria Henry, Ali Garrigan from the UK, Wiola Smul from Poland and Liesbeth Debbens from the Netherlands.

Codenamed operation "Iceclimb," the stunt is intended to raise the alarm about Shell's activities in the Artic, where the oil company has expensive plans to drill. Will the protesters make it up — and down again? Will police arrest them if they do? Follow their progress live, here."

 

And also: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23266281

 

Impressive photos here

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2360015/Six-women-scale-The-Shard-Greenpeace-protest-oil-gas-drilling-Arctic.html#ixzz2YjLpoeMc

"id.

"Ali Garrigan even found time, and a free hand, to tweet updates during her ascent."

"The demonstrators are live-streaming the climb from helmet cameras, with birds-eye views of their ascent being broadcast live at www.iceclimb.savethearctic.org.

 

They said if they do hang the Arctic artwork it will be the highest successful installation an art project since Philippe Petit tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974."

 

"One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning: 'We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic."

 

"Billed as the #Iceclimb, Facebook users and followers of other social media were invited to follow their progress live here."

http://iceclimb.savethearctic.org/?fbshare

 

Rock stars, celebrities and even the police tweet about #iceclimb

 

"Annie Lennox@AnnieLennoxHere's an example of risking life and limb for a cause you believe in…Show your support by sharing #iceclimb

 

iceclimb.savethearctic.org BREAKING: Look up London. We’re attempting to scale the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper. More soon on #iceclimb pic.twitter.com/WCzFlIPd6t 

 

Metropolitan Police*@MetPoliceEventDon't worry London, they don't know it yet but we're preparing a kettle for @GreenpeaceUK when they reach the top of the Shard. #iceclimb"

 

 

 

 

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China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study

China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

........"Linking the Chinese pollution data to mortality statistics from 1991 to 2000, the researchers found a sharp difference in mortality rates on either side of the border formed by the Huai River. They also found the variation to be attributable to cardiorespiratory illness, and not to other causes of death."

The resea

rchers, based in Israel, Beijing, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gauged the region's air quality according to the established metric of total suspended particulates (TSP), representing the concentration of certain airborne particles per cubic meter of air.

The study concluded that...

 

Air pollution has been the subject of widespread public outrage in China since January, when Beijing's air quality index (AQI)—a similar metric to TSP—regularly exceeded 500, the scale's maximum reading, for weeks on end. On January 12, Beijing's AQI hit a record 755, 30 times higher than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization.

Past studies have established a link between air pollution and reduced life expectancy. One recent large-scale study concluded that air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010.

Yet according to Michael Greenstone, an economics professor at MIT and one of the study's authors, this study is the first......

Aso check:

 

Just How Bad Is Beijing's Pollution? Hint: Crazy Bad. The Choking Skies of China's capital of 19 million ... | @scoopit http://sco.lt/7oh865

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How Fish Swim

How Fish Swim | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Researchers have revealed some of the mechanical properties that allow undulatory fish to move so intricately, including vorticity (shown above), the rotational velocity of the fluid in the wake of the swimming fish.


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Dale Irby, Revisited

Dale Irby, Revisited | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Dale Irby, the retired Richardson school teacher who


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bqjcrUtStw

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Study: Hawk moths use sonar jamming genitals in fight against bats (Wired UK)

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Hawk moths may be jamming bat sonar signals by rubbing their genitals against their abdomens.
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France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says

France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
An investigative report by Le Monde has discovered its government is running a secret operation much like PRISM.
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Making the Founding Fathers proud? Defending champs win Coney Island hot dog eating contests (VIDEO)

Making the Founding Fathers proud? Defending champs win Coney Island hot dog eating contests (VIDEO) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"The true meaning of July 4th is, of course, competitive eating, and this Independence Day the US celebrated two true American champs: 

 

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, both of whom defended their titles in Coney Island's annual hotdog-scoffing contest. Both kept their titles in Nathan's Famous annual 4th of July hot dog eating contests.


Chestnut downed 69 weiners in 10 minutes, while Thomas managed 36.75 in the same time. (We wouldn't like to see the 0.25 that got away.) Now that's what we call freedom...."

 

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Mean streets: A bike lover braces for cycling in the city

Mean streets: A bike lover braces for cycling in the city | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, was scared to ride in the big city. Here's how she got over it.
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