By Daniel DeMarco |Staff Writer|
Pig virus continues to spread across U.S. (Jan. 18)
A deadly pig virus has reportedly spread to Wyoming and California, bringing the total number of states affected to 22 since it surfaced in the country last April.
The virus is not harmful to humans, but is having a heavy effect on the pork industry where numbers are estimated to be in the millions of pigs lost to the virus.
Student Christian Barker said, “I think that says something about our food industry when every year there’s some crazy new virus killing all the animals.”
Mystery rock recently found on Mars (Jan. 20)
As part of an exploration mission, a rover on Mars discovered a mystery rock that had not been there 12 days previously when the spot was visited before.
Upon analysis the rock shows elements not seen on Mars before, leaving scientists excited and baffled.
Scientists have no clue how it got there, but one theory is that it was simply kicked up from the rover wheels.
Student Jo Reyes said, “Space is baffling, it seems like there are infinite things to discover out there.”
Black Widow bombers have Russian authorities on the search (Jan. 20)
Russian authorities are hunting down as many as four potential suicide bombers who are considered a threat to the upcoming Sochi Olympic games.
The Black Widow bombers are an all female group of suicide bombers, and one of the suspects is believed to already be somewhere in the city.
Student Amber Hubbard said, “It’s a shame that the upcoming Olympics have had so much controversy this year, it is all taking away from the Olympics.”
China pollution now reaching U.S. (Jan. 21)
Researchers from the US and China have found that the air pollution which China has become notorious for is now making its way across the Pacific to the US.
Researchers also found that the majority of this pollution is being created from products heavily sought by the US.
“Irony is funny. Even when all our products are made across the world we still end up getting the pollution,” said second year student Henry Hanson.
Japan warns rest of world about China to avoid enormous consequences (Jan. 22)
At the World Economic Forum, Japan warned that the world must stand up to China to avoid worldwide economic consequences.
Japan and China are in a dispute over islands in the East China Sea and Japan, experts say, fears that China is seeking control of major ocean shipping lanes.
Japan warned that a loss of peace or stability would have enormous economic consequences across the world.
“Please let this get settled. We don’t need a major war getting started or another economic crisis,” said student George Steele.