By Gloria Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
China has reached its pollution breaking point (Feb. 23)
The levels of smog and pollution in China have reached uninhabitable levels with Chinese officials announcing efforts to reduce them.
Chinese officials have promised to shut down contaminating factories and have advised children and the elderly to avoid outside activities to the best of their ability.
Clean energy may be possible due to man-made solar strip around moon (Feb. 23)
The Shimizu Cooperation, will shoot laser and microwave energy from the lunar strip to a facility on Earth where it will be converted to clean energy.
This solar strip would be about 11,000 miles long and be made in multiple stages, but it would commence with building some sort of structure that would transport the materials needed to build the solar strip to the moon.
Cricket match hopes to end rift between Pakistan and Taliban (Feb. 24)
A Pakistan minister stirred up ridicule when he suggested a cricket match as a means to restore peace with the Taliban.
Major clashes between the two have increased since the formal attempt to make peace, which was followed immediately by the Taliban’s execution of 23 Pakistani soldiers.
Cricket is an important pastime to the Pakistani culture and has helped mend issues in the past, but Pakistan has reacted negatively towards suggestion.
Found gem leads discovering to earth’s real age (Feb. 24)
A zircon crystal was discovered in Australia, which scientists declared was formed 4.4 billion years ago.
This finding means that the earth existed earlier than what scientists had originally thought and human life likely came not much later.
No evidence exists that life existed as early as this gem and raises questions about the formation of the earth and life.
Traffic robots in the streets of Congo (Feb. 24)
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, 8-foot tall traffic robots were installed in the busiest intersections to alleviate the high-traffic zones and the flow of pedestrian crossings.
These robots simulate traffic lights, intersection traffic officers and depend on solar panels to function.
Surveillance cameras on the robots’ chests record the traffic of the intersections and are preset to speak to pedestrians to indicate when to cross.
Unknown disease leaves children with paralyzed limbs (Feb. 25)
Five California children have been afflicted with an unknown illness that has left them with paralyzed limbs.
It is an unknown disease very similar to polio even though the five patients have previously been vaccinated against the polio virus.
Dr. Keith Van Haren a neurologist from the University of San Francisco said, “We would like to stress that this syndrome appears to be very, very rare.”