BRENDA SERVIN |Staff Writer|
Nov. 5: China’s Pollution Makes it hard to Spy
About 20 million cameras were installed on streets, public parks and elevators by the Chinese government as of January 2013 according to Quartz.
The Chinese government will focus their efforts on improving their surveillance system to work through the pollution rather than putting effort into reducing the pollution.
“The Chinese government should be more worried about its country’s health than keeping an eye on everyone,” said student Erick Mendoza.
Nov. 6: Western Black Rhino
The western black rhinoceros has been declared extinct by the latest review from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The last time a western black rhinoceros was spotted in the wild was in 2006.
If proper conservation methods had been applied extinction could have been prevented.
The IUCN reported that Africa’s northern white rhinoceros and Asia’s Javan rhinoceros could be next.
Nov. 6: Jellyfish Boom
Huge increases in jellyfish populations around the world are leaving tourists stung and fish harmed according to CNN.
“In Hawaii there have been times that 800 or 1,000 people have been stung in a day,” said the author of “Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean” Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin.
A combination of low oxygen, over-fishing, pollution and warming water has lead to the rise in jellyfish populations.
According to Gizmag, Korea developed JEROS robots specifically designed to find and shred high concentrations of jellyfish.
Nov. 6: New Body Part
A new ligament in the human knee was located by Dr. Steven Claes and Professor Dr. Johan Bellemans at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium according to Time.
The new body part was named the anterolateral ligament (ALL).
“Its amazing that we are still learning new things about our bodies,” said student Amanda Tapia.
The discovery of this ligament could lead to new treatments for anterior cruciate ligament (ALC) injuries that are common in sports.
Nov 8, 2013
US Loses UNESCO voting rights
The United States lost its vote at the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) on Nov. 8 according to The New York Times.
The US stopped financial contribution to the organization in 2011.
Any country that does not pay its dues for two years loses its right to vote in the general assembly under UNESCO’s constitution.