Thursday, August 30, 2012
The 457 meter long Howrah Bridge in Calcutta in India is threatened by pedestrians spit. How so? Gutkha - the popular mixture of betel leaf and betel nut, as many chews and spits out - is very corrosive. According to the Calcutta-based newspaper The Telegraph has "commuters collected spit effect made that the thickness of the steel plates that protect [bridge] pillars, has been reduced from six to three millimeters since 2007." Approximately 500,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles use this river bridge every day.
Is it to have a higher education a guarantee of getting a job? In many cases it is not. The Philippine newspaper Manila Bulletin cites Herbert Bautista, who is mayor of Quezon, said: "Every year, awarding our colleges and universities millions of students who simply end up among the unemployed because the studies they have conducted, are not relevant for the jobs that are vacant. "Many end up working as office clerks or fast food restaurants. Philippine authorities urging them to go out of high school, to take a short training in the practical and technical subjects that make it easier to get a job.
"Millionaires feel uncertainty and concern," says the newspaper China Daily in Beijing. It was carried out a survey of people from eastern and southern China, where the average assets of 2.2 billion yuan (1.7 billion). The researchers, who studied the rich people's "views on religion, marriage, life, career and money," found that "the majority of millionaires both love and hate money." Many of those who participated in the survey said that money essentially had given them, but social status and a sense of achievement, was annoyance.
A survey of over 23,000 Greek men and women showed that by taking at least three naps a week can reduce the risk of death from heart attack by 37 percent. "There are several evidence that both acute and chronic stress can lead to heart problems," explains Dimitrios Trichopoulos, a researcher and epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States. He says: "An afternoon nap may seem stress-relieving [and] reduce the number of deaths related to heart problems."
Studies of pigeons that have been made in the city of Jaipur, shows that these birds can be used to measure pollution in cities, said researchers at the University of Rajasthan in northern India. "Heavy metals found where birds are housed, pull into the feathers and remains there even after [the feathers] has fallen off," writes New Dehli Gobar Times, a supplement to the magazine Down to Earth. Since pigeons usually stay in a certain area, the level of cadmium, chromium, copper and lead are found in their feathers, be an accurate indicator of pollution at the site.
"Transfusions of stored human blood may do more harm than good for a majority of patients," says a report from the medical faculty at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Studies show that among patients who have received blood transfusions, is "greater incidence of myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke and even death" than among those who did not receive transfusions. Why is this so? "Almost immediately after the red blood cells have left the body, then a breakdown of nitric oxide in red blood cells." Nitric oxide is essential for the blood vessels to be kept open so that the red cells can carry oxygen to body tissues. "By all accounts, millions of patients transfusions of blood with impaired ability to deliver oxygen," says the report.
"E-mail, text messaging and iPods leading to a global epidemic of shyness," writes the Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph. According to psychologist and researcher Robin Abrahams is over half of the population now affected by shyness in social situations, which represents a significant increase compared to the way it has been before. "Technology makes it possible to shy away from difficult situations, which leads to people becoming more isolated," says Abrahams. "People. . . prefer to send e-mails or text messages to each other instead of talking to each other face to face. "