Daily Archives: August 17, 2016

Venezuela | IPC Bans Paralympic Athletes to Bash Russia

By Rick Sterling

It seems the Russian Paralympic athletes are being collectively punished as a means of punishing the Russian government.

Ukraine | Science, Crimea and prison bars: persecution of teachers and researchers

by Viktoriia Muliavka and Alona Liasheva

The use of science and education for political purposes in Ukraine has become the norm. How has it happened and why is it a terrifying trend?

The conference in Yalta

For Ukrainian teachers, participation in a scientific event in Crimea resulted in dismissals and monitoring by The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The annual international applied science conference on Russian language in a multicultural world was held for the tenth time in Yalta on 8 – 11 June, and brought together teachers and researchers from 10 countries, as well as from Ukraine.

Morocco invades liberated territory of Western Sahara under MINURSO´s control

August 14, 2016- This morning at 8:30 AM, a contingent of about 300 Moroccan military occupation forces have launched a military offensive in the zone of Guerguerat (also called “Kandahar” by Moroccans), in the south of Western Sahara strip (5 to 6 km wide), north of the peninsula of La Güera (Lagouira) and at the border with Mauritania. That area is Saharawi liberated territory, part of the first and seventh military region of Saharawi Liberation Army, although Morocco considered it a « buffer zone » and it is under the control of MINURSO.

New desalination tech could help quench global thirst

The world is on the verge of a water crisis.
Rainfall shifts caused by climate change plus the escalating water demands of a growing world population threaten society’s ability to meet its mounting needs. By 2025, the United Nations predicts, 2.4 billion people will live in regions of intense water scarcity, which may force as many as 700 million people from their homes in search of water by 2030.
Those water woes have people thirstily eyeing the more than one sextillion liters of water in Earth’s oceans and some underground aquifers with high salt content. For drinking or irrigation, the salt must come out of all those liters. And while desalination has been implemented in some areas — such as Israel and drought-stricken California — for much of the world, salt-removal is a prohibitively expensive energy drain.
Scientists and engineers, however, aren’t giving up on the quest for desalination solutions. The technology underlying modern desalination has been around for decades, “but we have not driven it in such a way as to be ubiquitous,” says UCLA chemical engineer Yoram Cohen. “That’s what we need to figure out: how to make desalination better, cheaper and more accessible.”
Recent innovations could bring costs down and make the technology more accessible. A new wonder material may make desalination plants more efficient. Solar-powered disks could also serve up freshwater with no need for electricity. Once freshwater is on tap, coastal floating farms could supply food to Earth’s most parched places, one scientist proposes.