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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, March 28, 2005
GEO NEWS AROUND THE WORLD
COMMERCE
* Nelson Mandela has filed for trademark protection.
The South African statesman hopes to stop businesses from profiting from his name, "Nelson Mandela", his tribal name, "Rolihlahla", his clan name, "Madiba", and his Robben Island prisoner number, "46664."

ANIMAL KINGDOM
* Sperm whales -- like human divers -- can get the bends.
Researchers studying whale skeletons have discovered bone erosion similar to that suffered by scuba divers who rise to the surface too rapidly. Scientists had long assumed that whales were immune to the bends.

CONSERVATION
* Solar power is the law in sunny Spain.
Renovations and new structures are now required to have solar panels incorporated in their designs. The Spanish government estimates that use of a single two-meter solar panel reduces a home's yearly water heating bill by up to 70 percent. Global demand for solar power has grown about 25 percent a year, with Japan, Germany and the U.S. as leading market.

MEDICINE
* A blow to drug resistant bacteria.
Using a molecule called apramycin, scientist have eliminated DNA that allows bacteria like E. coli to resists antibiotics. Since apramycin is likely toxic to humans, a more benign molecule is now being sought for use against the growing problem of drug resistant diseases.

(abstracted from GEONEWS)
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:09 AM  
1 Comments:
  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Clett said…

    Very good sense of humor. This is why I like reading your blog. Keep it up.

     
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