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HOW COOL IS THAT?

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by Ben Daviss

When an international team of scientists came together to find the greatest source of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, they found it’s not cars or cow farts: it’s refrigerants.

But it won’t be much longer if a new technology from Europe can be commercialized.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PREDICTS PSYCHOSIS

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by Ben Daviss

Psychosis – the mental illness in which people hear voices and otherwise hallucinate – often pops up in early adulthood and is hard to predict. Psychologists have to rely on conversations and paper-and-pencil tests to make their best guesses about whether a person will break with reality. 

Artificial intelligence now offers a more precise technique.

CHEAP NEW WAY TO CLEAN WATER

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by Ben Daviss

One person in ten around the world lacks ready access to clean water. Those people spend hours a day hauling water in buckets and pots from faraway sources.

Solar stills – usually a black-bottomed vessel covered by a clear dome that water vapor condenses on – can pull clean water from dirty, but one still usually yields only a trickle, barely enough for a small family’s minimum daily needs. 

But the problem with solar stills is that sunlight has to heat all the water inside before any will evaporate.

DENMARK TURNS DOWN 5G

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As another sign of increasing worldwide opposition to the health dangers of 5G wireless technology, which we have written about previously in the Trends Journal, a group of Danish citizens have hired an attorney to sue the government for forcing 5G installations.

The group cited the installation was being done without conducting necessary tests to evaluate potential radiation harm from powerful 5G frequencies, particularly as it can affect pregnant women and young children. 

DEA = DOA

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On 1 October, the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved increases in the production of painkillers despite the fact that deaths from opioid addiction have been rising at epidemic levels.

One example cited was oxycodone, one of the most commonly abused prescription painkillers in the country.  According to the report, the DEA increased quota production of the drug by about 400 percent from 2002 to 2013.  

LIBYA: DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

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The civil war raging in Libya – brought to you by US President Barack, the “Nobel Peace of Crap Prize Winner” Obama, David “No Cajones” Cameron of the UK, and Nicolas “Slimy” Sarkozy of France – continues to escalate. More civilians are being killed, their economy continues to decline, and warring tensions keep ripping the country apart.

INDONESIA UPRISINGS

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In Indonesia, President Joko Widodo sparked backlash demonstrations by outlawing extramarital sex, as well as insults to himself and his VP, while reducing access to abortion. Protesters also demand that Widodo stop blocking anti-corruption legislation. In Papua, at least 33 were killed by security forces in a clash between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces. In response, Widodo ordered an internet blackout.

NORTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES: NO DEAL

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Hopes of reigniting talks between Korea and the U.S. didn’t last long.  Delegations from the two countries met in Stockholm last week, but the nuclear talks broke down by the end of the first day.

North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong-gil, claimed the United States had arrived “empty-handed.”  The U.S. State Department released a statement saying, “The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions.”