World’s Longest Suspension Bridge
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, connecting Awaji Island with the city of Kobe, immediately entered the record books as the world’s longest suspension bridge, after its construction. “In the works for a decade, the $7.7 billion project boast a 6,532-ft. ( 1.2 mile ) [1,991 m] centre spam -measured as the distance between the two towers, ” states Time magazine. “Each of the towers, taller than a 90-story building, is equipped with 20 vibration – control devices; if winds make the structure sway, pendulums tug the towers back.” The bridge has also been designed to withstand earthquakes as high as 8.0 on the Richer scale. If strung out, it’s steel cable could encircle the Earth seven times.
Seat Belts Save Lives In The Air
As every seasoned air traveler knows, planes may suddenly and unexpectedly encounter severe air turbulence that can injure or even kill passengers. The only effective precaution you can take, experts say, to wear your seat belt at all times when seated in the aircraft. ” Clear – air turbulence is extremely hard to predict, detect, and avoid, ” states U.S News & Report. While scientist are looking into developing sensors to detect such turbulence, most planes now depend on reports from planes that are flying ahead on the same route. Nearly all the people injured during turbulence were not wearing seat belts. “But,” the article concedes, ” the airlines have not figured out how to force passengers to buckle up”.
“Eleven percent of the electricity used in German homes and offices is consumed by appliances that are not in use but are on standby, ” reports the newsletter Apotheken Umschau. According to estimates for Germany, TV sets, stereos, computers, and other electronic appliances in standby mode use about 20.5 billion kilowatt – hours of electricity each year. This is more than the yearly electricity consumption of Berlin, the country’s largest city. It may be possible to save electricity and spare your purse by switching some appliances off completely rather than leaving them in standby mode.
Dead Sea Disappearing
The dead sea, the lowest and saltiest spot on the Earth is fast disappearing. In 1965 the surface of the dead sea was 1,295 feet [395 m] below sea level. It is now 1,355 feet [413 m] below sea level and a thin spit of dry land has appeared that divides it in two. Hotels that were built on the water’s edge are now substantially inland. “It’s water level is dropping a noticeable 2.5 feet [ 80 cm] a year, the dead sea denied replenishment by the demands of people and politics,” states The Dallas Morning News. “The dead sea potential demise signals the severity of the regional water shortage, while the obstacles to a solution indicate how much water and peace mix in the parched Middle East ….. Today, the main source for the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, is almost completely diverted…… by Israel, Syria and Jordan.” Concerning the Dead Sea history, the article says : “By far the most vivid story is the Biblical account of how the Cities of the Plain settled in a fertile region until God, despairing at their moral breaches, ‘rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire’ to turn it to a wasteland.”
About 8 percent of the medicines sold on the planet are fake,” states Le Figaro Magazine. According to the World Health Organisation, the percentage of fake drugs in Brazil is estimated to be 30 percent, and in Nigeria it is thought to be staggering 60 percent. Trade in counterfeit medicines is reportedly a 300-billion – dollar business, with organised crime taking a leading part. Despite the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to put an end to this trade, police and international organisations have not found a solution to the problem. At best, fake medicine can serve as a placebo; at worst, it can be deadly. “Fake medicine plays Russian routine with the health of the sick,” observes Le Figaro Magazine.