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Monday May 5, 2014

By Brooke Bierhaus and Bailey Cole

Tensions rise in Ukraine

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by pro-Russian militants near the eastern city of Sloviansk. The militants also shot down an army helicopter, Kiev is accusing Moscow of supporting and arming these groups. This claim has been denied by the Kremlin. This is another bloody day for what appears to be an ever escalating conflict.

More nations join the war against climate change

Steps to fight global warming are becoming an even bigger issue than in recent years. Yesterday Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were recognized by the United Nations for their efforts in global warming. The developing countries go by the acronym BRICS, and according to the United Nations secretary general, China has been leading the efforts to increase green energy, especially in larger metro cities.  South Africa’s latest contribution to fight global warming, is the Southern African Power Pool–which is a co-operation initiative between electric companies in 12 different countries.

 Arrested developments in Nigeria

Nigerian Protesters have been arrested. These protests are in response to the kidnapping of 200 school girls 3 weeks ago on April 14th. The kidnapping has been claimed by Boko Haram an Islamist group. A Boko Haram leader said (quote) “ Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married” He then said “I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” These disagreements have escalated to an anti-government protests due to the Nigerian government’s failure to rescue any of these kidnapped young women.

Bless this meeting

In what is being seen as rather controversial, the Supreme Court upheld a New York town’s practice of opening its monthly town meeting with a prayer. The four more conservative judges including Justice Anthony Kennedy found this practice did not violate the 1st Amendment because it was not coercive in nature. Does this uphold a separation of church and state or does this seem unjust? Let us know on our Facebook page KRUI 89.7 fm.

In need of young blood

 The third times a charm, and after three different conducted studies by leading universities,  a new medical breakthrough is on its way. Researchers at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California found that young blood can improve the body and mind in older mice. Scientists gave old mice blood and blood proteins from young mice in the lab, and the results were incredible! The old mice had improved muscle and brain function, could run faster and longer on a treadmill, had an increased rate of new brain cell creation, and had heightened smell and senses. Scientists hope these mouse studies will lead to anti-aging treatments for humans.

Best food for your face

And while the anti-aging treatment study will begin human clinical trials in the next year, there is something that you can do now to fight the aging cycle. You may have heard about the many uses and benefits of coconut oil, but did you know its also an anti-aging cleanser? A holistic approach to staying young mentally and physically, is to start from the inside out. The newest trend surfacing is “oil pulling”, which detoxifies the body, improves skin, whitens teeth, and yes slows down the aging process. The process is extremely easy, but a bit time consuming. To oil pull, swoosh one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth –like you would mouthwash–for 20 minutes. If I get bored studying for finals, which is highly likely, I’m definately going to have to try this out.

But maybe you just want pizza

But if coconut oil isn’t your thing, and you’d rather have a slice of pizza, science has given us all a reason to eat more pizza. Believe it or not, physicists are using the fine art of pizza tossing to design motors thinner than a human hair for brain surgery.Chefs have perfected the toss of the dough, moving their hands in a circle to achieve maximum efficiency. And now scientists mimicked their movements to design motors that can do the same motion a few million times a second. As if the enhancement of science through pizza tossing wasn’t delicious enough, here’s a little fun fact. According to the Pizza Principle, a loose law proposed by a New York lawyer back in the 1980s, the slice of a pizza has predicted the price of a subway ride since the ‘60s.

Three ways to win an argument…

This might sounds rather startling but, a Tennessee State Senator compared Obamacare to Nazi Germany. Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield wrote on his blog Camp4u “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for “train rides” for Jews in the 40’s” (end quote). He then later said he regrets that some people missed the point of his post. The Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney issued a statement criticizing Campfield for his remarks and requested he offer an apology to the members of the Jewish faith immediately.

Changing landscape in Iowa City

Some potential changes will be made in the Riverfront Crossing district in the near future….

Iowa City officials are seeking to add more affordable housing into the developing Riverfront Crossings district. This area is encompassed by Gilbert Street on the east, Orchard Street and Riverside Drive on the west, Burlington street in the north, and Highway 6 to the south. The council will vote on Tuesday to set a public hearing that will discuss amending the Downtown and Riverfront Crossing masterplan. Carolyn Dyer a commission member told the Daily Iowan that currently 1,200 low-income families acquire affordable housing in Johnson County and the Housing Authority division works with about 450 landlords. Dyer finds that the Riverfront Crossing crossing would be a great environment for more affordable housing and will help address a need for affordable housing in the city.

 

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