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    Daily Digest 10/7 – Spain Seeks to Prevent Spread of Ebola, 50 Years Of Bullet Trains In Japan

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 2:36 PM


SRC cancels teachers’ contract (thc0655)

The district says it will not cut the wages of 15,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, secretaries and other PFT members. But it plans to dismantle the long-standing Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund, which is controlled by the union, and take over administering benefits.

At 78, Former Executive Still Flips Burgers for $7.98 an Hour (jdargis)

For the working elderly, in the race against the clock, the clock will win eventually. In the past year, Palome, an avid exerciser, had to contend with chronic knee pain that kept him out of work for two months before he finally had surgery. Palome bounced back, but not all the way. He returned to his job at a municipal golf course grill, though Palome quit a second part-time job as a food demonstrator at a Sam’s Club in a Tampa suburb.

India dengue fever cases 300 times higher than officially reported – study (Alan W.)

“With most infectious diseases the public healthy community has been succeeding. Ebola is an exception but hopefully a short-term one. My hope for the next decade is that we turn the tide with dengue,” said Shepard, who has been working on dengue since the early 1990s.

In the past 50 years, the incidence of dengue worldwide has increased 30-fold, largely as a consequence of the growth of cities and increased travel. The virus causes severe joint pain and fever lasting up to several weeks and can kill.

After Its First Ebola Case, Spain Seeks to Prevent Spread of Virus (jdargis)

Instead of Ms. Mato, another official from the Health Ministry, María Mercedes Vinuesa, appeared before Parliament on Tuesday, saying that a list was being drawn up of all the people who may have come into contact with the nurse. She said Spain had different treatments to deal with Ebola, but offered no further details.

After Death of New Jersey Boy From Enterovirus 68, Worry Grows Among Parents (jdargis)

Part of the anxiety stems from the symptoms associated with the virus, which resemble those of a common cold. Also fueling concerns is that there is little that can be done to treat the virus and medical experts are still working to understand it.

More than 100 enteroviruses exist and they are a common cause of illness in the United States every year, infecting 10 million to 15 million people, according to the C.D.C.

What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for Japan (jdargis)

What they concluded is that one of the bullet train’s key benefits to companies is its ability to unite firms and suppliers. In Japan, the median distance between a firm and its supplier or customer is about 20 miles, and usually, only the most profitable companies can afford to invest in scouting out suppliers across the country. Fast trains can level out that advantage, allowing even small firms to make deals with faraway suppliers and still be assured of quality. In other words, it might be the difference, at least for a Japanese food company, between sourcing eel from Tokyo’s enormous Tsukiji fish market and getting it from the smaller town of Hamamatsu, where it’s a local specialty.

The Latest Hybrid: A Solar Cell That’s Also A Battery (James S.)

There’s a lot to like about solar power: It’s clean, it’s getting less expensive, and it’s probably the most sustainable form of energy available. But conventional solar cells have their drawbacks, and one is that up to 20 percent of the Sun’s energy they capture is lost when the electrons move from the solar panel to its storage battery. Now a team of researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) working under Yiying Wu, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has devised a hybrid solar battery that not only can capture solar energy but store virtually all the energy it collects.

New Experimental GE Wheat Contamination in Montana Puts Wheat Farmers at Risk (gallantfarms)

Monsanto is currently in the process of settling a class action lawsuit brought by wheat farmers impacted by the Oregon contamination episode, which forced exports to several Asian and European markets to be suspended and cost farmers millions of dollars. USDA records reveal that Monsanto has conducted 279 field tests of herbicide-resistant wheat on over 4,000 acres in 17 states since 1994. Monsanto has received at least 35 notices of noncompliance from 2010 through 2013, more than any other company.

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