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House for Every Season
Formidable, fortified, and immovable with large windows
facing southwest. This is how people built their homes more
than 800 years ago in Horstmar, in Germanys Münsterland
region, back in the days when noble families resided in the
towns castle and surrounded it with some eight retainer
farms for protection. The castle was destroyed long ago, and
only four of the farms have been preserved. But recently, at
the heart of the oldest one, Borchorster Hof, a new chapter
in Horstmars residential history began.
On a plot of land on the edge of the historic town center
with its robust brick buildings, within only two days, a light,
airy house was screwed and welded together from just four sections.
Besides boasting the benefits of modular and energy-saving homes,
this one can turn to face the sun....
Andrea Freund reports for Frankfurt's Frankfurter Allgemeine
Science and Technology News At a Glance:
Taiwans Shady Deal with North
The issue of Taiwan exporting its nuclear waste to North
Korea is throwing the South Korean people into a state of anxiety
again. In an interview with the Yonhap News, a high-level
Taiwanese official said that Taiwan and North Korea are continuing
negotiations on the export of nuclear waste and that [the construction
of] a storage facility for Taiwanese nuclear waste is nearly
complete in North Korea.
Seoul Yonhap (semi-official
news service), Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2001. From the May 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.5).
The Uranium Minefield
It is almost impossible for science to prove a negative,
whether its to show that mobile phones are not the cause
of brain tumors, to demonstrate that the measles, mumps, and
rubella-combined-vaccine does not cause autism, or to prove
that depleted uranium is not the cause of illnesses suffered
by veterans of the Gulf War and Balkans conflict. Disproving
something is about the hardest request that can be made of a
—Steve Connor, The Independent
(centrist), London, England, Jan. 26, 2001. From the April 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.4).
Children Are Victims of Depleted Uranium
She is 10 years oldand thus was born right when
bombs and rockets turned the area around her home into a battlefield.
Today Sarah Nadhim is in the hospital, covered with a black
scarf, and watches us with sad eyes. Perhaps because she knows
what is almost inevitable in today’s Iraq: She will die prematurely.
Krista Foss, The Globe and Mail (centrist), Toronto,
Canada, Dec. 21, 2000. From the April 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.4).
Fight to Stop Ebola Virus
As the world death toll mounted to at least 39, including
three nurses, worrying signs emerged that the epidemic might
be spreading. There is no treatment for Ebola, whose victims
rapidly bleed to death. Because it is highly infectious, the
only hope of stopping an outbreak is isolating victims and their
Anna Borzello, Sarah Boseley, The Mail & Guardian
(liberal), Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 20, 2001. From the January 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.1).
Rising Death Toll
Tentative results from laboratory tests indicate that
a soldier has died of Ebola fever in Mbarara Hospital. Chairman
of the National Ebola Task Force Dr. Sam Okware told journalists
in Kampala yesterday that the Ministry of Health is waiting
for confirmation of the results. The soldier, who was isolated
after doctors at the hospital suspected his symptoms, died on
Carolyne Nakazibwe, The
Monitor (independent weekly), Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 2, 2000. From the January 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL.48, No.1).
Retrieving Freshwater from the
The days of freshwater being inexhaustible are long
gone. Some people in China are spending money to buy water
while others are still waiting. That the use of desalinated
seawater is not widespread enough in China is partly due
to cost, but more to the fact that the state's policies
and people's understanding concerning seawater still have
a long road ahead of them.
—Yuan Li, Beijing Youth Daily (official), Beijing, China,
Sept. 9, 2000.