Chinese scientists unveil new ‘bioweapon’ to battle stench of public restrooms

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Chinese scientists say they can turn even the most putrid public lavatory into a sweet-smelling sanctuary.

Entering a public restroom in China can be a horrifying experience. In smaller cities, or the countryside, the sight of an open trench filled with excrement, coupled with a suffocating stench of sulphur and ammonia, is often enough to send even the bravest tourist whimpering back to their hotel.

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China’s transportation revolution

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Taxi fleet line up for natural gas at a fueling station in China

The capital of Shandong Province, “Spring City” relies on buses to move its more than four million people across the city because it lacks a subway system (due to its eponymous artesian springs). And those buses move thanks to everything from ammonia to electricity.

 

 

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Ammonia could be the answer to emissions-free fuel for cars at just 75 cents a gallon

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John Fleming and Tim Maxwell claim they can make ammonia for 75 cents a gallon.

John Fleming of SilverEagles Energy and Tim Maxwell from Texas Tech University, say they have developed a way to make ammonia that is cheap enough so that it could be used as fuel for cars. If their claims turn out to be true, many consumers might consider switching over because ammonia, when burned in an engine, emits nothing but nitrogen and water vapor out the tailpipe. And if that’s not enough incentive, they claim they can make the ammonia for just 20 cents a liter (approximately 75 cents a gallon).

 

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China’s Indoor Air Pollution Kills 2.2 Million Children Every Year

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Indoor pollution levels can often be 5-10 times higher than those measured in China’s bad outdoor air.

More than two million Chinese youths die each year from health problems related to indoor air pollution, with nearly half of them under five years of age, state media cited a government study as saying.

 

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Need Another Reason To Quit Smoking – Third Hand Smoke

Need Another Reason To Quit Smoking - Third Hand Smoke 

 

Need another reason to add “Quit Smoking” to your New Year’s resolutions list? How about the fact that even if you choose to smoke outside of your home or only smoke in your home when your children are not there – thinking that you’re keeping them away from second-hand smoke – you’re still exposing them to toxins? In the January issue of Pediatrics, researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and colleagues across the country describe how tobacco smoke contamination lingers even after a cigarette is extinguished – a phenomenon they define as “third-hand” smoke. Their study is the first to examine adult attitudes about the health risks to children of third-hand smoke and how those beliefs may relate to rules about smoking in their homes.

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