This Machine Kills Ebola Virus in Two Minutes. Why Doesn’t Every Hospital Have One

While vaccine makers and drug companies are rushing to bring medical interventions to the market that might address the Ebola pandemic, there’s already a technology available right now that can kill Ebola in just two minutes in hospitals, quarantine centers, commercial offices and even public schools.
It’s called the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot, and it was invented by a team of Texas doctors whose company is based on San Antonio. (And no, I didn’t get paid to write this. I’m covering this because this technology appears to be a viable lifesaving invention.)
The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot uses pulsed xenon-generated UV light to achieve what the company calls “the advanced environmental cleaning of healthcare facilities.” Because ultraviolet light destroys the integrity of the RNA that viruses are made of, it renders viruses “dead.” (Viruses aren’t really alive in the first place, technically speaking, so the correct term is “nonviable.”)
Ebola, just like most other viruses, are quickly destroyed by UV light. That’s why Ebola likes to spread in dark places where sunlight doesn’t reach. (Think of Ebola as a “vampire” virus that feeds off human blood but shuns sunlight…) The Xenex robot destroys Ebola on surfaces in just two minutes, zapping them with a specific wavelength of UV light at concentrations that are 25,000 times higher than natural sunlight.

Water Gypsies Take New York and Venice

It’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Burning Man and a whole lot of watery fun. The brainchild of a street artist going by the name of Swoon, this project sees a band of adventurous folks building strikingly creative and questionably seaworthy boats to take them on summer cruises for no well defined purpose other than having a great time and meeting people along the way.
So far the group has planned four trips, cruised down the Mississippi on the first two trips from Minneapolis to St. Louis. They’d planned to hit New Orleans but the river proved too strong for their boxy, cobbled together craft. The third trip saw them travel down the Hudson River from Troy, New York to Queens, and their most recent adventure took them to europe, to float from Slovenia to Venice. Now they have a new trip planned for mid-August going through Oregon.

Tod Seelie, a photographer and friend of Swoon, has been on all the trips thus far, documenting the many adventures of the boats and their crew. They’ve hosted live theater, music performances and invited locals to visit the docked boats where they could learn skills like silk screening and costume making.
“Many of us had hitchhiked before, or toured with bands.” Seelie tells Wired. “But we were all swept up by being on the boat, It was by far the most amazing thing I’d done.”

Read more at http://www.visualnews.com/2013/07/24/water-gypsies-take-new-york-and-venice/#5wvd9VW2MzjWwGKl.99

Students Reprimanded for Handing Out U.S. Constitutions Outside “Free Speech Zone”

Last week, four students at Southern Oregon University were told by administrators that they must stop handing out copies of the United States Constitution on campus, or else the Police would be called, and disciplinary action would taken against them. The administrators confronted the students, who were affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, and reprimanded them, due to the fact that they were handing out literature, in an area that was outside of the university’s designated “Free Speech Zone.” Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a nonpartisan student organization that promotes students’ rights to carry concealed weapons on campus. One member of the group, Stephanie Keaveney, told Campus Reform that administrators alleged that the four representatives from SCC had caused an “immediate panic for the safety of students in the face of gun violence, or the promotion of such.” “We encountered wild accusations that because the event was affiliated with SCC, there was legitimate fear for the imminent danger of students on campus,” Keaveney said. The university’s family housing coordinator, Allyson Beck, was the first one to confront the students, who were handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution near an on-campus residence hall. continue article http://benswann.com/students-reprimanded-for-handing-out-u-s-constitutions-outside-free-speech-zone/

Bestiality to be banned in Denmark

Denmark plans to ban bestiality – a practice that has long been illegal in other European nations. Danish food and agricultural minister Dan Jorgensen said that the practice was harming animals and damaging the country’s image. Speaking in an interview with Ekstra Bladet, a Danish tabloid, Jorgensen commented: “I have decided that we should ban sex with animals. That is happening for numerous reasons. The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals.”
“It is also damaging to our country's reputation to allow this practice to continue here while it is
banned elsewhere”, he continued.
There has been a significant rise in underground animal sex tourism in Denmark since its neighbours Norway, Sweden and Germany outlawed bestiality. A recent Gallup poll revealed 76% of Danes supported a ban on animal sex.
Bioethicist Wesley Smith criticised the motivations behind the ban, saying that it failed to acknowledge the impact of the practice on human dignity:  “Bestiality is so very wrong not only because using animals sexually is abusive, but because such behavior is profoundly degrading and utterly subversive to the crucial understanding that human beings are unique, special, and of the highest moral worth in the known universe”.