NIEE 140 – Dealing with Extreme Summer Heat

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Summer is here and though it is the time for outdoor fun and play, it is also the time to start thinking about protecting ourselves from extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause serious health problems. But, you can do something about it.

Heat exhaustion is a relatively common response to intense heat and can cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and fainting. But it can also lead to heatstroke, which must be treated medically. Heat stress is especially harmful for the elderly, small children and people who already suffer from illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or hypertension. However, anyone should be careful and not do heavy physical activity when the temperature goes above 35 degrees.

We can do many things to protect ourselves from the dangers of extreme heat. We should stay out of the sun, drink plenty of liquids and wear light clothing. Also, avoid drinks that contain alcohol or sugar. Actually, they will cause you to lose body fluids.

I hope you can all enjoy your summer days. Just play it safe.

NIEE 139 – Scientists Embarrassed When Space Mystery Solved

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Recently, some researchers in Australia were excited about messages from a distant galaxy. But it turns out that the signals were from a completely different source.

The scientists at Parkes Observatory in Australia specialize in radio bursts- short pulses that last only fractions of a second and come from distant galaxies. In January of 2015, the scientists started getting repeated strange signals from an unknown source. “It was a puzzle,” said John Sarkissian, a researcher at the observatory.

The mysterious signals had the space scientists scratching their heads. So with some new highly sensitive instruments, they began to investigate. And what they found was very close to home—the signal was coming from a microwave in the kitchen of the observatory.

It appears that when someone opens the door of the microwave while it is still running, it emits a short pulse that is detectable by the radio telescope at the observatory.

The microwave has since been banned from the kitchen.

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NIEE 138 – Campaign to Shame Rule-Breaking Drivers

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Recently, a group of young men in Russia started a campaign. The aim of the campaign is to shame drivers who do not follow traffic rules. The young men wait on a footpath to block motorists who illegally use it as a shortcut. At first, they politely ask the drivers to turn back. Most apologize and turn around. Others, however, are less cooperative. The youths stick big stickers on their windshields when they do not cooperate. The stickers are made in such a way that they don’t come off very easily.

Some motorists react very strongly.One woman in the video even threatens to murder the youths. Another continues driving with one of the young men on the hood of her car. Luckily, no one was injured in the video.

The movement has been quite successful. So far, their video has had over 1 million views on YouTube.

NIEE 137 – British and American English: Can You Tell the Difference?

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