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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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April 9, 2015

Zimbabwe: Bretton Woods Institutions an Attack On Sovereignty

The end of the 21st Century is still characterised by geopolitical fluidity and socio-economic effervescence that lead us to challenge the sovereignty of states. Global economic governance has become increasingly institutionalised, greater interdependence and manifestations of transnational harm have resulted in intensified efforts to coordinate outcomes at the global level.Criticism of the World Bank and the IMF encompasses a whole range of issues but they generally centre on concerns about the approaches adopted by the two institutions in formulating their policies, and the way they are governed. This includes the socio-economic impact these policies have on the population of [...]
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March 28, 2015

8 Things You Can Do to Help Get Money Out of Politics

In the wake of our most expensive midterm elections ever, decided with the lowest turnout in over 70 years, it’s no wonder that a majority of Americans are fed up with the way big money is distorting our politics. In the battle for the Senate, 42 extremely wealthy donors accounted for nearly a third of all super PAC spending. Whatever one’s political philosophy may be, the fact is: wealthy donors are now able to drown out your voice.But if there was a silver lining in the elections’ display of plutocratic might, it’s that there’s growing awareness of how a flood of money is distorting our politics. And watchdogs at Open Secrets, The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, The Sunlight [...]
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