by Tom Bosschaert

Oct. 13, 2012

Tom Bosschaert

This edition of the News Digest covers a wide number of developing news stories, including the 'thin red line' set between Israel and Iran, American political leadership and the environment, several mindblowing science and technology reports, and many other intriguing stories.

Global News

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses UNGA, says by next summer it could be a matter of months - or weeks - until Iran has a high enough level of enriched uranium for a bomb.
  • Up to 700,000 Syrian refugees may flee abroad by the end of the year, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, almost four times its previous forecast for the exodus from the deepening crisis.

Business & Economy

  • The rage in Spain - With protests and a secessionist threat, Spain’s problems are growing. Better a bail-out now than later.
  • China's biggest steelmaker said Thursday it has shut down a mill in Shanghai in a troubling sign of weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.
  • Imposing a $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the U.S. could reduce the country's budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, a report by the Congressional Research Service said on Tuesday.

Energy & Environment

  • A host of start-up companies are exploring ways to harness the enormous amount of wind energy flowing around the earth, especially at high altitudes. But as these innovators are discovering, the engineering and regulatory challenges of what is known as airborne wind power are daunting.
  • As the U.S. presidential campaign enters its final phase, Yale Environment 360 compares the sharply divergent views of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the environment and energy.
  • A national network in the U.S. is now being built that will allow electric cars to travel long distances with nation-wide charging accessibility.
  • A new report commissioned by 20 different governments states that more than 100 million people will die by 2030 if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Global economic growth will also be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP).

Science, Technology, & Design

  • Streams Of Water Once Flowed On Mars; NASA Says Photos Prove It
  • Cleansing the Internet of Terrorism: EU-Funded Project Seeks To Erode Civil Liberties
  • A battery-powered car has broken the UK land-speed record for electric vehicles at Elvington airfield near York, its makers have said.
  • A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994; but was found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy. Now physicists say that adjustments can be made that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.

Urban Environment

  • More and more of our waterways are being starved of life through pollution. One simple, yet improbable, solution? Cover rafts in plants.
  • How India's epic blackout could launch a solar revolution.

Unexpected and Intriguing

  • New photos reveal inside of notorious North Korean super-hotel – still unfinished after 20 years of construction
  • The 10 best-educated countries in the world, in 2012.
  • One million new species have been discovered lurking deep in the world's oceans.


This bi-weekly digest is made by assembling items from all of Except’s people. Have questions, comments, or news items to suggest? E-mail Read past Wormfood global news reports here.

Oct. 13, 2012