Bombs found in Germany
By: Brianna Helms
English: The M34 series sarin cluster bomb was the first major nerve agent bomb standardized (mass-produced) by the U.S. military after World War II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Throughout this week, many bombs have been located around Oranienburg, Germany. Construction workers in Oranienburg city found these bombs. In the last 20-30 years, 130 weapons have been discovered in Germany.
Many bomb experts have been trying to prevent explosions, however, one 550-pound bomb that was created by the Americans in World War Two exploded earlier this week. Luckily, officials were able to evacuate 2,500 residents that were near the area and no lives were lost. A couple days later, another bomb was found near a train station in the same city.
I find it hard to believe that there are bombs from World War Two that are just now being found. I think that they were made according to that time period and placed there recently. I believe this because I think the bombs would have already exploded if they were that old.
By: Lindsey Carpenter
During August 2012, the United States has had an outbreak from the West Nile Virus.
Before the year of 1999 we never had such problems. West Nile is a virus that is transmitted
through mosquitos that contract the virus from infected birds. This outbreak is turning into one of the worst cases that anyone has seen. Although 38 states have reported infections, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Michigan were the main six states affected in the outbreak. As of Tuesday, August 29th, there are 1,118 reported cases and 41 deaths.
To reduce your chances of contracting mosquitos that have the virus, you can empty all
stagnant water from areas such as the water in flower pots, old tires, and your gutters. Mosquitos
breed in nutrient pools of water. You could buy bug repellent that has DEET in the ingredients,
along with wearing long sleeves and pants to decrease exposed skin. Staying inside around dusk
and dawn will also lessen your chances of getting bitten because mosquitos are most active
around these hours.
In my own opinion, I think that this has been the worst outbreak, as I have read the facts.
I have realized that no one is actually safe and we now have to take precautions about going
outside because anyone can become infected with the virus. This applies to social studies
because first off, it has a geographical location of where this disease originated, which was in
Uganda and Africa. Lastly, it was active in the United States until 1999. This all deals with
dates, location, and geography.
Iranian Uranium Concerns
by Allenair Harris
(CNN) Iran is now known to have successfully step up its production with a high-graded enriched
uranium, and had also reconstructed one of its military bases. They have produced around 189.9
kilograms of uranium, which is an increase by 43.8 kilograms since May. They also have not allowed any
access to the military site called Parchin, expanding Iran’s nuclear program, including new dirt roads
being established. Western diplomats believe that Parchin was used to use and test high-explosive
nuclear triggers, which is and step toward achieving a weapons capability. Iran denies it has any purpose
for its nuclear program, and say it’s for peaceful purposes.
Since 2002, the Agency has had concerns about the existence of undiscovered nuclear related activities.
Activities could involve military development of a nuclear payload for the missile. Iranian president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last month that only 11,000 were now operational. Others believe the
world should keep maximum pressure on Iran. Iran must also respond the Agency without any delay.