Twitter could land you in jail, AIDS-related mortality declines, and plants that do maths. Read all about it in this Wormfood.
Freedom of speech is not sacred in Grenada and Bahrain:
Grenada passed a law that makes it a criminal offense to insult someone online. As the Associated Press reports, if you besmirch someone's character or name, you can be fined up to $37,000 or sent to jail for three years.
In Bahrain a High school pupil is sent to prison for one year for insulting the Gulf island's ruler via Twitter. Ali was accused of posting insulting comments about Sheikh Hamad Al-Khalifa using the account @alkawarahnews. Next to Ali five other twitter users were sentenced to a year in jail for insulting the king on twitter.
AIDS-related mortality rates are declining rapidly. The scaling up of antiretroviral therapy averted an estimated 4.2 million deaths in low- and middle-income countries in 2002–2012 (Source: UN AIDS programme’s global update on HIV treatment 2013).
The Chinese government loosened restrictions that kept Tibetan monks in two provinces, Qinghai and Sichuan, from openly revering the Dalai Lama. Authorities in the Sichuan province announced that people are allowed to display pictures of the Dalai Lama, and ordered officials not to criticize the spiritual leader.
A new study links the 2012 heat waves in Australia to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The study shows, with 90 percent confidence, that extreme summers in Australia are five times more likely to occur due to an increase in greenhouse gases.
Renewable energy will soon beat natural gas as the second-largest source of electricity worldwide, according to projections from the International Energy Agency. Despite a difficult economic context, renewable power is expected to increase by 40% in the next five years (Source: IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report).
FBI agents are investigating a report that about $1.2 million bound for the federal reserve disappeared. This happened before or during a flight from Switzerland to New York City.
Ikea designed a refugee shelter together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR). The shelters are twice as large as an old-school refugee tent, take about four hours to assemble, and should last for at least five years.
A £2.000.000 plan to clone and grow again all of Britain's biggest, oldest, tallest and most ecologically important trees has been devised by the US tree conservationist David Milarch. Only a small number of tree species have the genetic capacity to grow to a great size. Scientists are learning that these "super-trees" are vital for the health of entire forests.
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