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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about female muslims in LA fulfilling the roles of imams, how roundabouts in Indiana not only reduce accidents but also reduce emissions, and how tiny satellites identify deforestation, track wildlife and prevent overfishing.
A quiet revolution: the female imams taking over an LA mosque
While many have misinterpreted a hadith to mean women can’t enter a mosque, these women are covering progressive topics like sexual violence, abortion, pregnancy loss, domestic violence in their sermons.
How roundabouts reduce carbon emissions as well as accidents
Carmel, Indiana has 140 roundabouts, the most in the USA. Injury crashes dropped by more than 50% at 64 roundabouts compared to regular intersections.
The New York Times
Mobile rapid charging stations could charge electric cars in 10 minutes
A German company has developed a bio-ethanol powered charging station which can easily be set up at any location, requires little space and can provide energy for 200 km in 10 minutes.
Fruit and vegetable packaging to be plastic free in France
The French government announced that starting from January 1st every fruit or vegetable below 1,5 kilos in France can no longer be packaged in single-use plastic containers.
Reasons to be cheerful
Refugees in Kenya are now allowed to work
Half a million refugees in Kenya are no longer dependant on aid agencies, but now can legally find work on their own. The new law was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta this week.
Voice of America
Same-sex marriage en route to be legalised in Chile
The lower house also inserted gender neutral language into the bill, which will npw have to pass the senate of the South American country with 19 million people.
Whole genome sequencing could save NHS millions of pounds, study suggests
Genomics England and NHS England findings highlight benefits of using WGS to help detect rare diseases, such as the early detection of genetic afflictions.
Mighty tiny satellites detect deforestation and overfishing all over the world
CubeSats can be inexpensively sent into the Earth’s orbit, where they track wildlife, detect volcanic activity, and help create the first map of the entire world’s coral reefs.
UK battles loneliness during the pandemic
Social prescribing’ is a method where clinicians advise patients to local community groups and is to be rolled out nationwide in the UK. Cares Family prominently has brought thousands of elderly and young neighbours together.
Think Global Health
Indigenous living bridges could cool down cities
The ancient craft of using bridges growing from fig trees in India, could be revived in bio-engineering, stabilising soil and reducing overheating in European cities.
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