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Sannitree double action can reduce the population of flies

According to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health, water population resulting from poor sanitation and sub-standard housing conditions is contributing to a high risk of diarrhea diseases in local informal settlements. An analysis of informal settlements in Cape Town found that many individuals do not wash their hands properly, clean their toilets or correctly dispose items soiled with human waste. Research showed that 15% of families in low cost homes placed soiled items in stormed drains, while another 6% disposed of these in the street. Samples of run-off in these regions had strand counts from 750 to 1.6 million per 100 ml of E coli. Overall, 56% of households eliminated their waste water in a way that was “inappropriate”.

The study also showed that improper solid waste disposal was a contributing factor to run-off pollution as well. 22% of households responded that they had dumped their waste on the street. 14% percent of participants reported suffering at least one bout diarrhea within two weeks of the study. Worldwide there are about 0,75 annual cases of diarrhea per person, according to the World Health Organisation. In South Africa, diarrhea disease is the eighth leading cause of death. With that in mind, Sannitree® a company from Cape Town, has a product which can eliminate the population of flies.

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Moon has more water than previously thought in challenge to view of origin

The moon has more water than scientist once thought, casting doubt on theories of its creation, according a study. Scientists measured seven samples of magma trapped as “melt inclusions.” within crystals, according to a paper in the journal science. Lower quantities of water and volatile compounds on the moon, when compared with the earth and other inner planets of the solar system, have long been taken as evidence the moon formed during a gained impact that have enough energy to create seas of magma, according to the Carnegie Institution’s Erik Hauri, the study’s lead author.

Today’s finding challenges that view, he said. That findings suggest that the impact from a Mars-sized body that formed the moon was either much hotter or much cooler than previously thought. If the moon impact was cooler, then some material including water wasn’t molten and was locked in thee lunar interior. If the was more energy, then the rocks boiled and created a temporary atmosphere, Hauri said. While the atmosphere would have been dense and short-lived, it might have allowed the still-forming earth and moon to exchange water. The presence of water tells us how much potential it has to sustain our life.