News Clips for April 30, 2019

How can coffee plantations be more bird-friendly?

A rare look at more than 57,000 birds in Costa Rica provides new insights into how coffee plantations affect tropical bird biodiversity. Also carried in Wildlife Conservation Society, Stanford U Natural Capital Project, phys.org.

Study: Cellphones Touching the Body Greatly Exceed Safety Limit

Public health groups are calling for a nationwide recall on some cellular phones after a new study showed some units, when pressed up against the body, emit 11 times more radiation than Federal Communications Commission safety limits allow. A study done by a professor emeritus of electrical engineering from the University of Utah analyzed data from the French government, which tested 450 phones, and found that 9 out of 10 violated safety limits when they touch the body.

Gamers assist drone traffic while MIT gives ‘Avengers: Endgame’ a shield

Simulation games might have prepared gamers to aid in preventing problems with future drone traffic. So all those hours playing SimCity weren’t such a waste of time after all. Captain America’s shield got some love at MIT as students covered the Great Dome with it in honor of “Avengers: Endgame.” Drones ferrying medical supplies, packages, and even pizza could one day be crisscrossing the skies above U.S. cities, and a team at the University of Utah is working with regulators to keep that future traffic in check using a video game. Also mentioned in Republic World.

What Workers and Students Should Know About Income Share Agreements

WITH A COMBINED COST OF $1.46 trillion, U.S. student loan debt is a national economic challenge and a political issue, one already on the agendas of some candidates running for president in the 2020 election.