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09 luglio 2007

Today's news

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Boyfriend pillow for Japan singles (vecchissima!!) (Co)
Japan's single women are being offered the ultimate sleeping partner - a
comfort to cuddle up to, but one which does not snore or make demands.The
Boyfriend's Arm Pillow, shaped like a man's torso with one sturdy arm, has
been on sale since December and has so far been snapped up by 1,000

Live Earth gigs send eco-warning but was the eventi really sustainable? (Co)
The Live Earth concerts have drawn to a close, with the curtain going down
in New Jersey in the US, after a finale performance from The Police. Rock
stars around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of music fans to
highlight climate change.
Concerts were also held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg,
London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. The event was organised by
former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to try to "heal
the planet". Mr Gore addressed the crowd at the end of the New Jersey
event, urging the audience to act to save the planet: "Thank you for coming
to Live Earth. Put all this energy in your heart and help us solve the
climate crisis." On saturday, Sir Bob Geldof has launched a bitter attack
on this summer’s ‘Live Earth’ gigs, calling them “just an enormous pop
concert”. The head of Live Aid has criticised the multi-national concerts
organised by climate campaigner Al Gore for failing to secure any tangible
solution to the issue.
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Champion wife carriers
Estonians took gold and silver at the world wife-carrying championships in
Finland on Saturday, defying rain and exhaustion to stumble along a path
with women clinging upside-down to their backs. They were among 44 couples
from 12 countries competing in the annual event in Sonkajarvi, central
Finland. The race, held for the 12th time, is intended to evoke the spirit
of a legendary Finnish brigand, Rosvo-Ronkainen, who made those who wanted
to join his gang run through a forest carrying heavy sacks on their backs.
In the modern version, couples race along a 250-metre track, tackling a
pool and several hurdles, with the men carrying the women on their backs.

Latin mass a looming headache for Catholic parishes (K)
Pope Benedict's decision to promote the old Latin mass
is a dream come true for delighted Roman Catholic
traditionalists and a looming headache for the harried
priests now expected to celebrate it.

Great Wall, Petra among new 7 wonders (K)
Monuments in three Latin American countries were named
among the new seven wonders of the world Saturday.
Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru's Machu
Picchu, and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid were chosen
along with the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra,
the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal.

Boeing unveils assembled 787 Dreamliner (K & Co)
Boeing Co. raised the curtain on its first fully
assembled 787 on Sunday to an audience of thousands
who packed into its widebody assembly plant for the
plane's extravagantly orchestrated premiere.
First ecological airplane takes off
Meno alluminio, più plastica. Anzi fibra di carbonio. Scende in pista il
787 Dreamliner, il primo nuovo aereo della Boeing degli ultimi 13 anni a
impatto ambientale ridotto. Oggi a Seattle l'ultimo modello del colosso di
Chicago sarà presentato rappresentando anche l'ultima sfida dell'industria
aeronautica applicata al trasporto civile, basata sull'uso dei composti
sintetici (a partire dalla fusoliera) invece del metallo. A caratterizzare
il Dreamliner, alla cui costruzione partecipa la Alenia di Finmeccanica
nella misura del 26%, c'è l'uso dei composti plastici invece del più
pesante alluminio che rendono il mezzo leggero, con un risparmio del 20%
sui consumi di carburante. Il 50% della struttura di base, comprensiva di
fusoliera e ali, è fatta in fibra di carbonio. Accorgimenti, spiega la
Boeing, grazie ai quali "sono stati eliminati 1.500 pannelli di alluminio e
40-50mila bulloni"

Men 'no less chatty than women' (K)
The common notion that women are the more talkative
sex has been dispelled by scientists in the US.