GERMS IN THE OFFICE: University of Arizona microbiologists measured bacteria in offices in a number of U.S. cities. They found that the five most germ-contaminated spots were [in order] phones, desktops, water fountain handles, microwave door handles and keyboards, says the Globe and Mail newspaper. According to the report, the average desktop is home to 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table and 400 times more than the average toilet seat.
 CHRISTIANS ONLY IN WORDS: The Philippines has been referred to as the only Christian nation in the Asia. However, Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches stated: most of us are Christians only in words but not in our actions. As stated in the Manila Bulletin, part of the blame rests with church leaders, who fail to create awareness and appreciation of the Bible. Some church sermons are said to highlight politics rather than the Scriptures.
 HUMANS AND ANIMALS FIGHT FOR SUSTENANCE: Reports of baboons and hyenas attacking communities in drought-stricken Somalia are becoming common, states the Nairobi newspaper The East African. One fight over water left several baboons dead and some livestock raisers injured. Bands of monkeys are said to position themselves at strategic road intersections or on bridges to raid trucks ferrying provisions to local markets. The sight of animals making off with branches of bananas or large watermelons is common.
 SHIPPING AFFECTS COASTAL WEATHER: Maritime traffic on busy waterways can affect coastal weather, reports the German newspaper Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger. Researchers at the Max Planck Institutes for Meteorology, Hamburg, analyzed cloud formation over the English Channel. They found that clouds over coastal lands have become thinner, while those over waterways have become denser. The phenomenon is attributed to the exhaust fumes from ships. Soot particles emitted by the ships are believed to function as nuclei for condensation, increasing the formation of water droplets. In the last 50 years, the fuel consumption of shipping has more than quadrupled. CLIMBING STAIRS IMPROVES HEALTH: Taking the stairs regularly is a simple and practical means to improving health. Researchers asked 69 sedentary employees to use the stairs at their place of work instead of the elevators. After 12 weeks, the workers aerobic capacity had increased by 8.6 percent, which gave them a 15 percent reduction in all-cause mortality risk. The workers also saw significant improvement in their blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, fat mass, and waist circumference.