Yet the move, spearheaded by the UN and the World Bank, was fatally flawed.Although checks were carried out for certain contaminants in the newly sourced water, it was not tested for arsenic, which occurs naturally in the Ganges and Brahmaputra deltas.This long period of applicability is an added advantage of cosmogenic nuclide dating.Cartoon illustrating cosmogenic nuclide exposure ages. A glacier transports an erratic boulder, and then recedes, exposing it to cosmic rays.Thus cosmogenic noble gases offer the advantage of faster and less expensive data acquisition.
The World Health Organisation called it "the largest mass poisoning of a population in history...
The intellectual development of untold numbers of children is also being held back by the contamination of drinking water. Bangladesh's arsenic crisis dates back to the 1970s when, in an effort to improve the quality of drinking water and counter diarrhoea, which was one of the country's biggest killers of children, there was large-scale international investment in building tube wells.
It was believed the wells would provide safe supplies for families, otherwise dependent on dirty surface water which was killing up to 250,000 children a year.
In a study of 100 Japanese women aged between 22 and 55, scientists from beauty brand SK-II discovered that while 'skin power' - the ability to protect itself from UV exposure and pollution, and to renew and regenerate itself - steadily declined, it went into freefall at 35. 'It comes when the skin's ability to maintain elasticity and good levels of collagen and hydration is outweighed by UV damage, exposure to free radicals and stress,' says Laura J. This theory is supported by Harley Street plastic surgeon Rajiv Grover.
He recently presented the results of a ten-year study of 100 women, in association with Q-Med, the company behind facial fillers such as Restylane.
The technique relies on the production of rare isotopes produced by interactions of cosmic rays with target nuclei in rocks within ~ 1 meter of Earth's surface.