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AQAP Statement on Flooding in Jiddah

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As I mentioned earlier today, AQAP has a statement out on the flooding in Jiddah. This is similar to what the group did last year - in Sada al-Malahim - to the flooding in al-Mahara and Hadramawt. Namely, use the government's poor response against it. In this case, attacking Saudi Arabia instead ...

Mind Matters

Hey, Four-Eyes: Go Outside!

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Nearsightedness has become ever more common in rich nations, most dramatically in Asia--80 percent of young adults in Taiwan and Singapore are myopic, where a couple of generations ago only 25 percent were. For a long time it was assumed this was related to reading, from both paper sources and ...

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Thursday Papers: Odds-and-Ends

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is just out with a new statement on the flooding in Jeddah. I am just printing it out now - thanks Mac for your insufficient Arabic skills in Word - and will post on it when I have a chance to read it. Also, for those of you, who like me, prefer a transcript in ...

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Carping On

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Last night officials began “chemotherapy treatment for the Great Lakes” when it began poisoning sections to do away with the invasive Asian carp. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be poisoned to combat in influx of the fish which are normally kept our by an electric barrier but seem to have ...

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‘Sleazeball’

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One of Wall Street’s best-paid bankers Hugh McGee is trying to get his son’s teacher fired after she allegedly branded investment bankers as “sleazeballs”. “Mr Mcgee, who is Barclays Capital's global head of investment banking, penned a rambling five-page letter to the board of trustees of Houston's ...

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“Police have been accused of misusing powers granted under anti-terror legislation after a series of incidents, ranging from the innocuous to the bizarre, in which photographers were questioned by officers for taking innocent pictures of tourist destinations, landmarks and even a fish and chip shop ...

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NY Thumbs Down

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In a move that infuriated gay rights activists, New York State gave the thumbs down yesterday to a law that would have legalized gay marriage. “The New York measure needed 32 votes to pass and failed by a wider-than-expected margin, falling eight votes short in a 24-38 decision by the state Senate ...

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Well Well

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Archaeologists in Cyprus have discovered a 10,500-years-old water well that contains the skeleton of a young woman. “Pavlos Flourentzos, the nation's top antiquities official, said the 16-foot deep cylindrical shaft was found last month at a construction site in Kissonerga, a village near the ...

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Kashmiri Graves

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“A human rights group says it has discovered more unmarked graves in Indian-administered Kashmir. The International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice says there are 2,700 graves with nearly 3,000 bodies. Some of the mass graves contain between three and 17 bodies. Last year too, the ...

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Bee Stink

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Honeybee researchers have discovered that the insects release a deadly odor that shortens the lifespan of their family members – usually their sisters. “Previous research has shown that the presence of larvae in colonies reduces adult bees’ energy stores and shortens the honeybee lifespan ...

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Robot Feeling

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European scientists have successfully connected a touch sensitive prosthetic hand to an amputee which he is able to control using thought. “The experiment lasted a month, and scientists say it was the first time a patient has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a ...

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Flexible Metal

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“As engineers attempt to integrate electronics into things like clothing and medical devices, they're increasingly running up against the material properties of the substances we use to make the hardware. A lot of the materials that go into a typical electronic device are brittle, inflexible, and ...