Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Yemen's newest daily
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
I'm still trying to figure out al-Hayat's newly reconfigured website and find where al-Ghad went to on the super-web, but in the meantime al-Sharq al-Awsat does us all a favor and becomes a Yemeni daily for a day.
First is this brief on the al-Wahayshi tape (which also found its way into English). There is also this column on al-Qaeda's media incompetence, (it is also in English on the mirror site) which I must say what looks like incompetence to the wider world actually looks pretty good in Yemen.
There is also a report on the goings on in Aden, and an interview with Muhammad al-'Aydrus, from the GPC.
But the biggest coup for the paper is Arafat Madabish's interview with Tariq al-Fadhli. For those of you "intellectuals" wondering why he joined the Southern Movement, well, there is no need to wonder he didn't "join" he has always been a member.
Those with interest in the strange interplay of forces in the south, which come to think of it should really be everyone reading this blog (unless of course you stumbled on Waq al-waq through the next blog button, it is unlikely anyone accidentally typed in our address) should read the interview.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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