Ibrahim Asiri, Rock Center and a nerd dream fulfilled
I encourage Waq al-waq's readers to tune in to Rock Center with Brian Williams this evening at 10 pm EST for a segment on Ibrahim Asiri - who I wrote about here - and AQAP, in which I'll be talking about the organization with NBC chief foreign correspondent and, as I found out, fluent Arabic speaker Richard Engel.
There is a two-minute teaser clip in which I have - what is for me - some dramatic comments. There is also a good behind-the-scenes post by the story's producer Solly Granatstein. You can watch and read here.
Earlier today I participated in a 30 minute discussion on Huffington Post Live with Jeremy Scahill, Joshua Foust, Naureen Shah and Heather Hurlburt. The clip from that discussion is available here.
On Monday, The Last Refuge was officially launched at an event generously hosted by the Overseas Press club. Many thanks to all the people who so kindly came out for drinks and Yemen talk.
The next day I was in DC for an event hosted by the Brookings Institution and moderated by Dan Byman. Ibrahim Sharqieh, who wrote this piece in the National, and I spent an hour-an-half discussing Yemen.
And it was here that my nerd dream came true. A secret, but perhaps not unexpected dream for guy like myself - who loves BookTV and Washington Journal (even with the crazy callers) - is to appear on C-Span. It wasn't until @Yousefkaid tweeted about it that I realized C-Span had been there and filmed the event. Nerd dream, fulfilled. You can see the 90-minute all Yemen discussion here.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
An ordained Lama in a Tibetan Buddhist lineage, Lama Rod grew up a queer, black male within the black Christian church in the American south. Navigating all of these intersecting, evolving identities has led him to a life's work based on compassion for self and others.
- "What I'm interested in is deep, systematic change. What I understand now is that real change doesn't happen until change on the inside begins to happen."
- "Masculinity is not inherently toxic. Patriarchy is toxic. We have to let that energy go so we can stop forcing other people to do emotional labor for us."
We were gaining three IQ points per decade for many, many years. Now, that's going backward. Could this explain some of our choices lately?
There's a new study out of Norway that indicates our—well, technically, their—IQs are shrinking, to the tune of about seven IQ points per generation.
Here's why generalists triumph over specialists in the new era of innovation.
- Since the explosion of the knowledge economy in the 1990s, generalist inventors have been making larger and more important contributions than specialists.
- One theory is that the rise of rapid communication technologies allowed the information created by specialists to be rapidly disseminated, meaning generalists can combine information across disciplines to invent something new.
- Here, David Epstein explains how Nintendo's Game Boy was a case of "lateral thinking with withered technology." He also relays the findings of a fascinating study that found the common factor of success among comic book authors.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.