Meanwhile, the Huthis have continued to up their own media campaign and have just released the first issue of the optimistically entitled Good Tidings of Victory: The Voice of the Mujahidin. The inaugural issue is available for download here. Both al-Menpar and al-Faloja are back up after some time off-line.
I also have an interview on water in Yemen over at the Natural Security blog from the Center for New American Security. My thanks to Will Rogers for turning my rambling answers into something coherent.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat is reporting on recent clashes between the Huthis and security forces in both Sa'dah and 'Amran that claimed the lives of 26. (I think this also includes some tribal forces that have been fighting, but the al-Sharq al-Awsat article is silent on that dimension.) The article does mention the death of Salih al-Malawi, whose funeral procession was attended by President Salih and many others. The al-Sharq al-Awsat piece also lists the name of 4 al-Huthi commanders that were supposedly killed.
Finally two other links - neither of which I have read yet, but both of which are in my pile for today - first is this interview with Husayn al-Ahmar and second is this piece on al-Qaeda and the attempted assassination of Muhammad bin Nayif from Abdilah al-Shay'a.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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