Two Things for those with Electricity

Hurricane Sandy hit Waq al-waq hard - although, mercifully, not nearly as hard as many who are still suffering - knocking out power and forcing us to become one of those people of the dark, scurrying about town trying to find a place to plug in a trio of mac products with laughably short battery life.


But while blogging has been knocked off schedule, I did come across two things that I wanted to bring to your attention from my outpost in a kind coffee shop.

The first is this wonderfully deep piece on politics in Yemen by April Longley Alley, one of the very best Yemen analysts out there.  If you want to know what is happening in Yemen, this is the piece for you.

Next is a series of 27 photographs of Sanaa by Michael Kirby Smith from Guernica in what is accurately entitled: A Fractured State.  To see the human side of suffering in Sanaa, click through Smith's photos.    

3D printing might save your life one day. It's transforming medicine and health care.

What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

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  • 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.
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  • This is no less true in the workplace than it is in our personal lives.

Has a black hole made of sound confirmed Hawking radiation?

One of Stephen Hawking's predictions seems to have been borne out in a man-made "black hole".

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  • Stephen Hawking predicted virtual particles splitting in two from the gravitational pull of black holes.
  • Black holes, he also said, would eventually evaporate due to the absorption of negatively charged virtual particles.
  • A scientist has built a black hole analogue based on sound instead of light.
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  • This sense of deep trust—that no idea is too silly, that every creative impulse is worth voicing and considering—is essential to producing great work.