Wednesday, June 29, 2005

BBC NEWS | South Asia | 'Enemy fire' downed US helicopter: "If the reports of hostile fire are confirmed, the Chinook will become the first US helicopter to be downed in such a way in Afghanistan."
I can't help thinking the Russian's are thinking 'been there, done that....'

Monday, June 20, 2005

MDN: Special: "American George Weller was the first foreign reporter to enter Nagasaki following the U.S. atomic attack on the city on Aug. 9, 1945. Weller wrote a series of stories about what he saw in the city, but censors at the Occupation's General Headquarters refused to allow the material to be printed." The stories can be found at this link.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Wired News: Rodents' Talk Isn't Just 'Cheep': '"What we're finding out about prairie dogs are things that we never thought other animal species could do," he says. "Functionally (the calls are) the same thing as words."

Slobodchikoff has identified more than 20 prairie dog "words" and says he has found prairie dog calls that describe shapes and colors. "We set up some experiments where we had humans wearing different-colored shirts," he explains. "We had these people walk through prairie dog colonies, recorded the calls and found that, sure enough, there was variation that was consistent." The prairie dogs across the board had the same distinctive calls for blue shirts, green shirts, yellow shirts and so on. '