Day: July 17, 2011

An Argument for Quitting Facebook

Source: Cal Newport ‘Study Hacks Blog’ A Bold Decision At the end of his first semester at Penn, a student whom I’ll call Daniel was disappointed to learn that his GPA was a lackluster 2.95. Following the Study Hacks orthodoxy that study habits should be based on evidence — not random decisions […]

Jordan Crossing Heats Up

By Daoud Kuttab – The religious men and women patiently clutching their water jugs on July 10, waiting in line at the Israeli border crossing looked like the average Palestinian. They had been to Mecca for Umra, the lesser pilgrimage to the Muslim holy places. What was different in this […]

Rebekah Brooks arrested over UK phone-hacking scandal

Source/Credit: CNN and Associated Press London (CNN) — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was arrested Sunday in connection with British police investigations into phone hacking and police bribery, her spokesman told CNN. She is being quizzed by police in London after having come in by appointment, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. […]

Letter: Ulema and state affairs

The Jakarta Post | Jajang Jahroni’s article (The Jakarta Post, p. 6) on Friday, July 8, about bringing the ulema back in is thought-provoking. What caught my attention was the sentence: “This is the reason why democratization in many Muslim countries is so poor.” The problem outlined: When ulemas have […]

Over 10,000 millionaires in Israel

Israel boasted 10,153 millionaires in 2010, according to a new Merrill Lynch-Capgemini 2011 World Wealth Report. The annual survey showed that the number of Israeli millionaires rose 20.6 percent from 2009, when there were ‘just’ 8,419 millionaires. The report also found that the gross amount of capital of Israeli millionaires […]

Mind-controlled computing for the disabled

Source: Israel21c A new Israeli-developed tool enables the disabled to send emails by thought alone, and could revolutionize the world of mind-controlled computing The able-bodied can blast off an email in seconds, while eating a sandwich and calming a baby. But those less deft with their digits, such as the […]

Curing Diabetes without Meds

Attached to the stomach in a minimally invasive procedure, the Israeli-innovated device frees diabetics from pills and injections. Israeli medical device company MetaCure is beginning to commercialize its innovative minimally invasive solution, DIAMOND, which received the European Union’s CE mark in 2007 and is undergoing additional clinical trials. An implantable […]