Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia


THE US DEVASTATED 2 countries largely without links to the 9/11 culprits. Now the only new information about those responsible in 13 years (and their country of origin) is declassified just as everyone exits for the weekend. Hmm.

“According to various FBI documents and at least one CIA memorandum, some of the September 11 hijackers, while in the United States, apparently had contacts with individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government.” Summarized therein.

US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

186,000 m/s and then some

Speed of Light Broken. Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that neutrinos travel beyond the speed of light. The lab’s OPERA experiment, which observes a neutrino beam, declared that based on 15,000 observations, the subatomic particles travel at “20 parts per million above the speed of light.” Researchers were completely surprised by their finding and are waiting for independent confirmation. CERN Director Sergio Bertolucci said, “[i]f this measurement is confirmed, it might change our view of physics,” but they need to rule out “more mundane” possibilities first. CERN Press Release

Brain scan images

Computer sifted through library of Youtube images to visually represent memory

Thoughts on Screen. University of California at Berkeley neuroscientists used Magnetic Resonance Imaging to reconstruct in-brain memories of recently watched movie clips on external displays. The researchers created a three dimensional simulation of blood flowing through the visual cortex while subjects watched an initial selection of video. Spatialized blood cubes were equated to pixels, termed voxels. Voxels were matched to their pixel analogues and entered into a computer program that learned to translate between the two representations. MRI scans from viewers watching a second selection of clips were then translated into images by the computer using a library of 5,000 hours of Youtube images that did not include the second video selection. Current Biology abstract by Shinji Nishimoto, An T. Vu et al.

Saudi Arabia Enfranchising Women. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the absolute monarch of Saudi Arabia announced women will begin voting and running in the country’s municipal elections beginning in 2015. There are no national political parties in Saudi Arabia, but women are available for appointment to the 150-member Shura Council, an advisory board that can propose but not pass laws. King Abdullah appoints all members of the Shura Council also known at the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia. To compare, Canada introduced universal adult suffrage  in 1960 when First Nations people were no longer required to renounce their status in order to vote. Announced by the Saudi Press Agency, Sunday. JT