U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed: Yemeni officials
CNN - September 30, 2011
American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who preached terror as the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in Yemen, the nation's Defense Ministry said Friday. The United States regards al-Awlaki, who was believed to be hiding in Yemen, as a terrorist and the biggest threat to its homeland security. Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki is a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active al Qaeda affiliates.Al-Awlaki was killed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Yemeni town of Khashef, east of the capital city of Sanaa, Mohammed Basha, a Yemen Embassy spokesman in Washington, told CNN. Basha said the operation was launched at about 9:55 a.m. local time, though he did not say what type of operation was conducted or how al-Awlaki was killed.
Believe it or not ... one of the most popular files on Crystalinks has always been Spontaneous Human Combustion - the alleged burning of a person's body without a readily apparent, identifiable external source of ignition. This topic has been address on TV shows like The X-Files and Fringe.
Friday I received email from Peter Hough in Liverpool, UK.
- In the wake of a coroner ruling that spontaneous human combustion was to blame for the death of a man in West Galway - I have a two page feature in this morning's Daily Mail. I thought you might want to read it. Can people spontaneously combust? The Romans (and Dickens) thought so. As it's given as a cause of death by a coroner, what IS the truth?
Best wishes, Peter
Email from Raquel in Portugal
- It's Starting ...
Volcanoes Seen From Space for September 29, 201 Wired - September 29, 2011
Threat of Volcanic Eruption Spurs Evacuation on Canary Islands International Business Times - September 29, 2011 More than fifty residents and tourists have been evacuated from the foot of a volcano on the Canary Islands following a spate of earthquakes that sparked fears of a deadly eruption. Local officials prepared for the emergency as early as Wednesday after rumblings beneath the Pico de Malpaso mountain raised worries of a possible eruption and flying volcanic rocks on the island of El Hierro in the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Ocean Mega-tsunami Theory - La Plama
Scientists release most accurate simulation of the universe to date PhysOrg - September 29, 2011
The Bolshoi supercomputer simulation, the most accurate and detailed large cosmological simulation run to date, gives physicists and astronomers a powerful new tool for understanding such cosmic mysteries as galaxy formation, dark matter, and dark energy.
How it links together... good old cosmic strings... now that takes me back
Cosmic thread that binds us revealed PhysOrg - September 29, 2011
Astronomers at The Australian National University have found evidence for the textile that forms the fabric of the Universe.