Written by administrator on February 21st, 2012
Cell phone videos show horrors inside Syria
News from CBS News:
We’re experiencing one of those times in history when an aging dictatorship hangs on to power by using military force against its own people. For nearly a year we’ve been following the freedom movement in Syria. It appears the dictator Bashir al-Assad is rushing to crush the rebellion before the world can do much about it.
The city of Homs – remember the name – is a little bigger than Philadelphia and it’s been under artillery fire for two weeks. Rebels claim 100 civilians were killed Tuesday alone. The citizens there have been filming the siege on cell phones. The video above shows the sights and sounds of what it’s like to be a citizen of Homs today.
The man shooting the video was saying: “We are being slaughtered. Where are you, all Arabs?”
21 countries of the Arab League have suspended Syria’s membership. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Tunisia on Friday to meet with representatives of 70 countries to talk about what might be done to stop the killing.
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Brain chooses cellphone-listening ear
News from UPI.com:
Published: Feb. 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM
DETROIT, Feb. 21 (UPI) – There is a strong correlation between left/right brain dominance and the ear people choose to listen to a cellphone with, a U.S. study found.
In the study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, more than 70 percent of participants held their cellphones up to the ear on the same side as their dominant hand.
Left brain dominant people — those whose speech and language center is on the left side of the brain — are more likely to use their right hand for writing and other everyday tasks, including holding a cellphone, the study found.
This practice, researchers said, appears illogical since it is challenging to listen on the phone with the right ear and take notes with the right hand.
Similarly, right brain dominant people are more likely to use the left hand to hold the phone, the researchers found.
“Our findings have several implications, especially for mapping the language center of the brain,” Michael Seidman, director of the division of otologic and neurotologic surgery at Henry Ford, said.
The study also may offer additional evidence that cell phone use and brain, and head and neck tumors may not be linked, he said.
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