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Lawrence in Arabia: from Archaeologist to Spy, 1914

Hittite soldiers from the 9th century B.C., on a freize excavated at Carchemish (Karkemish) a site that is now on the border between Turkey and Syria. Among the archaeologists working at the site in 1914 was T. E. Lawrence, known later in life as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 12, 1914 Here’s a short, cryptic note from our December 12, 1914, issue, about scientific work being carried out in the Middle East: “Survey of Southern Palestine.—A considerable amount of surveying and exploration has recently been done along the southern frontier of Palestine under [...]

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Observations

Infographic Tool Offers a Detailed Look at 3,000 Deaths by U.S. Drone Attacks

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Now that Pakistan’s former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf has returned home in time for the country’s May elections, many human rights advocates are concerned that the longstanding surge in U.S. drone strikes within that nation’s borders will grow even larger. Musharraf is widely believed, despite protestations to the contrary, to have given the U.S. [...]

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Plugged In

We’re (Almost) #1! Liquid Petroleum Production in the U.S.

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The U.S. is on track to become the world’s leading liquid petroleum producer. According to IEA, domestic production of oil was about 11.5m barrels a day in August, and the Financial Times reports that we are likely to surpass Saudi Arabia’s production for the first time in 23 years. In fact, we may also catch [...]

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Video: 1.5 Minute Climate Talk Crash Course

The Doha Climate Talks are now in session. It’s the first time the negotiations are being held in the oil-productive Middle East. Yes, the meeting’s trying to be more enviro-savvy with it’s “paper-smart,” initiative by limiting the usually endless stacks of printed documents. And yes, participants are already eager to hear an update on the progress [...]

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Plugged In

Wind catchers – an elegant cooling design

Keeping with this month’s “cities” theme, I want to share a rather cool passive building design that has been around for centuries. Long before LEED Platinum ratings and green building programs, ancient persian architects were developing ways to keep cool in crowded cities baking under the sun. Wind catchers – or “barjeels” as they are [...]

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