Friday, January 21, 2011

Clooney in the Sudan

Focus is on Clooney's malaria, the easier, kind of salacious "news."

What is interesting though (buried in the article) is reference to his involvement in a joint project between Google, and the United Nations; an effort to prevent the outbreak of war.

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Clooney was in Sudan in December to work with Google and the UN on a human rights project that combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports to prevent a new war from occurring in the troubled country.

"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching," he said in a statement at the time. "War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

At 6,000 years old, wine press is oldest yet found

This means we were drinking wine for 500 years before we started wearing shoes.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Archeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility ever found, using biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage made about 6,000 years ago in what is now southern Armenia.

The team found the world's oldest leather shoe, about 5,500 years old, at the same cave complex last year.