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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-09-20

In this week's issue: some interesting angles on the
terrorist attacks, how travel propels scientific discovery,
and how creativity might be encoded in human genes.
Important Warning - A New Computer Virus
The Nimda worm began spreading rapidly on Sept 18.  It can
be spread to computers running Windows through email
attachments (readme.exe), by using certain versions of
Internet Explorer to visit infected web sites running
Microsoft IIS, or by infected computers attacking IIS web
servers.  For more details:,aid,62604,00.asp
---The September 11 Attacks---
A PC World article shows how the Internet helped people
communicate and disseminate news in the aftermath of the
terrorist attacks on September 11.
People all over the U.S. have been saying "life will never
be the same" after last week's attacks.  A Salon article
asks what that really means.
A Weekly Standard article praises TV journalists for
handling the huge story of the attacks with professionalism
and taste.
A PC World article looks at the daunting task of getting
back to work for businesses destroyed in the World Trade
Center attacks and at how other companies are pitching in to

---World Terrorism---
An Asiaweek article recounts the history of terrorist
training in Afghanistan, in which the U.S. played a
significant role.
Time Asia reports on the killing of anti-Taliban opposition
leader Ahmad Shah Massoud days before the World Trade Center
attack, which deprived the West of a potentially valuable
ally against Osama bin Laden.
Asiaweek argues that although there are many militant
Islamic fundamentalists across Asia, the groups often have
little in common and do not generally cooperate with one
A New Republic piece discusses America's lack of
preparedness for a bioterrorism attack, which is now a more
imaginable possibility.
Time Europe explains how France is defusing terrorist
impulses within its borders by trying to integrate its large
Muslim population into French society.
Salon discusses the debates over whether new, tougher laws
to combat terrorism will encroach too much upon Americans'
civil liberties.

A FEER article discusses the ageing demographics of the
workforce, and how human resources strategies must change
with the times.
A CIO piece takes a look at e-commerce business models that
have proven profitable and distills some key principles of
doing business online.
In Salon, critic Roger Ebert rails against movie studios and
projectionsists who refuse to show films in their intended
aspect ratios, cropping out such icons as Fred Astaire's
feet and Willy Wonka's hat.
---Science & Technology---
Technology Review has an article about how far-flung travels
have inspired many a scientist, from Darwin to Bell to
modern-day Nobel laureates.
Technology Review reports that Intel is revamping its R&D
system to look more like DARPA, the government research
agency that spawned the Internet.
Lingua Franca profiles scholar Ellen Dissanayake, who has
argued that creativity and artistic urges are ingrained in
human genes and essential to human nature.