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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-12-12

In this issue:  One idea why broadband is dying, how to stop
a hurricane, soccer vs. fundamentalism, and sweatshop-made
American flags...
A Scientific American article looks at a hospital in
Afghanistan operated by a group that specializes in
providing vital health services in world flash-points.
The chaos in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, reports Time Europe, is
enough to make some residents nostalgic for the relative
stability and rule of law under the Taliban.
---Computing & Internet---
PC World reports on "Goner," a nasty new worm that
masquerades as a screen saver.
Salon tells the strange story of WebRing, an Internet
community-building program that was gobbled up by GeoCities,
then Yahoo, then unceremoniously spit out to return to its
In Salon, a writer declares himself the broadband Bermuda
Triangle:  every DSL, cable modem, or wireless broadband
provider he's signed up with has gone under, and so have
providers he's merely considered.

Holiday shopping at Books, Electronics, Music
Teacher Magazine has an article about a push in
Massachusetts to instill the principles of engineering early
on in education.
A new method for analyzing mitochondrial DNA can trace
genealogical roots over 10,000 years, reports The Scientist.
A Business 2.0 article reports on a new polymer that a
Florida company claims can knock out storm clouds by
absorbing massive amounts of water.
Scientific American reviews a book by one of Charles
Darwin's descendants about the scientist's lesser-known
contributions to the field of evolutionary psychology and
human behavior.
 Buy this book:
An Atlantic Monthly article profiles boxer Rosalie Parker, a
Harvard grad who finds a unique form of expression in the
sweet science.
The New Republic remarks on some recent and telling
interactions between soccer and fundamentalist Islamic
---U.S. Politics---
In Salon, a waiter for a recent state dinner reflects on
serving, and then meeting, U.S. president George W. Bush.
A Reason article draws out some parallels that are emerging
between the current "war on terrorism" and the Cold War.
A Salon article finds it ironic that the flags Americans are
rushing to purchase and display are likely to have been
manufactured in Chinese sweatshops.

---Women's Issues---
In a society where height is accorded high status in women
(and some jobs are arbitrarily closed to shorter
applicants), more and more Chinese women are opting to have
their legs surgically lengthened, reports Time Asia.