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Monday, July 19, 2004

"Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear"

King Arthur's Black Descendants
By Anita L. Wills
Ms. Wills is a writer, researcher, and genealogist, and author of the book, Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color: Colonial Virginia, 1650-1850 (March 2003).
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 19-Jul-2004
Human intelligence determined by volume and location of gray matter tissue in brain
General human intelligence appears to be based on the volume of gray matter tissue in certain regions of the brain, UC Irvine College of Medicine researchers have found in the most comprehensive structural brain-scan study of intelligence to date.
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Development

Public Release: 19-Jul-2004
Nucleic Acids Research
UAB creates the first Internet server to search for genetic diversity
Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have developed the first international server that allows to analyze genetic diversity on a large scale. Published in the special edition of Nucleic Acids Research on bioinformatics, the web will facilitate research about the genetic basis of hereditary diseases. For the first time biologists can search for small variations in the genomes of different individuals and species using data stored in large public genome databases, such as Genbank.
Something's fishy about red snapper
A study found that more than 75 percent of store-labeled red snapper bore the genetic makeup of other fish. By Clayton Collins
Did you know that playing online games‚ like chess or backgammon‚ could bring you new friends‚ love and maybe even a baby?

Not if you concentrate on the game.
Tiny Agency's Iraq Analysis Is Better Than Big Rivals'
Published: July 19, 2004
WASHINGTON, July 18 — On Iraq and illicit weapons, the intelligence agency that got it least wrong, it now turns out, was one of the smallest — a State Department bureau with no spies, no satellites and a reputation for contrariness.

Almost alone among intelligence agencies, this one, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, or I.N.R., does not report to either the White House or the Pentagon. Its approach is purely analytical, so that it owes no allegiance to particular agents, imagery or intercepts. It shuns the worst-case plans sometimes sought by military commanders.

"They are willing to take on the accepted analysis and take a second, harder look," said Alfred Cumming, a former staff director of the Senate Intelligence Committee who is now an intelligence and national security specialist at the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress.
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