Morning News in the Ummah, or Dar Islam
Two typical pieces of news from the Ummah, a/k/a Dar Islam, a/k/a the Islamosphere:
Item #1, Islamosphere
BAGHDAD - A series of bombings killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more Sunday in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, said police and hospital officials, a worrying sign that violence may be on the rise in this former hotbed of the insurgency.
The first explosion occurred in a parking lot in Ramadi, when a parked car exploded near the police headquarters for Anbar province and the provincial council building, said a local police official.
As police and bystanders rushed to the scene, a second car parked in the vicinity blew up, said the police official. According to the official, a third vehicle exploded about an hour later near the gates to the Ramadi hospital.
Multiple explosions timed to kill rescuers and security forces responding to an earlier bomb were a hallmark of Al-Qaida in Iraq forces during the height of the insurgency.
One bystander, Musaab Ali Mohammed, said he was buying cigarettes from a shop near the police headquarters when he heard a big explosion and smoke billowing out from the parking lot.
Item #2, Islamosphere
Bloody siege at Pakistan army HQ ends with 19 dead(link)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistani commandos freed dozens of hostages held by militants at the army's own headquarters Sunday, ending a bloody, 22-hour drama that embarrassed the nation's military as it plans a new offensive against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
At least 19 people died in the standoff, including three captives and eight of the militants, who wore army fatigues in the audacious assault. The rescue operation began before dawn Sunday, ultimately freeing 42 hostages, the military said.
One attacker, described as the militants' ringleader, was captured.
Five heavily armed militants took the hostages after they and about four other assailants attacked the headquarters' main gate Saturday, killing six soldiers, including a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel. The gunmen arrived in a white van that reportedly had army license plates.
No group claimed responsibility, but authorities said they were sure the Pakistani Taliban or an allied Islamist militant group were behind the strike.
While Israel is blamed for all this mayhem, this is what Israelis were typically up to (link):
Story No. 1 - Israel
Scientists in Israel have successfully grown heart muscle in the abdomen and then used it to patch and repair the hearts of rats after they had suffered heart attack. This is the first study to show it is possible to improve the health of a heart after it has been damaged through heart attack.
The experiment was conducted by lead author Dr Tal Dvir, of the Department of Biotechnology Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel and colleagues, and appears in the 24 August online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS.
The authors wrote that recent progress in bioengineering of cardiac patches has raised the possibility of regenerating heart muscle after it has been damaged through heart attack.
Story # 2 - Israel
Technion Develops World's Smallest Medical Robot(link) (link)
Scientists at Israel's Technion Institute of Technology have created a tiny robot able to crawl through a person's veins in order to diagnose and potentially treat artery blockage and cancer. The world's smallest robot, with a diameter of one millimetre, it is powered by an external magnetic field allowing it to be controlled for an unlimited amount of time during medical procedures.
The world's smallest robot, with a diameter of one millimetre, was created by Oded Solomon of the mechanical engineering department at the Technion, who teamed up with Dr. Nir Schwalb of the Judea and Samaria College in Ariel.
The robot has the unique ability to "crawl" through the inner walls of blood vessels using tiny arms which allows it to withstand blood pressure in order to progress through veins and arteries. The robot is powered by an external magnetic field allowing it to be controlled for an unlimited amount of time during medical procedures.