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Israel is always in the news, and these times are no exception. Rabbi David Wexelman has provided extensive coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, President Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” and the Jewish state’s double-mulligan election. However, last week he reported about the story of Laurent Simons, the Belgian child prodigy who chose to study in Israel.
David has also covered the plight of Naama Issachar, the young American-Israeli woman held in Russia on trumped-up drug trafficking charges. She was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison, in Russia, after being found with nine grams of cannabis in Moscow while en route from India. On January 31, David reported on her pardon from President Putin and her emotional return to Israel.
Speaking of Russia, it can be difficult nowadays to find reliable news about the country, in a world of fake news and Russian meddling. Christina Kitova provides a regular look behind the Kremlin’s power moves. Back on January 12, Christina reported that Russia had developed a new neural network while analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider.
A couple of weeks later, Christina reported that DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) had signed a $13 million contract with Northrop Grumman. The purpose of the contract is to provide American air defense with technology to intercept hypersonic weapons. Currently, the only weapon capable of shooting down hypersonic systems is a laser gun, and currently, as Christina reports, the leader in the hypersonic weapons arena is Russia.
Meanwhile, contributor Corey Barro provides, in his words, an “attempt to show a more real China.” No one on the site has covered the Coronavirus epidemic like Corey. In fact, Corey has been writing about it since the beginning. In early December, Corey provided insight on an outbreak of Brucellosis, a rare zoonotic disease that infected 96 people in northwestern China. Although unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak, the rapid transmission of Brucellosis, and the official government response to it, set the stage for how the government would fail to deal with Coronavirus.
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Corey also had a very interesting article last month on Mulan, a Chinese-made programming language. “According to its project manager,” Corey wrote, “Mulan is designed to develop applications related to AIoT (AI + Internet of Things).”
It briefly took the world by storm, until, Corey wrote, it was discovered to be Python-based. “Funny how just a few days ago they seemed to forget to add this information when announcing the release of Mulan.”
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