A Los Angeles-based associate of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheikh in prison for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, was a mole for the FBI, NBC News reports.
And, according to an investigation by the Washington Times, the FBI kept Congress in the dark about the operation, which involved the source meeting with the mastermind of al-Qaida.
“I do not recall the FBI advising us of a direct contact with Osama bin Laden,” former Rep. Lee Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat who served as the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, tells The Times, the first to report on the mole. Continue reading
Researchers at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary have shown that dogs’ brains light up more when they hear human or canine voices than when they hear other noises.
They were able to check out the canine mind with fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging). When blood flow increases in areas of the brain, it’s a sign of increased activity.
“The very exciting finding is that in both the human brain and the dog brain, these ‘voice areas’ are located in very similar places,” says Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at the university and lead author of the study in Current Biology. “We think this might be able to explain what makes vocal communication between the two species so effortless and successful.”
The coolest part of the study is that when dogs listened to happy sounds (laughter, a dog greeting his master), activity increased in areas of the canine brain consistently. “The more positive the voice, the stronger the response” in the auditory cortex, Andics says.
h/t Smithsonian Magazine