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Friday Digest: Egypt, Yemen, 3D, NASA, Facebook…


This is our new Friday Digest! Every Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news… This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive.

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Protestors and government supporters clash in Yemen
Dozens of activists calling for the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed on Saturday with the regime’s supporters in Sanaa, an AFP journalist reported. Plainclothes police also attacked the demonstrators who marched to the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa chanting “Ali, leave leave” and “Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future.” The chants were referring to the ouster of veteran Tunisian strongman…
http://www.france24.com/en/20110129-protestors-government-
supporters-clash-yemen

Egyptian artifacts in danger: antiquities chief
Egypt’s antiquities chief has expressed concern the country’s valuable treasures are at risk because of the continuing chaos in the country. Zahi Hawass posted an update on his blog — with the help of an Italian colleague since internet services are suspended in Egypt — saying his heart is broken. Hawass said many valuable artifacts have already been taken and some of the country’s lesser known museums have been…
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/30/cairo-museum.html

Could 3D television be dangerous to watch?
Recent safety advice has said 3D TV is not suitable for children, but does that mean the technology is a health risk? When Peterborough mayor Keith Sharp wanted to rent Piranha 3D on DVD a few weeks ago, he was not expecting to have his request turned down on health and safety grounds. A shop employee, misinterpreting head office advice not to rent out 3D glasses, did exactly that – prompting the story to first be picked up by…
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9378577.stm

NASA Spots 54 Potentially Life-Friendly Planets
An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone. In just a year of peering out at a small slice of the galaxy, the Kepler telescope has discovered 1,235 possible planets outside our solar system. Amazingly, 54 of them are seemingly in the zone that could be hospitable to life – that is, not too hot…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/nasa-exoplanets-kepler
-telescope-_n_817442.html

For Activists, Facebook Is A Reluctant Platform
Whether Facebook likes it or not, it is now being used as a platform for activism, as the recent uprising in Egypt has shown. But that doesn’t mean that Facebook is necessarily happy about it. “The Washington Post” has a piece looking at how Facebook is treading carefully: “But Facebook, which celebrates its seventh birthday Friday and has more than a half-billion users worldwide, is not eagerly embracing its role as the…
http://www.rferl.org/content/facebook_egypt_tunisia_a_reluctant_
platform/2296767.html

Europeans Struggle for Consistency on Egypt
European leaders struggled on Friday to find a consistent message over the crisis in Egypt as Britain issued a tough warning against state-sponsored violence there, while Italy suggested that President Hosni Mubarak could manage a transition to democracy. Comments emerging from a summit meeting of European Union leaders reflected the dilemma confronted by nations, hesitating between a desire to promote democracy in…
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/world/europe/05brussels.html




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