Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday stuff: caffein keeps Alzheimer’s at bay, the biggest span bridge in the world, and US adopts new war doctrine

Good Morning Humboldt County!

It’s time to grab a cup of Joe and see what’s happening in the world around us. The good news this morning is that your cup of Joe is really good for you!

Coffee buzz protects brain from Alzheimer's

For years we’ve been told that caffeinated coffee was bad for us. It’s unhealthy and addictive, doctors warned. But as vindication for all who stuck by their energizing elixir, a new study shows that guzzling caffeinated coffee may actually be good for our brains. In fact, it may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

The study, which was published early online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, was in mice whose DNA had been tweaked to contain a human Alzheimer’s gene. Just like humans with familial Alzheimer’s, these mice become increasingly forgetful as they age.


A marathon span: China opens world's The Jiaozhou Bay bridge in China, the world's longest bridgelongest bridge over water

China opened the world's longest bridge over water on Thursday.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long, according to Guinness World Records. It links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to Huangdao island.

State-run CCTV said the 110-foot-wide bridge cost more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). However, the Xinhua news agency put the cost at $2.3 billion and Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported its price tag totaled more than $8.8 billion.


New plan to defeat al-Qaida: 'Surgical' strikes rather than expensive wars

Image: John Brennan

The day has finally come…the U.S. has wised up about sending troops to other countries!

The United States will push ahead with more targeted drone strikes and special operations raids and fewer costly land battles like Iraq and Afghanistan in the continuing war against al-Qaida, according to a new national counterterrorism strategy unveiled Wednesday.

Two years in the making, the doctrine comes in the wake of the successful special operations raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in May, and a week after President Barack Obama's announcement that U.S. troops will begin leaving Afghanistan this summer.

Photo- White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan predicted that strikes targeting al-Qaida would eventually leave the network unable to "replenish their ranks with the skilled leaders that they need to sustain their operations."

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