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Thu May 12, 2011
Afghanistan

Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Afghan Insurgency?

It didn't take long for some on Capitol Hill to point to the successful operation to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as evidence that the U.S. could be winning the war in Afghanistan with fewer troops on the ground.

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Thu May 12, 2011
Research News

Mind Reading: Technology Turns Thought Into Action

A patient participates in a brain-computer interface study. By placing an array of sensors directly on the brain and connecting them to a computer, researchers are able to decode brain signals into meaningful information, including some words.
American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins

An old technology is providing new insights into the human brain.

The technology is called electrocorticography, or ECoG, and it uses electrodes placed on the surface of the brain to detect electrical signals coming from the brain itself.

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12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Europe

Wanted: Foreign Workers For Germany's Job Boom

Workers assemble Volkswagen Golf 6 cars at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen and other German automakers are among those driving Germany's economic boom.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

While the U.S., the U.K. and much of Europe brace for spending cuts and austerity, Germany is in the midst of an economic boom.

Germany has emerged from the financial crisis faster and in far better shape than the rest of Europe. The German growth rate almost doubled in the first quarter of 2011; corporate profits have soared, and industrial production is expected to keep growing — at least for the rest of this year.

But as manufacturers add extra shifts, there's a new shortage of skilled workers — and that's led to renewed calls to ease restrictions on immigration.

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12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Africa

New Ivorian Leader Faces Challenges, Criticism

Ivory Coast's incoming president, Alassane Ouattara, who belatedly took the oath of office May 6, has a tough challenge on his hands: to reconcile and restore peace to his West African nation after a bloody and protracted post-election standoff. Mass graves, evidence of extrajudicial executions, forming a national army, setting up a truth-and-reconciliation commission and kick-starting the economy are just some of the hurdles he faces.

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12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Movies

Will Ferrell Plays It Straight In 'Everything Must Go'

Will Ferrell on bicycle
John Estes Roadside Attractions

From Ron Burgundy to Ricky Bobby to his famous George W. Bush impersonation, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest performers in America. His characters are often the butt of some joke — neither as smart, or as hip, as they think they are. That might describe Nick Halsey, the character he plays in his latest movie, Everything Must Go.

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