— Mars Rover Opportunity Finally Sees Martian Dust Devil

After more than six years roaming the surface of Mars, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has spotted its first dust devil on the red planet.

Unlike its robotic twin on Mars Spirit – a prolific dust devil photographer – Opportunity’s attempts to catch the tornado-like wind formations had repeatedly come up empty. That is, until now.

via — Mars Rover Opportunity Finally Sees Martian Dust Devil.

World Population Forecast to Top 7 Billion in 2011 –

While the bulge in younger people, if they are educated, presents a potential “demographic dividend” for countries like Bangladesh and Brazil, the shrinking proportion of working-age people elsewhere may place a strain on governments and lead them to raise retirement ages and to encourage alternative job opportunities for older workers.

via World Population Forecast to Top 7 Billion in 2011 –

The Best Hotel in Hell – TIME


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Dinnertime at the Peace Hotel finds the chef, immaculate in white hat and freshly pressed apron, waiting personally on his guests. He serves up a feast of curried fish fillet, french fries, camel meat and spaghetti with ground beef, washed down with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, cold sodas and bottled waters. Dessert is a bowl of fruit accompanied with hot sweet, milky tea. The palm trees that sway in the salty sea breeze all around us do little to reveal the improbability of this sumptuous meal tranquilly consumed in this city whose name has become a synonym for anarchy. The reminder that we are in Mogadishu rather than in a beach resort in Mauritius comes in the form of the artillery shells and mortar rounds that whiz above our heads like red shooting stars, and the sound of gunfire and screaming from nearby Bakara Market.

via The Best Hotel in Hell – TIME.