Girls school rigged with explosives

American soldiers discovered a girls’ school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged “death trap,” the U.S. military said Thursday.The plot at the Huda Girls’ school in Tarmiya was a “sophisticated and premeditated attempt to inflict massive casualties on our most innocent victims,” military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.

The plot was uncovered Saturday, when troopers in the Salaheddin province found detonating wire across the street from the school. They picked up the wire and followed its trail, which led to the school. Once inside, they found an explosive-filled propane tank buried beneath the floor. There were artillery shells built into the ceiling and floor, and another propane tank was found, the military said.

The wire was concealed with mortar and concrete, and the propane tanks had been covered with brick and hidden underneath the floor, according to a military statement. Soldiers were able to clear the building.

“It was truly just an incredibly ugly, dirty kind of vicious killing that would have gone on here,” Caldwell said.

Iraqi contractors were responsible for building the school, which was intended to bring in hundreds of girls.

LINK to CNN

SciFi Designer

In an interesting fusion of science and designer fashion, Olivia Ong has revealed her new “Glitterati” Line of designer “functional clothing” Treated with metallic nanoparticles developed by researchers at Cornell University, “Glitterati” is said to be able to prevent colds and flu. Ong says the fabric “never needs washing.” Price: $10,000.

ong_nano.jpgOng’s dress and jacket, part of her original fashion line called “Glitterati,” look innocently hip. But closer inspection — with a microscope, that is — shows an army of electrostatically charged nanoparticles creating a protective shield around the cotton fibers in the top part of the dress, and the sleeves, hood and pockets of the jacket.

“It’s something really moving toward the future, and really advanced,” said Ong, who graduates in December and aspires to design school. “I thought this could potentially be what fashion is moving toward.”

Dong explained that the fabrics were created by dipping them in solutions containing nanoparticles synthesized in Hinestroza’s lab. The resultant colors are not the product of dyes, but rather, reflections of manipulation of particle size or arrangement.

Wonder if it will work with bird flu?

This is the Thursday Open Thread.

Has Iran Released Missing American, Robert Levinson?

Perhaps, perhaps not.

“He is no longer here. But because he was never ‘officially detained’ here, no one will say on the record that he has been released.”

Diplo-speak aside, it would appear he has been released, most likely with a quid pro quo.
Always be mindful of al Taqiyyah.
Source:Baztab.

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