Welcome to Mleeta, Hezbollah's premier tourist trap

Hassan Nasrallah would like to welcome you to Mleeta, one of Lebanon's more unusual tourist destinations. The unsmiling face of Hezbollah's leader greets visitors in a slickly produced 10-minute video shown in a modern theater, telling them: "I'm honored to be with you in this tourist landmark." » 3/27/12 7:00am 3/27/12 7:00am

Science Fiction Can Solve The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Back in the 1970s, Palestinians were using science fiction to solve their geopolitical problems. The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist » 10/16/08 8:00am 10/16/08 8:00am is a 1972 novel written by Palestinian writer Emile Habibi. There aren't many Palestinian novels in the Western canon, nor many that use elements of science fiction, so we're…

A Suspension Bridge Built to Be a Musical Instrument

As we understand more and more about the materials to build suspension bridges, their shapes are going to become more bizarre and seemingly impossible. Architect Santiago Calatrava made this suspension bridge in Jerusalem to resemble the shape of a lyre, a stringed instrument popular during classical antiquity. This… » 5/09/08 7:00am 5/09/08 7:00am

Israeli Bomb Disposal Robot Has a Terrible Job Cleaning Up After Humans

Yesterday in Israel, a bomb disposal robot inspected the scene of a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in the town of Dimona. The bot is remote controlled, and used an articulated arm to remove the jacket of the alleged bomber to be sure he doesn't have more explosives on his body. Want to see what else the robot… » 2/05/08 7:00am 2/05/08 7:00am