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 Matthew 24:42  “Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!"

Trump's Support for Israel's Sovereignty over Golan Heights Expected to Make Waves at UN


President Trump on Thursday tweeted his support for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, but like his move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump's decision is at odds with United Nations resolutions and likely won't bode well with U.S. critics at the world body.

 

Trump tweeted, "After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

 

Israel captured the strategically important Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. Israeli officials have argued Iran's growing military footprint and influence in Syria has made the Syrian side of the divide a growing security threat given Tehran's continued threats to annihilate Israel.

 

A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded with no comment when asked for reaction to Trump's tweet.

 

Last month Guterres' Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen was dismissive when asked about a push by Congress to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. He told reporters, "Obviously the Security Council is very clear that Golan is Syrian territory."

 

In January, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari blamed the Security Council for its inaction on what he said was Israeli aggression against his country. He noted that his country would work to restore its sovereignty by "all means possible."


From "Fox News"

 

ISIS Calls on Followers to 'Take Revenge' for New Zealand Terror Attack


Isis has called on its followers to retaliate for the terror attack against Muslims in New Zealand last week, in a rare message from one of its top figures.

 

The group's spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, broke a six-month silence to call on Isis supporters to "take vengeance for their religion" in the 44-minute audio recording.

 

"This slaughter in those two mosques is no more than another tragedy among past and coming tragedies, which will be followed by scenes of force that reach all who were tricked to living among the polytheist," he said in the message distributed by Al Furqan, a media organisation linked to Isis.

 

"The scenes of death in the two mosques are enough to wake the sleep and incite the supporters of the caliphate who live there, to take vengeance for their religion and for sons of their Ummah, who are killed everywhere in the world."

 

The attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 50 people dead at two mosques during midday prayers. A 28-year-old Australian is the main suspect and in a manifesto, called himself a white nationalist out to avenge attacks in Europe by Muslims.


From "The Independent"

Intel and the Department of Energy Are Building America's First Exascale Supercomputer, a Computer Capable of a Quintillion Calculations Per Second


Intel said on Monday that it would build the US's most powerful supercomputer, so fast that it could process 1 quintillion - 1 billion times 1 billion, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 - calculations per second.

 

To put that in perspective: If every person on Earth did one calculation (say, a math problem involving algebra) per second, it would take everyone over four years to do all the calculations Aurora could do in one second.

Intel and the US Department of Energy said Aurora would be the US's first exascale supercomputer, with a performance of 1 exaflop, when it's completed in 2021.

 

That kind of number-crunching brawn, the computer's creators hope, will enable great leaps in everything from cancer research to renewable-energy development.

 

Aurora, set to be developed by Intel and its subcontractor Cray at the Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, would far surpass the abilities of supercomputers today. It's likely to be the most powerful supercomputer in not just the US but the world, though Rick Stevens, an associate laboratory director at Argonne, said that other countries might also be working on exascale supercomputers.

 

From "Business Insider"

 

Harvard University Uncovers DNA Switch That Controls Genes for Whole-Body Regeneration


Humans may one day have the ability to regrow limbs after scientists at Harvard University uncovered the DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration.

 

Some animals can achieve extraordinary feats of repair, such as salamanders which grow back legs, or geckos which can shed their tails to escape predators and then form new ones in just two months.

Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones go even further, actually regenerating their entire bodies after being cut in half.

 

Now scientists have discovered that that in worms, a section of non-coding or ‘junk' DNA controls the activation of a ‘master control gene' called early growth response (EGR) which acts like a power switch, turning regeneration on or off.

 

"We were able to decrease the activity of this gene and we found that if you don't have EGR, nothing happens," said Dr Mansi Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

 


From "Yahoo/The Telegraph"

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