The Fashionista's Guide to Current Events and World News August 22, 2011!

The Fashionista's Guide to Current Events and World News August 22, 2011!



Business News: "Markets rally back on hopes of end to Libyan Conflict. Stock markets in Europe have rebounded, led by shares in energy firms, on hopes that fighting in Libya may soon end... Markets are hoping that an end to the conflict in Libya will see the country's oil exports restored, increasing global supplies. Libya is the world's 12th-largest oil exporter." Full Article 


Eye on Technology: IBM produces first 'brain chips'. "IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain. The system is capable of "rewiring" its connections as it encounters new information, similar to the way biological synapses work... Dharmendra Modha, IBM's project leader, explained that they were trying to recreate aspects of the mind such as emotion, perception, sensation and cognition by "reverse engineering the brain. 

...Some future-gazers in the cognitive computing world have speculated that the technology will reach a tipping point where machine consciousness is possible... IBM's work on the SyNAPSE project continues and the company, along with its academic partners, has just been awarded $21m (£12.7m) by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)." Full Article

U.S News: "The statue of Martin Luther King by Chinese artist Lei Yixin is unveiled to the public ahead of the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on 28 August. The memorial is the first on the National Mall to honour an African-American and the first to honour a person who did not serve as president." Full Article



Entertainment News: Drama 'The Help' cleans up at US box office. "Heart-tugging drama The Help has risen one place to top the US and Canada box office after taking an estimated $20.5m (£12.4m) over the weekend. 

The adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel tells of the relationship between white women and their black housekeepers in 1960s Mississippi. It bumped blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes down one place to second, after two weeks at the top... The Help, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, entered the chart last week in second place. "It is a rare feat to see a film not open at number one and then become number one," said Dave Hollis of Disney, the movie's distributor." Full Article


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5 comments:

  1. Sanah16:33

    I saw the help great movie!

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  2. Drey16:33

    Brain chips huh sounds like the Terminator to me.

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  3. Porshia16:35

    Martin Luther King deserves to honored as if he was a president could not think of a better person to get that tribute.

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  4. Annette16:35

    Happy for the people of Libya, they lost a lot of lives fighting for their freedom.

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