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Clinton Retaliates against Al Qaeda for Embassy Bombings

Operation Infinite Reach was a US cruise missile strike on purported terrorist bases in Afghanistan and Sudan. The attack came in response to bombings at US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed at least 235 people and were linked to local members of al Qaeda. The US response targeted terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, which the US claimed was helping Osama bin Laden build chemical weapons. Why was the US criticized for the attack in Sudan?



Silly Putty

When scientists tried to find a rubber substitute for the US during WWII, they stumbled upon a product that would entertain children for generations. Silly Putty is silicone plastic “clay” sold in an egg-shaped plastic container and marketed as a children's toy. As an inorganic polymer, it can pick up ink when pressed against a newspaper; the imprint can then be stretched in any direction. It also bounces, breaks, and “melts” into a puddle. What causes these unusual flow characteristics?

Born on a day like today


Slobodan Miloševic

Miloševic was the leader of the Serbian Communist Party and the president of Serbia from 1989–1997 and of Yugoslavia from 1997–2000. Following the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, he promoted the idea of a “greater Serbia” and supported Serbian militias in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. In 2002, a UN criminal tribunal charged Miloševic with crimes against humanity and genocide; he died, however, before his trial concluded. What medical condition may have played a role in his death?

Last updated on Monday, 20th August 2007

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