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By Natalie Crosby and Dan Hudson 

Published on January 11, 2007 

THE IPHONE COMETH 

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced at the annual Macworld Expo in San Francisco Tuesday that Apple will be moving into the world of telecommunications with its new iPhone. Users will be able to download music and videos to the phone. 

The phone will cost between $499 to $599, in 4GB and 8GB models. There is no keyboard, but uses patented technology called “multi-touch.” It is essentially a computer with a blank screen that users configure so they can operate the monitor with their fingers. 

“We are all born with the ultimate pointing device—our fingers—and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse,” said Jobs. 

Essentially a mini-computer, the iPhone will run Mac OS X. It will be carried on the Cingular wireless network. 

He added, “The iPod changed everything in 2001. We’re going to do it again with the iPhone in 2007.” 

INSULIN PILL 

Scientists from Taiwan have discovered a nanoparticle shell” that protects the insulin drug from being destroyed by stomach acid. The insulin drug contains “protein chemicals” that cannot survive stomach acid, so those with diabetes take the insulin drug by injection. Another alternative is nasal spray. However, Taiwanese scientists put insulin into pills made of shrimp cell carbohydrate, designed to be attracted to the stomach’s intestinal lining so that pills are absorbed and bring insulin to its needed place. Rats were given the pills to test the pills’ effectiveness, and insulin was reported in the rats’ bloodstream.  

Drugs mimicking the effect of diabetes were given to the rats to test the pills effectiveness at bringing down blood sugar levels. The findings point to the need for increased testing of the insulin drug, as rats are the only subjects tested thus far. The rats also hadn’t eaten for 12 hours when the tests were taken. Large levels of insulin are needed to lower blood glucose levels in humans, so further testing will hopefully discover more efficient ways of providing these higher levels. Those interested in the insulin pill are advised to wait for scientists to further test the findings, as they will not be available for public use in any time normally regarded as soon. 

BUSH TO REVEAL IRAQ STRATEGY 

President Bush will send 21,500 more troops to Iraq and the Anbar province within the next week. Baghdad will have 17,500 more troops arriving and 4,000 more will go to the Anbar province, located west of the capital city. There are 132,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq at this time, and Bush hopes that adding to this number will accelerate the end of violence and speed up the process of bringing U.S. troops home. He believes that the war is in a “crucial moment,” and would like to increase support at this moment to further the aforesaid goals. Democrats in Congress disagree with Bush’s plan to add troops to Iraq, stating that an increase in troops will likely worsen conditions in the war rather than make it end sooner. The Democrats control both houses in Congress, but are wary about their involvement in decisions regarding military concerns. If commanders in Iraq say they need reinforcements, the Democrats will probably decide to “symbolic[ally]” disagree instead of voting against the decisions. 

GUANTANAMO ACTIVISTS WILL MARCH 

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The fifth anniversary of the “war on terror detentions” is enough reason for activists, friends, and relatives of the 400 prisoners being held in the Guantanamo prison to actively protest its existence and treatment of prisoners. Given no trials and receiving poor treatment, prisoners in Guantanamo have been the subject of much regard in world news. Those who disagree with the prison’s existence say that it should close because of the ill reputation it gives to the U.S. and its policies in the Iraqi war. “It has become iconic in the Muslim world and the wider world… for everything that the United States has done wrong in the war on terror,” says Michale Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights. 

SURVIVE IRAQ, GET HIT BY CAR(TWICE) 

An Army specialist, recently home in New Jersey from Iraq, was hit by a car on his way to his grandmother’s house. To make matters worse, a second car hit him and dragged him half a mile. 

The specialist, Andrew Rippe, was struck around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning during a rainstorm by a car that knocked him into the path of the second car. The driver of the second car thought she heard a thump but ignored it as she believed it to just be a piece of cardboard and didn’t stop till she got to a convenience store. 

The driver’s friend noticed the man under the car and remarked that there was a real person still breathing under the car, not a dummy. 

In order to free Rippe from under the car, rescue workers had to deploy airbags. Rippe is in serious condition at Hackensack University Medical Center with a broken leg and lost skin. 

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