The NOAA took 20 years to develop a reliable tsunamograph, an apparatus that provides accurate, real-time data on tsunamis. It consists of an anchored, ocean-bottom pressure recorder and a companion buoy (called DART, for Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis).
Once upon a time, the rural poor were the beating heart of China, welcomed gladly at the nation's top universities. Now almost none of them attend, and with so few opportunities, poor high-school educations, and terrible public health, they're rapidly falling behind.
Midway through Vishal Bhardwaj's 2009 movie Kaminey (Scoundrels), the hero is captured by thugs looking to recover $2 million in stolen cocaine. As the goons torture him to find out where he's hidden the drugs, they run into a problem: he stammers so badly that they can't get a word out of him.
For nearly seven years, he's done a spectacular job as Brazil's president. But can Lula resist the temptation to throw it away?
Don't let the movie mislead you: there are no fairy-tale endings for most of India's street kids. I was one of them myself.
Readers of our July 21 cover story on America's conflicts had mixed reactions. One said, "Fareed Zakaria fails to distinguish between real wars and the War on Terror." But another advised, "Stick to the Pakistani border, where terrorists hide." A third simply noted, "When enemies talk, tensions go down." Defining WarFareed Zakaria's July 21 article "America Needs a War President" makes some dangerous comments about what war is, and what it is not.