RobMank

Links to my journalism - podcasts, interviews, stories - and other stuff I come across. Mostly news. I'm @RobMank on the Twitter and at rm1@cbsnews.com.

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annapetkovich:

The next 72 hours of my life will be spent in transit, in cars and planes and busses and trains in three different countries and just as many time zones, so I will take this evening to collect my thoughts and write an opening post for this blog, albeit on a much more bittersweet note than I could…

Keep the posts coming!

Pew Chart of the Week: The Bipartisan Debt Limit

Some context from Pew ahead of debt ceiling showdown. Since 1980, the debt limit has been increased 42 times, under both Republican and Democratic presidents and every possible configuration of partisan control in Congress.

RIGHTING THE SHIP, SEEN FROM THE SKY

Google put together these cool before and after pictures of the operation to turn the Costa Concordia upright.

(Credit: Google/DigitalGlobe)

"Vanishing" Electronics

University aims to build “transient electronics” - devices that dissolve so they don’t end up in landfill when they’re obsolete.

You've Never Seen the Brain Like This

There’s a new digital, three-dimensional model of our most complicated organ - it’s called “Big Brain.” To make it, researchers sliced a cadaver brain from a 65-year-old woman into 7,400 thin sections, stained them to reveal tiny features, and scanned each one. Then they used computers to combine the scanning data into a 3-D digital model. The pictures are incredible.

Statement on Storm Chasers Killed

Statement on Facebook from Tony Laubach of the tornado research company Twistex on the death of three colleagues in Oklahoma on Friday:

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share this news. On Friday, May 31, Tim Samaras, his son, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young lost their lives in the El Reno, OK tornado. This is a devastating loss to the meteorological, research, and storm chasing communities. I ask that you keep the families in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. There is some comfort in knowing these men passed on doing what they loved."

(Twistex is an abbreviation for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment.)

Rob Mank

—CBS News Podcast: Drought and Wild Animals

DROUGHT AND ANIMALS: KATHERINE EAGLESON INTERVIEW

New Mexico is in its third year of drought and that’s causing problems for human and animal residents of the state. This is the CBS News Podcast of interview with Katherine Eagleson of The Wildlife Center refuge about what’s going on there.

Harley Carnes and Rob Mank

—CBS Radio News: Oklahoma Tornado

My last CBS Radio News “hourly”: 6pm Eastern, May 20, 2013. Anchored by Harley Carnes.

Scenes from an Atrocity: Videos in War : The New Yorker
This is very hard to read, but important. Jon Lee Anderson helps us understand what’s really happening in Syria - not the number of dead today, or the geopolitics of the U.S. and Russia - but what’s really happening to human beings at war.

Scenes from an Atrocity: Videos in War : The New Yorker

This is very hard to read, but important. Jon Lee Anderson helps us understand what’s really happening in Syria - not the number of dead today, or the geopolitics of the U.S. and Russia - but what’s really happening to human beings at war.

Rob Mank

—CBS News Podcast: Death Toll in Syria

SYRIA CONFLICT: MATAZ SUHEIL INTERVIEW 

As the international community tries to build support for a peace conference on Syria, a London-based group that monitors the number of dead in the conflict has released new numbers. This is the CBS News Podcast of my interview with Mataz Suheil of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.