Syria Civil War 2016 In Photos

Syria in Photos


january-5-saudi-embassy-tehran January 5- Iranian Protesters burn the Saudi embassy over the killing of a prominent Shiite cleric. This led to further tensions in the Middle East causing even more uncertainty within the larger Saudi-Iranian proxy war, which Syria is a huge part of.

january-15-salma January 15- Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the capture of Salma, one of the few remaining rebel strongholds in the Latakia Province.

january-17-dier-ez-zor-massacre January 17- A massacre is committed in besieged Dier-ez-Zor when the Islamic State  kidnaps 400 residents from the government-held part and executes many of them.

febuary-21-sayyida-zeinab-shrine January 31- The Islamic State sent in two car bombs near the Sayyida Zeinab Shrine south of Damascus. This attack was meant to kill the Shiite population and ended up killing around 70 with over 100 wounded.


febuary-3-nubl-zahara February 3- Residents in the Shiite vilages of Nubl and Zahara celebrate the Syrian Army linking up with the troops stationed inside the…

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History of Arcade Video Games Documentary

The Arcade Blogger

So Christmas is here, and I’m guessing you are all busy getting ready for the festivities. So here’s something you can sit and watch when you get a quiet few minutes from the kids and relatives.

Collecting, restoring and playing classic arcade games brings out interesting reactions in others. For the most part, people come round to the idea and think it’s pretty cool that there are some of us who have these things in our houses, garages and games rooms – “You have an ARCADE in your house?!” is a not an untypical reaction.

And I think this is because of their place in popular culture. Anyone of a certain age, fan or not, remembers how ubiquitous these things were – arcades, pubs, and cafes over here in the UK; Seven Elevens, Laundromats and Shopping Malls over in the USA – in the early 80s, you couldn’t miss the…

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Creatures of Thought

We last left the electric telegraph wandering through the decades in a kind of limbo. A fascinating demonstration piece, a promising curiosity, it had yet to prove itself as a practical instrument. By 1830, however, electricians had made several crucial new discoveries that made the electric telegraph as we know it possible. It began with a frog.

Animal Electricity

In November 1780, Luigi Galvani, physician and anatomist at the University of Bologna, was dissecting a frog with his ivory-handled scalpel. Nearby, an associate was playing with an electrical machine (what we would call an electrostatic generator). Suddenly, the frog’s leg convulsed. Galvani was perplexed – had he accidentally damaged the nerve? He did several more experiments, and discovered that the convulsions happened only when the electrical machine sparked while his finger touched the metal blade of the scalpel, which in turn was touching the frog.1

Natural philosophers had already known for some years…

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I deduce you are studying logic

It’s logical

Bill Wadge's Blog

I’m back!

I got bogged down in teaching, committees, etc and ignored this blog for quite a while. But now I’m officially retired (from teaching, committees, etc) and have  the time to do the things I want to do.

You may regret it …

Because this post is not the usual kind, about research ideas (I’ll get back to them). Instead it’s  a little of what I dare imagine is humour – or at least very geeky humour.

This summer I was at LC2015, the big European logic conference (it was great). I was sitting listening to a talk with one of my logic buddies when the speaker mentioned “deontic logic”, which is a fancy Greek name for the logic of obligations.

A thought popped into my mind; I turned to my friend and whispered, “you ought to study deontic logic”. Ha ha ha! A self-referential statement!

My friend wasn’t…

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