The Daily Populous

Friday May 21st, 2021 evening edition

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Police fired stun grenades and tear gas, and Palestinians hurled rocks after hundreds took part in a celebratory demonstration in which they waved Palestinian and Hamas flags.

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, says the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli police was unexpected and reflects how fragile the ceasefire can be.

“The Israeli police say that some of the youth that were at the complex of Al-Aqsa were throwing stones at the Israeli police.

However, Palestinians are saying that they had been harassed since the very early hours when they were arriving towards the mosque.

Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, fire tear gas.

Israeli police have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Al Jazeera’s Youmna al-Sayed, reporting from Gaza City, said Palestinians began celebrating as soon as the ceasefire came into effect. »

Solar Panels on Airport Roofs

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Scientists studied how they could fit flat airport roofs, seen here at Sydney Airport, with solar panels.

Then, they compared the amount of energy the country could conceivably generate with solar panels on these commercial roofs, versus the amount of energy currently generated with solar panels in residential areas.

Wired reports on a few persistent counterarguments against such solar proposals, down to the question of whether or not solar panels could reflect glare into pilots' eyes. »

Robotic ‘Third Thumb’ use can alter brain representation of the hand

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The team trained people to use a robotic extra thumb and found they could effectively carry out dextrous tasks, like building a tower of blocks, with one hand (now with two thumbs).

The researchers report in the journal Science Robotics that participants trained to use the thumb also increasingly felt like it was a part of their body.

She was later invited to join Professor Tamar Makin’s team of neuroscientists at UCL who were investigating how the brain can adapt to body augmentation. »