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gathered to help speech-language pathologists understand how to help their clients communicate more effectively.” For the study, Nip will examine the differences between kids from about one to 18 years of age with cerebral palsy, those developing cerebral palsy and those who

We can use the information gathered to help speech-language pathologists understand how to help their clients communicate more effectively. ignatius nip

SDSU speech language assistant professor

don’t have it. The children are asked to read and repeat words and phrases displayed on a projection. This allows Nip and his research team to collect and analyze how much movement is happening, how fast it’s occurring the pattern of the movement. In a small group of the kids already studied, Nip found that all of the participants consistently moved their mouths more quickly than their average developing peers. Nip believes this is because they are not able to control their movements as precisely, so when

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military against U.S. military contractors. In the Times report, Mandiant— the cyber security company hired by the Times to counter the computer attacks—stated “over the course of several investigations it found evidence that Chinese hackers had stolen e-mails, contacts and files from more than 30 journalists and executives at Western news organizations, and had maintained a ‘short list’ of journalists whose accounts they repeatedly attack.” Mandiant’s chief security officer Richard Bejtlich said the attacks were “part of this overall story that the Chinese want to know what the West thinks of them. What slant is the media going to take on them? Who are their sources?”

they move their mouths to talk, they take more movement than they need to, which causes them to take more time to form words. Findings such as these give Nip and his team fuel for a possible new form of speech therapy and intervention for kids with developing cerebral palsy. The research is also a valuable learning opportunity for students working with Nip, which he said is one of his favorite aspects of the study. They are able to work as clinical lab participants, collecting data, working with the participants one-on-one and analyzing results. Nip said working in the lab provides the students with valuable skills they’ll be able to utilize later in a clinical setting. The research is made possible through a three-year grant worth nearly $450,000 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Nip hopes this research will lead to more questions and another possible grant in order to carry out the study to a therapeutic stage.

After the Times released its report of the attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 1 it, too, had been a target for Chinese hackers “apparently to spy on reporters covering China and other issues.” To counter the cyberspying allegations, Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang said “it is irresponsible to make such an allegation without solid proof and evidence. The Chinese government prohibits cyberattacks and has done what it can to combat such activities in accordance with Chinese laws.” Shuang went on to say China has been a victim of similar cyber attacks, but did not say where these attacks originated or who was behind them. 


World News Beat

jacobo arellano via el universal / zuma

Paramedics and rescue teams assist the injured after an explosion at Mexico City headquarters of the Oil company Pemex.

At least 36 people killed in the Mexico City headquarters of Pemex oil company explosion In Mexico, at least 36 people were killed in the offices of state-oil company Pemex because of an explosion adjacent to the building. More than 100 people were injured, according to Reuters. Mexican Atty. General Jesus Murillo said it is still too early to say if last Thursday’s explosion was a result of an attack, an accident or negligence. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto urged people not to speculate, according to the Associated Press. The explosion happened at 3:45 p.m. A Pemex secretary, who was on the second floor of the 14-story administrative building, said she heard two loud explosions and a third smaller one. Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in months to vote in Cuba’s parliamentary elections Last Sunday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro visited a polling place in Havana to vote in Cuba’s parliamentary elections. This is the first time the 86-yearold has been seen in months. Castro reportedly spent more than an hour talking to other voters and the media. BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford said Castro spoke with a “faint, weak voice.” Castro spoke about reforming the economy, Latin American integration, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other matters, according to Reuters. This was the ex-leader’s first extended public appearance since 2010. According to Reuters, Castro had voted from his home in

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that was 29 percent horsemeat, according to NPR. According to the LA Times, Tesco apologized to customers, withdrew the items from sale and offered a full refund earlier this month. Both chains dropped Silvercrest as their provider. In a U.K. prison, another food test found pork DNA in pies and pastries described as “halal,” a term used to designate food seen as permissible according to the Islam culture. The meat is said to have come from a different food processor—a properly certified supplier of halal food. The Ministry of Justice, which commissioned tests after Silvercrest’s incident with Tesco, said the products have been withdrawn, according to BBC U.K.

three previous elections since 2006. Illness compelled him to hand power to his younger brother Raul Castro two years later. Horsemeat found in Burger King patties, and halal prison food contained pork DNA in the U.K. In U.K. and Ireland, Burger King acknowledged some of its U.K. patties included horse and pork traces. The chain, however, said none of the affected products ever reached consumers, according to The Los Angeles Times. Their finding came from an investigation that traced the patties from a single Irish supplier called Silvercrest to an unapproved Polish firm. Although Silvercrest’s “beef” is said to have never been sold at Burger King, the British grocery giant Tesco sold a Silvercrest patty

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Volume 99, Issue 65


Volume 99, Issue 65