The Daily Need

Thursday morning roundup

Kim Jong-un (left) seated with Kim Jong-il (right) at this week's meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea. Photo released by the Korean Central News Agency.

Security

The Korean Central News Agency released the first-ever head-on photo of Kim Jong Eun, the presumed successor to his father, North Korean dear leader Kim Jong Il. That’s him in the lower-left hand corner.
Environment

At least now we know we have somewhere to go when we destroy our own planet. Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Gliese 581g is not too cold or too hot for water to exist in liquid form, and, therefore, for life to exist in some form or another.

Culture

Time to clean up your LinkedIn profile. The professionals’ social network unveiled a new feature called Signal — dubbed “Twitter search on steroids” by Technorati — which could make LinkedIn a serious competitor to Facebook and Twitter.

Economy

AIG will repay its debt to the U.S. government by early next year. The company was bailed out to the tune of $182 billion in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown.

Health

Admiral Mike Mullen warns of a suicide “emergency” after five soldiers took their own lives in one weekend. More than 1,000 troops have committed suicide in the past five years, and Mullen expects that number to grow. “Dealing with PTSD, dealing with the injuries, dealing with just the overall pressures that so many have dealt with for so long, I think we’re going to see a growth in that before we see a decline,” he said.

 
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