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The Sciences

"Have You Ever Tried Living in a Cave?"

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMay 5, 2011 10:27 PM

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Two years ago, Dan Vergano at USA Today was the first to report on this geography study that predicted Osama Bin Laden was hiding out in a walled compound in a densely populated area. After the discovery and killing of Bin Laden, Vergano followed up with the lead researcher. Here's a short excerpt of the Q & A: Q: How well did you do? A: "...Seems like some things were pretty close. A big house, with high walls in a city, not a cave." Q: Did people still think he was living in a cave? A: "I got that all the time. 'Man, he's living in a cave.' I just gave up trying to talk people out of it. But have you ever tried living in a cave? It's just crazy." Still, it was quite a durable and popular notion, wasn't it? For some comedic post-Bin Laden coverage, the ever-reliable Jon Stewart show doesn't disappoint.

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