The New York Times Science section has a great story about one member of the Navy Seal team- this one walks on 4 legs- The article quotes General David H Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan - he ‘said last year that the military needed more dogs.

"The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine," he said.’ The article also states: "Finally, dogs can be used to pacify an unruly group of people - particularly in the Middle East. "There is a cultural aversion to dogs in some of these countries, where few of them are used as pets," Major Roberts said. "Dogs can be very intimidating in that situation."

(shared by NewsHour librarian Sandi Fox)

Interesting explanation of why bin Laden’s death won’t significantly hurt al-Qaida’s funding.

"The fact that [bin Laden’s] an icon means that you can use him in a different way to raise money than the way in which he himself personally visited people to raise money."

(shared by Reporter-Producer Local/National Lauren Knapp)

More interesting military details on the mission to get Osama bin Laden.

"…the raid began with a bang as a Black Hawk helicopter crash-landed in the courtyard of a fortified compound in Abbottabad…"

(shared by Deputy Senior Producer Lorna Baldwin)

It is a special irony that Osama bin Laden, who made his name as an enemy of Western imperialism real and imagined, hid and died in a town that is itself a model colonial outpost of the British Empire. Bin Laden may have dreamed of renewing a caliphate, but he was killed in a city founded by and still bearing the unmistakable imprint of the West.

Shared by Gwen Ifill 

Quick graphical look at bin Laden’s ties to the al-Qaida inner circle as well as key figures in global terrorism.

One of the next questions to ponder is, who could take his place?

(Shared by Maureen Hoch )

Micro or Macro?

(Shared by Gwen Ifill)