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Waq al-Waq

Waq al-waq Fix

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about 4 years ago

Both Brian and I have taken a couple of steps back over the past couple of days (for different reasons) but also to contemplate potential changes to Waq al-waq and its future. Thus, the lack of postings. But for those who just can't get enough. Brian did a Bloggingheads segment, available here. ...

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Work in Progress

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about 4 years ago

One of the biggest criticisms of contemporary art is that it has no connection to the community. These works seemingly exist in a vacuum with no ties to the people who may not necessarily consider themselves art lovers. With its NEW FRONTIERS: Series for Contemporary Art, the Oklahoma City Museum ...

Eruptions

Eruptions Mailbag Call

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about 4 years ago

I've been seeing a lot of questions popping up in the comments - and for me, I find it difficult to answer them in the confines of post comments. Many of them are quite good and would probably be of interest to lots of Eruptions readers, so I thought maybe it is time for another Eruptions ...

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Puffin Flight

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about 4 years ago

NASA has unveiled a prototype for a new kind of vehicle which could revolutionize the way we travel. The “Puffin” takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane and sounds like a car. “No one has ridden inside a Puffin as yet. Right now, it's a subscale model without a body or tails. But the ...

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“Science Doesn’t Apply”

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Lawyers fighting the case for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman charged with attempting to murder US soldiers and FBI agents, have said the “laws of science do not apply in her case”. “Siddiqui is accused of grabbing a US warrant officer's M-4 rifle in a police station in Ghazni, Afghanistan and ...

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Al Qaeda Ally

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Somalia’s al Shabeeb militant group has said it will join forces with al Qaeda in a drive to establish an Islamic state in the region and to support Muslims across East Africa. “In a statement Monday, the group said it had agreed, among other things, "to connect the horn of Africa jihad to the one ...

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“Unnatural Law”

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Pope Benedict XVI has slammed British laws which protect the equal rights of homosexuals, saying that such policies go against religious freedom and violate “natural law”. “He said that the bill could end the right of the Catholic Church to ban gay people from taking senior positions, and urged ...

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“Cat Predicts Deaths”

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about 4 years ago

A cat which has “predicted the deaths” of more than 50 residents of the nursing home where he lives by sitting on their laps in their final hours, is the subject of a new book. “Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar ...

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Salad Days

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about 4 years ago

“I never knew a rocket leaf could speak. Then Meredith Young came along and now I do – although what it has to say is rather sad. Rocket leaves; thinly sliced portobello mushrooms; artfully wilted spinach: these aren't the usual subjects of psychologist Young. But, with a team of researchers, she ...

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No Moon Feat

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about 4 years ago

President Barack Obama has scrapped US plans to return astronauts to the moon. The plan forms part of a cost saving initiative designed to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit. “US plans to return astronauts to the moon have been scrapped under a revised budget presented to the US congress. The plan ...

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“I Ended Apartheid”

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about 4 years ago

Twenty years ago today, FW de Klerk addressed South Africa’s parliament and stunned it and the rest of the world by ending 41 years of Apartheid. The press were gathered as everyone was expecting de Klerk to announce that Nelson Mandela was to be freed. “In fact de Klerk had no intention of freeing ...