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Don't Try to Fight the Web

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over 4 years ago

CNN president Jon Klein said yesterday that the competition he fears the most comes from social media sites rather than rival cable news channels: "I'm more worried about the 500 million or so people on Facebook versus the 2 million on Fox." Yet another sign that traditional news organizations don ...

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Is Iraq's Election Being Rigged?

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over 4 years ago

Iraq stands on the edge of a precipice. Widespread claims of electoral fraud have emerged over the past few days as the country went to the polls, and in Brussels, the Head of the European Parliament’s Iraq Delegation Struan Stevenson MEP, has just issued a press release describing the delay in ...

Daylight Atheism

God's Failed Land Promise

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over 4 years ago

In the early chapters of Genesis, Yahweh makes a sweeping promise to Abraham, forefather of the Jewish people: "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." —Genesis 15 ...

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Hermaphrochickens

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“Chicken sex doesn’t work like ours. No, not that sex — but the process by which an embryo becomes a recognizably male or female animal. Unlike mammals, it’s not hormones that dictate a chicken’s sex. It’s a fundamental property of the cells themselves. But this only became apparent when biologists ...

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Treading On Eggshell

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Remarkably well preserved genetic information has been found in the fossilised eggshells of an extinct species of elephant bird from Madagascar, the biggest bird ever to walk this earth – or at least known to have existed. Resembling Big Bird from Sesame Street, the creature’s DNA was discovered by ...

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Mouse ADHD Clue

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A new study using mice has revealed that the root of psychiatric disorder attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be found in an overactive protein which is responsible for regulating the dopaminergic pathways. Although ADHD is typically seen as a condition affecting teenagers, it also ...

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Ungrateful Dead?

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Two new exhibitions about band the Grateful Dead have just opened at the New York Historical Society and the University of California, proving the dead live on. The New York Times reports: “’The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society,’ which continues through July 4, includes ...

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Gender Gap

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A century after International Women’s Day was founded to promote gender equality a stark gender gap still exists in the workplace in countries across the world. “A new report by the World Economic Forum finds that even though more women are employed around the world than ever before, and now make up ...

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Democracy Mockery

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Worldwide indignation has met new election laws announced by Burma’s military rulers, in what US government spokesperson Philip Crowley has said is a “democratic mockery.” The BBC reports: “Burma has prohibited political prisoners - including the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi - from ...

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Jobs vs. Climate

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Should American lawmakers roll back a few environmental protection laws, including the landmark bill to reduce greenhouse emissions, in favor of boosting the US job market? That is the question residents of Las Angeles are considering after Republican lawmakers proposed the roll back as a way to ...

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Condoms for Kids?

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Do specially made “extra small” condoms for children sound like a good idea, asks Marlon Abrahams, in response to a new safe sex campaign targeting 12-year-olds in Switzerland? Comically titled the “Hotshot”, the new kind of condom has been developed by the Swiss government after a survey showed ...

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Right To Privacy

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Privacy laws being invoked by opponents of same-sex marriage, giving them the right to be unseen and anonymous in court, is like a “drive-by assault” to gay rights activists. Despite gay marriage being made legal in the District of Columbia yesterday, elsewhere US lawmakers are still wrangling with ...

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Bubble Trouble

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Those enthusiasts about China’s perky economy should heed the warnings of Premier Wen Jiabao on the dangers of overinvestment producing another economic bubble, writes The Washington Post’s David Ignatius. China watchers need to look more closely as its biggest problem is that its growth is unstable ...