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Coral Destruction

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over 4 years ago

Scientists are predicting the disintegration of tropical coral reefs by the end of this century as rising acidity in the World’s oceans threatens to mortally unbalance marine ecosystems. “Coral reefs start to disintegrate when the acidity of the oceans rises beyond a certain threshold, and this ...

Strange Maps

447 - Old Lisbon (Not New Amsterdam)

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Even old New York / Was once New Amsterdam / Why they changed it I can’t say / People just liked it better that way - They Might Be Giants: “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” This map is doubly strange. It simultaneously depicts the wrong city, and under a previous name – the former error ...

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Dinosaur Bones

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over 4 years ago

If the Internet is understood as the democratization of information, then the print and TV news that preceded it was a fiefdom. In this fiefdom, feudal news producers condescended to let the people know about all the different goings-on in the world, but at least they seemed like benevolent ...

Daylight Atheism

An Atheist at Liberty University, Part III

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over 4 years ago

When the church service let out, my friends and I toured several other buildings on campus. We stopped by the dorms, which are strictly gender-segregated: I wonder what mindset lies behind this. Is it because the trustees of Liberty believe it's indecent for men and women to mingle ...

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Sex Poster Uproar

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The French public is in uproar over a poster campaign to discourage young people from smoking which shows teenagers kneeling in front of a man, as if simulating oral sex. “A cigarette takes the place of the man's sexual organ. The caption reads: ‘Smoking is to be a slave to tobacco.’ The campaign ...

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Facebook Work

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Procrastinating at work on Twitter and Facebook might actually make us more productive and have positive benefits on our work and boost creativity, according to new research. “Your random tweets about Android apps and last night’s Glee are stifling the economic recovery. At least, that’s the buzz ...

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Grim Milestone

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The number of US fatalities in the Afghanistan war is nearing 1,000, “a grim milestone”, more than eight years after the Taliban was toppled from power. “As of Tuesday, 996 U.S. military personnel had died while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. The roll call of the fallen began on Oct. 10 ...

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Word to Writers

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The Salon’s Laura Miller gives a word to the to wannabe writers - summarising the rules for writing fiction and advice from the point of view of a consumer rather than a fellow scribe. “Readers are what every novelist really wants, so isn't it about time that a reader offered them some advice? I've ...

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Gigantic Shark!

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The fossilised jawbone, teeth and scales of an enormous 10-meter predatory shark, which would have roamed the seas around 89m years ago, have been dug up in Kansas, USA. “The bottom-dwelling predator had huge tooth plates, which it likely used to crush large shelled animals such as giant clams ...

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Google Bullies

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Three Google, Inc. executives have been convicted on privacy charges by a Milan court of transmitting a video showing the bullying of a youth with Down’s syndrome. “The three were sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of invasion of privacy, the judge said. A fourth executive was ...

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Falklands Revisited

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After winning the unanimous backing of Latin America and the Caribbean in its claim to sovereignty over the Falklands Islands, Argentina is seeking a UN ruling over the row. “ Jorge Taiana, Argentina's foreign minister, will travel to New York on Wednsday to demand secretary general Ban Ki-moon's ...

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European Unrest

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Dissent and unrest is rife across Europe as workers and activists from different countries strike and riot in rejection of government plans to cut spending and impose austerity policies. “Huge protest rallies took place in cities across Spain last night; today a general strike could paralyse Greece ...

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Loosening Gun Law

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Amid fears that the new Obama administration will impose tighter strictures on guns, gun rights activists are pushing their State governments to loosen gun laws. “And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely ...