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Literary Scandal

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over 4 years ago

The New Republic takes exception to Nabokov's posthumous "novel" while levelling charges of bad taste against his son and extortion against Knopf publishing. "So this is what we’ve all been waiting for? The last, lost work of the great master, all but complete, so rumor had it, at the time of his ...

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Space Race II

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For now the U.S. is content to encourage privately funded space missions and international cooperation while a new Space Race may soon fill the vacuum left by a hobbled NASA. "Forty years ago the U.S. raced to plant the first foot on the moon. Now, as India, Russia, South Korea and China compete to ...

Politeia

Me, Me, Me

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over 4 years ago

On Thursday, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) placed a "blanket hold" on all of President Obama's nominees, effectively preventing the Senate from voting on any of them. In a statement, Shelby's office accused the administration of "coddling terrorists" and said he was blocking Obama's appointments due ...

Daylight Atheism

Movie Review: Creation

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over 4 years ago

Last night I had a chance to see Creation , the independent film by British director Jon Amiel that presents an account of the life of Charles Darwin and his struggle to write his great work, On the Origin of Species, while mourning the death of his beloved daughter Annie. The movie is based ...

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East Coast: Closed

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In preparation for a storm expected to bring 30 inches of snow to the greater Washington D.C. area, vehicle curfews have been imposed, flights delayed and public transportation closed. "An 'epic snowstorm' smacked the nation's capital and mid-Atlantic states Friday, and a father and son were killed ...

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Nuclear Exchange

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Iran's announcement that it is moving closer to sending low-grade nuclear material to China for reprocessing has caused a rift in the international community over how to deal with an assertive Iran. "In Germany, Manouchehr Mottaki said a deal to send enriched uranium overseas in exchange for nuclear ...

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Collider Delay

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After being plagued with technical problems, the partical collider meant to discover the origins of the universe will not run at full power for at least another three years. "The world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment will finally rumble into regular operation later this month, but it ...

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Sexy Music?

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Searching for a biological explanation of music, the British science writer Philip Ball takes stock of Darwin's idea that it could aid in the reproductive process and Steven Pinker's view that it is merely icing on the cake. "Charles Darwin, in 'The Descent of Man', noted that 'neither the enjoyment ...

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Revolutionary Nonsense

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Awaiting a speech from Sarah Palin, political vagueries and revisionist histories took center stage this week as the first-ever Tea Party convention opened in Nashville, Tennessee. "Ask Gail Hathaway, a warm 61-year-old retired nurse from Vonore, Tenn., what she wants out of the 'tea party' movement ...

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9.7%

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The unemployment level unexpectedly dropped to below ten percent when new employment figures were released yesterday signalling a slow but steady recovery in the labor market. "The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped to 9.7 percent in January and manufacturers added to payrolls for ...

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Shuttle Chute

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NASA's space shuttle will be retired after the International Space Station is completed next year leaving manned space missions mostly in Russia's hands. "NASA launch managers this morning cleared space shuttle Endeavour to lift off before dawn Sunday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the ...