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Sea Ice

over 4 years ago

Stunning images of sea ice formations have been published by Wired, capturing the Wilkins ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula and other areas of eerie natural beauty. “Floating sea ice covers about 11 million square miles of Earth’s oceans in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It plays an important ...


Restored Footage

over 4 years ago

To commemorate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk NASA has released partially restored video of a series of 15 memorable moments from the expedition. “The source material for the restoration project is the best of the available broadcast-format video. Lowry Digital, Burbank, Calif., is ...


The Vatican Code

over 4 years ago

The man who nearly murdered Pope John Paul II and later claimed to be Jesus has emerged from prison demanding $7m for a tell all film and book deal, for which he wants Dan Brown. “Mehmet Ali Agca has been in jail for nearly 30 years and during that time, the theories about why he attempted a papal ...

Brave Green World

MLK On War And Environment

over 4 years ago

Planet Green ran an interesting countdown today: “6 Lessons the Green Movement Can Learn from MLK (in his own words).” Each bullet point is an MLK quote – most of them well-known, inspiring, and applicable to pretty much any social or environmental issue in the world today. "Our lives begin to end ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: The Means of Reproduction

over 4 years ago

Summary: An outstanding book, broad in its sweep and compelling in its use of fascinating detail, that paints a clear picture of the international forces opposing women's rights - and what's at stake in the fight against them. I've said in the past that I believe all feminists should be atheists ...

Waq al-Waq

Things I missed

over 4 years ago

I often miss things on Yemen here at Waq al-waq, and two of the articles I have missed in recent days have been by academics who study Yemen. (Full disclosure: I know both individuals and respect their work, particularly on political parties in the country.) The first one - No Blank Checks ...

Mind Matters

Clear Eye on the Cave Guy

over 4 years ago

About 50,000 years ago, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Spain, somebody (or bodies) was keeping carefully ground-up pigments--red, yellow, orange and shiny black--in neatly pierced seashells. That's evidence, says this paper, that these people wore cosmetics, which means it's evidence of ...