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Monkey Talk

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Talking monkeys may not be a thing of fantasy after scientists analysing Campbell’s primates realised the creatures repeat the same linguistic call patterns. “‘This is the first evidence we have in animal communication that they can combine, in a semantic way, different calls to create a new message ...

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Prophet or Poet?

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“The quickest way to understand the audacity and originality of what David Rosenberg is attempting in A Literary Bible, the big book of his selected translations from the Hebrew Bible, is to read the introduction to his excerpt from the book of Jeremiah. To countless generations of Bible readers ...

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Volcanic Chill?

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Researchers believe a previously undocumented volcanic eruption 200 years ago in 1809 may explain the coldest decade on record which occurred between 1810 and 1819. “South Dakota State University researchers made the finding by analyzing chemicals in ice samples from snow-capped Antarctica and ...

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“Google Real-time”

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“Google has moved to head off some of the threat from young rivals such as Twitter and Facebook by announcing plans to prominently display results from social networking sites in its search pages. The new development, which the Californian technology giant dubs "real-time search", aims to bring ...

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Pakistan Bombs

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Synchronised bomb attacks massacred 46-people yesterday in Pakistan in a suspected backlash by insurgents after an attempted military crackdown on the Taliban. “Two synchronized bombs ripped through a market popular with women in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore about 9pm, igniting a massive ...

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Dirty Water

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“More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But since 2004, the ...

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“Tiger’s Barbies”

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Revelations about the philandering activities of America (and the world’s) best golf player, Tiger Woods, have gripped the nation over the last few weeks. But Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post claims Woods’ choice of bed mate is symptomatic of deep-rooted insecurity. He asks: “What’s with the ...

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Not Hot Air

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“The US government has declared that greenhouse gases threaten human health. The move could allow the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to order cuts in emissions without the approval of Congress. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency was now ‘authorised and obligated to make ...

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Plumes a-poppin'!

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Maybe I should just apologize right here and now for that title, but dang, I liked it. Anyway, I've seen a lot of plume images cross my browser/inbox over the last day, so I thought I'd post a few of them. Soufriere Hills, Montserrat The renewed activity at Soufriere Hills has produced a ...

Mind Matters

The Weirdest People in the World?

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Psychologists often joke that their insights into human nature come from experiments with American university students, on duty for required credit or beer money. "So we see that human beings--or at least, Michigan sophomores...'' Ha-ha, chuckle-chuckle. Then, on with the PowerPoint. It's a ...

Politeia

Who Speaks for the Right?

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After blogger Andrew Sullivan announced last week that he was "leaving the right," I argued that there is no longer much room on the political right for conservatives in the original sense of the term. Conservatives who favor gradual change and take a modest view of what governments can accomplish ...