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After Death Row

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almost 5 years ago

African American John Thompson was wrongly convicted of killing a white hotel executive called Ray Liuzza and spent 14-years on death row in Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. He appealed six execution dates before new evidence was uncovered and his sentence was quashed in a retrial. In 2003 he ...

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Infant Deformity

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almost 5 years ago

Doctors in Falluja, a war-ravaged region in Iraq, are reportedly treating 15 times as many chronic deformities in babies since the war began. There has also been an increase in infant cancers and scientists are suggesting that there could be links to toxic materials left over from the fighting. “A ...

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Fluid Pattern

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almost 5 years ago

“An 18th-century savant called Joseph-Louis Lagrange was a pioneer of the study of moving fluids (among many other things), but his ideas outran the computational tools of his day. Only now, with supercomputers available to help with the calculations, is it possible to explore those ideas completely ...

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Scary Santa

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“A controversial giant Santa Claus decoration has been reinstalled in Auckland's city centre to the horror of some locals who say it is ‘too creepy’,” writes ABC News. “The 20-metre-high fibreglass Santa has been attached to the side of a book shop in Queen Street over Christmas for almost 50 years ...

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Literate PC?

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almost 5 years ago

“Computers have got a lot to learn about grammar,” writes The Independent’s Philip Hensher. “Experiments with using computers to mark exams have been on the rise for some time, and have now reached the point where they are supposed to be able to judge styles of writing. Last week, the Westminster ...

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“Bomb the Clouds”

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almost 5 years ago

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is encouraging Cuban scientists to “bomb clouds” with aircraft in order to stimulate rainfall during sever droughts caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon. The public has been recently outraged by severe water and electricity rationing – even being asked to take ...

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Living With Osama

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“For readers who have been living on another planet for the past decade or so, here is the news: Osama bin Laden is a monster, a priapic zealot who was as cruel and arrogant in family life as he has been in his bloodstained public career,” writes The Washington Post. “Not only is he a mass murderer ...

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“Out Of Time”

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almost 5 years ago

President Barack Obama has ruled out the setting of legally binding targets for tackling climate change at the Copenhagen summit next month. He said that “time had run out” to form a cohesive agreement and put his weight behind delaying a formal pact until the beginning of next year at the earliest ...

Eruptions

Mystery Volcano Photo #13

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almost 5 years ago

Busy week leading up to Thanksgiving for me, with a talk to give later in the week and quizzes a plenty! The Mystery Volcano Photo series has a couple clear frontrunners now, with both Don Crain and Gijs with multiple points. Current Standings: Don Crain - 2 gijs - 2 volcanista - 1 ...

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The Future of Conservatism

Palin
almost 5 years ago

Since the Republican Party's historic defeat in the 2008 elections, American conservatives have been seeking new ideas to rally around, new leaders to point the way forward. One year later, have they succeeded? Has President Obama's job performance helped or hurt their cause? Are the headline ...

Daylight Atheism

Weekly Link Roundup

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

I've got plenty of goodies in the bag for this post. Frankly, more has been happening lately than I can write about - but that's okay, because there are lots of other fantastic atheist bloggers who've said it all! • First, there's this outrageous story out of Washington, D.C., where the Catholic ...