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Nasa Unveils Another Mars Mission: InSight

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Scientists hope to get under the skin of the Red Planet as Nasa unveils plans for another mission to Mars, launching in 2016. Nasa’s InSight lander will drill deep into the guts of the red planet Nasa has announced plans to launch another mission to Mars, hot on the heels of the successful landing of [...]

August 22nd, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

Russian court imprisons Pussy Riot band members on hooliganism charges

Pussy Riot band members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Friday August 17. (Photo taken from cnn.com)

Three members of Russian female punk rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church. The five months they have spent in detention since their arrests in March count toward the sentence, Judge [...]

August 20th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

Nigeria: Kano cancels famous durbar horse festival

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A festival held during Muslim Eid celebrations has been cancelled in northern Nigeria, a region hit by a wave of militant Islamist attacks. A BBC reporter says it is the first time in more than 200 years that the three-day durbar, or horse parading ceremony, in Kano has been called off. Officials said it was [...]

August 17th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

5 babies in 5 minutes: Texas quintuplets

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Their mother calls them “five tiny bundles of perfection.” A set of quintuplets — among the first sets delivered nationally so far this year — were in stable condition after being born to missionaries Carrie and Gavin Jones at Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center. Three boys and two girls — Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

The Urban Solution

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By  Saskia Sassen Saskia Sassen is a professor of sociology and the co-chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous books, including The Global City (Princeton University Press, 1991/2001). Foreign Policy Magazine named her one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2011. At the United Nations Conference [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

History’s Harsh Lessons

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By Antony Beevor British historian and award-winning author Antony Beevor discusses the complexities of the Second World War, and what they teach us about the prospect of another global conflict. The Second World War in many ways shaped the world we live in. It sealed the fate of the British Empire. It saw the rise of [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

Higgs Boson: Is That All There Is?

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By Stephen Wolfram Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader. He is the creator of Mathematica, the author of A New Kind of Science, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. As an academic, he made various contributions to particle physics, cosmology, and computer science, and [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

The Truth About Lying

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By Dan Ariely Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the best-selling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and, most recently, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. We lie. We cheat. We bend the rules. [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

Europe’s Racism Problem

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By Adrienne Clarkson Adrienne Clarkson was born in Hong Kong in 1939, and came to Canada as a refugee with her parents in 1942. In 1999, after a rich and distinguished career in broadcasting, journalism, the arts, and public service, Madame Clarkson became Canada’s 26th governor general. She was the first immigrant to receive this [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

Dining on Dinosaurs?

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By Josh Schonwald Josh Schonwald is a Chicago journalist and the author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, children, and indoor aquaponic system. They say there’s no accounting for taste. I would say that, quite to the contrary, if we’re to feed [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in International | Read More »

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