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Chemical weapons: Mustard plants, not mustard gasMustardseed, I know your patience well
OF ALL the nasty ways people have devised to harm each other, chemical weapons are among the worst. But even they have varying levels of unpleasantness. Mustard gas blisters the skin and lungs but is an inefficient way of killing. Nerve agents such as sarin, soman and VX are much more deadly. These can linger...
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PREDICTION is difficult, as Niels Bohr once observed, especially about the future. But that has not stopped a huge industry that promises to do so from springing up. Commuters pore over newspaper columns; politicians spend fortunes on deciphering polling data; bosses sit in thrall to the pronouncements of coiffed young flip-chart merchants from...

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Claws!: A strange, new fossil arthropod
This fearsomely armed critter, called Lyrarapax unguispinus, terrorised the seabed in what is now south-west China some 515m years ago, during the Cambrian period. It belongs to an extinct group called the anomalocaridids, and has just been described in Nature by Cong Peiyun of Yunnan University, in Kunming, and his colleagues. The anomalocaridids...
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...The US and EU increased sanctions in an attempt to get Putin to pay attention
...Euro CPI remained low putting additional selling pressure on the euro.
...Brazil’s central bank kept rates unchanged
...Gold rallied, reversing a two day drop on the back of increased Indian imports and safe haven buying

Good Day!  It is another...

Thursday, 17 July 2014 |

Fighting Bad Science in the Senate

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The Senate hearing for the Women's Health Protection Act shows just how important it is for women's health advocates to push for the facts.

The propensity of anti-choice advocates to eulogize false science was on full display on Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). That bill is a bold measure that would counter the

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AG Holder: “Thank you, Richard Bowen”

By William K. Black

Those should have been the first four words of Attorney General Eric Holder at the press conference announcing the settlement with Citicorp.

This article is the first in a series of pieces discussing the critical omissions in Holder’s statement at that press conference.  These omissions ex...

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During a recent meeting of the top governing body of the World Council of Churches (WCC), its Central Committee said “no” to investments in fossil fuels.

The decision was one among many made in a finance policy committee report that the body voted on last week, but one that confirmed both the long-term commitment of the WCC to caring for creation

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“The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace,” a conceptual framework for the future work of the World Council of Churches, receives critical elaboration and reflection in the latest issue of the WCC quarterly journal, The Ecumenical Review (ER).

According to a preface by ER editor Theodore Gill in the July 2014 issue, “guest editor Olav Fykse Tveit, the W

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Investing your time wisely and productively is a skill that doesn't require any expenditure of cash to learn.

A Reader Asks: How to Find Shelter from the Coming Storms?  prompted some excellent follow-on suggestions  for what we can do to survive the coming financial storms.

1. Proximity to fresh water, energy and rail transport.  (v...
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July 16, 2014 Youth ConferenceThe relics of Saint John at the 20th Anniversary of his canonization. Photo by Janine Alpaugh

For the first time, representatives of the Orthodox Church in America participated in the All-Diaspora Youth Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia [ROCOR] here June 27 through

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