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Sexual abuse of children was "endemic" in Catholic boys' institutions in Ireland and church leaders turned a blind eye to it, says a report on mistreatment in church-run bodies dating back to the 1930s. "Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from," the report said. "A climate of fear ... permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys." (Source)

"The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150 to 200 million years ago, and the earliest known bird is the Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx, c 155-150 Ma. Most paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs that survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event approximately 65.5 million years ago." (Wikipedia: Bird)

"...T-rex collagen makeup is almost identical to that of a modern chicken - this corroborates a huge body of evidence from the fossil record that demonstrates birds are descended from meat-eating dinosaurs," said Angela Milner, the associate keeper of palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London. (Source)

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Here is an article from Shireen Qudosi, a writer on Islam, discussing the progress of Muslims redirecting their traditional career paths as doctors, lawyers and engineers to take on key roles in media and politics, some of which are pushing for Sharia Law.

Thursday, 14 May 2009 12:24

Our brightest are kept dirt poor

IN THE last quarter of 2008, a significant group of Australians was living below the poverty line. For a single person, this meant living on less than $415.06 a week. These people were working full time ? 40 hours a week, and probably much more. They received no employer superannuation and weren't entitled to concessions or pensions.Who were they? Illegal migrant workers? Sweatshop employees unaware of their rights? No ? they were some of Australia's best and brightest minds: PhD students. (Source)

Dr. Jonathan Pararajasingham is a British-born medical doctor specialising in neurosurgery, currently based at Cambridge University's Neurosurgical Unit in the United Kingdom. In this article, Dr. Pararajasingham, explores why religion is so universal.

New research suggests that the modern human species first evolved in southern Africa, probably near what is now South Africa's border with Namibia. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
According to recent studies, our mental decline is more due to losing brain nerve connections instead of loss of brain cells. Therefore, it is important to keep our brains active most especially as we age. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:43

Jakarta shuffle favours Islamists

INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is being driven into the arms of the country's Islamic parties, posing questions about the direction of his Government if, as expected, he is re-elected...Mr Yudhoyono's main coalition partner will be the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), an Islamist party with its roots in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement. At least two other Islamic parties are also expected to join the coalition. (Source)
Friday, 01 May 2009 22:34

Don't panic yet .... just stock up

AUSTRALIANS could soon be asked to stock their pantries with food and water and prepare for an emergency, according to the Federal Government's pandemic flu plan. (Source)

It is surreal. It makes me think of that film, Outbreak. It makes me wonder: will there ever be an outbreak powerful enough to bring our species close to extinction in the future?

Tuesday, 28 April 2009 10:00

The Fascinating KEO Project Time Capsule

This is the most fascinating news I have heard about recently.

"KEO is the name of a proposed space time capsule that will be launched in 2010 or 2011. There have been previous spacecrafts carrying time capsules of earth's existence sent into space but what makes the KEO Satellite different is it will be designed to return back to earth 50,000 years later. The KEO project was conceived in 1994 by French artist-scientist Jean-Marc Philippe. If this ambitious project is realized the KEO will carry a drop of human blood chosen at random encased in a diamond, samples of air, sea water and earth and the DNA of the human genome. The satellite will also carry an astronomical clock, photographs of people of all cultures and an encyclopedia of current human knowledge.

Interesting Fact: The Satellites name is supposed to represent the three most frequently used sounds common to the most widely spoken languages today, K, E and O. Also, every person is invited to write a message addressed to the future inhabitants. The deadline is December 31, 2009. Messages can be posted here."

(Source:Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules)


Published in Scientific Advances