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Adam and Eve Did What? A Visit to the Creationism Museum Makes Scientists Laugh, Cry


From Alternet The museum argues, among other things, that war, famine and natural disasters are to blame on belief in evolution. For a group of paleontologists, a tour of the Creation Museum seemed like a great tongue-in-cheek way to cap off a serious conference. But while there were a few laughs and some clowning for […]

CIA chief believes Cheney almost wants U.S. attacked


From Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA director Leon Panetta says it’s almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the “harsh interrogation” of terrorism suspects. “I think he smells some blood in the […]

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program


From Nuclear Archive Israel is believed to possess the largest and most sophisticated arsenal outside of the five declared nuclear powers. Israel has never admitted possessing nuclear weapons, but abundant information is available showing that the capability exists. A short essay on the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program April 1997 revelations about Israeli-South African […]

World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic


From WHO Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization Ladies and gentlemen, In late April, WHO announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus. This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is entirely new. The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from […]

HITBSecConf2009 Malaysia to Debate Public Security


From NewsWire Today Tracks and keynote speakers will, for the first time, scrutinize the technology behind public services, physical security of locks and TEMPEST attacks. HITBSecConf, a premier international security conference is, once again, coming to Asia to host the 7th, annual installment of HITBSecConf event in Malaysia, from October 5-8, 2009. This year’s convention […]

The future of the forest


From The Economist THE tiny village, where naked Ticuna Indians live in wooden houses raised on stilts, looks out over one of the rivers that becomes the Amazon. No place seems farther removed from the ups and downs of the world economy. But this is misleading. The Ticuna, who now have a large reservation at […]

G8 considers how to move out of crisis mode


From Reuters By Anna Willard and Patrick Graham LECCE, Italy (Reuters) – The world’s rich nations have started to consider how they will unwind emergency steps to rescue their economies once recovery is certain, according to a draft statement from a meeting of Group of Eight finance ministers on Saturday. The communique showed the group […]

HIV positive and extremely able


From Oxfam Nicole Johnstonmeets an inspiring campaigner at the Oxfam-supported Global Citizen’s Summit on HIV/AIDS. Catherine Mwayonga is a formidable woman: she is a teacher, a grassroots activist, and the mother of six. She is also blind and HIV positive. Catherine Mwayonga and her son Peter [Photo credit: Nicole Johnston] Catherinehas been a teacher at […]

Blood in the jungle


From The Economist Oil and land rights in Peru FOR seven weeks tens of thousands of Amazonian Indians blocked roads and rivers across eastern Peru. They seized hydroelectric plants and pumping stations on oil and gas pipelines to try to force the repeal of decrees facilitating oil exploration, commercial farming and logging in parts of […]

Influenza A (H1N1): WHO announces pandemic alert phase 6, of moderate severity


From WHO Today, based on assessment of all available information and following expert consultations, WHO raised the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) alert level from phase 5 to phase 6. WHO stresses that this is not a statement about the severity of the virus, but means there is clear evidence of community-level transmission in multiple countries in […]