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Ireland Is Set to Become the First Country to Completely Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

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Goodbye, coal and oil. Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from fossil fuels, thanks to a new bill recently passed by the… Josh Hrala ScienceAlert If set into law after review, the vote – which passed with 90 to 53 votes last Thursday – would halt public funding of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and… Ireland Is Set… Read More »

David Attenborough: 90 and ‘still fighting the good fight’

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(CNN) – For Britons stretching back generations, he’s the voice of our planet. Softly spoken and with reassuring cadence, David Attenborough has guided audiences on many a journey through the natural world. CNN From perilous mountaintops to frozen tundra, tropical rainforest to the watery abyss, there are few places his voice has not carried. At 90 years old, we’re… David Attenborough: 90 and… Read More »

The secret to living a meaningful life

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Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality. Christian Jarrett BBC News Brian Little, one of the world’s leading experts on personality psychology, is renowned as a public speaker. If you watch his… The secret to… Read More »

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

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The best selling book on Amazon is ‘1984’ – which was originally published in… John Broich Independent A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel resonates with today’s… A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on… 2017 isn’t ‘1984… Read More »

Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia

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As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did Jeremy Meek Southeast Asia Globe Magazine In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes… Pagoda problems: the… Read More »

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 56-to-43 vote

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Rex Tillerson won confirmation Wednesday to become secretary of state, placing a longtime oil company executive at the helm of what President Trump has promised will be an “America first” foreign… By Anne Gearan The Washington Post The final vote was 56 to 43, with four members of the Democratic caucus in favor of confirmation: Sens… Senate confirms Rex… Read More »

‘Breaking News’ Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

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Breaking news is everywhere, 24 hours a day. Susan Stamberg npr And now, it’s made its way into an art gallery as well — in an exhibit called “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.” In Los Angeles, a Getty… ‘Breaking News’ Artists… Read More »

Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria for expropriating the building

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The former owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born has launched a legal battle against the Austrian government for expropriating the building, a court official said Tuesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah The state seized the dilapidated building in the northern town of Braunau in December after MPs approved an expropriation law specifically aimed at the controversial property. The move came after… Ex-owner of Hitler… Read More »

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

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Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

Why Abortion Kills A Person Even If You Don’t Think The Unborn Are People Yet

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When I was 21, someone stole my coat. George Fields The Federalist At that moment, I became an ardent supporter of the pro-life movement. You might say that I have… Why Abortion Kills A… Read More »

First human-pig embryos open route to growing transplant organs in chimeras

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Scientists have grown the first human-pig hybrid embryos and taken them a third of the way through pregnancy inside a… Marcus Strom The Age Geneticists at the Salk Institute in California hope this research will pave the way to grow fully-functioning human transplant organs inside hybrid… First human-pig… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

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In his first week in power, President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign promises most people had assumed were too absurd or extreme to ever… By Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post A temporary Muslim ban of some sort is set to come into effect, and the White House is seeking funding to… Trump is the… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date

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26 January – a day that marks the beginning of Indigenous dispossession – is the wrong day for national… Editorial The Guardian Respectful debate is the best way to a solution that will allow all Australians to join the… Mick Dodson explained succinctly why he… The Guardian view… Read More »

A Match Made in Hell: The Budding Bromance of Trump and Erdogan

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Can two power-hungry egomaniacs forge a lasting alliance? Much depends on an extradition request, and whether Trump will continue the alliance with Syria’s… By Anna Lekas Miller The Nation Istanbul— “Your organization is terrible,” Donald Trump shouted at a CNN reporter at his January 11 news conference. “You are fake… A Match Made… Read More »