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James Riordan‘s current events article series, “A Well Thought-Out Scream”

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New York Times Columnist David Brooks recently wrote about the Culture War growing in the United States.  Brooks, an American conservative, feels that the clashing cultures can be basically defined by their spiritual beliefs or, put more simply, Christian and non-Christian.  I remember a time when I was living in

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Recently, the teachers union in Turkey decided to demonstrate against some of the policies of the country’s educational system. They organized a rally to demonstrate in favor of secularism in Turkey’s education system. The fuss began back in 2012 with the promotion of Imam Hatip Islamic schools by the government angered many

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Turns out that the United States Food and Drug Administration has given its stamp of approval on a number of new varieties of genetically modified (GMO) apples and potatoes. The agency evaluated two varieties of GMO apples from Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. in Canada and six varieties of genetically modified

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Turns out that the United States Food and Drug Administration has given its stamp of approval on a number of new varieties of genetically modified apples and potatoes. The agency evaluated two varieties of genetically modified apples from Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. in Canada and six varieties of genetically modified

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to bid for the 2024 Games in an attempt to bring the Summer Olympics to America after a 28-year gap. The final four cities under consideration were Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston, all of which lobbied hard to become the American

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*****Jim regrets the delay in getting this out due to an unforeseen illness******* Jourgen Todenhofer, the first Western reporter to embed with Islamic State fighters and not be killed in the process, did an interview with Al Jazeera about his time with the terror group. Todenhofer lived side by side with the jihadist

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A fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century was recently discovered.  The text was written before the year 90 and prior to its discovery, the oldest gospel text discovered was written sometime between the years 101 and 200. The fragment was written on a

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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has been ranting about Killer Robots and the possibility of Google building a robot army.  The CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies posted a comment on the futurology site Edge.org, warning that developments in AI could bring about robots that

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By James Riordan At the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (http://www.aaai.org/home.html) researchers presented a paper indicating that they have discovered a new method to teach robots how to use tools – by watching videos on YouTube.  The researchers, from the University of Maryland

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The human heart beats 60 to 100 times a minute, more than 86,000 times a day, 35 million times a year. A single beat pushes about 6 tablespoons of blood through the body.  An organ that works that hard is bound to fail, says Dr. Billy Cohn, a heart surgeon

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