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Despite massacres, Christianity is on a roll worldwide

Despite massacres, Christianity is on a roll worldwide

In the past 10 days, Christian churches have been attacked in Egypt and Nigeria and improvised explosive devices have been placed on the doorsteps of Christian families in Iraq – which events, taken together, could mean a co-ordinated assault on Christians by Muslim holy warriors. …. [However]  As U.S. political scientist Walter Russell Mead observed in […]

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A ‘blasphemy’ charge, a Christian woman, and a political assassination

A ‘blasphemy’ charge, a Christian woman, and a political assassination

By Huma Imtiaz, Jinnah Institute Aasia Bibi, a mother of five, has been sentenced to death under the Blasphemy Law by a court in the Nankana Sahib district of Punjab. She has been languishing in jail for one year. Aasia, a labourer and a resident of the Ittanwalai village, is reportedly the first woman to […]

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Bodyguard executed his boss, Pakistani governor, for defending accused Christian woman

Bodyguard executed his boss, Pakistani governor, for defending accused Christian woman

Pakistanis hold candles in commemoration of slain governor of Punjab Salman Taseer in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Jan. 7. / AP /Mohammad Sajjad LAHORE: When Punjab Governor Salman Taseer stepped out of the Table Talk restaurant in Islamabad, after having lunch with his hotelier friend Sheikh Waqas on January 4, he was most likely aware of […]

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Stellar merger may have preceded Supernova 1987A

Stellar merger may have preceded Supernova 1987A

Rings produced by a computer model of a stellar merger (left) mimic those of supernova 1987A (right) / Illustration: T Morris/P Podsiadlowski; Image: C Burrows/ESA/STScI/NASA A merger of two stars and the deadly dance that preceded it produced the distinctive triple ring system of supernova 1987A, a new study says. SN 1987A exploded in the […]

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First images of Apollo 14 lunar module descent stages returned by NASA’s lunar orbiter

First images of Apollo 14 lunar module descent stages returned by NASA’s lunar orbiter

The imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently had its first of many opportunities to photograph the Apollo landing sites. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) imaged five of the six Apollo sites with the narrow angle cameras (NACs) between July 11 and 15, within days of the 40th anniversary of the […]

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Already 43 paying guests for $4 million 2012 space vacations

Already 43 paying guests for $4 million 2012 space vacations

Anyone with a cool $4 million and change might consider doing what 43 other people have done, and sign up for an orbital space vacation in 2012 with Galactic Suite Space Resort. The Barcelona-based company plans to open the first space hotel if all goes according to plan. Space customers would spend three nights in […]

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‘Pregnant’ San Andreas could be ready to deliver

‘Pregnant’ San Andreas could be ready to deliver

Scary beauty surrounds Cameron Barrows. He works in lush groves of fan palms that erupt like mirages from moonscape terrain. Hot springs bubble beneath them. Sand dunes drift nearby. “It’s an amazing place,” said Barrows, director of the Coachella Valley Preserve east of Palm Springs. The 20,000-acre sanctuary owes its splendors to the San Andreas […]

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Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it. And for modern-day soldiers, the sites of conflict are so far-flung, and the political considerations of even flying over another country so complicated, that rapid entry has become nearly impossible. If a group of Marine Corps visionaries have their way, however, 30 years […]

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European space telescope to search for exoplanets of other stars

European space telescope to search for exoplanets of other stars

On 27 December, COROT is to be launched into space on a unique astronomy mission: its twin goals are to detect exoplanets orbiting around other stars and to probe the mysteries of stellar interiors as never before. . . . While CNES is completing preparations for the launch from Baikonur/Kazakhstan, ESA and a large number […]

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The top-secret warplanes of Area 51

The top-secret warplanes of Area 51

Stealth jets? Hypersonic bombers? What’s really being developed at the military’s most famous classified base? On a trip to las vegas in 2004, observing from my east-facing hotel room in the pyramidal Luxor Hotel at daybreak, I watched a fleet of six unmarked 737s make commuter flights to nowhere. These aircraft depart every weekday morning from […]

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