May 2nd, 2001
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Vatican rejects EU's "ungodly" bill of rights
The Vatican said that the Charter of Fundamental Rights adopted at the EU summit in Nice was a "godless" document. (3rd March, 2001)
A quarter of world enjoys religious freedom
About 75 percent of the world's population is subjected to restrictions and violations of their religious freedom.
Aerosol can reveal envelopes' secrets
An aerosol spray that makes unopened envelopes transparent so that the contents can be read has been invented. (3rd March, 2001)
Spy in the sky fights the flab?
Swiss scientists have tested the ability of the GPS to track people and gauge how much exercise they're clocking up. (3rd March, 2001)
Do you know where your kids are?
To many parents, it may be a dream: A little gadget that can track where a child is at all times. (3rd March, 2001)
The chips are up, kids
Schools in Belgium have a new electronic schoolbook computer system with an integrated chip that can locate students at all times. (3rd March, 2001)
Genetics: What's in your cornflakes?
Would you like to have your morning cornflakes served with milk, fruit, and bugkiller or would you just as soon pass on the bugkiller? (3rd March, 2001)
Patent allows creation of man-animal hybrid
A biotech company has taken out a patent on a process which would allow animals to be developed with body parts originating from humans. (3rd March, 2001)
Japanese workers skip time off
The still shaky economy and deeply entrenched social pressures are keeping Japan's workaholic work force glued to the office. (3rd March, 2001)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is struggling with a rash of student suicides. (3rd March, 2001)
South California at risk of one-two earthquake-tsunami punch
A tsunami generated by a Southern California earthquake could deliver 50-foot waves on the region's coastline with only a few minutes' warning. (3rd March, 2001)
Fidel Castro on the world economy
More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World. (3rd March, 2001)
Drive to stamp out Christianity in Laos having opposite effect
... the local people say, 'There must be something to this if the government is taking such a strong stand against it. It must be right,' (3rd March, 2001)
Angels prove saving grace
Most people regard them as Christmas card adornments, but at least 800 Britons claim to have had encounters with angels. (3rd March, 2001)
HIV spread outstripping worst predictions
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has outstripped even the worst predictions, surprising experts with the speed at which it has infected 36 million people. (3rd March, 2001)
Exploring the microelectronic world
The semiconductor industry is edging closer to the world of nanotechnology, where components are miniaturized to the point of individual molecules and atoms. (3rd March, 2001)
Kids caught in the world's deadly conflicts
Within the past decade, 2 million children have been killed and 6 million wounded in armed conflict. (3rd March, 2001)
Long after wars end, landmines lie in wait for the innocents
No one knows how many there are, but the estimate is between 60 million and 70 million uncleared landmines in 70 countries. They can remain active for about 50 years. (3rd March, 2001)
Vote for peace
[ Colman McCarthy, The Baltimore Sun -- December 31, 2000
The U.S. military budget at $305 billion is 22 times as large as the combined spending of the seven countries Pentagon officials label as potential attackers.
Genetic modifications: To fly or not to fly
[ Margaret Wertheim, The Age
Melbourne -- December 31, 2000 ]
The marriage of man and fly is one of the great sagas of modern science fiction. But this is not a movie; it is real life. Is this a path we really want to go down?
Storms are man's fault, says Prince Charles
[ Charles Clover, Electronic
Telegraph; Sarah Lyall, NY Times News Service -- December 31, 2000
On and off since mid-October, Britain has been pummeled by rain, whipped by winds and buffeted by storms that have caused untold millions of dollars in damage.
One in eight hungry
[ Agence France-Presse -- December 31, 2000
More than 800 million people still suffer from hunger or diseases associated with undernourishment.
Water systems in trouble
[ Associated Press -- December 31, 2000
Fresh water systems around the world are so environmentally degraded they are losing their ability to support human, animal and plant life.
Nuclear sub came close to meltdown
[ Adam Nathan, The Sunday
Times -- December 31, 2000 ]
One of Britain's nuclear submarines came within "a few minutes" of a reactor meltdown, naval experts have revealed.
"Why I condemn the West"
[ The Globalist -- December 31, 2000 ]
Love him or hate him, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir is one of the true firebrands of the global economy.
Ebola: For every three who survive, seven will die
[ Steve Connor, The
Independent; Reuters -- December 31, 2000
For every three who survive an Ebola outbreak, there can be up to another seven who end up dead from it.
Fear of diseased beef deepens in France
[ Suzanne Daley, NY Times News Service -- December 31, 2000
Throughout France, the public is in an increasing panic about the spread of mad cow disease.
Nanotechnology and the Law of Accelerating Returns
[ Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine -- December 31, 2000
"Progress in the 21st century will be 1,000 times greater than in the 20th in terms of technical change."
Talk about network problems
[ Garry Barker, The Age
Melbourne -- December 31, 2000 ]
If all the optical fiber spreading around the globe could be seen as a single filament, its tip would be advancing at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound.
Why is there life?
[ Brad Lemley, Discover -- December 31, 2000
In his newest book, Just Six Numbers, Rees argues that six numbers underlie the fundamental physical properties of the universe.
UK a society of atheists, says Archbishop.
[ AFP -- December 31, 2000
The Archbishop of Canterbury, believes Britain has become an atheist society in which people look to medicine, not religion, to provide eternal life.
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