" False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. "
Charles Darwin

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Daniel Pearl Is Kidnapped

Daniel Pearl was the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered while on assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. Pearl was kidnapped by a nationalist Pakistani group that accused him of being an Israeli spy. The kidnappers e-mailed a lengthy list of demands to US officials, and six days later, Pearl was killed. A videotape of his beheading was soon after leaked onto the internet through a jihadist website. What were the kidnappers' demands?




Seaplanes are designed to take off from and land on water. The two most common types are the floatplane, whose fuselage is supported by struts attached to two or more pontoon floats, and the flying boat, whose boat-hull fuselage is constructed with the buoyancy and strength necessary to land and float on water. Seaplanes are frequently used by rescue organizations due to their efficiency and ability to spot and rescue survivors. Who invented the first seaplane?

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Stendhal was a prominent 19th century French writer. His work, though out of step with the Romanticism that pervaded literature during his lifetime, has gained widespread acclaim in the last seventy-five years for its irony and psychological complexity. His major novels include The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma. His most genuine and unhappy love affair led him to write what psychological analysis of love that predates Freud?

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