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Ocean Ranger Drilling Rig Sinks off Coast of Newfoundland

The Ocean Ranger was a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit that sank during a storm in Canadian waters on February 15, 1982, killing all 84 crewmembers. It was drilling an exploration well in the Grand Banks area, 267 kilometers (166 miles) east of St. John's, Newfoundland, for Mobil Oil of Canada, Ltd. A Canadian Royal Commission spent two years looking into the disaster; what were the commission's conclusions?



Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)

ESP is an alleged ability to acquire information by means other than the five main senses of taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing. The term implies sources of information unknown to science. Types of ESP include clairvoyance, aura reading, telepathy, and astral projection. The study of such phenomena is often dubbed "parapsychology." Clairgustance is a form of ESP that allegedly allows one to do what?

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Galileo Galilei

Galileo was a Tuscan astronomer, philosopher, and physicist who perfected the telescope and used it to make novel astronomical observations. Though his work is today considered crucial to the development of the modern scientific method, the Catholic Church of the 17th c. forced him to abjure his findings under threat of torture. In 1992, Pope John Paul II concluded that theologian contemporaries of Galileo had wronged him by overlooking the difference between what two types of questions?

Last updated on Thursday, 15th February 2007

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