" If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. "
Rene Descartes

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“Trial of the Century” Begins

Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. In recent years, the case against Hauptmann has come under serious scrutiny. It has been discovered that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted or doctored and that false testimony was given at the trial. What did modern forensic scientists determine about evidence from the kidnapping?



Lingua Ignota

Lingua Ignota, Latin for “unknown language,” is considered one of the first constructed languages, meaning that it was devised by an individual and did not evolve naturally within a culture. The 12th century abbess Saint Hildegard developed the 23-letter language, describing it in a two-manuscript work containing a 1,011 word glossary. She defines her words in hierarchical order, listing the terms for God and angels before words for humans. What is the language's relationship to Latin?

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Isaac Asimov

Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-born author who achieved great success in the US for his science fiction and popular science books. Along with Heinlein and Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction authors during his lifetime. A rationalist and humanist, Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books, taking stands on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear power. Robin Williams starred in a film based on which of Asimov's short stories?

Last updated on Wednesday, 2nd January 2008

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