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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 in Canadian waters on February 15, 1982, killing all 84 crewmembers on board. The crew had been 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. when a sudden storm struck the rig. A Canadian Royal Commission spent two years investigating the disaster; what were the commission's conclusions?

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Anarchist Catalonia

Anarchism, a political theory that favors the abolition of all forms of government, started a profound libertarian revolution throughout Spain. During the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, Catalonia was established as an anarchist stronghold and much of the region's economy was put under worker control: factories were run through worker committees, agrarian areas became collectivized, and even hotels and restaurants were managed by their workers. Were these anarchic communes actually productive?

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Galileo Galilei

Galileo was a Tuscan astronomer, philosopher, and physicist whose technological advances and scientific investigations greatly enhanced humanity's knowledge of the universe. Though his work is today considered crucial to the development of the modern scientific method, the Catholic Church of the 17th century forced him to abjure his findings under threat of torture. When did the Catholic Church finally authorize the publication of Galileo's complete scientific works?

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