" For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. "
Francis Bacon

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Assassination Attempt on Gerry Adams

Adams is an Irish Republican politician, member of Parliament for Belfast West, and president of Sinn Féin, the Irish nationalist movement that has gained notoriety for its association with the volatile Irish Republican Army (IRA). He has been a key figure in Irish peace negotiations and was the main architect of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. In 1984, Adams was seriously wounded when several gunmen opened fire on his car. What did Adams allege about the British army's failure to prevent the attack?



The Sea Peoples

Sea Peoples, seafaring raiders who ravaged and settled the Mediterranean coasts between the 12th and 13th centuries BCE, are mentioned in a number of records from ancient civilizations. Scholars believe that the warriors were actually members of a confederacy of several ethnic groups, and a number of hypotheses exist regarding the identities and motives of the Sea Peoples. Which empire's decline is believed to have resulted from the activities of the Sea Peoples?

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Paul Ehrlich

Ehrlich was a German bacteriologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908 for his work on immunology. He is also noted for his work in hematology, cellular pathology, and the use of dyes in microscopy. Ehrlich coined the term "chemotherapy" and is credited with the first empirical observation of the blood-brain barrier. He also made notable contributions to the treatment of syphilis, stimulating research that led to the development of what widely-used drug?

Last updated on Saturday, 14th March 2009

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