" It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. "
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Toxic Gas Erupts from Lake Nyos

Lake Nyos is a deep lake high on the flank of an inactive volcano in Cameroon. A pocket of magma lies beneath the lake, charging the water with an estimated 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos triggered the sudden release of about 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 that rushed down nearby valleys, displacing all the air and suffocating approximately 1,700 people within 20 km of the lake. What methods are being used to prevent future disasters at the lake?



The Q Document

In the 19th century, New Testament scholars noted that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which display similarity in word choice and event placement, share material not found in their generally recognized common source, the Gospel of Mark. Accordingly, some theorized that, independently of one another, the authors used the Gospel of Mark along with a hypothetical second source, dubbed the Q document, when composing their manuscripts. What is the theoretical lost text said to contain?

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Joe Strummer

Strummer was the lead singer and guitarist, as well as the principle songwriter for The Clash, a British rock band. The Clash was instrumental in ushering in the age of punk rock music in the late 1970s and was the most musically diverse and overtly political of the original English punk bands. Strummer supported the Rock Against Racism campaign. He was also known for his devotion to his fans, often signing autographs for hours after performances. What caused his untimely death?

Last updated on Friday, 21st August 2009

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