" Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing—a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces. "
George Bernard Shaw

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The Passion of the Christ Is Released in the US

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which depicts the last hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, is the highest-grossing R-rated film ever made and was nominated for three Academy Awards. Several Jewish groups have expressed concern that the film blames the death of Jesus on the Jews as a collective group and could encourage anti-Semitism. The movie has also sparked debate about whether its depictions of violence are too graphic. In what languages is the film's dialogue spoken?



Devil's Hole Pupfish

One of the rarest species in the world, the Devil's Hole pupfish is native to a single, unlikely habitat: Devil's Hole, a geothermal, aquifer-fed pool within a limestone cavern in Nevada's Amargosa Desert. Due to its precarious existence, the 22,000-year-old species has been the subject of considerable attention. Scientists closely monitor the population, which fluctuates throughout the year and has, at times, dipped as low as 40. Why have some pupfish been removed from Devil's Hole?

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Renoir's paintings number in the thousands and are notable for their saturated color, vibrant light, and warm sensuality. Early in his career, Renoir developed a close relationship with Claude Monet and became a celebrated artist of the Impressionist style. At times the two painters worked side-by-side, creating several pairs of paintings that depict the same scenes. Though crippled with rheumatoid arthritis in his later life, Renoir continued to paint. How did he manage to do so?

Last updated on Thursday, 25th February 2010

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