Friday, 22 February, 2019

Year: 2019

Inspiring Peace Initiatives: SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND

Inspiring Peace Initiatives: SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND

Search for Common Ground (or SFCG) is an international non-profit organization operating in 36 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Belgium, with the majority of its 600 employees based in field offices around the world including in Africa, Asia, Europe,

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Canada's Chinook Salmon Endangered

Canada’s Chinook Salmon Endangered

Half of Canada’s Chinook salmon are endangered, with nearly all other populations in precarious decline, according to a new report, confirming fears that prospects for the species remain dire. The report by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada concluded that eight of the country’s 16 populations are

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Gazing On The Beauty Of God

Gazing On The Beauty Of God

Psalm 27. This canticle of King David presents us with a sufficiently vivid vignette of his historical lived experience with Yahweh in life’s problematic existence during his reign; specifically related to ‘the day of trouble’ (Ps 27:5; Ps 27:1-3). In the midst of abject turmoil encircling and threatening him, David’s singular request was to be in the Jerusalem tented temple meditating on the beauty of his God (Ps 27:4), a quest towards seeking solutions to his troubles! If

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Sagitta Constellation

The Sagitta Constellation

Sagitta is a dim but distinctive constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for “arrow,” and it should not be confused with the significantly larger constellation Sagittarius, the archer. Although Sagitta is an ancient constellation, it has no star brighter than 3rd magnitude and has the third-smallest area of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). It was

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The Math Behind Successful Relationships

The Math Behind Successful Relationships

Nearly 30 years ago, a mathematician and a psychologist teamed up to explore one of life’s enduring mysteries: What makes some marriages happy and some miserable? The psychologist, John Gottman, wanted to craft a tool to help him better counsel troubled couples. The mathematician, James Murray, specialized in modelling biological processes. It

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The vast majority of the world’s largest species are being pushed towards extinction, with the killing of the heftiest animals for meat and body parts the leading cause of decline, according to a new study. While habitat loss, pollution and other threats pose a significant menace to large species, also known as megafauna, intentional and unintentional trapping, poaching and slaughter is the single biggest factor in their decline, researchers found. An analysis of 362 megafauna species found that 70% of them are in decline, with 59% classed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Direct killing by humans is the leading cause across all classes of animals, the study states. A range of maladies, including intensive agriculture, toxins and invasive competitors are also helping to trigger these declines. This situation adds to the “mounting evidence that humans are poised to cause a sixth mass extinction event,” according to the research, published in Conservation Letters. It adds that “minimizing the direct killing of the world’s largest vertebrates is a priority conservation strategy that might save many of these iconic species and the functions and services they provide.”

The Killing of Large Species Pushing Them Towards Extinction

The vast majority of the world’s largest species are being pushed towards extinction, with the killing of the heftiest animals for meat and body parts the leading cause of decline, according to a new study. While habitat loss, pollution and other threats pose a significant menace to large species, also

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Call For Retraction Of 400 Scientific Papers

Call For Retraction Of 400 Scientific Papers

A world-first study has called for the mass retraction of more than 400 scientific papers on organ transplantation, amid fears the organs were obtained unethically from Chinese prisoners. The Australian-led study exposes a widespread failure of English language medical journals to comply with international ethical standards in place to ensure

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