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The needless horrible suffering of sentient creatures

Everyday Philosophy What do St Thomas Aquinas’s position on divine command theory and factory farming of animals have to do with each other? Plato’s Euthyphro dilemma asks whether things are good because God wills them, or whether God wills them because they are good. Divine command theory takes the first position: that the only thing…

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Apple to sell spare parts to consumers to repair apple products Apple said it will for the first time start selling spare parts and tools to the general public to perform their own repairs on some iPhones and Mac computers. The self-service repair programme comes after years of pressure from consumer groups which have resulted…

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Translating energy from COP26 into action

Living Laudato Si’ One thing is for sure, faith communities had a massive presence at COP26 in Glasgow. People from all faiths descended in an effort to raise their voices for our common home, and for the most vulnerable people in our world. I attended many fringe events across the city which highlighted to me…

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Girl rescued after making hand signal learned on TikTok A 16-year-old girl was rescued in Kentucky after using a hand gesture she learned on social media app TikTok to signal to motorists that she was in trouble, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office has said. The signal, facing the palm outwards and closing the fingers around…

Mini apple tarts with butterscotch sauce

Sweet Treats Apple pie is my favourite dessert to eat in the winter, and I always choose apple pie over pumpkin at Thanksgiving. This recipe has the wonderful tartness of apples and the warmth from cinnamon and mixed spice which makes it perfect for a cold night. The butterscotch sauce is optional, but who could…

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Study shows endangered species can reproduce without mating California condors, a critically endangered species, can reproduce without mating, according to a study by conservation scientists at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. During a routine analysis of biological samples from the California condors in the zoo’s breeding programme, the scientists found that two condor chicks…

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Self-driving race cars make history in Indianapolis The winner was not a driver but an algorithm at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the top car clocked an average speed of 218km/h, ushering autonomous vehicles into a new era. Setting the record pace over two laps, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won…