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Ancient scroll found in Israel ‘cave of horror’ The BBC has reported that fragments of a biblical scroll and other relics have been found in what officials call an “historic discovery” in desert caves in Israel. The dozens of pieces of parchment were written in Greek, with just the name of God appearing in Hebrew.…

Exploring questions rather than shutting them down

Everyday Philosophy In my first year of university, the study of philosophy was divided into three subtopics. There were lectures and classes in logic, ethics, and then ‘general philosophy’ which was supposed to include everything else. I showed up to my first lecture in the latter as a fresh-faced undergraduate eager for knowledge, and left…

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China and Russia to build lunar space station China and Russia have announced plans to build a space station on or around the moon, or both. The Russian space agency Roscommos says it has signed an agreement with China’s National Space Administration to develop research facilities on or around (or both) our nearest celestial neighbour.…

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Japanese billionaire seeks eight people for Moon trip Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a trip around the moon on a SpaceX flight, according to the BBC. “I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join,” he said in a video via Twitter, sharing a link to application…

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A closing prayer for meditation

Mindful Living We have been exploring the depth of meaning in the John Main prayer which we say before meditation. The prayer is very simple and reads ‘Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your son. Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all…

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Italian landslide pushes hundreds of coffins into the sea An estimated 200 coffins tumbled from their places in northwest Italy when a landslide destabilised a 100-year-old cliffside cemetery last week. Video emerged on social media which showed emergency response workers in boats searching for the coffins in the waters of Camogli, near Genoa. Two chapels…

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Scientists sequence million-year-old mammoth DNA An international team of geneticists has managed to recover and sequence the oldest DNA to date. The researchers extracted severely degraded DNA from the teeth of three ancient mammoths that are believed to have roamed Siberia between 700,000 and 1.2 million years ago. They pieced the DNA together to reveal…