Archive for April, 2010

Ununseptium

Animal, vegetable or mineral? Actually it’s one of the latest elements to have been ‘discovered’, and definitely one of the heaviest so far. Ununseptium is just a temporary name of the element with symbol Uus and atomic number, Z=117, with just about 6 atoms successfully synthesized and detected earlier this year, during a joint Russian […]

No End of a Lesson

On Saturday 24th April, Armenians in Yerevan marked the solemn commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the genocide that began under the Ottoman Turks in 1915, in which about 1.5 million Armenians were killed. What’s unusual about the above paragraph? This was reported in most serious news outlets, but not all using exactly the same […]

The Not-so-Christian Militia

To call the far right extremist group Hutaree a Christian militia would probably be a crass insult to Christianity and a grave injustice indeed. Even by the standards of so much toxicity permeating today’s political and social discourses, the necrotic pus of their ideological outpouring would seem to be way out and dangerously extreme. A […]