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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Today in History

Lord Lyons, The British minister to America presents a formal complaint to secretary of state, William Seward, regarding the Trent affair.
The Federal Party, which recognizes American sovereignty, is formed in the Philippines.
Great Britain institutes a new constitution for India.
Warren G. Harding frees Socialist Eugene Debs and 23 other political prisoners.
Pope Pius XI condemns the Nazi sterilization program.
London warns Rome to stop anti-British propaganda in Palestine.
The first Canadian troops arrive in Britain.
Chiang Kai-shek dissolves all Communist associations in China.
Despite throwing back an earlier Japanese amphibious assault, the U.S. Marines and Navy defenders on Wake Island capitulate to a second Japanese invasion.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower confirms the death sentence of Private Eddie Slovik, the only American shot for desertion since the Civil War.
President Harry S Truman grants a pardon to 1,523 who had evaded the World War II draft.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Hideki Tojo and six other collaborators are hanged for war crimes.
General Walton H. Walker, the commander of the Eighth Army in Korea, is killed in a jeep accident. Lieutenant General Matthew B. Ridgeway is named his successor.
U.S. Navy SEALs are ambushed during an operation southeast of Saigon.
The B-1 bomber makes its first successful test flight.
The Voyager completes the first nonstop flight around the globe on one load of fuel. The experimental aircraft, piloted Americans Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California after nine days and four minutes in the sky.
In a referendum on Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslovia, 88.5% vote in favor of independence.
An Iraqi MiG-25 shoots down a US MQ-1 Predator drone.

New test for cancer and diabetes biomarkers 1000x more detailed

New test for cancer and diabetes biomarkers 1000x more detailed
New test for cancer and diabetes biomarkers 1000x more detailed
A new test for detecting bio-markers for cancer and diabetes is more than 1000x more detailed and 100% faster than existing methods, new research by the University of Warwick suggests. Developed to undertake a detailed study of collagen, the researchers argue that the...

High School Teacher’s Lesson In Arabic Calligraphy Prompts Closure Of Entire School District

Schools in Augusta County Virginia were closed on Friday, December 18th, after a calligraphy lesson prompted a disturbing anti-Muslim backlash.
The controversy started when a lesson in World Geography class asked students to try to copy an example of Arabic calligraphy. The phrase was a statement of Islamic faith but the students were “not asked to translate the statement or to recite it.” Rather, the purpose of the exercise was to give students an “idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”
The class covered a variety of delusions including christianity, judaism and buddhism.
Some students refused to complete the assignments and several parents protested at a meeting earlier this week. Kimberly Herndon, the parent who organized the protest, called the lesson “indoctrination.”
“She gave up the lord’s time. She gave it up and gave it to Mohammed,” Herndon said.
Other parents called for the teacher, Cheryl LaPorte, to be fired.
This prompted over-the-top national coverage from places like Fox News and the story quickly spread on social media.
The attention resulted in “voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area” to the school district. A statement from Augusta County Public Schools said the decision to close the schools was based on the “tone and content” of the communications “based on the recommendations of law enforcement.”
The school district also announced that “a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future.”
Other students have rallied behind LaPorte, praising her skills as a teacher.
The attacks in Paris and San Bernardino has sparked anti-Muslim backlash throughout the U.S. The people at ThinkProgress has documented that at least 46 anti-Islamic incidents, many of them violent, since the November 13 attacks in Paris.

Neighbor charged with supporting terrorists, as new details emerge about the San Bernardino shooting

Ex-neighbor charged with supporting terrorists, as new details emerge about the San Bernardino shooting

California woman who attacked praying Muslims is charged with a hate crime

Prosecutors filed hate crime charges against a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee who was filmed ridiculing a Bay Area Muslim man and throwing coffee at him.

Court To Catholic School: No, You Can’t Fire People Because They Are Gay

The Martin Shkreli schadenfreude will pass when ‘Pharma Bro’ wins like every other CEO

We all hate the price-gouging, bottom-feeding pharmaceutical bro. But, like most CEOs, he’s unlikely to face real punishment for his misdeeds

‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Shoots ‘Randomly’ From Truck, Kills 2 In Road Rage Rampage

‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Shoots ‘Randomly’ From Truck, Kills 2 In Road Rage Rampage (VIDEO)A Texas man was arrested after killing two in what appears to be a road rage shooting.

Colorado girls arrested for plot to kill students and staff at their high school

Two teenage girls took “substantial steps” in carrying out a murder plot at their high school before being foiled.

Kansas cops demolish single mom’s home and destroy children’s Xmas tree — by mistake

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves and his heroic team of militarized storm troopers descended on the home of a single mom and her four kids.

Fast Thoughts

We've all heard about the speed of light, but what about the speed of thought? How fast is that? DNews follows the path a thought takes through the brain and crunches some numbers on how fast it might be going.

Your Brain and Xmas

Whether you have 'bah humbug' syndrome around the holidays shows up in your brain.

Other Humans

New fossil discoveries continue to push the known boundaries of human evolution.

Cosmic Rays and Pyramids

A new investigation is tapping cosmic rays to explore the interior of Egypt's pyramids.

Hopeful Ocean

In 2015, there were a number of positive developments from the ocean world. Here are some of our favorites.

Not Just a Mariner's Tale

Researchers have created a mathematical model of 'walls of water.'

Paleontology News

Why just swim when you can fly underwater? That’s essentially what an iconic Dino Era marine predator did.

Animal News

New mathematical models show the Galapagos Islands bird could be extinct in as little as 43 years.
It isn't the size of the bear in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the bear, according to a recent study.

Animal Pictures