Kindly Share This Story: By Steve Oko, Aba Co-Chairman, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha has expressed worry over the escalating attacks both against security formations and communities in the South East zone, saying that Government is yet to disclose all it knows about the menace. The former Special Assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Privatisation, in an exclusive interview with the VANGUARD in Abia, said it was very strange for government to claim ignorance of the real masterminds of the attacks despite the huge intelligence machinery at its disposal. He expressed shock that a band of unknown gunmen would invade a state capital like Owerri, attack police headquarters and prison facility, release inmates, and escape unchallenged. The cleric who suspected a cover up tasked government to come out clear on all it knows about the menace instead of prevaricating. His words: “Considering what happened recently in … [Read more...] about Govt yet to tell us truth about escalating attacks in S’East – Bishop Onuoha
An antimatter explosion threatens to level the Vatican in the movie adaptation of the thriller "Angels and Demons," but real-world physicists are unfazed by this plot. The story features "Da Vinci Code" hero Robert Langdon racing to recover an antimatter capsule stolen from the CERN particle physics facility in Switzerland. Researchers first figured out how to create and trap antimatter particles at CERN, which gave author Dan Brown the inspiration for his story. One physicist doesn't find CERN's unexpected publicity from the story upsetting. On the contrary, he's rather pleased. "I always say that what Dan Brown did for the Roman Catholic Church in 'The Da Vinci Code,' he did for me and my research with 'Angels and Demons,'" said Gerald Gabrielse, a Harvard physicist who currently leads an international research team at CERN. Antimatter is real, but it still represents a baffling presence in the universe – sub-atomic particles that are the opposite of normal matter. When a … [Read more...] about The Truth about Angels, Demons and Antimatter
Over the past years, social media posts have been circulating about the need to avoid parrotfish, popularly called loro or molmol, in public markets. These posts have been shared tens of thousands of times with the best of intentions, but there’s more to the discussion than simply banning the capture of these colorful reef residents. “Parrotfish are one of the many agents of bioerosion in coral reefs. Bioerosion combines physical and chemical erosion, plus natural reef growth. This natural process is important in maintaining the health of coral reefs,” explains Dr. Rene Abesamis, a noted marine scientist. Except for Bumphead Parrotfish, which are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a total ban on catching parrotfish shouldn’t be a priority management action. “If the objective is to sustain fisheries, then parrotfish must be managed just like how most other reef fish targeted for food are managed,” adds Dr. Abesamis. All sea … [Read more...] about The truth about parrotfish
In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
I am not in awe of very many people. I have seen the flaws in human nature too often to be that impressed by most people. Still, there are occasional exceptions. On my way to and from the campus where I teach, I often pass through a poorer area that has a sprinkling of homeless men and women sprawled across a small park. In truth, it isn’t really a park. It’s a narrow strip of green grass that had been temporarily spared from further development of low-cost apartment buildings. The homeless people who frequent the park come and go. None of them seem to take up permanent residence there—except for one. At first I took little notice of him. He was as nondescript as all the others. Only after he stayed, while all the others seemed to pass through, did I notice something unique about him. From my car, he appeared to be a large, barrel-chested man who wore several layers of clothing, probably his entire wardrobe. Covering the layers of clothing was a purple and gray, patterned poncho. … [Read more...] about When a Homeless Man Refuses to Give Up