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The ouija board jurors

October 2, 2017 - 17:49 -- Admin

On Tuesday 19 April 1994, the Crown Court in Lewes, a town in southern England, received a letter that sparked six months of anguished hearings before England’s Court of Appeal, a retrial and much deriding of the jury system. The unsigned, handwritten, three-page letter was dated the previous day and concerned events four weeks earlier.

Placebo powers

September 29, 2017 - 11:56 -- Admin

It’s a complex and puzzling reality. In an age of ever more sophisticated and expensive medical treatments, the mere fact of receiving medical care, regardless of its nature, can initiate a healing process. This phenomenon, which we know as the placebo effect, points to the importance of psychological factors and medical rituals for physical health.

The art of being prime minister

September 28, 2017 - 17:16 -- Admin

How prime ministers attain power is always fascinating, with ambition, skill, luck, ruthlessness and occasionally bastardry all coming into play. And how they lose it is invariably the stuff of drama, both high and low. But in between winning the office and vacating it (almost always unwillingly), they have a role to perform and, while it lacks the drama of their coming and going, we need to know more about it to make any sense of the political process and those who drive it.

Testing times over the Pacific

September 27, 2017 - 11:33 -- Admin

Late last week, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters at the United Nations that Pyongyang might launch a nuclear missile test, exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. He was responding to Donald Trump’s latest threat to destroy North Korea, and North Korean president Kim Jong-un’s promise to unleash the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

Testing times over the Pacific

September 27, 2017 - 06:23 -- Admin

Late last week, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters at the United Nations that Pyongyang might launch a nuclear missile test, exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. He was responding to Donald Trump’s latest threat to destroy North Korea, and North Korean president Kim Jong-un’s promise to unleash the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

Letting go

September 25, 2017 - 15:42 -- Admin

I am in awe of jazz musicians. As a pencil-and-paper composer, I’m impressed by anyone who can make up compelling music on the spot, but jazz musicians particularly have my respect.

How close is the end of the war in Syria?

September 25, 2017 - 15:37 -- Admin

The landscape of the Syria conflict has changed markedly over the past few months. One factor is Russia’s intervention to stiffen the Syrian government’s armed effort in collaboration with Lebanese Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed forces; another is the success of the Western-backed campaign against Islamic State, or ISIS, spearheaded by the retaking of Mosul.

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