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Was The Real Discovery Of The Expanding Universe Lost In Translation?
2011-11-10 08:55:02

The greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century may have been credited to the wrong person. But it turns out to have been nobody's fault except for that of the actual original discoverer himself. Writing in the November 10th issue of the journal Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute has put to bed a growing conspiracy theory about who was fairly credited for discovering the expanding universe. For nearly a century, American astronomer Edwin...

2009-01-26 08:04:14

Dutch finance firm ING said it lost $1.3 billion in 2008 and would cut jobs and seek government help to unload some toxic mortgage assets. The financial group said it would cut 7,000 jobs and replace its Chief Executive Officer Michel Tilmant. Current Chairman Jan Hommen will replace Michel Tilmant, The New York Times reported Monday. The firm said it would retrench, cutting $1.3 billion in operating expenses. It would also cut back on its Formula One race car sponsorship. In a statement, ING...

2006-08-02 07:20:00

By Emma Davis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When the bodies of two Belgian schoolgirls were found dumped by a railway line in June, the country, which has lived under the shadow of pedophile killer Marc Dutroux for a decade, cried out: "Not again." Stacy Lemmens, aged 7, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, went missing during a street festival on a sunny Saturday evening in early June in the eastern city of Liege. Their bodies were found on June 28. They had been strangled and Nathalie had been raped. "Belgium...

2006-06-29 08:56:29

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two missing Belgian girls found dead on Wednesday had been sexually assaulted and strangled, Belgian media reported, in a crime that has revived painful memories of child killer Marc Dutroux. Stacy Lemmens, 7, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, went missing during a street festival in the eastern city of Liege on June 9 since when their faces have been staring out of posters on shop windows and in public buildings across the country. Public prosecutors could not confirm...

2006-06-28 12:31:27

By Jan Vermeylen LIEGE, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian police found the bodies of two missing girls on Wednesday, reviving painful memories of the Marc Dutroux paedophile killings a decade ago. Public prosecutors in the eastern city Liege confirmed that two bodies found in a drainage system by a railway line were those of Stacy Lemmens, aged 7, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, but said it was too early to say if they had been murdered. "This morning at about 11 am (0900 GMT), we found the body...

2006-06-28 10:57:04

By Emma Davis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police found the bodies of two missing girls on Wednesday, reviving painful memories of the Marc Dutroux paedophile killings a decade ago. Public prosecutors in the eastern city Liege confirmed that two bodies found by a railway line were those of Stacy Lemmens, aged 7, and Nathalie Mahy, 10, but it was too early to say if they had been murdered. "This morning at about 11 am (0900 GMT), we found the body of Stacy," public prosecutor Cedric...

2006-06-28 09:57:12

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police have found the body of one of two girls who went missing earlier this month, the lawyer for the family said on Wednesday. Stacy Lemmens and Nathalie Mahy, aged 7 and 10, were last seen at a cafe in the eastern town of Liege during a festival on the evening of June 9. Their disappearance revived horrific memories in Belgium of killings by paedophile Marc Dutroux a decade ago. "The body is indeed that of Stacy," lawyer Philippe Moureau told local...

2006-04-23 11:27:12

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - More than 80,000 people marched in silence through Brussels on Sunday in memory of a teenager stabbed to death by two suspects of North African origin in Belgium's biggest protest in 10 years, police said. Joe Van Holsbeeck, 17, was stabbed five times in the chest during the evening rush hour on April 12 when he refused to hand over his MP3 player to the men in the central railway station. On the request of Van Holsbeeck's parents, marchers did not carry any...

2006-02-16 18:16:00

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will push the U.N. Security Council to give details on Syria's cooperation with a U.N. inquiry into the killing of Lebanon's former premier, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday. Rice told lawmakers she did not think Syria had cooperated with the U.N. investigation into last February's murder of Rafik al-Hariri and something must be done. "We will need, I really do believe, to go back to the Security Council at...

2006-01-11 03:02:02

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Belgian prosecutor with the International Criminal Court is expected to be named on Wednesday as head of the U.N. investigation into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister, U.N. officials said. Serge Brammertz, now the deputy prosecutor of the Hague-based court, would replace German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who intends to leave the inquiry into the assassination of Rafik Hariri shortly after a replacement is chosen. The...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'