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Pope: 1 in 50 clergy are paedophiles

Written by | July 13, 2014 | 0
Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that “about 2%” of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like “leprosy” infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to “confront it with the severity it demands”. But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis’s exact words. The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than his predecessors, but this can sometimes cause consternation among his media advisers, our correspondent adds. Anger at Vatican In the

Incredible Technology: How to Explore the Microscopic World

Written by | August 3, 2013 | 0
Editor’s Note: In this weekly series, LiveScience explores how technology drives scientific exploration and discovery. Ever since Robert Hooke first made his beautiful sketches of magnified insects, scientists have been peering at the world through microscopes. The microscopic world generally refers to things humans can’t see with the naked eye. But thanks to microscopes, scientists have the tools to visualize the detailed structures and dynamic processes inside living cells. Today’s microscopes can reveal everything from the secretion of insulin in pancreatic cells to the chemical crossfire in slices of living brain tissue. The Dutch glasses maker Hans Jansen and his son Zachariasinvented the first compound microscope in 1595, according to letters by the Dutch envoy to

5 spectators injured at old power plant implosion

Written by | August 3, 2013 | 0
More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 a.m. in a nearby parking lot to watch the planned implosion at the plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric in Bakersfield. After structures on the property came crashing down, a police officer at the scene heard a man screaming for help and saw his leg had been severed, police said. “It was a piece of shrapnel that came flying out of the explosion and came across and went through a couple of chain link fences, struck him and impacted into a vehicle,” said Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe. The 44-year-old victim might lose his other leg as well due to his injuries, Tunnicliffe said. Four other spectators were treated for minor injuries, said Kern County Fire engineer Leland Davis. All of the injured spectators were standing beyond a perimeter set up

Kids Tell All: I Am More Than a Standardized Test

Written by | June 25, 2013 | 0
In the last 11 years, the number of federally mandated tests in our nation’s public schools has nearly tripled. Principals, teachers, and students all feel the pressure of these high-stakes exams. “If a school does not make adequate yearly progress for several years in a row,” according to Bob Schaeffer, the public education director of FairTest, “a school can be reconstituted, which means the staff is replaced.” Many states have additional consequences for students. Schaeffer says they use test scores for “grade promotion, gifted-and-talented promotion, graduation (about half the states have exit exams), and scholarship aid.” Twelve-year-old Zion knows how important these tests are for his future—and the future of his school. “It’s

Ancient Odd Couple Discovered in Fossilized Burrow

Written by | June 25, 2013 | 0
  Scientists have discovered a burrow in South Africa where two unlikely creatures shared a home before being entombed by a flash flood 250 million years ago. The strange bedfellows were a beat-up young amphibian seeking shelter and a sleeping cynodont, considered a distant ancestor of mammals, researchers say. The burrow was unearthed from what is today South Africa’s Karoo Basin, which would have been part of the ancient supercontinentGondwana at the start of the Triassic Period. Using high-energy X-rays from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in France, scientists were able to see through the lair and look at its contents without destroying it. [Wipe Out: History’s Most Mysterious Extinctions] The scans first revealed the skull of a mammal-like reptile calledThrinaxodon.