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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Investigations

Six investigative reports that are making the headlines:
  • Sixty years ago the US hired Hitler's scientific secrets to lead pioneering projects, such as the race to conquer space. The alleged crimes of Nazi scientists were covered up and their backgrounds bleached by a US military which saw winning the Cold War, and not upholding justice, as its first priority.

  • Human rights groups have opposed a plan by British police chiefs to make flag-burning by protesters a new criminal offence.

  • The Greek hotel manager facing manslaughter charges over the deaths of two UK children in Corfu from carbon monoxide poisoning says he did nothing wrong.

  • Modern science has cracked the entire genetic code of breast and colon cancers, offering new treatment hopes.

  • With the half-human, half-robot cyborg long a vision nurtured by science fiction writers and futurologists, the BBC investigates how close reality is to humans version 2.0, computer-enhanced people.

  • Sir Nicholas Stern, a distinguished development economist, argues that spending large sums of money now on measures to reduce carbon emissions will bring dividends on a colossal scale. However, he warns that humanity is too late to prevent any permanent consequences from climate change.

    His winning formula, he says, is to spend 1% of world GDP now to be 20% richer in the future. It looks like a no-brainer.

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