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+ - Holocaust Dropped From UK Schools

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dteichman2
dteichman2 writes "It appears that UK schools are ignoring The Holocaust. A government-backed study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, found that some teachers are reluctant to teach history lessons on The Holocaust for fear of offending Muslim students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. As such, many schools are not covering the subject. Additionally, similar problems are being met with lessons on The Crusades because these lessons contradict teachings from local mosques.

Isn't there a law that requires UK schools to cover these topics? Should there be?"
Power

+ - Implications of Peak Oil for Global Warming.

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msevior
msevior writes "The OilDrum is running a story about a paper by Climate expert Jim Hansen, who examines the implications of the finite reserves of Oil, Gas and Coal on the total Global Warming effect. He finds that conservative (large) estimates of the total world Oil and Gas reserves place substantial constraints on the eventual CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. However unrestrained use of coal will put the world into dangerous a warming scenario."
Sci-Fi

+ - Star Wars fan creates security scare in Melbourne

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svunt
svunt writes "A Star Wars fan in costume (blaster included) was swooped on by a number of police today in a Melbourne shopping centre. From the article

"The replica gun appeared to have what resembled a battery pack connected to the gun by a coiled wire, while boots and a laptop were also in the bag. The man was clad in black with unusual logos on his sleeve and breast pocket, and had what appeared to be a hands-free mobile phone earphone in one ear.
The man was later charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. It appears that he was en route to a photo shoot to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Star Wars Goes USB!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe we'll never see a new Star Wars movie, but at least we can comfort ourselves with Darth Vader USB drives. That's right, four Star Wars characters- Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and the Stormtrooper- have made they way onto USB drives. These special edition Mimobots are available in 1, 2, or 4GB and only 2500 (Chewbacca and Stormtrooper) and 3500 (Darth and R2-D2) individually numbered units will be sold."

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