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Will e-voting put an end to fraud?
Robert Moniot | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Bev Harris is on the warpath. What has gotten this fifty-something grandmother riled, turning her into a headline-grabbing activist and investigative journalist?

Science and bioethics at a crossroads
Martin Clynes | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, biotechnology
This is a very exciting time for biotechnology, the science of using living organisms and their products to make useful products and to cure human diseases. In the past few years, all the genes that make up the human DNA have been sequenced (ie completely described chemically). There is great hope that we will, as a result, discover many new gene products that can act as targets in the body for new pharmaceuticals to help cure disease.

Christianity on a come-back track
William West | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Colleen Carroll
The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy
Loyola Press, 2004, 332pp, ISBN 0829420428, US$14.95

POSTCARDS: A bush holiday
Greg Morgan | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA: 850km northwest of the town of Alice Springs, 12 bumpy, hot and dusty hours away, is an Aboriginal community called Balgo. About 450 of the Kutajanka people live there. Most do not work and rely on government benefits, though some have jobs at a local mine.

Beyond Britain’s fox-hunting ban
Michael Cook | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
In an impressive display of its growing political clout, the animal rights movement helped bring about significant legal changes across the English-speaking world in the last two weeks.

OBITUARY: Christopher Reeve
Michael Cook | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Why are we rushing to canonize Christopher Reeve? To presidential hopeful John Kerry, the quadriplegic actor was "truly America's hero". As far away as Australia, he was "the most impressive person I have ever met" for one of that country's leading politicians. Even President Bush paid tribute to his "personal courage, optimism, and self-determination".

What women need is a Kyoto Protocol of their own
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Some things in life are predictable. If you play with fire, the old saying goes, you get burnt. If you drive too fast you crash. And if you live in a highly sexualized society you may be taken for a sex object and raped.

The mystery of the Indonesian hobbits
Carlos Marmelada | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
An Australian research team, led by paleoanthropologists Peter Brown and Mike Morwood, recently announced the discovery of a new human species, different from us, but co-existing with our species, Homo sapiens (1). The specimen found on the Indonesian island of Flores measures a bit over a meter tall, and has a cranial volume of 380 cm3, similar to that of a chimpanzee. However, it appears to be an intelligent species based on the stone instruments associated with it. If this information is confirmed, we have here an extraordinary discovery.

The Vatican releases a compilation of its social teachings
Diego Contreras | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Competing notions of human dignity are often at the root of headline stories around the world, as witness debates over issues ranging from stem cells to the war in Iraq. Since the end of the 19th century, the Catholic Church has tried to set down guidelines on social, economic and political issues in an increasingly complex world. A number of documents have been published on these teachings and these have now been compiled by the Holy See as a "Compendium of the social doctrine of the Church", a 520-page manual with a 200-page index.

The black tide of pornography
Jaime Nubiola | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
The only pornography that everyone frowns on is "child pornography". But "deluxe pornography", masquerading as eroticism, is making great strides in the media, advertising and fashion. Philosopher Jaime Nubiola sets out to define the difference.

Is having a good time the point of life?
Christopher Martin | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Some people would say that it can't be that the point of a person's life is having a good time because it would be selfish, or unsatisfying. I think both those answers are correct, but I want to give another, or a set of others. Having a good time, having pleasant experiences, can't be the point of your life because it wouldn't be a life, because it would be pointless, because it would be self-contradictory.

Cheating, America’s ethical crisis
Michael Cook | 19 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Trust was a key issue in the recent American election. Words like integrity, honesty, lies, deceit and evasion filled the evening news. Bush supporters accused Kerry of lying over his war record. Kerry supporters accused Bush of lying over the weapons of mass destruction.

Joyce Jillson, astrologer to the stars
Michael Cook | 19 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Bridging the gap between serious astrology and entertainment astrology.

The demented genius of The Far Side
Michael Cook | 19 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Gary Larsen, The Complete Far Side, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003, 1272 pages (20 pounds/10kg), US$85 (Amazon)

The death of the death of God
Francis Phillips | 19 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
Alister McGrath
The Twilight of Atheism: the rise and fall of disbelief in the modern world
Doubleday. US$23.95. ISBN 0-385-50061-0

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