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Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness

Science is not a disinterested examination of the structures of reality. Objective truths about the world can be captured only in the thicket of cultural belief, refined experience and honed intuition. The nature Darwin met on his Beagle voyage in the 1830's did not flow through hollow eyes to imprint features mechanically on a pliant brain; it came tumbling through a mind whose romantic contours had been prepared by extensive study of the work of the German adventurer Alexander von Humboldt. In ''The Origin of Species'' (1859), that nature -- creative, value-laden and goal-directed --had not shed its original cultural guise.

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Bar hosts 81st burglary

Berlin - Brigitte Hoffmann wishes that her bar was not such a hit with some Berliners -- on Wednesday burglars robbed it for the 81st time in 12 years.

"Why does it always have to be me?" she asked on Thursday.

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Emily, the Stowaway Cat, Is Coming Home

Emily on the plane

Paris - Emily the cat is heading home, in style. The wayward tabby from Wisconsin who disappeared two months ago and wound up traveling across the Atlantic to France boarded a Continental Airlines flight Thursday -— in business class.

Travel conditions leaving Europe promised to be a bit more comfortable for Emily, who arrived as a stowaway in a cargo container after straying from home in Appleton, Wisconsin.

"I don't think she'll drink champagne but I think she will be happy to rest," said Continental spokesman Philippe Fleury, at Charles de Gaulle airport to see Emily off. The airline offered to fly the cat home from Paris after her tale spread around the world and she cleared a one-month quarantine.

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Baby, you make my "love molecule" soar!

Your heartbeat accelerates, you have butterflies in the stomach, you feel euphoric and a bit silly. It's all part of falling passionately in love -- and scientists now tell us the feeling won't last more than a year.

The powerful emotions that bowl over new lovers are triggered by a molecule known as nerve growth factor (NGF), according to Pavia University researchers.

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Germans prefer letters after name to love or money

In Germany even minor academic degrees appear on business cards and doctorate titles adorn many letter boxes.

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Bush Allows Guest Workers in White House

President George W. Bush, who has been talking tough on the subject of illegal immigration in recent days, appeared to reverse course today, announcing a guest-worker program that allows illegal immigrants to work inside the White House itself.

Recognizing that his new plan was likely to draw the ire of conservatives and other foes of illegal immigration, Bush said that the guest workers' duties in the White House would be limited: "They will mainly be responsible for leaking classified information to the press."

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Nixon vs. Cheney: Who's the Bigger Dick?

Cartoon. Click here to chuckle.

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How many members of the Bush Administration does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Ten...

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Wash. Man Caught in Doghouse by Police Dog

A man being sought in a hit-and-run case was caught in a doghouse by - what else? - a police dog, authorities said.

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Bush and Cheney Answer Critics: 'Majority of Americans are un-American'

Political cartoon.

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