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11 January 2008


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Richardson Leaves Presidential Race -- In New Mexico yesterday, the most qualified candidate to be the next President of the United States withdrew from the race. New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson hung it up as his campaign’s internal polls showed him headed to another fourth place showing in near-by Nevada. One adviser said, “It wouldn’t do us any good to get our ass kicked in Nevada.” No, it wouldn’t, but America and this election cycle are worse off for his withdrawal.

African Union Mission in Kenya Fails -- An African Union mission to halt the civil unrest in Kenya after its disputed election has failed. President Mwai Kibaki and opposition chief Raila Odinga blame each other for the failure. Ghanaian President John Kufuor, who doubles as the AU chairman, did say, “Both sides agreed there should be an end to the violence and they also agreed there should be dialogue,” but then he left for the airport and went home.

Tata Motors Introduces $2,500 Sedan -- It is about 10 feet long and 5 feet tall. It has a 2-cylinder 33-horsepower engine which can move the vehicle along at a top speed of around 60 miles per hour. It’s only available in India. It’s Tata Motors new Nano, and it may change the auto industry the way Henry Ford’s Model T did by bringing cars to those who couldn’t afford one until now.

Wilson and Dawkins War over Altruistic Genes -- Altruism, the sacrifice of self for others, is the cornerstone of society, human and nonhuman alike. Traditional Darwinism couldn’t explain it. However, “kin selection” as first proposed in 1955 by biologist JBS Haldane, and so beautifully expressed in Richard Dawkin's 1976 book The Selfish Gene does. Edward O. Wilson, a founder of sociobiology and world authority on those most social of creatures, ants, used to subscribe to kin selection. However, Professor Wilson is preparing a new book, The Superorganism, that challenges this idea.

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