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390.       si++
3785 posts
 14 Jan 2013 Mon 06:38 pm

Turkey´s science state council halts publication of evolution books

Charles Darwin. Hürriyet photo

Charles Darwin. Hürriyet photo

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported.

The evolutionist books, previously available through TÜBİTAK´s Popular Science Publications’ List, will no longer be provided by the council.

The books have long been listed as “out of stock” on TÜBİTAK´s website, but their further publication are now slated to be stopped permanently.

Books by Richard Dawkins, Alan Moorehead, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Levontin and James Watson are all included in the list of books that will no longer be available to the Turkish readers.
In early 2009, a huge uproar occurred when the cover story of a publication by TÜBİTAK was pulled reportedly because it focused on Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The incident led to intense criticism and resulted in finger-pointing by various officials of that publication and its parent institute.

A few months later, the article in question appeared as the publication’s cover story.


Source: here

391.       si++
3785 posts
 19 Jan 2013 Sat 12:50 pm


Crasy mathematician promise to give 10^30 TL to somebody to solve his problem.



Samsun´lu matematikçi Aydın Cerit, kendi ürettiği ve çözülmesi karşılığında vermeyi vaat ettiği ilginç ödülle matematik severlere meydan okudu.


Samsunlu matematikçi Aydın Cerit, problemi çözen 1 kişiye 1 Nonilyon lira vereceğini duyurdu.


Cerit, vereceği ödülün miktarının Milli Piyango 2013 yılbaşında çekilişinde verilen büyük ikramiye olan 45 milyon TL´nin 22 Katrilyon katından daha fazla olduğunu belirtti.


Cerit, problemi doğru ve tam çözenler arasında bir kişiye noter kurası ile vereceğini açıkladı. Sorunun çözüm süresini 1 ay olarak belirleyen Cerit, problemi çözenlerin haber1919´a başvurarak, kendisiyle irtibata geçebileceklerini kaydetti.


Here´s his problem:



(7+30 üssü n) dizisi veriliyor. Buna göre,

a) İlk 169 asal tam sayıdan kaç tanesi bu dizinin terimlerini tam böler?

b) Bu asallar hangileridir?

c) Bölen bu asalların dizinin diğer hangi terimlerini tam böldüğünü gösteren kuralları çıkarınız.

d) Dizinin ilk 11 terimini asal çarpanlarına ayırınız

e) 1789379615459´a tam bölünen dizinin terimi var mı,varsa bu sayıya tam bölünen dizinin baştan 2. teriminde ´n´ kaçtır?


Consider a serie with the terms 7+30^n, i.e.



a) How many of first 169 prime numbers can divide some terms of this serie?

b) What are those prime numbers?

c) Provide a rule for those that divide

d) Provide prime factorisations of first 11 terms of this serie.

e) Are there any terms that can be divided by 1789379615459? What is the n value of the second such term?


Source: herel


392.       stumpy
638 posts
 23 Jan 2013 Wed 06:09 pm


393.       si++
3785 posts
 12 Feb 2013 Tue 01:54 pm

French deputy makes fresh attempt on ‘genocide’ denial bill


Valerie Boyer. Hürriyet Photo

Valerie Boyer. Hürriyet Photo

A French lawmaker who gained a reputation last year fiercely defending a bill criminalizing denial of the alleged Armenian genocide has made a fresh attempt to bring the bill to the forefront.

Valerie Boyer and five other lawmakers submitted the draft law to the French Parliament Feb. 6. The first article of the bill provides for two years of imprisonment or a fine of 45,000 euros for denial of the alleged genocide.

Last year a similar bill was approved by the French Senate at the request of Boyer. However, the French Constitutional Court ruled that the bill was anti-constitutional, citing its contradiction to the freedom of speech.


Where is she trying to get to? What´s the point of retrying it if it anti-constituional?

394.       si++
3785 posts
 02 Apr 2013 Tue 12:45 pm

Aznavour´s comments on Erdoğan

nch singer Charles Aznavour performs as part of Spring of Culture 2013 in Manama March 15. REUTERS photo


The Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly refuted the comments on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made by famous French singer of Armenian origin, Charles Aznavour.

Aznavour, who also serves as Armenia´s ambassador to Switzerland, had said during a program broadcasted on Swiss television that Erdoğan had said in the past that "he hated Armenians and Greeks."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gümrükçü said in a written statement that they did not understand where Azanvour´s claim arose from. "We strongly refute this unfounded and meaningless accusation. We have insistingly emphasized that it is wrong to revive animosity from history," the statement read.

The Foreign Ministry also added that they welcomed Aznavour´s proposals for the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey. "Even though we don´t agree with some of his diagnosis, we believe that the right method to create a common future passes through dialogue and empathy and works on memory," the Foreign Ministry added.


From: here

395.       si++
3785 posts
 30 May 2013 Thu 10:47 am

Hundreds of neo-Nazis march through Athens to commemorate ´fall of Constantinople´


Members and supporters of the extreme right party Golden Dawn march in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday May 29, 2013, during a rally marking the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis

Members and supporters of the extreme right party Golden Dawn march in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday May 29, 2013, during a rally marking the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis

Hundreds of Greek neo-Nazis marched with torches through the streets of Athens late Wednesday to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the "fall of Constantinople."

The militants from the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party shouted "Blood, honour, Golden Dawn" and "Greece belongs to the Greeks." After several fiery speeches against the Turks and communists in the square outside Athens cathedral, they marched on parliament, where the party has held 18 seats since January.

The annual march concluded without incident, unlike last year when a Pakistani man who found himself in their path was attacked by 15-20 neo-Nazis.

This year´s march did cause concern among tourists in the Greek capital.

"When they arrived, all the tourists paid their bills and left," said Fotis, a waiter at the Meatropoleos restaurant in central Athens.

Greece´s ruling coalition is split over a bid to toughen an anti-racism law aimed at curbing Golden Dawn, amid fears it could unwittingly alienate the influential Orthodox church.

The proposed bill would impose prison sentences of up to three years and a fine of up to 20,000 euros for hate speech and the denial or praise of war crimes and genocide.

Rights groups believe Golden Dawn has instigated a recent wave of violence against migrants, which the party denies.


Source: here

396.       Abla
3648 posts
 30 May 2013 Thu 11:16 am

Quote: si++

Rights groups believe Golden Dawn has instigated a recent wave of violence against migrants, which the party denies.

Yes they always deny. First they agitate criminal minds with their so called immigration criticism, then wash their hands and say they had nothing to do with it.

397.       si++
3785 posts
 02 Apr 2014 Wed 09:41 am

Turkia - April 1st

The police action Tuesday marked the first crackdown on dissent since Sunday´s vote that saw the ruling AK Party score victories in many municipal elections across the country. Suspicions of fraud and vote manipulation, however, arose Sunday night when a series of power blackouts darkened election offices in many cities, including the capital Ankara, just as votes were being counted.

However, on Monday, Turkey´s Energy Minister Taner Yıldız denied any wrongdoing, saying the Ankara blackout was caused by a cat that wandered into a power distribution unit and was electrocuted.

I’m not joking, my friends," Yıldız said. "A cat entered a power distribution unit. It was the cause of the blackout [in Ankara] and it’s not the first time that it has happened. It is wrong to link it with the elections. It’s wrong to cry ‘foul play.’”


- Is he joking or not? (Also pay attention to the date his statement is made)

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