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Is it #8220;Melaka #8221; or #8220;Malacca #8221;,#8220;Penang #8221; or #8220;Pinang #8221;?A lively exchange addressing this conundrum is going on via an Internetdiscussion list. While no direct answers have been offered,there are eye-opening suggestions,writes AGATHA MATAYUN.
The Americans#8217; knowledge of the world, or rather the lack of it, is well documented and is surprising, given that the US is considered the #8220;melting pot#8221; of the world#8217;s peoples.
King Charles II of England, like his French contemporary King Louis XIV, was a patron of the sciences. In 1675, Charles II broke new ground by appointing an #8220;Astronomical observatory#8221; (a title later changed to Astronomer Royal) to take charge of the newly constructed Greenwich Observatory, east of London.
The new space vehicle to replace the ageing space shuttles may be retro rather than avant-garde, reports RALPH VARTABEDIAN.
All fragments of the Italian-made Bepposax satellite have entered the earth#8217;s atmosphere and plunged into the Pacific Ocean near the Galapagos and Kiribaki islands Wednesday.