The Arctic Ocean has long been covered by vast sheets of ice up to 260 feet thick. Now such “multiyear ice . . . has effectively vanished, a startling develop- ment that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes.”—REUTERS NEWS SERVICE, CANADA.
Moscow and the Vatican have announced the establishment of full diplomatic relations between them. —RIA NOVOSTI, RUSSIA.
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, “lost 26 percent of its ice cover between 2000 and 2007.” —DAILY NATION, KENYA.
Canadian researchers wanted to examine the effects of pornography on men. “We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography,” explains a team member, but “we couldn’t find any.” —UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL, CANADA.
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was inaugurated in Dubai last January. The tower is 2,717 feet tall, has more than 160 floors, and can be seen from a distance of 59 miles.—GULF NEWS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
“Reform Judaism is nothing if not responsive to changing times. Recently its liturgy incorporated a special prayer for people undergoing sex-change operations.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, U.S.A.