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Australia's most notorious killer makes final murder confession from deathbed

Mark "Chopper" Read, Australia's most notorious killer, has made four chilling murder confessions from the grave<p>Notorious Australian crime figure-turned-author Mark "Chopper" Read offered a callous confession to four murders, including two unsolved cases, in his final interview just weeks before …

An Imam, a Rabbi, a Pastor, and the Legacy of a Nazi Church

A new initiative hopes to make Berlin a hotspot for interfaith dialogue, but critics say the group's plan glosses over the site’s horrific past.<p>During the 1930s and 40s, St. Peter’s housed one of Berlin’s most ardently anti-Semitic pastors, Walter Hoff. He and a handful of other Nazi religious …

Omar Rayyan's illustration credits include card art for Magic: The Gathering but his personal work is a whole different animal. http://hifructose.com/2013/10/21/the-fantastical-paintings-of-omar-rayyan/

Talking to Berlin's Hipster Defense Squad

Berlin is often hailed as a mecca for ex-pats and creative types fed up with New York and its stratospheric cost of living. Now, as hordes of graphic designers and writers have begun gentrifying the city, locals have started a concerted attack on...<p><i>Photo by Alex Young</i><p>Berlin is often hailed as a …

Feeling The Fans' Wrath

The NFL is wildlly popular, but there are some players the fans just don't take to. According to the latest surveys from E-Poll Market Research, whose E-score rates more than 7,500 celebrities on appeal, likeability and many other attributes, these ten bring out the most negative heat among fans. …

5 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Bull’s-Eye and Eskimo Nebula

Changing Planet<p><b>While Venus shines bright after sunset in the southwest, and Jupiter rises high late nights in the south, the moon dances with planets and stars this week.</b><p><b>Orionid stragglers</b><b>:</b> If clouds kept you from viewing the peak of the Orionids in the early morning of Monday, October 21, then you …

Who Doesn't Want to Play With A Platypus?

(Video Link)<p>I've always been in love with playpuses as they are pretty much the ultimate animal (combining ducks, beavers, and more all in one …

Wildlife photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The results of the wildlife photographer of the year 2013 competition have been announced at London's Natural History Museum. The overall winner is South African photographer Greg du Toit for his picture Essence of Elephants, a portrait of elephants in Botswana. Here is a selection of some of the …