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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 …

Crime

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>But right as the campaign got underway, a noted German historian, Manfred Gailus, reminded them of a fact that was likely unknown to Gregor Hoberg, the …

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 …

Germany

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 …

Astronomy

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 …