sábado, 4 de setembro de 2010
The online marketplace Craigslist has closed the controversial "adult services" listing in the US.
The company has not said why it took the decision, but it has faced an ongoing barrage of criticism from attorneys general and advocacy groups.
They have claimed the listing was a virtual tool for pimps and prostitutes.
The section has now been replaced with a black and white bar that reads "censored". An "erotic" service is still active outside the US.
A statement from Craigslist executives is expected in the coming days.
Miners trapped deep underground in Chile have been contacted by four survivors of a famous 1972 plane crash in the Andes mountains.
Speaking to the 33 miners on video link, the four Uruguayan survivors said they brought a message of hope to the miners and their families.
They were among a group of 16 who endured extreme conditions for 72 days before being rescued in Chile.
The miners have now been stuck 2,300ft (700m) underground for a month.
They must now wait two to four months for engineers to drill an escape shaft.'They will survive'
The Uruguayan survivors met relatives of the trapped miners at the San Jose mine before speaking to the miners via video.
They said they had come to show their solidarity with the miners, as will as to express their thanks to Chile for rescuing them 38 years ago.
And they said they were confident the miners would come out alive.
"In the same way we were able to get off the mountain and lead normal lives, they too will get out and lead fantastic lives," said Pedro Algorta, one of the plane crash survivors.
"Look at us, 38 years after we crashed, 16 of us who were rescued are still alive. It is proof that man can survive the most difficult situations and they will survive. The worst is already over".
Nasa is aiming to get closer to the Sun than ever before, with plans to plunge a car-sized unmanned spacecraft into the star's outer atmosphere.
Scientists hope to launch the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) sometime before 2018.
Before it is destroyed by the sizzling temperatures exceeding 1,400C (2,550F), the craft will have to obtain valuable data about our parent star.
The solar probe project is expected to cost in the region of about $180m (£120m).
To withstand the temperatures and the radiation, the instruments will be protected by a huge carbon-composite heat shield that still needs to be built.
Researchers say that the Sun is one of the few places people have not yet sent a spacecraft.
"Trying to understand how the Sun influences the Earth is quite a big thing these days," Richard Harrison, a solar physicist from the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, told BBC News.
"The one thing we've never done is actually go there. You think of a spacecraft flying past Mars or Venus, but with the Sun, it is a little bit different.
"[But we are capable of sending] spacecraft near the Sun and that's the plan for the next generation of spacecraft".
LISBON, Portugal, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Judges in Portugal have convicted six people of rape and running a pedophile ring at a state-run home for needy children in a trial lasting nearly six years.
Among those convicted Friday were a former driver and gardener at Lisbon's Casa Pia, who admitted to more than 600 crimes, including child sexual abuse and aggravated rape, The New York Times said Saturday.
Carlos Silvino also admitted to procuring children for others in exchange for money. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The trial involved the rapes and sexual abuse of 32 children who were residents of Casa Pia in Lisbon. The crimes occurred in the 1990s, but came to light in 2002 when a former resident accused Silvino of raping him, the newspaper said.
The former residents said they were raped and sexually abused during sex parties attended by prominent people, including a former television personality.