Friday Free-for-All: April 1

Time for a few Friday morning links:

  • Could the 70 small metal books recently discovered in Jordan turn out to be the biggest find for Christian history since the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  • An elderly Belgian couple opts for euthanasia together rather than face death separately.
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  • In the wake of Chernobyl, “there were many media reports of large numbers of abortions carried out because of mothers’ fear of radiation damage to their unborn child,” a Nature blog explains — though the fear was largely unfounded. Will fears about Fukushima have a similar effect on pregnant women in Japan?
  • Why don’t we have more Shakespeares?
  • The Joy of E-Reading: “When the children of 2011 look back, they will not see this as the year their local libraries were taken away. This will be the year they all got libraries of their own.”
  • After the intense flooding in Pakistan last year, spiders had nowhere to go but up — producing images like this. On the plus side, they’re helping fight malaria by keeping the mosquito population down…


  • Margaret Cabaniss

    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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