Darwin, Ahead of His Time, Is Still Influential
( New York Times )

Darwin’s theory of evolution has become the bedrock of modern biology. But for most of the theory’s existence since 1859, even biologists have ignored or vigorously opposed it, in whole or in part.

It is a testament to Darwin’s extraordinary insight that it took almost a century for biologists to understand the essential correctness of his views.

Biologists quickly accepted the idea of evolution, but for decades they rejected natural selection, the mechanism Darwin proposed for the evolutionary process. Until the mid-20th century they largely ignored sexual selection, a special aspect of natural selection that Darwin proposed to account for male ornaments like the peacock’s tail.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・bedrock 岩床、基礎事実
・existence 存在、実在
・testament 聖約、証拠
・extraordinary 異常な、非凡な、法外な
・insight 洞察(力)
・aspect 一側面、様相
・ornament 装飾(品)

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Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.


In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.




Uncovering Lost Path of the Most Wanted Nazi
( New York Times )

Even in old age the imposingly tall, athletic German known to locals as Tarek Hussein Farid maintained the discipline to walk some 15 miles each day through the busy streets of Egypt’s capital. He walked to the world-renowned Al Azhar mosque here, where he converted to Islam, and to the ornate J. Groppi Cafe downtown, where he ordered the chocolate cakes he sent to friends and bought the bonbons he gave to their children, who called him Uncle Tarek.

Friends and acquaintances here in Egypt also remember him as an avid amateur photographer who almost always wore a camera around his neck, but never allowed himself to be photographed. And with good reason: Uncle Tarek was born Aribert Ferdinand Heim, a member of Hitler’s elite Waffen-SS and a medical doctor at the Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Mauthausen concentration camps.

It was behind the gray stone walls of Mauthausen, in his native
Austria, that Dr. Heim committed the atrocities against hundreds of Jews and others that earned him the nickname Dr. Death and his status as the most wanted Nazi war criminal still believed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to be at large.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・imposingly 堂々として(impose:課す、威圧する)
・athletic 運動の、運動選手のような
・discipline 訓練(する)、(情欲の)制御、規律
・convert 変える、転向する、改宗する
・ornate 華美な
・avid 熱心な、貪欲な
・concentration camp 強制収容所

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In Japan, New Jobless May Lack Safety Net
( New York Times )

Koji Hirano said his “mind went blank” with disbelief when he and other workers at a Canon digital camera factory in this southern city were suddenly called into a cafeteria in late October and told they were being laid off.

The shock turned to fear when they were also ordered to vacate their employer-provided apartments, a common job benefit here. With no savings from his monthly take-home pay of as little as $700, he said, he faced certain homelessness.

The current economic crisis has spread joblessness and distress
across the world, and Japan has been no exception -- with output plunging at historic rates, the unemployment rate leapt to 4.4 percent in December from 3.9 percent the month before. But what has proved more shocking has been the fact that so many of those laid off have been so vulnerable, with hundreds and perhaps thousands finding themselves cast into the streets.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・vacate 空にする、立ち退く
・benefit 利益、(社会保障制度による各種の)給付
・distress 苦痛、苦悩(の種)、貧窮
・plunge 突っ込む、投げ込む、急落する
・vulnerable 傷つきやすい、(非難・影響などを)受けやすい

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NPA probes 19 over slander on comedian's blog
( Japan Times )

In a rare Internet crackdown, police have turned over to prosecutors their case against a 29-year-old woman and plan to hand another 18 suspects over for abusive comments posted on the blog of a 37-year-old Japanese comedian, police sources said Thursday.

The 29-year-old Kawasaki woman allegedly posted a death threat on the blog of comedian Smiley Kikuchi, writing "I will kill you" in December, a police source said.

Kikuchi and his agent, Ohta Production Inc., initially declined
comment out of fear of drawing further attacks on the Web. But
Kikuchi released a comment later in the day saying the information in circulation contains factual errors.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・NPA 警察庁(National Police Agency)
・probe 探る、調査する
・slander 中傷、名誉棄損
・abusive 口汚い、濫用の
・factual 事実に関する、事実に基づく

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