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- A number of adoption agencies have called for boycotts of the upcoming horror flick "Orphan" because they feel it will deter couples from adopting. But the concept has no scientific or psychological basis, according to one expert. Though media can provoke copycat behavior, the "evil child" genre has saturated the media environment is not a new one and its effects on society would be already apparent.
- The Anglican church in England is offering couples a combination wedding and baptism. WIth an increasing number of kids born out of wedlock, the church designed a "hatch and match" marriage where couples wed then can have their kids baptized after the ceremony. The goal of the service is to urge parents to create church ties and become more reverent in the way they live, officials said.
- On the heels of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, space travel enthusiasts have turned their attention to the next frontier: a manned mission to Mars. It would take a crew about 180 days to get to the red planet and would require either a nuclear thermal rocket or a chemical engine.
- A number of unsung heroes are responsible for keeping the Internets running, according to a Harvard cyberlaw expert. When Pakistan took YouTube offline, a group of citizens worked together to restore service. The professor likened these cyber protectors to superheros responding to a Bat signal. It's those social structures and those who curate them that keep the web healthy, he said.