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          <pl ns="0" title="Authorship detection: Who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews?" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Book Chapters" />
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          <pl ns="0" title="CSI Adelaide: Was Trayvon Martin murdered?" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Can we teach a machine to be a cardiologist?" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Cipher Cracking" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Citation Competition" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Communications IV" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Conference Articles" />