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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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X-Ray Visible

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about 4 years ago

Bone marrow stem cells suspended in X-ray-visible micro bubbles can be used to dramatically improve the body’s ability to build new blood vessels in the upper leg, scientists have found. This discovery could provide a potential future treatment for those with peripheral arterial disease (PAD ...

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Maison de Tolérance

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Frenchmen would love looser laws to bring back brothels more than 60 years after Paris shut its famed “maisons closes,” according to a campaign stepping up to legalize them. An MP from President Sarkozy’s UMP party, Chantal Brunel, is spearheading the campaign after she was appointed last month to ...

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Shattered Faith

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Victims of a widespread child abuse scandal in Ireland have begun speaking out after report found that the Catholic Church had covered up tens of thousands of abuse cases. John Kelly was just 14 when, he says, he lost his faith in God. "I was taken down these stairs. I only had a nightdress on. It ...

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Mending Immigration

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“Our immigration system is badly broken,” writes The Washington Post’s commentators. “Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United States on valid visas each year ...

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Economic Gender

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Economic imbalances in China could be down to having too many Chinese men, remarks Financial Times columnist James Mackintosh, as daughters cost more than sons. Mackintosh cites an article in The Economist which found that “as the country experiences a rising sex ratio imbalance, the increased ...

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Foxing ‘Em?

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Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel. Obama used the interview to step up his efforts to gain support for his embattled healthcare reform bill and he faced ...

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First Lesbian Bishop

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The first ever openly gay female bishop has achieved the first hurdle in her bid for consecration, after winning a majority of “yes” votes by America’s Anglican church. An unofficial tally shows that Mary Glasspool, the assistant bishop-elect of Los Angeles, received more than the required majority ...

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Invisibility Cloak

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A German team has turned tales of invisibility cloaks made, famous by Grimm’s fairy tales and Harry Potter, into a potential – albeit a small – reality. About 0.00005 inches in fact. “Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany say they have rendered (almost) invisible a bump in a ...

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Ancient Trees

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At least 50 trees around the world have staggeringly been around for more than a millennium, as trees are one of the oldest living organisms to grace this Earth. One secret to trees’ longevity is a complicated compartmentalized vascular system which enables part of the tree to die out while the rest ...

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Upside-Down View

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“If you want to get away from the mounting feeling of dread in the U.S. and Europe, the sensation that maybe this economic downturn is not quite over and that Barack Obama may not have quite sharp enough elbows to make a success of his job, if you want to get a fresh perspective on things, then you ...

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Disease Fears

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Fear of a water-borne disease outbreak is gripping Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Tomas which battered the South Pacific island nation last Friday, displacing 20,000 people. The country was suffering from a typhoid outbreak even before the storm hit, and health officials fear it could spread ...

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No Drama Obama

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President Barack Obama took the personal approach when addressing members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to inspire health-care form skeptics into action. “One caucus member told Politico that Obama won him over by ‘essentially [saying] that the fate of his presidency’ hinged on this week’s ...

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Happy Amnesia

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“I’ve heard it said that we Nigerians are the happiest people on earth. We’re also accused of being passive about issues that would stir up revolutions in other countries. For instance, it’s been just over a week since ethno-religious violence left hundreds dead around Jos, a city in central Nigeria ...

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Sex.Com For Sale

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Just four years ago Sex.com was the internet’s costliest domain address, fetching $14 million. But as Sex.com goes on sale today, many doubt whether it can generate any excitement. The ethereal commodity goes on sale at a Manhattan auction room this morning, and potential bidders won’t be allowed ...

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Old At 35

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Academics have decided that you stop being young at 35 – a recent milestone for The Telegraph’s Harry de Quetteville. Better fetch the pipe and slippers! Researchers at the University of Kent have carried out a survey which says you have officially hit middle age when you hit your middle thirties ...