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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Cure for Autism?

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about 4 years ago

Author and model Jenny McCarthy has blogged a defense of a controversial “cure” for children who suffer from autism, asking, “Who’s afraid of the truth about autism?” She says she has met parents of hundreds of recovered children who all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling them ...

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Parent’s Buildings

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about 4 years ago

Claude Parent’s new Paris-based exhibition re-establishes him as a pivotal force in European architecture after decades of neglect, writes The New York Times. The show, which takes place at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris’s architecture museum, is full of concrete forms with ...

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Generation Viagra

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about 4 years ago

Four in 10 men over the age of 75 are still having sex—or so they say—despite only two in 10 women 75 or older claiming the same, according to a new survey. “The feminist academic Camille Paglia once described sex at age 90 as ‘like trying to shoot pool with a rope.’ But despite her coruscating ...

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Impact Crater?

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about 4 years ago

The stripping away of forests in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered a 36-46 kilometer wide circular phenomenon thought to be a giant impact crater. Scientists say the feature might be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade. The ring shape is clearly visible ...

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Outsourced Pollution

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about 4 years ago

“It's fairly straightforward to measure how much carbon dioxide a given country is emitting within its own borders. Just count the factories and power plants and cars and so forth and tally up all that pollution. But what about outsourced emissions? After all, the United States and Europe consume a ...

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Unfortunate Timing?

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about 4 years ago

Heavily criticised revelations about an east Jerusalem building plan announced during US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel have been dismissed by officials as “bad timing.” "The approval is a purely technical matter and we have no intention of insulting or seeking a confrontation with the ...

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Financial Funnies

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about 4 years ago

"What you gotta understand is that we got a regulatory issue here. We gotta regulate that or we're gonna get more bubbles. Gonna get bigger, larger, then pop, money goes to the weasels," advises a “Daddy Bush” impersonator on popular comedy website funnyordie.com, in a terse summary of the “whole ...

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Facebook Economy

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about 4 years ago

With investors leapfrogging on the back of social networking and making investments heavily reliant on Facebook, a Guardian blogger asks “How big is the Facebook economy?” Bobbie Johnson remarks that from the number of press releases he’s received recently it seems that more and more Facebook-driven ...

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“Ghostbusters”

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about 4 years ago

Bloomberg’s Matthew Lynn thinks Greece should call the International Monetary Fund’s “Ghostbusters” to exorcise its demons and get its economy back on track. He writes: “’Who you gonna call?’ wasn’t just a catchphrase in the 1984 film “Ghostbusters.” If the worst happens in Greece, Spain or Portugal ...

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Acting Up

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about 4 years ago

For once the Oscars is acting “sanely” in awarding Best Picture to a low budget indie film “Hurt Locker” over “Avatar.” Why, then, is The New Republic still frustrated by it? Christopher Orr asks: “How did this act of cinematic sanity come about? I'd like to say the Academy stiffed Avatar because ...

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Bush Nostalgia?

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about 4 years ago

“I told you so,” writes The Washington Post’s Stanley Fish, who predicted back that within a year of leaving office George W. Bush would be regarded with affection and nostalgia. He says: “Well it’s a bit more than a year now and signs of Bush’s rehabilitation are beginning to pop up. One is ...

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Foaming Mosquitoes

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about 4 years ago

Drinking beer increases human attractiveness to Malaria carrying mosquitoes, according to researchers who say their findings need to be integrated within public health policies. “Our aim was to ascertain the effect of beer consumption on human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes in semi field ...

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Expletive Shower

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about 4 years ago

"Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn,” Republican Eric Massa (D-NY) said in a radio interview, when asked if Emanuel has the dirtiest mouth in Washington. "He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive," he ...

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The Anger Illness

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about 4 years ago

“Scream at the boss? Snap at a colleague? Throw your cell phone into your @#$%%&* computer monitor? If so, you may find yourself headed to anger-management classes, which have become an all-purpose antidote for fit-throwing celebrities, chair-throwing coaches, vandals, road ragers, delinquent teens ...

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Enlightening

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about 4 years ago

Ultra-violet rays have been used by restoration experts in Florence, Italy to shine new light on the work of Giotto di Bondone, one of the West’s most important painters. The Independent reports that murals by Giotto at the Peruzzi Chapel in Florence’s Santa Croce, depicting John the Baptist and ...