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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Miscarriage Murder?

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about 4 years ago

A new Utah law could criminalize pregnant women who miscarry, meaning they could face murder charges for the loss of an unborn child if their behavior is deemed “reckless.” “The unambiguously named ‘Criminal homicide and abortion amendment’ that passed in the state senate last week seeks to ...

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Cartman in Kabul

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about 4 years ago

“What is it about operating in Afghanistan that leads people to adopt false names—and ludicrous ones, at that? We already had ‘Britney Spears’ among the many dubious registrants for last summer’s elections. Now, as Wired’s Danger Room reports, there’s this, from a Senate Armed Services Committee ...

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Curbing Denge

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about 4 years ago

In an effort to curb the spread of dengue fever, scientists are breeding a genetically altered strain of mosquito, the insects which typically carry the disease, to counteract its effects. “The dengue virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes and there is no vaccine or treatment ...

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Aung San Denial

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about 4 years ago

The denial of an appeal against the August 2009 sentencing of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been condemned by UK foreign minister Ivan Lewis. “In his statement this morning on the verdict, Mr Lewis said: ‘The rejection of Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal is a further, sad indictment of ...

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Diamond Record

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about 4 years ago

Petra Diamonds has set a new record by selling a 507-carat diamond for $35.3 million today, the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond and $10 million over its estimated value. “’It is fitting that the Cullinan Heritage should achieve a sale price of $35.3 million, the highest sale price on ...

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Burton’s Demons

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about 4 years ago

As weird and wonderful film director Tim Burton’s take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens, he talks to The Independent about the origins of his demons and original outlook. “Recalling his formative years in suburbia he says: ‘I was always a loner and spent a lot of time by myself, making up stories and ...

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Politico Percolating

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about 4 years ago

Coffee Party activism, which started on Facebook in furious protest against the Tea Party’s uprising, is spreading (and percolating) quickly in the months since Annabel Park instigated it. “Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger ...

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Bridget Jones TV?

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about 4 years ago

NBC Universal plans to bring well-known big-screen characters including Bridget Jones, Billy Elliot, and Nanny McPhee to our television screens, with plans for drama adaptations. “Last week NBC Universal International and Working Title announced they were moving into TV production with new joint ...

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Posing Bipartisans

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about 4 years ago

“Members of Congress got to pose for a moment of bipartisan victory on the jobs crisis yesterday with the passage of a package of tax cuts and transportation investments that may put a few hundred thousand people to work. It would be great news, if only there weren't 14.8 million Americans looking ...

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Political Embarrassment

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about 4 years ago

An inquiry will be launched into the handling of a complaint that Governor David Paterson violently assaulted a female aide, after questions raised over a suspected “hush up”. “Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David ...

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Discipline Too Far

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about 4 years ago

An apology has been demanded of a Montgomery County middle school after a pupil was escorted from the premises by police after refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. “The unidentified student was mocked by other children in her class and has been too traumatized to return to Roberto Clemente ...

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Chemical Reaction

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about 4 years ago

Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy has unveiled new technology which can “harnesses chemical reactions to create energy” in the hope of revolutionizing the world’s fuel sources. “Bloom's main product is the Bloom Energy Server, a generator based around a smart new fuel cell technology. Fuel cells ...

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Bipartisanship?

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about 4 years ago

“If President Barack Obama really wanted to show he’s serious about winning over Republicans on health care reform, he could offer up some key concessions at Thursday’s summit, like caps on malpractice awards or allowing insurers to sell across state lines. And if Republicans wanted to reciprocate ...

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Great Garbage Patch

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about 4 years ago

Scientists have found that a particular area of the North Atlantic Ocean attracts plastic debris and other trash, leaving the region comparable to the Pacific’s “great garbage patch”. “Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been ‘largely ...

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Hurricane Up Ahead

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about 4 years ago

A blizzard is expected to take aim at the Northeast of America, with what weather experts are predicting to be “immobilizing blizzard conditions” with wintry winds and destructive snow.“As the storm intensifies, the winds across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will strengthen later today and tonight ...