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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Dissolving Dutchmen

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about 4 years ago

The Dutch cabinet has dissolved after Labor Party members left the government coalition over proposals to extend the Afghanistan mission for its 2,000 troops fighting there. "The Dutch government collapsed early Saturday over disagreement on its involvement in Afghanistan, the prime minister's ...

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Tiger Rules the World

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about 4 years ago

Bloomberg News reports that stock trading on the New York exchange fell to its lowest level during Tiger Wood's press conference concerning his extramarital affairs. "For a few minutes, Tiger Woods was bigger than Ben S. Bernanke. The Chart of the Day shows that a day after the Federal Reserve ...

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French Justice

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about 4 years ago

Twelve French wine sellers have been convicted of passing off wine produced near Toulouse as a higher quality Pinot Noir before selling it on to an American wine distributor. "Worse than a faux pas, that embarrassing slip of the tongue, this was a case of faux Pinot Noir, involving French wine ...

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Spy Game

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about 4 years ago

After giving its students laptops to take home, a Pennsylvania high school is accused of remotely activating the computers' webcams to monitor students' behavior. "Blake Robbins and his parents filed a class-action suit against the Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa., alleging ...

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Hero's Welcome

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about 4 years ago

Former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei is considered a potential rival to the incumbent Egyptian president and was given a strong welcome upon returning home. "ElBaradei, who arrived in Cairo on Friday, is seen as a potential presidential candidate and has repeatedly ...

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Public Option?

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about 4 years ago

Ahead of next week's healthcare reform summit, the White House and Senate Democrats are reviewing the posibility of passing legislation with a simple majority in the Senate. "Ahead of next week's White House health reform summit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed on to a plan to try to ...

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Nuclear Renaissance

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about 4 years ago

Reemergence of nuclear power in America's energy future has renewed interest in fast-neutron reactors which can use nuclear waste in the process of energy production. "On February 16, President Barack Obama announced loan guarantees totaling more than $8 billion for two new light-water reactors in ...

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Sex On The Brain

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about 4 years ago

The natural sex hormone progesterone first used in contraceptive pills and naturally extracted from yams seems likely to reduce swelling and repair neurons in patients with severe head trauma. "Scientists will begin a phase III clinical trial in March and say the drug could save patients' lives and ...

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Hacking 101

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about 4 years ago

U.S. authorities have traced the I.P. addresses used to hack Google gmail accounts to a vocational school in China but who is responsible for the cyber attacks is a question that lingers. "A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at ...

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“Gay Jesus”

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about 4 years ago

“Even popes need to be careful what they wish for. Three months ago, Pope Benedict gathered hundreds of painters, singers, sculptors, writers, actors and poets into the Sistine Chapel and called on them to ponder the ‘harmony between the journey of faith and the artist's path,’ and to consider ways ...

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“Chained Wife”

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about 4 years ago

“Susan Zinkin divorced her husband in 1962 but was forbidden from looking for new love for almost 50 years. Only when he died an old man this week was she released from being a ‘chained wife’ under Jewish law. Ms Zinkin, 73, a retired Orthodox Jewish teacher from north London, divorced Israel Errol ...

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Poison Plot

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about 4 years ago

Investigations are underway into claims that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at US army base Fort Jackson in South Carolina. “The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News. The Army is taking the ...

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Suicide Plane Crash

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about 4 years ago

A man has flown a small plane into the seven-story building housing the Internal Revenue Service, killing himself and one agency employee in an attack apparently over a tax dispute. “nvestigators are looking into whether the pilot, 53-year-old Andrew Joseph Stack, also set his house on fire before ...

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Dolphin Off-Switch

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about 4 years ago

Dolphins have the unique ability to turn the condition diabetes off and on, scientists have discovered in a major breakthrough which could potentially lead to a cure in humans. “Researchers found that the mammal can induce the condition when there is little food around and turn it off when food is ...

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Whaling Ultimatum

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about 4 years ago

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has given Japan a whaling ultimatum – stop hunting whales by November or face international court action! “The warning, which comes just a day before a visit by the Japanese Foreign Minister, Katsuya Okada, is one of the strongest statements yet by the Australian ...