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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Obsessed

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over 4 years ago

March Madness isn't the only insanity surrounding the American (and global) obsession with sports but just how skewed have our priorities become? "At a time when the economy is faltering, wars are raging, and the future seems worrisome on a good day, many are looking to sports as a source not merely ...

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Dollar Diplomacy

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over 4 years ago

Treasury Secretary Geithner has delayed his report to Congress on the Chinese currency hoping to persuade China to appreciate the Yuan soon. "Geithner, explaining the delay in a statement Saturday, said a series of upcoming meetings, including among officials of the Group of 20 financially ...

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Oil Spill?

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over 4 years ago

A Chinese oil tanker that has run aground on the Great Barrier Reef is leaking oil and threatening to break up entirely, causing a greater spillage. "The Shen Neng I, carrying 950 tonnes of oil, ran aground 70km (43 miles) off the east coast of Great Keppel Island. Oil patches have been seen and ...

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Supreme Speculation

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Leader of the left on the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens is expected to retire during Obama's first term; Bloomberg looks at three potential nominees to fill his vacancy. "The group includes U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, the person ...

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Teabonics

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The Guardian examines the incoherences in Tea Party politics and spelling as demonstrators continue to modify (misspell) the English language in amusing ways. "Along with the Tea Party has risen not only an incoherent political movement but exciting and refreshing variations on the English language ...

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Hate Breeding Hate

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Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the neo-Nazi party in South Africa, has been cut down by one of his own farmhands ending a career of political extremism, terrorism and violence. "South African neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terreblanche has been hacked to death in his sleep by two workers on his farm after ...

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Don't Worry, Mama

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New research finds correlation between worried pregnant women and their children who show slower cognitive development, but don't worry, the study concludes. "Contrary to old beliefs, however, research shows that ordinary day-to-day job and home stress isn't likely to cause low birth weight or other ...

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MLK's Vietnam

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over 4 years ago

Bob Herbert of the New York Times writes that Martin Luther King's reasoning for contesting the War in Vietnam is valid in Afghanistan, but, like before, few are listening. "This was on the evening of April 4, 1967, almost exactly 43 years ago. Dr. King told the more than 3,000 people who had ...

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Malleable Morality

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over 4 years ago

Scientists have blocked cell activity in the brain's moral reasoning region inducing people to use purely consequential reasoning rather than consider moral principles. "Lead researcher Dr Liane Young said: 'You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior. To be able to apply a magnetic ...

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Cleaner Cars

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over 4 years ago

New EPA standards will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks through 2016 requiring a base efficiency of 34 miles per gallon in six years' time. "The nation's first mandatory attempt to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is now a fact—and it will show up in a driveway near you in ...

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iWant iPad

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over 4 years ago

Ahead of Saturday's iPad launch, CNN looks at Apple's new computer to answer questions and distinguish it from other computers already in our homes and offices. "You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews. But maybe, like many gadget lovers, you're still debating whether you ...

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Glut Tax

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over 4 years ago

Romanians flocking to burger joints in their post-communist gorge may soon be subject to a junk food tax intended to reduce national obesity rates and fill government coffers. "As a standard-bearer for healthy eating, Romania is not the first country that springs to mind. The eastern European nation ...

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J-O-B-S

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over 4 years ago

Hirings in manufacturing and health-care industries boosted the national payroll in March though companies were more likely to take on temporary workers than full-time employees. "Payrolls rose by 162,000 workers, the third gain in the past five months and the most since March 2007, figures from the ...

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Quake, Then Investigate

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over 4 years ago

The recent earthquake in Chile was the fifth largest ever recorded and the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating damaged buildings there to better understand our own California. "One immediate observation from Chile's earthquake that could find its way into US building code is on confining ...

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The British Are Coming

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over 4 years ago

U.K. law prohibits selecting the sex of your child unless serious medical issues are involved and this has Brits flocking to the U.S. to balance out their families. "So British couples wanting to choose the sex of their child must now go abroad, and the most common choice is the US, where sex ...