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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Lama and Obama

Missing
about 4 years ago

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, set off today to visit the United States for a 10 day tour which will include a much anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama. “Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary in the Dalai Lama's office, told IANS that the Dalai Lama would spend 10 days in the ...

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Pope’s Judgement

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about 4 years ago

Pope Benedict XVI will oversee the second day of an “extraordinary meeting” with 24 Irish bishops in the Vatican to discuss a child sex abuse scandal in Ireland. “The bishops will assemble for Mass at the Vatican before resuming their meetings with Pope Benedict. The session will end at lunchtime ...

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Floating Turbine

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about 4 years ago

Hoping to make offshore wind farms more profitable, Norwegian experts are building the world’s largest and most powerful turbine, but with a twist – it floats! “[It will stand] 533 feet tall with a rotor diameter of 475 feet. It will also be the most powerful by generating 10-megawatts to power over ...

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iPod Free Lent?

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about 4 years ago

Church leaders are urging people to give up their iPods for Lent instead of more traditional vices such as chocolate and alcohol, encouraging people to help save the planet. “The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, are among those calling for a carbon fast ...

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Leap For Toad-kind

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about 4 years ago

Toads anticipate the timing and impact of their landings in the same way that humans do, according to a new paper called “Do toads have a jump on how far they hop…” The paper was co-authored by Gary B. Gillis, associate professor of biology at Mount Holyoke College, and two undergraduates who helped ...

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PIGS Trough

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about 4 years ago

If the European Union ends up bailing out bankrupt Greece the PIGS will all eat at the same trough, remarks Wall Street Journal columnist and Hudson Institute adviser Irwin Stelzer. “If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. If members of a club come to the rescue of a ...

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Hot Poetry

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about 4 years ago

Scientists, poets and thermal imaging technology got together over Valentine’s weekend to investigate whether love poems can ignite “instant fires” in your blushing cheeks. “Steamy love poems are always popular around Valentine's Day, but can a few lines of tender verse really make people hot under ...

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“Thugocracy Iran”

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about 4 years ago

“Make Iran pay, stop coddling the mullahs and crack down on their quest for nuclear weapons,” is today’s sentiment in an editorial from the New York Daily News. “The thugocracy that runs Iran has shown with brutal repression that regime change will wait another day, while proving with nuclear ...

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“Doomsday Pod”

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about 4 years ago

An inventor is claiming to have come up with a modern day Noah’s Ark – a durable container housing up to four people which could theoretically survive an apocalypse. “The Russian inventor has designed what he says is the key to human survival in the event of an apocalypse. It's an armoured pod that ...

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“Give Us A Break”

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about 4 years ago

The New Statesman’s Salma Yaqoob talks to Muslim women about the Western perception that they are powerless victims in need of rescuing. “Give us a break”, they say.“For Muslim women, the first decade of the 21st century ended pretty much as it started. Much was done in our name, little of which we ...

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Tiger Burns Brightly

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about 4 years ago

As Chinese New Year revellers welcomed in the year of the Tiger yesterday, Singapore’s first casino, a key part of a drive to boost tourism revenue, opened its doors. “The $4.7 billion Resorts World Sentosa, built by a unit of Malaysia's Genting Group, is the first of two casinos to go into ...

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Weeping Carnival Queen

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about 4 years ago

Seven-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio de Janiero’s Carnival, broke down in tears and needed a time-out after finding herself center stage. “Dressed in a sequined halter top and a miniskirt made of purple feathers, the youngster shuffled through the first 50 yards ...

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“Military Dictatorship”

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about 4 years ago

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that Iran is “becoming a military dictatorship” in an address to students at a Qatar university during a tour of the region. “She said Iran's elite army corps, the Revolutionary Guard, had gained so much power they had effectively supplanted the ...

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Head-on Collision

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about 4 years ago

A train crash in Brussels has left at least 20 people dead after high speed locomotives collided head-on amid snowy conditions, after at least one vehicle failed to put on the brakes. “The trains, one travelling from Leuven to Braine-le-Comte and another from Quiévrain to Liege, crashed head-on amid ...

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The End of Free?

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about 4 years ago

A founder of the notorious P2P network the Pirate Bay is creating a micropayment company designed to force users to pay a small monthly subscription to companies that host downloads. "Called Flattr, the micropayments system revolves around members paying a fixed monthly fee. At the end of each month ...