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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Heirloom Hybrids

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over 4 years ago

Plant breeders are offering hybrid heirloom tomatoes this year that they claim "have the distinct flavors and funky looks of heirlooms but are more disease-resistant and abundantly productive."

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Drunk Tank

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over 4 years ago

A taxpayer-funded bar in the German city of Kiel caters to a very particular clientele: unemployed alcoholics. The bar aims to keep its patrons from disturbing other citizens during drinking binges.

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Martian Chronicles

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There is a lot of evidence suggesting life exists on Mars, says astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch. "It’s actually more scientifically outrageous to think that Mars is and always has been sterile."

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Obama's Certificate

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"The 'birther' myth is the political equivalent of a horror-movie villain: Not only does it refuse to die, but every time someone tries to kill it, it only comes back stronger," writes Christopher Beam.

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Versus the Volcano

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"What if the Eyjafjallajokull ash cloud is "not just a minor volcanic hiccup, but the beginning of an event that causes in time a mass extinction of some form of earthbound life?" asks Simon Winchester.

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Fat Hurts the Brain

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over 4 years ago

Several studies have concluded that obesity accelerates the process of dementia. People who are overweight in their 40s are more likely to show a rapid, pronounced decline in brain function in their 70s.

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Poetic Messiah

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"No poet has ever been so influential, so controversial, and so little read" as Ezra Pound, writes Jamie James. After him, "anyone aspiring to be a poetic messiah would be shunned as a charlatan."