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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Seeing Orange

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about 4 years ago

The Kremlin-friendly candidate in Ukraine's presidential election is suspected to have a fraudulent upper hand while a heroine of the Orange Revolution is preparing to protest his victory in the streets. "A grim mood of déjà vu is hanging over Ukraine's snowbound capital, amid news that both ...

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Nervous Donkeys

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about 4 years ago

Speaking with Democrats yesterday, Obama sought to reassure his party of the White House's support during the coming elections and renewed his commitment to healthcare reform. "President Barack Obama sought to reassure nervous Democrats Saturday, pledging to push against the political headwinds ...

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Literary Scandal

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about 4 years ago

The New Republic takes exception to Nabokov's posthumous "novel" while levelling charges of bad taste against his son and extortion against Knopf publishing. "So this is what we’ve all been waiting for? The last, lost work of the great master, all but complete, so rumor had it, at the time of his ...

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Space Race II

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about 4 years ago

For now the U.S. is content to encourage privately funded space missions and international cooperation while a new Space Race may soon fill the vacuum left by a hobbled NASA. "Forty years ago the U.S. raced to plant the first foot on the moon. Now, as India, Russia, South Korea and China compete to ...

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East Coast: Closed

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about 4 years ago

In preparation for a storm expected to bring 30 inches of snow to the greater Washington D.C. area, vehicle curfews have been imposed, flights delayed and public transportation closed. "An 'epic snowstorm' smacked the nation's capital and mid-Atlantic states Friday, and a father and son were killed ...

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Nuclear Exchange

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about 4 years ago

Iran's announcement that it is moving closer to sending low-grade nuclear material to China for reprocessing has caused a rift in the international community over how to deal with an assertive Iran. "In Germany, Manouchehr Mottaki said a deal to send enriched uranium overseas in exchange for nuclear ...

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Collider Delay

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about 4 years ago

After being plagued with technical problems, the partical collider meant to discover the origins of the universe will not run at full power for at least another three years. "The world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment will finally rumble into regular operation later this month, but it ...

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Sexy Music?

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about 4 years ago

Searching for a biological explanation of music, the British science writer Philip Ball takes stock of Darwin's idea that it could aid in the reproductive process and Steven Pinker's view that it is merely icing on the cake. "Charles Darwin, in 'The Descent of Man', noted that 'neither the enjoyment ...

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Revolutionary Nonsense

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about 4 years ago

Awaiting a speech from Sarah Palin, political vagueries and revisionist histories took center stage this week as the first-ever Tea Party convention opened in Nashville, Tennessee. "Ask Gail Hathaway, a warm 61-year-old retired nurse from Vonore, Tenn., what she wants out of the 'tea party' movement ...

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9.7%

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about 4 years ago

The unemployment level unexpectedly dropped to below ten percent when new employment figures were released yesterday signalling a slow but steady recovery in the labor market. "The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped to 9.7 percent in January and manufacturers added to payrolls for ...

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Shuttle Chute

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about 4 years ago

NASA's space shuttle will be retired after the International Space Station is completed next year leaving manned space missions mostly in Russia's hands. "NASA launch managers this morning cleared space shuttle Endeavour to lift off before dawn Sunday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the ...

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Red Dragon

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about 4 years ago

After fallouts over Copenhagen, Google, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama, China may stand against the U.S. to oppose economic sanctions against Iran at the U.N. "Preliminary discussions have begun at the UN in New York on a further round of punitive measures aimed at Iranian individuals and institutions ...

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Karachi Bombings

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about 4 years ago

The financial heart of Pakistan is morning the death of 25 civilians killed yesterday when two public buses exploded in an attack targeting Shia Muslims. "Two bombs planted on two buses carrying Shia worshippers were detonated simultaneously on Friday killing 12 people and wounding more than 40 ...

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€uro in Trouble?

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about 4 years ago

The European Union is worried that mounting Greek debt will be perceived as insecure, detracting investors and threatening the value of the Euro as a whole. "The European single currency has entered the stormiest seas it has yet experienced. Sovereign debt anxiety is swelling among global investors ...

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Auto Stalled

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about 4 years ago

"A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn't die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged, the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away. But ...