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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Fat and Cancer

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Short of a causal relationship, new research shows strong correlation between fat content in the body and occurrence rates for certain types of cancer. "An increasing number of studies are finding that overweight and obese people are more likely to develop cancer of various kinds. At least half a ...

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Diploma Sadness

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The Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page wants to see at least a minimum graduation rate of 40 percent before college basketball teams are allowed to compete in post-season play. "We often sell our young people short when we judge their academic potential. They respond to our low expectations with low ...

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Ban: Ban Settlements

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The UN secretary-general has declared proposed Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to be illegal since they would further occupy Palestinian territory. "Mr Ban is in the Middle East to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and press them to resume peace talks. Israel's controversial announcement ...

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"Unconscionable"

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Ahead of financial reform legislation that would give the Federal Reserve more regulative authority, Chairman Bernanke says the bailouts of 2009 must never be repeated. "'It is unconscionable that the fate of the world economy should be so closely tied to the fortunes of a relatively small number ...

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Sam Shepard

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A man for all seasons, Sam Shepard opens up about Patti Smith, his plays, his problems with alcohol and the role of love in American society in a recent interview with The Guardian. "Where do you even begin with Sam Shepard? With his Pulitzer prize? His Oscar nomination? The fact that he's routinely ...

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O! Mexico!

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In the city of Juarez, Mexico, thousands are killed each year as a result of drug-related violence highlighting the inadequacies of American-Mexican drug policies. "Nearly 19,000 people in Mexico have been slaughtered in drug violence since 2006, the year the conservative Felipe Calderon was ...

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NASA: A Big Nada?

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NASA's new goals were explored in New York last week in light of the reality that the manned spaceflight program has been scrapped. Is it really the end of Americans in space? "Effectively, Obama's budget would abandon the Constellation goal of returning to the moon in the next decade. (As many ...

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Le Defeat

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Nicolas Sarkozy's political party is expected to take heavy losses at regional polls on Sunday signalling the French President's luck may have run out since his post-crash popularity. "Fears about job losses, immigration and security, as well as resentment about issues such as bank bailouts and ...

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Countdown to Sunday

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The vote count looks promising for Democrats as the Healthcare Reform Bill is scheduled for a vote in the House this Sunday in what has become a lesson in procedural politics. "The question now is whether these last-minute conversions will be enough to offset a collection of wavering Democrats who ...

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Stem Cell Success

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A 10 year-old British boy has successfully received a transplanted windpipe that was treated with his own stem cells to prevent his body from rejecting the donated organ; the surgery is a major medical advance. "The boy, who is British, is the first child in the world to undergo the revolutionary ...

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Hollywood Comes Home

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The economic depression has proven a serious crisis for major film studios and in its wake Hollywood stars are flocking to Broadway to renew their acting careers. "New Yorkers will not need to go to their nearest multiplex cinema to catch the latest performances by stars such as Denzel Washington ...

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The Ice Mission Cometh

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April 8th is the date when a satellite made from a converted Russian-Ukrainian nuclear missile will be sent into space to map the world's ice fields in an effort to better understand global warming. "The satellite was due to fly in late February but was held on the ground while engineers ...

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"Jihobbyism"

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Unlikely Al Qaeda operatives can find a wealth of information supporting Jihad on the Internet and some have taken to courting terrorism groups like sports teams pledging their support in their free time. "Colleen LaRose, the Pennsylvania terrorism suspect known by the online moniker 'Jihad Jane ...

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Censored By Google

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Google's recent spat with China over political censorship has brought to light Google's reportedly transparent policy of censoring search results from many countries including Germany, Turkey and Thailand. "In Turkey, it's a crime to defame the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or to ridicule ...

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Bankrupt Banks

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Ahead of proposed financial regulation legislation from the Senate, regulators are on pace to close more delinquent banks this year than in 2009 following Friday's closure of seven banks in five different states which brings this year's total to 37. "The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over ...