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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Terror Teller

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about 4 years ago

The Christmas Day bomber has reportedly given up intelligence about a radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen who is believed to have been involved in orchestrating the attack. "Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been cooperating with the FBI. He has provided information about Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born ...

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Macrobenthos

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about 4 years ago

"A study of animals visible to the naked eye and living in and on the seabed -- the 'macrobenthos' -- of the Straits of Magellan and Drake Passage will help scientists understand the biodiversity, biogeography and ecology of the Magellanic region. 'The biodiversity data are from my very first ...

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Literary Justice

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about 4 years ago

Google's controversial plan to create a digital library has been dealt another blow by the Justice Department, which has criticized the plans for having "significant legal problems" despite recent rewrites. "The Justice Department on Thursday said that a class-action settlement between the company ...

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Missionaries Charged

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about 4 years ago

"Ten American missionaries arrested in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country after last month's earthquake were charged today with child kidnapping and criminal association. The group, most of whom are members of an Idaho-based church group, were sent back to jail today after a ...

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Pluto Up Close

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about 4 years ago

NASA scientists have taken extraordinary photographs of former planet Pluto thanks to the technology of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has captured the spectacular gold-colored sphere. "Pluto, now classed as a dwarf planet, is so small and so distant that its surface has been a mystery to ...

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Origins Of The...

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about 4 years ago

"Charles Darwin's ancient ancestors were among the first group of Homo sapiens to leave Africa, a DNA analysis has revealed. His forebears, Cro-Magnon men, left Africa about 45,000 years ago, heading to the Middle East and Central Asia, then migrated to Europe about 10,000 years later. There, they ...

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Germanium Laser

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about 4 years ago

Scientists at MIT have demonstrated the first laser that operates using the germanium element in a move that could bring us closer to optical computing. "The laser, which operates at room temperature, could prove to be an important step toward computer chips that move data using light instead of ...

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Dumping Waste

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about 4 years ago

"The Russian military allegedly dumped nuclear waste into the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s, according to a report on Swedish television. Radioactive material from a military base in Latvia is thought to have been thrown into Swedish waters. For many the biggest shock is that the Swedish government ...

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Choppy Move

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about 4 years ago

Taiwan is planning to sign a $111m deal in the next few days to buy 20 helicopters from a European manufacturer in a move which could provoke an angry response from China. "Taiwan said on Friday it would buy military helicopters from a European manufacturer, a move that could ignite China's anger ...

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Missing Genes

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about 4 years ago

Some morbidly obese people are missing a section of their DNA according to new research, which conjectures that such genetic problems could actually cause a propensity to obesity. “The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and ten other European Centres, say that missing DNA such as ...

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Master Price!

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about 4 years ago

Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man 1” sculpture has smashed global auction records by selling for the equivalent of $104.4m at Sotheby’s auction house in London last night. “In a tense contest at the company's London salesroom, bidding on the spindly bronze ‘Walking Man I’ began at £12 million and ...

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Thought-Control

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about 4 years ago

The Winter Olympics in Canada this month will be a chance to see more than just the figure skating, as the games are showcasing a “thought-controlled” lighting experiment. “A Canadian company has created what it calls the ‘largest thought-controlled computing installation.’ It’s an experiment that ...

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White Roofs

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about 4 years ago

While world leaders struggle to find a solution for climate change in a gas guzzling world, American researchers claim to have found a simple way to cool cities- painting them white. “’Our research demonstrates that white roofs can be an effective method for reducing urban heat. It has the potential ...

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“Skulduggery”

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about 4 years ago

“Rajendra Pachauri, the embattled chairman of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning climate change panel, lashed out on Thursday at the flurry of attacks on the panel's credibility, calling climate change sceptics' criticism ‘skulduggery of the worst kind’. Last month, Mr Pachauri was forced to acknowledge ...

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Bagging The Goods

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about 4 years ago

The Nickel tax on disposable bags in Washington has inspired a trend of re-usable totes with local shoppers assembling a wardrobe of bags which are functional and fashionable. “One of Washingtonians' worst fears these days is being caught shopping without their own bags. As people adjust to the new ...