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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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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 ...

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(More) Free Music

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The free music streaming service that has a library containing over ten millions songs already enjoyed by Europeans is still in negotiations with record companies but hopes to break into America in 2010. "A decade after Shawn Fanning unleashed Napster, 26-year-old Daniel Ek is generating tidal ...

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Spot Check

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Twenty years on, the Department of Agriculture will beef up its enforcement of laws requiring organic food to be spot checked for pesticides responding to the industry's rapid growth in recent years. "The Department of Agriculture said on Friday that it would begin enforcing rules requiring the spot ...

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Reconciliation 2.0?

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Now that the taboo against the use of reconciliation to pass legislation has been broken, will a student loan bill be next to take the path of least resistance through the Congress? "Most people know the final health care battle will play out in the Senate budget reconciliation process, but there's ...

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Skyline Interruption

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From next Friday until August 31 slightly different sculptures of naked men will interrupt New York’s skyline as artist Anthony Gormley kicks off his first every New York-based installation. The sculptures, cast in bronze, and all of Gormley himself, will be perched on rooftops, standing on the ...

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Hamming it Up

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“Bacon has been the apple of food nerds' eye for so long that the backlash to it already had a backlash, its fans an impenetrable phalanx of fatty warriors. So what is it about bacon? Is it the salty goodness? The smoke? Or the way lard delivers these flavors in wallops? Either way, bacon is the ...

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X-Ray Visible

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Bone marrow stem cells suspended in X-ray-visible micro bubbles can be used to dramatically improve the body’s ability to build new blood vessels in the upper leg, scientists have found. This discovery could provide a potential future treatment for those with peripheral arterial disease (PAD ...

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Maison de Tolérance

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Frenchmen would love looser laws to bring back brothels more than 60 years after Paris shut its famed “maisons closes,” according to a campaign stepping up to legalize them. An MP from President Sarkozy’s UMP party, Chantal Brunel, is spearheading the campaign after she was appointed last month to ...

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Shattered Faith

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Victims of a widespread child abuse scandal in Ireland have begun speaking out after report found that the Catholic Church had covered up tens of thousands of abuse cases. John Kelly was just 14 when, he says, he lost his faith in God. "I was taken down these stairs. I only had a nightdress on. It ...

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Mending Immigration

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“Our immigration system is badly broken,” writes The Washington Post’s commentators. “Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United States on valid visas each year ...

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Economic Gender

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Economic imbalances in China could be down to having too many Chinese men, remarks Financial Times columnist James Mackintosh, as daughters cost more than sons. Mackintosh cites an article in The Economist which found that “as the country experiences a rising sex ratio imbalance, the increased ...

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Foxing ‘Em?

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Fox News has been criticized by the White House for its perceived right wing bias. It was surprising therefore that President Barack Obama yesterday gave an interview to the channel. Obama used the interview to step up his efforts to gain support for his embattled healthcare reform bill and he faced ...

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First Lesbian Bishop

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The first ever openly gay female bishop has achieved the first hurdle in her bid for consecration, after winning a majority of “yes” votes by America’s Anglican church. An unofficial tally shows that Mary Glasspool, the assistant bishop-elect of Los Angeles, received more than the required majority ...

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Invisibility Cloak

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A German team has turned tales of invisibility cloaks made, famous by Grimm’s fairy tales and Harry Potter, into a potential – albeit a small – reality. About 0.00005 inches in fact. “Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany say they have rendered (almost) invisible a bump in a ...

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Ancient Trees

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At least 50 trees around the world have staggeringly been around for more than a millennium, as trees are one of the oldest living organisms to grace this Earth. One secret to trees’ longevity is a complicated compartmentalized vascular system which enables part of the tree to die out while the rest ...