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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Mind Readers

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A new kind of brain scan has been developed which can effectively read a person’s mind, according to researchers who have been able to differentiate brain activity liked to memory. Researchers showed guinea pigs three clips from movies and then scanned them to see if they could determine which film ...

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Which Wizard?

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"The Wizard of Oz," which starred Judy Garland, has a place in cinematic history. But with three rival studios preparing new versions of the classic musical, which Wizard is which?The Independent reports that 70 years after Dorothy first graced the silver screen: “At least three major Hollywood ...

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Why The Massa-cre?

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As Washington recovers from what has been dubbed the “Massa-cre”, the disgrace of ex-Democrat Eric Massa, Fox News asks how the current “parlor game” could ever happen. How is it that high calibre and high profile politicians at the height of their power can get themselves into such a mess? Ending ...

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Eichmann Files

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“Fifty years after Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann's arrest by the Israeli Mossad in Argentina, basic details about his 15 years as a fugitive remain a government secret. The files kept by Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, remain classified today -- allegedly for reasons of national ...

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Don’t Fight, Play

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Talented ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro says the traditional Hawaiian instrument, which he learned to play at just 4 years of age, could make the world a less violent place to live in. "I've always believed it's the instrument of peace," he told CNN, "because if everyone played the ukulele, this ...

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What Dolce Vita?

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The New York Times’ Earl Wilson ponders the disorganisation and chaos of beautiful Italy as he attempts to board an airplane from an airport that looks the same as it did in 1944. “ I actually got nostalgic for U.S. air travel. I did. It felt weird, like pining for root-canal treatment, and it ...

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“Accounting Gimmicks”

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Lehman Brothers, the bank which collapsed in September 2008 and sparked global economic meltdown, could face legal action over accounting “gimmicks” revealed in a recent report. “A court-appointed US bankruptcy examiner has concluded that there are grounds for legal claims against top Lehman ...

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Europe’s Engine

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As Europe’s biggest economy, Germany needs to learn change if it is to help lead the rest of the Eurozone out of the fiscal mire – but can an old dog learn new tricks? As The Economist remarks, a decade ago Germany was “the sick man of Europe”, riddled by high unemployment and slow growth. But it ...

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Hermaphrochickens

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“Chicken sex doesn’t work like ours. No, not that sex — but the process by which an embryo becomes a recognizably male or female animal. Unlike mammals, it’s not hormones that dictate a chicken’s sex. It’s a fundamental property of the cells themselves. But this only became apparent when biologists ...

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Treading On Eggshell

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Remarkably well preserved genetic information has been found in the fossilised eggshells of an extinct species of elephant bird from Madagascar, the biggest bird ever to walk this earth – or at least known to have existed. Resembling Big Bird from Sesame Street, the creature’s DNA was discovered by ...

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Mouse ADHD Clue

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A new study using mice has revealed that the root of psychiatric disorder attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be found in an overactive protein which is responsible for regulating the dopaminergic pathways. Although ADHD is typically seen as a condition affecting teenagers, it also ...

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Ungrateful Dead?

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Two new exhibitions about band the Grateful Dead have just opened at the New York Historical Society and the University of California, proving the dead live on. The New York Times reports: “’The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society,’ which continues through July 4, includes ...

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Gender Gap

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A century after International Women’s Day was founded to promote gender equality a stark gender gap still exists in the workplace in countries across the world. “A new report by the World Economic Forum finds that even though more women are employed around the world than ever before, and now make up ...

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Democracy Mockery

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Worldwide indignation has met new election laws announced by Burma’s military rulers, in what US government spokesperson Philip Crowley has said is a “democratic mockery.” The BBC reports: “Burma has prohibited political prisoners - including the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi - from ...

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Jobs vs. Climate

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Should American lawmakers roll back a few environmental protection laws, including the landmark bill to reduce greenhouse emissions, in favor of boosting the US job market? That is the question residents of Las Angeles are considering after Republican lawmakers proposed the roll back as a way to ...