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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Ungrateful Dead?

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over 4 years ago

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 ...

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Condoms for Kids?

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Do specially made “extra small” condoms for children sound like a good idea, asks Marlon Abrahams, in response to a new safe sex campaign targeting 12-year-olds in Switzerland? Comically titled the “Hotshot”, the new kind of condom has been developed by the Swiss government after a survey showed ...

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Right To Privacy

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Privacy laws being invoked by opponents of same-sex marriage, giving them the right to be unseen and anonymous in court, is like a “drive-by assault” to gay rights activists. Despite gay marriage being made legal in the District of Columbia yesterday, elsewhere US lawmakers are still wrangling with ...

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Bubble Trouble

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Those enthusiasts about China’s perky economy should heed the warnings of Premier Wen Jiabao on the dangers of overinvestment producing another economic bubble, writes The Washington Post’s David Ignatius. China watchers need to look more closely as its biggest problem is that its growth is unstable ...

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Loosening Pelosi

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s grip on power appears to be loosening as in recent weeks she has faced a series of subtle but significant challenges to her authority, Politico reports. Unaccustomed to hearing the word “no,” Pelosi has had to deal with vocal opposition from Democrats on the Ways and ...

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Recip Erdogan Wins

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“Here's a proposition: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the outstanding democratically elected national leader in the world today. You beg to differ? Really? Who tops him? President Obama? You must be joking. Elected on hope, with majorities in both houses of congress, and by the end ...

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Cure for Autism?

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Author and model Jenny McCarthy has blogged a defense of a controversial “cure” for children who suffer from autism, asking, “Who’s afraid of the truth about autism?” She says she has met parents of hundreds of recovered children who all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling them ...

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Parent’s Buildings

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Claude Parent’s new Paris-based exhibition re-establishes him as a pivotal force in European architecture after decades of neglect, writes The New York Times. The show, which takes place at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris’s architecture museum, is full of concrete forms with ...

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Generation Viagra

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Four in 10 men over the age of 75 are still having sex—or so they say—despite only two in 10 women 75 or older claiming the same, according to a new survey. “The feminist academic Camille Paglia once described sex at age 90 as ‘like trying to shoot pool with a rope.’ But despite her coruscating ...

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Impact Crater?

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The stripping away of forests in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered a 36-46 kilometer wide circular phenomenon thought to be a giant impact crater. Scientists say the feature might be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade. The ring shape is clearly visible ...

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Outsourced Pollution

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“It's fairly straightforward to measure how much carbon dioxide a given country is emitting within its own borders. Just count the factories and power plants and cars and so forth and tally up all that pollution. But what about outsourced emissions? After all, the United States and Europe consume a ...

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Unfortunate Timing?

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Heavily criticised revelations about an east Jerusalem building plan announced during US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel have been dismissed by officials as “bad timing.” "The approval is a purely technical matter and we have no intention of insulting or seeking a confrontation with the ...