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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Bin Laden Communiqué

Missing
about 4 years ago

An audio tape allegedly from Osama Bin Laden claims responsibility for the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard an American flight, reiterates Palestine’s cause, and promises more attacks. “Osama Bin Laden has claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a US airliner on December 25 in a new ...

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Banksy Unveiled

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about 4 years ago

British graffiti artist and cult sensation Banksy will be heard speaking for the first time ever in a documentary to be played at the Sundance Film Festival today. “He started out by spraying his provocative images onto walls and under bridges in the middle of the night, leaving the public to puzzle ...

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Brains in a Vat

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about 4 years ago

Neurons grown in petri dishes from stem cells have successfully been transplanted into animals’ brains and could one day benefit sufferers of spinal cord injuries. “Healthy brains have stable and precise connections between cells that are necessary for normal behavior. This new finding is the first ...

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Marijuana 101

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about 4 years ago

School authorities face a dilemma now that marijuana is being prescribed to treat ADHD, legitimating its presence in lockers and classrooms across 14 states. “A high school student found to have marijuana in the classroom would seem to be a prime candidate for a little ‘talk’ with the vice principal ...

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Climate Sleuthing

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about 4 years ago

False claims made by the U.N. Panel on Climate Change about the rate of Himalayan glacial melting were used to win governmental grants and have embarrassed the scientific body. “The chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has used bogus claims that Himalayan glaciers ...

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Risky Business

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about 4 years ago

President Obama’s new plan to stop big banks from taking big risks could be circumvented in dangerous ways having perverse effects on risk-taking says Bloomberg.com. “President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose limits on commercial banks may win him support on Main Street and shake up Wall Street ...

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Biden's Appeal

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about 4 years ago

Vice President Biden told Iraqi officials during a visit that the U.S. will appeal the dismissal of charges against the Blackwater agents who killed 17 Iraqis in 2007. “Mr. Biden, tasked by the Obama administration to oversee policy inIraq, made the statement after a day of meetings with Iraqi ...

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Bad Bedfellows

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about 4 years ago

A new study shows that sharing a bed with your partner at night makes you sleep worse and diminishes your mental acuity the next day. “When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day. The lack of ...

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Oil Spill

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about 4 years ago

Almost half a million gallons of crude oil have been spilt in a Texas port where a tanker gouged itself on two barges says the U.S. Coast Guard. “No injuries were reported, but a 50-block area around the port was evacuated out of caution, as the tanker was carrying a type of oil containing sulfide ...

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Ironic Markets

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about 4 years ago

Stock markets around the world have fallen after President Obama’s plan to reform the American financial industry received broad support from other world leaders. “The Dow Jones plunged by 216 points, or 2%, to close at 10172.98, while the technology heavy Nasdaq fell by 2.6%, or 60 points, to ...

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Beer Me, Whopper Me

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about 4 years ago

After success in Munich, Singapore and Venezuela, Burger King is opening its first American Whopper Bar in Miami which will serve Whoppers and beer twenty-four/seven. “Burger King Corp. said Friday it plans to open a Whopper Bar in the South Beach area of Miami next month. To keep up with Miami's ...

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Executive Appeal

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about 4 years ago

After the Supreme Court reversed campaign finance law to allow corporations to openly fund political campaigns, 40 executives are asking Congress to pass tough laws in favor of public financing. “About 40 current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for ...

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Virtual Daddy

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about 4 years ago

In addition to in-person visits, Illinois law has given divorced parents the right to virtual visitations with their children to be conducted over the internet with web cams or via instant messengers. “Greg Baddick helped his 9-year-old daughter learn the state capitals of the Midwest. Later, when ...

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Haiti Adoptions

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about 4 years ago

Proposals to speed up adoption procedures for orphans of the Haitian earthquake are raising ethical dilemmas about the value of psychological safety versus the reality of food and water shortages. “In a country where tens of thousands have been killed and an estimated 500,000 left destitute by a 7.0 ...

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Houston, We Have a Tweet

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about 4 years ago

A wireless internet connection to the International Space Station meant to soothe the isolation associated with space travel has produced the first tweet from outer space. “One small step for Twitter, one giant leap for mankind. Earlier today, NASA Flight Engineer TJ Creamer sent the first live ...