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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Stem Cell Success

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A 10 year-old British boy has successfully received a transplanted windpipe that was treated with his own stem cells to prevent his body from rejecting the donated organ; the surgery is a major medical advance. "The boy, who is British, is the first child in the world to undergo the revolutionary ...

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Hollywood Comes Home

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The economic depression has proven a serious crisis for major film studios and in its wake Hollywood stars are flocking to Broadway to renew their acting careers. "New Yorkers will not need to go to their nearest multiplex cinema to catch the latest performances by stars such as Denzel Washington ...

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The Ice Mission Cometh

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April 8th is the date when a satellite made from a converted Russian-Ukrainian nuclear missile will be sent into space to map the world's ice fields in an effort to better understand global warming. "The satellite was due to fly in late February but was held on the ground while engineers ...

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"Jihobbyism"

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Unlikely Al Qaeda operatives can find a wealth of information supporting Jihad on the Internet and some have taken to courting terrorism groups like sports teams pledging their support in their free time. "Colleen LaRose, the Pennsylvania terrorism suspect known by the online moniker 'Jihad Jane ...

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Censored By Google

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Google's recent spat with China over political censorship has brought to light Google's reportedly transparent policy of censoring search results from many countries including Germany, Turkey and Thailand. "In Turkey, it's a crime to defame the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or to ridicule ...

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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 ...