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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Acting Up

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For once the Oscars is acting “sanely” in awarding Best Picture to a low budget indie film “Hurt Locker” over “Avatar.” Why, then, is The New Republic still frustrated by it? Christopher Orr asks: “How did this act of cinematic sanity come about? I'd like to say the Academy stiffed Avatar because ...

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Bush Nostalgia?

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“I told you so,” writes The Washington Post’s Stanley Fish, who predicted back that within a year of leaving office George W. Bush would be regarded with affection and nostalgia. He says: “Well it’s a bit more than a year now and signs of Bush’s rehabilitation are beginning to pop up. One is ...

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Foaming Mosquitoes

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Drinking beer increases human attractiveness to Malaria carrying mosquitoes, according to researchers who say their findings need to be integrated within public health policies. “Our aim was to ascertain the effect of beer consumption on human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes in semi field ...

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Expletive Shower

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"Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn,” Republican Eric Massa (D-NY) said in a radio interview, when asked if Emanuel has the dirtiest mouth in Washington. "He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive," he ...

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The Anger Illness

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“Scream at the boss? Snap at a colleague? Throw your cell phone into your @#$%%&* computer monitor? If so, you may find yourself headed to anger-management classes, which have become an all-purpose antidote for fit-throwing celebrities, chair-throwing coaches, vandals, road ragers, delinquent teens ...

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Enlightening

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Ultra-violet rays have been used by restoration experts in Florence, Italy to shine new light on the work of Giotto di Bondone, one of the West’s most important painters. The Independent reports that murals by Giotto at the Peruzzi Chapel in Florence’s Santa Croce, depicting John the Baptist and ...

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Dixon’s Xbox

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Former Mayor of Baltimore Sheila Dixon’s Xbox video game, which prosecutors allege she bought with gift cards meant for the poor, is now up for grabs on online auction site eBay. “The game system, shown in a photo, is marked with a piece of red evidence tape. It is ‘used, and seems to be in great ...

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Phantom Sequel

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Twenty-six years after Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” premiered, the evil genius is back with his sequel “Love Never Dies” being unveiled in London today. It is due to hit Broadway in November and Australia in 2011. NPR’s Jeff Lunden explains: “Lush and romantic, ‘Love Never Dies ...

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Gilt or War Guilt?

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“Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks. And sell the Acropolis too!” may not have been an accurate quotation of German sentiment, but there was some truth to it, writes Slate. Anne Applebaum writes that while tabloid newspaper Bild may have taken the German politician’s remarks out of context, the ...

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Imaginary Numbers

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Mathematicians taken up with finding the square roots of algebraic equations have had the niggling problem that such solutions often involve square roots of negative numbers, something which is seen as nonsensical and illogical to the mathematical mind. In fact until the 1700s it was believed that ...

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Do The Math

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Schools across America are switching to a four-day week, hoping to stave off the effects of budget cuts - but fuelling fears of hurting kids’ education. “State legislators and local school boards are giving administrators greater flexibility to set their academic calendars, making the four-day slate ...

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“Not Gadahn”

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Pakistani security agents have denied that an American al Qaeda promulgator with a $1 million US bounty on his head has been arrested, saying there has been an identity mix-up with another arrested suspect. Yesterday some Pakistani officials said that California-born Adam Gadahn had been arrested on ...

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Alcoholism Genetics

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A genetic propensity may be responsible for some alcohol dependence, according to new research which links alcoholism to a cluster of genes on chromosome 11. "Previous studies have looked at one or a few genes at a time, choosing the genes based upon hypotheses about possible mechanisms underlying ...

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Television Wars

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Blogger Jeff Jarvis wades into the television fight by suggesting that Cablevision customers switch to the “better service” Verizon Fios—but that doesn’t mean he’s siding with ABC! He says: “[ABC]—like Fox before them—are trying to get us to pay for free TV channels. This was a point I wanted to ...

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Cyberwar Declared

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Cyberwar has been declared as urgent memos are circulated by Nato and the EU calling for the protection of secret material, in response to a boom in online attacks from China. The surge in intelligence hunting attacks from China has hit government and military institutions in America, where The ...