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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Horse Trading

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The Christian Science Monitor envisions a political compromise where trying the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal is exchanged for the closing of Gitmo. "Abandoning plans to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court could allow the Obama ...

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Bison Boon

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A new conservation report finds that the American bison population could be rehabilitated if new government policy allowed the animal to roam free across the prairies. "A report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, prepared by dozens of scientists and bison experts from Mexico ...

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Optimists

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The steady 9.7% unemployment rate is being interpreted on Wall Street as a sign that, as consumer demand stabilizes, businesses will begin hiring new employees again. "The unemployment rate in the U.S. held at 9.7 percent in February and employers cut fewer jobs than anticipated, indicating ...

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Four-eyes

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As television manufactures prepare to roll out their 3D-ready sets, engineers are slowly but surely taking on the next hurdle: 3D TV without the cumbersome glasses. "Hold onto your remote control: 3-D television is on the way. By the end of the year, most of the major TV manufacturers, including LG ...

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Animals' Best Friend

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A referendum will be held his weekend in Switzerland to decide if government attorneys should be deployed to represent animals in court cases that involve animal rights. "Mr Goetschel is one of a kind in Switzerland. The passionate animal rights advocate fulfils the role of a state-funded public ...

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Peek-a-boo

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Amidst concerns over violations of privacy, Homeland Security aims to operate 450 new body scanners at over 29 airports across the country this year. "The federal government is starting to deploy full-body scanning machines to 11 airports across the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet ...

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Underland

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Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ uses all his best tricks: visual splendor, darkness and Jonny Depp. But The Salon asks if the famed director has fallen down a rabbit hole. “It's disappointing enough that a movie whose title contains the word ‘wonder’ should hold so little of it. It's even more ...

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“Terrible Journalism”

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Bad journalism has been lambasted by Warren Buffett, owner of one newspaper and director of another, who complains in a letter to shareholders that he has been misquoted. The irony is not lost on Jeff Jarvis, who posted Buffett’s remarks on his blog The Buzz Machine. Here’s an extract: “Last year we ...

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Ice on Mars

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The remnants of a vast sheet of ice lies hidden under Martian rubble, revealed by a new and wonderfully detailed radar map of Mars’ mid-latitudes. “The icy leftovers have been found over a significant part of Deuteronilus Mensae, an area about halfway between the Martian equator and North Pole. The ...

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Why Dino Died

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An extended and extra cold winter brought on by a gigantic asteroid strike was responsible for wiping the dinosaurs from the face of the Earth. Steve Connor, science editor at The Independent refutes claims by many that dinosaurs died out from general stupidity. He says the real reason they faced ...

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“No Cyberwar”

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The White House’s new cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt has denied that the United States is caught up in a cyberwar that it is losing.“’There is no cyberwar,’ Schmidt told Wired.com in a sit-down interview Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. ‘I think that is a terrible ...

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Organ Fat Danger

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Not getting enough sleep can cause fat to accumulate around your organs, a condition much more serious than being typically overweight, scientists have found. Research by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine lays out that extremes of sleep, either too much or too little, and especially for ...

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Lunch Budget

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“For all the good first lady Michelle Obama's ‘Let's Move’ initiative will do motivating the private sector, there is hard work ahead as Congress takes up reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act this year. The administration has proposed an additional $1 billion per year for child nutrition in ...

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Abortive Bill

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A powerful group of anti-abortion House of Representatives Democrats are willing to “kill” President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan unless the procedure is banned. "Yes. We're prepared to take responsibility," Representative Bart Stupak said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked if he ...

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Lip-Reading Cell

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German technologists have developed a new mobile phone that allows soundless communication by reading the movements of the caller’s lips. This will prevent all sorts of social problems of course, like allowing you to have silent conversations in cinemas, or private chats in a busy office. The ...