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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Algae Resilience

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A diverse range of corals harboring unusual symbiotic algae in the warm Indian Ocean suggests resilience to future global warming, Penn State researchers have found. “’The existence of so many novel coral symbioses thriving in a place that is too warm for most corals gives us hope that coral reefs ...

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Choke Warnings

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for sweeping changes in the way food is designed and labelled to minimise children’s chances of choking after recent deaths. “When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular ...

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Real-life Spiderman?

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A palm-sized device inspired by a tiny purple beetle that feeds on palm leaves could one day enable humans to walk up walls in manner similar to comic book hero Spiderman. “Engineers at Cornell University, in New York, invented the device that uses the adhesive power of water to create a reversible ...

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Eradicating AIDS

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The mass prescription of anti-retroviral drugs means that the global AIDS epidemic could be controlled and the disease eradicated within the next 40 years, according to predictions. “An aggressive programme of prescribing anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to every person infected with HIV could stop ...

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Money Not Love

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A younger ex-con who married a wealthy octogenarian widow, in what prosecutors allege was part of a massive swindle, has drawn attention to the vulnerability of senior citizens. “The day before Roger Greenberg, a then-66-year-old ex-con, married Evelyn Zucker, a then-83-year-old invalid widow, he ...

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Hobbit History

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The discovery of an ancient hobbit-like species is rewriting the history of the human race, with scientists believing it was the little apemen, not Homo erectus, who first left Africa. Discovered on an Indonesian island six years ago, “the remains came from a species that turned out to be only three ...

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“No Secret Deal”

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Sudan’s government has denied reports of a secret deal with the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which paved the way for a preliminary peace accord signed this week. “The preliminary framework agreement in Ndjamena includes a temporary ceasefire and sets groundwork on which negotiations ...

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Deadly Strike

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Just 24-hours after Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai warned western forces to minimise civilian casualties, a Nato air strike has killed 21 civilians including women and children. “The interior ministry said women and children were among those killed when the Nato-led force conducted a strike on ...

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Loan Sharks

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As the CARD Act goes into effect on Monday regulating the credit card industry, credit companies will be looking to pass the cost of regulation onto consumers in a variety of ways. "Banks and other credit card issuers are nervously awaiting the new credit card law set to go into effect on Monday ...

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Deadly Mudslides

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Rainstorms and mudslides have killed at least 38 people on the island of Madeira which is an autonomous region of Portugal though it sits over 500 miles from the mainland. "Tonnes of mud and stones were brought down the slopes of the island, flooding the streets of the regional capital, Funchal ...

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Brain Trust

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Keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference Glenn Beck described progressive American politics as a cancer that the nation must rid itself of. "Blaming President Obama for the nation’s problems was 'too simple an answer,' Mr. Beck, a popular conservative talk show host, told ...

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Facebook Fraud?

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A new study contradicts the popular wisdom that people hide their true selves on online suggesting that Facebook profiles are usually an accurate portrait of a person's personality. "A prevailing theory in psychology has been that people use their social-networking pages to protect an idealized ...

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Gen. Alexander Haig

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As a four star general, Secretary of State under President Reagan, and Chief of Staff for Nixon and Ford, Haig was a war hero and once wrongly assumed control of the Presidency. "Gen. Alexander Haig never officially became president, but his influence at key moments of post-Vietnam US history ...

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Republican Revolution

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The GOP are planning to challenge Democratic and Republican incumbents in this year's midterm elections even seeking to oust established members like John McCain. "Before the activists at this week’s Conservative Action Political Conference battle Democratic candidates in the fall election, they’re ...

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Sex Scandal

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An investigation has found that a construction company in Rome exchanged sexual favors for government contracts to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged city of L'Aquila. "After shrugging off a series of sex scandals that cost him his marriage, the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has found ...