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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Nuclear Renaissance

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Reemergence of nuclear power in America's energy future has renewed interest in fast-neutron reactors which can use nuclear waste in the process of energy production. "On February 16, President Barack Obama announced loan guarantees totaling more than $8 billion for two new light-water reactors in ...

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Sex On The Brain

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The natural sex hormone progesterone first used in contraceptive pills and naturally extracted from yams seems likely to reduce swelling and repair neurons in patients with severe head trauma. "Scientists will begin a phase III clinical trial in March and say the drug could save patients' lives and ...

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Hacking 101

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U.S. authorities have traced the I.P. addresses used to hack Google gmail accounts to a vocational school in China but who is responsible for the cyber attacks is a question that lingers. "A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at ...

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“Gay Jesus”

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“Even popes need to be careful what they wish for. Three months ago, Pope Benedict gathered hundreds of painters, singers, sculptors, writers, actors and poets into the Sistine Chapel and called on them to ponder the ‘harmony between the journey of faith and the artist's path,’ and to consider ways ...

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“Chained Wife”

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“Susan Zinkin divorced her husband in 1962 but was forbidden from looking for new love for almost 50 years. Only when he died an old man this week was she released from being a ‘chained wife’ under Jewish law. Ms Zinkin, 73, a retired Orthodox Jewish teacher from north London, divorced Israel Errol ...

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Poison Plot

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Investigations are underway into claims that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at US army base Fort Jackson in South Carolina. “The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News. The Army is taking the ...

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Suicide Plane Crash

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A man has flown a small plane into the seven-story building housing the Internal Revenue Service, killing himself and one agency employee in an attack apparently over a tax dispute. “nvestigators are looking into whether the pilot, 53-year-old Andrew Joseph Stack, also set his house on fire before ...

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Dolphin Off-Switch

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Dolphins have the unique ability to turn the condition diabetes off and on, scientists have discovered in a major breakthrough which could potentially lead to a cure in humans. “Researchers found that the mammal can induce the condition when there is little food around and turn it off when food is ...

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Whaling Ultimatum

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Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has given Japan a whaling ultimatum – stop hunting whales by November or face international court action! “The warning, which comes just a day before a visit by the Japanese Foreign Minister, Katsuya Okada, is one of the strongest statements yet by the Australian ...

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Holbrooke Blast

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Just hours after US special envoy Richard Holbrooke visited the region, an explosion ripped through a mosque in northwestern Pakistan killing at least 29 and wounding dozens. “The explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding about 50, Jawed ...

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Revenge Killing

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A teacher at a vocational school in Ludwigshafen, Germany has been murdered by a 23-year-old former student in an apparent revenge attacks for “bad reports he got at school”. “The incident occurred at about 10:00 a.m. local time. Investigators told a press conference that the attacker, armed with a ...

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Niger Coup

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Niger's president Mamadou Tandja has been captured and pushed out of office following a military coup and violent gun battle in the capital, Niamey. “In a televised announcement, a spokesman for the plotters said Niger's constitution had been suspended and all state institutions dissolved. The junta ...

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Lama-Obama

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Beijing reportedly summoned its US ambassador to account for President Barack Obama’s meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, yesterday. “The foreign ministry also demanded that Washington act to improve ties, warning in a statement that the US president's meeting had ‘grossly ...

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Happy Hearted

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Being happy means you are much less likely to develop heart disease a new study has revealed after finding an independent relationship between positivity and the condition. “[This] could have major implications for improving people's health, suggesting it might be possible to help prevent the ...

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Sugar Wrapped

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Food packaging and other disposable plastics could soon be biodegraded along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer which you can pop on your compost heap. “The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast ...