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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Tutankhamun Autopsy

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We now know how Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun died 3,000 years ago as well as who his parents and grandmother were after scientists conducted a post mortem on his remains. “After conducting an extensive analysis of the ancient pharaoh's DNA, which they gathered from his mummified remains, the ...

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Middle-Aged Tweets

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People often postulate that technology fads such as Facebook and Twitter are ruining America’s youth. Well, they’re certainly ruining its older generations, says The New Republic. “Adults love to obsess about how the perils of modernity are ruining the younger generations. (They can’t help ...

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Hero, Not Zero

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Fashion’s biggest model, Crystal Renn, talks to The Independent about why size matters and how being beautiful and big could change the face of the industry. “The painfully hip New York hotel bar in which I am supposed to be meeting Crystal Renan is full. The skinny young host (fashionably draped in ...

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Reprising Taxi Driver

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Robert De Niro plans to revisit the iconic role of Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver more than 30 years after the seminal film was shot, in a new collaboration with Martin Scorsese. “It is understood the project would be a collaboration with controversial director Lars Von Trier, whose film ...

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Romney Assaulted

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The former Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, was physically assaulted by a passenger on a flight from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles on Monday. “Romney, a 2008 presidential candidate, asked a passenger who was seated and reclining in front of his wife, Ann, to move his seat ...

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Talibs Reject Claims

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A high profile Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has rejected an American report claiming that a top Taliban commander has been arrested in Pakistan. “Mujahid told Reuters that Mullah Baradar is still in Afghanistan and actively organizing military and political activities of the terrorist ...

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Sydney Terror Trial

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An Australian court has sentenced five Muslim men to prison spells of between 23 and 28 years for conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, according to media reports. “The men, all from Sydney and between the ages of 25 and 44, were convicted in October and were facing maximum sentences of life in ...

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Lama and Obama

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Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, set off today to visit the United States for a 10 day tour which will include a much anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama. “Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary in the Dalai Lama's office, told IANS that the Dalai Lama would spend 10 days in the ...

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Pope’s Judgement

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Pope Benedict XVI will oversee the second day of an “extraordinary meeting” with 24 Irish bishops in the Vatican to discuss a child sex abuse scandal in Ireland. “The bishops will assemble for Mass at the Vatican before resuming their meetings with Pope Benedict. The session will end at lunchtime ...

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Floating Turbine

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Hoping to make offshore wind farms more profitable, Norwegian experts are building the world’s largest and most powerful turbine, but with a twist – it floats! “[It will stand] 533 feet tall with a rotor diameter of 475 feet. It will also be the most powerful by generating 10-megawatts to power over ...

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iPod Free Lent?

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Church leaders are urging people to give up their iPods for Lent instead of more traditional vices such as chocolate and alcohol, encouraging people to help save the planet. “The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, are among those calling for a carbon fast ...

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Leap For Toad-kind

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Toads anticipate the timing and impact of their landings in the same way that humans do, according to a new paper called “Do toads have a jump on how far they hop…” The paper was co-authored by Gary B. Gillis, associate professor of biology at Mount Holyoke College, and two undergraduates who helped ...

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PIGS Trough

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If the European Union ends up bailing out bankrupt Greece the PIGS will all eat at the same trough, remarks Wall Street Journal columnist and Hudson Institute adviser Irwin Stelzer. “If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. If members of a club come to the rescue of a ...

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Hot Poetry

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Scientists, poets and thermal imaging technology got together over Valentine’s weekend to investigate whether love poems can ignite “instant fires” in your blushing cheeks. “Steamy love poems are always popular around Valentine's Day, but can a few lines of tender verse really make people hot under ...

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“Thugocracy Iran”

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“Make Iran pay, stop coddling the mullahs and crack down on their quest for nuclear weapons,” is today’s sentiment in an editorial from the New York Daily News. “The thugocracy that runs Iran has shown with brutal repression that regime change will wait another day, while proving with nuclear ...