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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Mossad Accused

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over 4 years ago

Dubai has pointed the finger of blame at Israel’s national intelligence agency, Mossad, for the suspected hit-squad assassination of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. “Officials in Dubai have all but given up hope of catching the killers of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh after admitting that Mossad ...

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“Cutting Risk of Death”

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Breast cancer patients who take aspirin regularly after undergoing treatment may be less likely to die or be struck down with cancer for a second time, according to new research. “The study of more than 4,000 nurses showed that those who took aspirin — usually to prevent heart disease — had a 50 ...

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Vaporize This!

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Lasers are vaporizing materials including rocks and steel in order to allow scientists to analyze their chemical composition in transference of such techniques from Mars probes to forensics. “Thanks to its relatively small size and low cost, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is emerging from the ...

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Kitsch Compulsion

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Giant, mottled ceramic sculptures of men and women by the late Viola Frey are among the “unappreciated wonders of late 20th Century art,” according to the New York Times. “Rising 11 feet and higher, wearing business suits and ties and nondescript dresses, they have a spookily imposing physical ...

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America’s Top Dog

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A Scottish terrier is America’s new “top dog” after Sadie the Scottie walked off with the title last night by winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. “The show for purebred dogs at Madison Square Garden in New York was briefly interrupted in the final minutes by two protesters ...

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“Heartless Jerks”

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Former U.S vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has blasted popular animated TV show “Family Guy” after it apparently mocked her son who has Down Syndrome. “Palin's family called the creators of the show ‘heartless jerks’ after an episode in which a female character with Down syndrome said she was ...

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Volcano Death

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The body of a man who died after falling 1,500 feet into a volcano, when ice gave way while he was posing for a photograph, has been recovered by would-be rescue services. “Clouds and wind had hampered efforts to reach Joseph Bohlig, 52, who was posing for a picture Monday on the rim of the dormant ...

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Commission Impossible

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President Barack Obama is determined to establish a deficit commission with or without Congress’ backing and will announce plans to set up a panel regardless today. “Former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson would lead the panel, a senior ...

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Dubai Hamas Killing

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“Dressed in tennis gear and carrying racquets and balls, the guests who wandered through the lobby of Dubai’s al-Bustan Rotana hotel on Jan 19 couldn’t have looked less threatening. But within hours they and nine accomplices had carried out the ruthlessly efficient assassination of the Hamas ...

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Killer Plant Revenge

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Plants are getting the ultimate revenge on the insects which traditionally feed off of them – by luring them into death traps and feasting on their flesh! “A hungry fly darts through the pines in North Carolina. Drawn by what seems like the scent of nectar from a flowerlike patch of scarlet on the ...

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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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over 4 years ago

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 ...