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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Buzz Off!

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over 4 years ago

Google Buzz is under fire for violating the privacy of its gmail clients by making their email contact list into a public friends list on the new social media platform. "When Google introduced Buzz — its answer to Facebook and Twitter — it hoped to get the service off to a fast start. New users of ...

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Denied Tenure

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Amy Bishop, an assistant professor of biology who has shot and killed three of her colleagues at the U of Alabama-Hunstville, was recently twice denied tenure. "A biology professor was charged with murder late Friday in the shooting deaths of three colleagues at the campus. Amy Bishop, a Harvard ...

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Manky Television

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MTV, which now hosts mainly reality television series, has dropped 'Music Television' from its official logo giving the brand more flexibility. "Twenty-five years ago, MTV was best known for music videos starring Michael Jackson and Madonna. These days, its reigning queen is not a recording star at ...

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Ye Olde Love

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Personal ads recently found from the 17th century are more about money and stability than love or romance; the uncovered ads are stored in the British Library. "Never mind the GSH, the 'gentleman about 30 years of age' who placed one of the first recorded lonely hearts ads in 1695 was seeking a LTR ...

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Blonde on Canvas

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Bob Dylan's first works on canvas are currently on display at an upmarket gallery in Mayfair as part of the London Art Show. "A collection of Bob Dylan paintings billed as the US musician's first works on canvas went on show Thursday, promoted with typically inscrutable comments by the legendary ...

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Bin Laden's Son

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Son of the world's most wanted man, Omar Bin Laden says in a video interview that his father is more moderate than many jihadists and talks of his own affinity for western culture. "They are a striking couple: Omar Bin Laden, 28, and his wife, Zaina Al Sabah Bin Laden, 54. He is stocky with dark ...

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The Lion's Pride

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Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, is the latest House Democrat to announce his intention to not seek reelection bringing the running total to 32. "A quartet of House members -- Reps. Vern Ehlers (Mich.) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.) for Republicans, Reps. Diane Watson (Calif ...

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Bad Loans

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While Greece confronts budget woes, Austria is shoring up its banking sector against questionable loans given to former Soviet countries in Eastern Europe. "Austrian banks have outstanding loans in Central and Eastern Europe totaling some $273 billion, an amount equal to 70 percent of their country ...

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Obese Baby

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Despite chubby infants having the oh-so-cute factor, many plump babies grow up to be obese teens and adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems. In a new study “researchers say their findings suggest the "tipping point" in obesity often occurs before a child reaches age 2 and sometimes ...

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Utracold Reaction

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Molecules cooled to less than a millionth degree Kelvin above absolute zero can still react chemically with one another despite the temperature causing near-negligible collision motion. “[A new study found that] at just a few hundred nanokelvins above absolute zero, the researchers could even change ...

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Free Buffett

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Today millions of Americans will scramble to acquire a piece of Warren Buffett, as his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. goes mainstream to join Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. “More than $1 trillion of investor money directly tracks the index. The result is a scramble for Berkshire shares by index funds ...

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Twin Auroras

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The Hubble space telescope has caught Saturn’s twin auroras on camera during a rare equinox which reveals both polls of the planet lit up in a spectacular display. “Video of the cosmic light show was recorded during the Saturnal equinox last year when Hubble had a unique edge-on view of the planet's ...

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Ayatollah Praise

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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has praised the mass turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “[He] thanked the ‘tens of millions’ who showed up on Thursday's anniversary, saying the gathering in downtown Teheran reflected the nation's strength and ...

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Red Riding

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“‘This is the North—we do what we want.’ These defiantly jocular words are spoken by a policeman as he throws a young reporter out the back of a van. The scene takes place in ‘Red Riding: 1974,’ the first in a series of films, ‘The Red Riding Trilogy,’ made last year for British television’s Channel ...

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Spelling Test

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The general manager of the Chilean mint has been sacked for negligence after thousands of 50 peso coins were issued with the country’s name spelled wrongly. “On the 2008 batch of 50 peso coins, which are worth about 6p, the country's name was misspelt. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E ...