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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Sweden, Help!

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over 4 years ago

“Nolan Stokes and Kathy Harman-Stokes -- a financial planner and a lawyer with two children in elementary school -- are installing a geothermal heat pump in their front yard that will tap the Earth's constant temperature to warm their home more efficiently. They know precisely how many kilowatts of ...

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Neodymium: The New Oil

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“Britain and other Western countries risk running out of supplies of certain highly sought-after rare metals that are vital to a host of green technologies, amid growing evidence that China, which has a monopoly on global production, is set to choke off exports of valuable compounds. Failure to ...

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Limbaugh: Lummox

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“Limbaugh said at a Honolulu news conference that he was being released from The Queen's Medical Center, where he was rushed Wednesday during a vacation. Doctors said he did not have a heart attack or heart disease. ‘The pain was real, and they don't know what caused it,’ Limbaugh said. Asked ...

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Faces Speak Louder Than Words

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“Communication is a central aspect of everyday life, a fact that is reflected in the wide variety of ways that people exchange information, not only with words, but also using their face and body. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, found out ...

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“Happy Secure Year!”

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“New York is banning backpacks in Times Square, Bangkok tightened security and Sydney cracked down on public drinking as police around the world geared up for millions of New Year’s Eve revelers. The cities said the extra police presence was in the works even before the arrest this week of a 23-year ...

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Karl Rove Is Resolved

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“President Obama not only left Washington, D.C., for the holidays, but the lower 48 as well. So I thought I'd offer a few New Year's resolutions for him and others to come back to in the coming year. First, to Mr. Obama's staff: The Norwegian Nobel Committee didn't want to wake the president to tell ...

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Rebound?

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James K. Galbraith is worried that a slump in the Euro’s value could undercut America’s rebound by making exports more expensive. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan thinks that businesses overestimated the recession, fired too many workers and so they will start hiring again soon. Ben Bernanke, who ...

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I’d Have to Kill You

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“The deaths of seven Central Intelligence Agencyoperatives at a remote base in the mountains of Afghanistan are a pointed example of the civilian spy agency’s transformation in recent years into a paramilitary organization at the vanguard of America’s far-flung wars. Even as the C.I.A. expands its ...

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Mercenary Mercy

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“A federal judge dismissed all charges Thursday against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007. Citing repeated government missteps, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina dismissed a case that had been steeped in ...

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Slow Revolution

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“Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Iranian opposition leader, has called for an immediate end to the government crackdown on opposition activists, saying he was ready to die in defence of people's rights. In a statement on his Kaleme website on Friday, Mousavi, also said that the Islamic Republic was in ...

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Drink Up!

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“Research from the University of Reading suggests that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation. The researchers have found that drinking champagne wine daily in moderate amounts causes improvements in the way blood vessels function. Champagne does this by increasing ...

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Apple Insider

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“Today's Apple tabletrumor has an optimistic zing to it--and maybe that's a great way to close out a dreary 2009. According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. Lee worked for Apple ...

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Tavern in the Red

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“New York's Tavern on the Green restaurant, a sumptuous tourist trap set in a lush grove in Central Park, will serve its last meal on New Year's Eve before changing hands. The restaurant, notorious among New Yorkers for its rude and laggardly waiting staff, has for years been one of the highest ...

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Media War

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“Time Warner Cable and News Corp's Fox Networks agreed to a brief extension of their current carriage contract on Thursday to avoid a blackout that would have prevented 13 million U.S. homes from seeing TV shows like ‘The Simpsons’ and college and NFL football games. The two sides continued to ...

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U.S. to Strike Yemen

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“The US is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida over its attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day. American officials say intelligence efforts are focused on identifying and tracking down those who plotted to put Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on the plane with enough ...