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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Dubai’s Entry Ban

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Dubai has said it will impose an entry ban on Israeli dual nationals in the first sanction of its kind after the death of a top Hamas leader was murdered there in January. “Though the countries have no diplomatic ties, Israeli dual nationals, mostly business people, have entered the United Arab ...

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Personalizing Cancer

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Testing patients’ genetic makeup could be used in a pioneering new cancer treatment which seeks to provide bespoke drug regimes based on genetic propensity. “Scientists are developing a genetic test that may tell the difference between cancer patients who are likely to respond to treatment with a ...

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Harmful Alternative?

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What are seen as “green fuels,” made from the growth of sustainable plants, actually cause more harm than fossil fuels, according to a new report. “The findings show that the Department for Transport’s target for raising the level of biofuel in all fuel sold in Britain will result in millions of ...

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Bearable Burden?

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The US and UK can handle decades of debt, according to a Financial Times commentator who says that seeing debt as a serious problem is an “alarmist view.” “High debt is seen as a serious problem – as Adam Smith warned more than two centuries ago: ‘The practice of funding has gradually enfeebled any ...

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Hadron Restarted

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The world’s biggest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, was restarted today by operators in preparation for experiments probing the secrets of the universe. “After a cautious trial period, Cern (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) plans to ramp up the energy of the proton beams ...

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Granddaddy Tut

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The head of a “colossal” granite statue of Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun, dating back 3,000 years, has been discovered in Luxor, Egypt. “Smoothly polished, and showing ‘youthful sculpted features,’ the 2.5 meter high head belonged to a statue of Amenhotep III in a standing position ...

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Teenage Power

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Panchen Lama, the man “picked” by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, has been appointed to the country’s top government advisory body. “According to Chinese state media the 19-year-old Panchen Lama was named a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference ...

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Record Medal Haul

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The United States achieved a record 37 medals at the Vancouver Olympics despite losing to Canada in yesterday’s gold-chasing ice hockey game. “The hockey team's silver was the 37th medal of the Vancouver Games for the United States, breaking the record for total medals won by one nation at a Winter ...

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Karadzic’s “Holy Cause”

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Former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic has said that the Serb cause in the Bosnian war was “just and holy” in his defense at the genocide trial at The Hague. “Mr Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs during the war in the 1990s, said there was a core group of Muslims in Bosnia - then and now - who ...

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Antitrust Sparring

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Google and Microsoft are at loggerheads over a routine lawsuit Google Inc. filed against a small internet site in Ohio, for which Microsoft has provided high-grade legal counsel. “Seeking $335,000 in unpaid advertising bills, Google Inc. filed suit against a small Internet site in Ohio in October ...

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Double Tragedy

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Chile is appealing for international help as it copes with the double disasters of a fierce earthquake quickly followed by a devastating tsunami. “The Chilean government initially said it needed time to assess the damage before it called for help, but ambassador Jose Luis Balmaceda says the ...

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Chile Versus Haiti

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Though the earthquake in Chile was 500 times stronger than Haiti's, many fewer deaths are expected, but how can this be the case? "Because of its long history with earthquakes, which has contributed to an earthquake 'consciousness' in Chile, and infrastructure that is built to higher standards, many ...

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Upside-down Frown

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Looking for the upside of depression, The New York Times Magazine approaches the "disease" from the point of view of evolutionary biology. "For Darwin, depression was a clarifying force, focusing the mind on its most essential problems. In his autobiography, he speculated on the purpose of such ...

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Accelerating Problems

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Consumer activist Ralph Nader says that lax federal regulation of an ever-more complex auto industry is partly to blame for Toyota's present crisis. "The spotlight on sudden-acceleration defects of Toyota vehicles has opened a window on lax enforcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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Skin in the Game

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Warren Buffet says that it's high time CEOs of financial institutions assume their own salary is at stake when they make investment decisions for their companies. "Buffett has been criticizing overreaching corporate managers and complaisant directors for decades. But the question of how to motivate ...