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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Beer Bones

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Beer drinkers are toasting a new study which suggests that beer is good for your bones as it is rich in silicon and may help prevent osteoporosis. “These were the findings after researchers tested 100 commercial beers for silicon content and categorized the data according to beer style and source ...

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Body of Water

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There now seems “little doubt” that Saturn’s moon Enceladus holds a “large body of liquid water” beneath its icy surface after a probe returned yet more evidence. “The Cassini probe, which periodically sweeps past the little moon, has returned yet more data to back up the idea of a sub-surface sea ...

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Moral Atheists

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The non-religious know their right from wrong just as well as churchgoers, according to new research revealing a strong moral compass among atheists. “The team behind the research found that most religions were similar and had a moral code which helped to organise society. But people who did not ...

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Prodigal Sons

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Transsexual film-maker Kimberly Reed has wowed America with new movie “Prodigal Sons” which tells the tale of two young brothers and their battle with sexual identity. “Paul McKerrow was an all-American boy. Raised in Helena, Montana, he was the quarterback for his high-school football team, which ...

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“Capital of Killing”

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Congo has become the “world capital of rape, torture and mutilation” during the brutal war that has killed over 5.4m people and is still raging, writes The New York Times. “It’s easy to wonder how world leaders, journalists, religious figures and ordinary citizens looked the other way while six ...

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Unfunny Valentine?

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The Independent’s Liz Hoggard asks why heterosexual men refuse to emote on paper despite nearly 80 per cent of women desiring love letters. She says: “Why do so few men write love letters? According to a new survey, 78 per cent of women would love to receive a romantic letter or poem. But only half ...

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“Zen” Bats It

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Egyptian fruit bats apparently hit their food targets by deliberately not aiming at them. They point their sonar sound beam to either side of the target instead. “The new findings by researchers from Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggest that this strategy optimizes the ...

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Palin Revolution

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Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says President Obama needs to go to war with Iran to boost his chances of re-election, adding that the US is “ready for another revolution”. “Ms Palin’s comments to Fox News Sunday followed a provocative speech on Saturday to the Tea Party Convention in ...

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"Snowmageddon"

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“For those keeping score, this upside-down winter in the U.S. capital region has broken the most unlikely of records – buckled under the latest wallop they call Snowmageddon, the area now has received five times more snow that balmy southern Ontario. And here below the Mason-Dixon Line, where an ...

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NYC 9/11 Trial?

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Obama “has not ruled out” a New York federal court trial for 09/11 planner Kalid Sheikh Mohammed, but is considering objections by the city’s mayor and police commissioner. “The Obama administration has come under withering attack, mainly from Republicans, for a decision by his Justice Department to ...

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Amphibian Empire

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Toads have "taken over" almost all of the modern world after an ancestral mutation allowed the creatures to thrive under drier conditions that their amphibian peers. “Cane toads are seemingly innocuous enough. First imported to Australia to control a beetle pest of sugarcane fields, they are now ...

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Viktor Victory

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Ukraine’s opposition leader and former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych has lived up to his name by claiming victory in eastern European country’s election run-off. “Official results from the Central Election Commission put Yanukovych in the lead with 48.49 per cent over rival Yulia Tymoshenko's 45 ...

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Saintly Triumph

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The New Orleans Saints danced as they celebrated trouncing the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 yesterday, marking the team's first ever Super Bowl win in its 43 year history. “At the moment the Saints won the Super Bowl and New Orleans would never be the same, they spilled through the doors of Sidney's ...

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Chinchilla

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Costa Rica has elected Laura Chinchilla as its first female president. The protégé of Nobel peace laureate President Oscar Arias won a landside victory. “Chinchilla, formerly Arias' vice president, has vowed to continue his pro-business policies in the Central American nation, expanding free trade ...

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Deadly Explosion

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A massive gas explosion ripped through a Connecticut-based power plant yesterday morning as workers cleaned a piping system, killing at least five and injuring many more. “Homeowners miles away said the explosion, reported shortly after 11 a.m. at the Kleen Energy Systems power plant under ...