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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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“Time Machine”

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A major development in radiocarbon dating has been made by scientists at Queen’s University who have produced a new archaeological tool dubbed “the time machine”. “The new calibration curve, which extends back 50,000 years, is a major landmark in radiocarbon dating -- the method used by ...

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Clinton’s Heart

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CNN examines the “frenetic pace” of former US president Bill Clinton’s life 24-hours after the Secretary of State’s husband underwent minor heart surgery. “[The] whole time I have known him – going back 20 years – he’s led a hectic life,” former Clinton adviser and CNN analyst David Gergen remarked ...

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McQueen

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The enfant terrible of the fashion world died yesterday after apparently committing suicide. Carola Long pays tribute to the irreverent and talented designer Alexander McQueen. “The sheer drama, grandeur and exhilarating bravery of Alexander McQueen's designs and fashion shows may never be surpassed ...

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Giant Fossils

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Oversized one-million-year-old gastropod fossils have been discovered by French scientists who think the specimens cast doubt on the existence of the “Lilliput effect”, which is the reduction in the size of organisms inhabiting postcrisis biota, normally spanning several million years. “The team's ...

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Arresting Beliefs

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A young pastor is suing a Californian shopping mall after he was handcuffed and ejected from the building for striking up conversations with three shoppers about their religious beliefs. “Imagine getting arrested for just striking up a conversation about religion in public. That’s what happened to ...

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Gingrich Gaffe

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Newt Gingrich is in trouble again, having gaffed while trying to brush off another gaffe made earlier this week on The Daily Show, succeeding only in digging his hole deeper…“He insisted that the Bush administration was right to read shoe bomber Richard Reid his Miranda rights because he was an ...

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Snow Drifting

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As the snow piles up along the East Coast the climate change debate continues to rage with skeptics mocking global warming fears saying it seems more like "global cooling". “Most climate scientists respond that the storms are consistent with forecasts that a heating planet will produce more frequent ...

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Walking To Freedom

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It is 20-years today since Nelson Mandela was freed from jail in South Africa, signalling end of Apartheid. His wife Winnie spoke to The Guardian about the day he rejoined the world. “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, seen by millions of people holding her then husband's hand in images on 11 February 1990 ...

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Taking On Twitter

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Google has taken on social networking giants Twitter and Facebook with a launch of its new social media sharing site called Buzz. But can it make the grade? “Google's next big thing - the Buzz social networking Twitter-a-like - has only been available for use for a couple of days, but already it has ...

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Face of Greenland

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The 4,000-year-old face of an ancient Greenlander has been revealed after scientists deciphered about 80 per cent of the man’s genome using DNA found by archaeologists. “ He had brown eyes, non-white skin, ‘shovel-shaped’ front teeth and was at high risk of going bald and suffering ear infections ...

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Charlie Wilson

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Texan Democrat Charlie Wilson, a man who bankrolled covert CIA support for Afghan Mujahidin in the 1980s and was played by Tom Hanks in a Hollywood, has died aged 76. “The controversial former congressman, known as ‘Good-time Charlie’ for his hard-partying ways, died of a heart attack in a Texas ...

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Economic “Firewall”

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Government economists in Berlin are seeking to build a “firewall” to prevent the debt crisis facing Greece from spiralling out of control and dragging down the Eurozone. “A German government official said that the steep decline in the euro and pressure on bond prices had forced Berlin to ‘take a ...

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“Nuclear State”

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ignored threats of sanctions by the US and declared Iran a “nuclear state” having produced its first batch of level-20 enriched uranium. “Western experts have already said that once Iran was able to enrich uranium to 20 percent it could theoretically also move ...

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Deeper Underground

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The Independent’s Robert Fisk meets Palestine’s defiant tunnellers, who scramble through an underground maze connecting Egypt, Israel, and Gaza, smuggling all manner of goods. “They are the real resistance. They are the lung through which Gaza breathes. True, missiles must pass along their ...

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Intelligence Risk

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A low IQ is among the top heart-related health risks, coming second only to smoking, as a means of measuring propensity for heart disease scientists have warned, suggesting that public health campaigns need to target those with low intelligence in order to make a difference. “Research by Britain's ...