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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Liberals Are (A Little) Smarter

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Though correlation doesn't imply causation, prudish liberal atheists generally have slightly higher IQs than their lustful conservative theist brethren. "Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ ...

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Poor Fannie

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The mortgage finance company Fannie May is asking the government for another $15.3 billion to keep it afloat after reporting a loss for its tenth consecutive quarter. "Fannie Mae will seek $15.3 billion in U.S. aid, bringing the total owed under a government lifeline to $76.2 billion, after its 10th ...

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Iceberg Breakaway

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An iceberg the size of Luxembourg which has broken away from Antarctica was caused by a collision with another iceberg rather than being a result of global warming. "An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has broken away from the Antarctic continent and is drifting towards an area of the Southern Ocean ...

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Climate Review

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The U.N. will establish a panel of scientists to review its own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change amidst growing public scrutiny of the body since releasing an inaccurate report on glacial melting. "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been under fire after it was ...

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Jihad Condemned

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The U.N. and E.U. have publicly condemned Libyan President Gaddafi's call for jihad against Switzerland which has banned the construction of minarets inside its borders. "Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the UN director-general in Geneva, said the call by Muammar Gaddafi on Friday was 'inadmissible'. 'I ...

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Stage to Screen

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The nation's top playwrights are turning increasingly to TV where producers are shooting programs on one or two sets to reduce costs as budgets are being squeezed. "'Theater is now viewed as a way of getting a staff writing job on TV,' says Warren Leight, the show runner and developer of 'Lights Out ...

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Purging Apple

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“Apple has been sanitizing its app store with the zeal of a ’50s-era television-commercial housewife. Sexually provocative, sexually suggestive and sexually reminiscent apps have been purged from the store, reassuring consumers that they’ll never have to see a bikini again, provided they stare ...

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Miscarriage Murder?

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A new Utah law could criminalize pregnant women who miscarry, meaning they could face murder charges for the loss of an unborn child if their behavior is deemed “reckless.” “The unambiguously named ‘Criminal homicide and abortion amendment’ that passed in the state senate last week seeks to ...

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Cartman in Kabul

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“What is it about operating in Afghanistan that leads people to adopt false names—and ludicrous ones, at that? We already had ‘Britney Spears’ among the many dubious registrants for last summer’s elections. Now, as Wired’s Danger Room reports, there’s this, from a Senate Armed Services Committee ...

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Curbing Denge

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In an effort to curb the spread of dengue fever, scientists are breeding a genetically altered strain of mosquito, the insects which typically carry the disease, to counteract its effects. “The dengue virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes and there is no vaccine or treatment ...

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Aung San Denial

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The denial of an appeal against the August 2009 sentencing of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been condemned by UK foreign minister Ivan Lewis. “In his statement this morning on the verdict, Mr Lewis said: ‘The rejection of Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal is a further, sad indictment of ...

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Diamond Record

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Petra Diamonds has set a new record by selling a 507-carat diamond for $35.3 million today, the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond and $10 million over its estimated value. “’It is fitting that the Cullinan Heritage should achieve a sale price of $35.3 million, the highest sale price on ...

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Burton’s Demons

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As weird and wonderful film director Tim Burton’s take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens, he talks to The Independent about the origins of his demons and original outlook. “Recalling his formative years in suburbia he says: ‘I was always a loner and spent a lot of time by myself, making up stories and ...

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Politico Percolating

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Coffee Party activism, which started on Facebook in furious protest against the Tea Party’s uprising, is spreading (and percolating) quickly in the months since Annabel Park instigated it. “Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger ...

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Bridget Jones TV?

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NBC Universal plans to bring well-known big-screen characters including Bridget Jones, Billy Elliot, and Nanny McPhee to our television screens, with plans for drama adaptations. “Last week NBC Universal International and Working Title announced they were moving into TV production with new joint ...