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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Posing Bipartisans

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“Members of Congress got to pose for a moment of bipartisan victory on the jobs crisis yesterday with the passage of a package of tax cuts and transportation investments that may put a few hundred thousand people to work. It would be great news, if only there weren't 14.8 million Americans looking ...

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Political Embarrassment

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An inquiry will be launched into the handling of a complaint that Governor David Paterson violently assaulted a female aide, after questions raised over a suspected “hush up”. “Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David ...

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Discipline Too Far

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An apology has been demanded of a Montgomery County middle school after a pupil was escorted from the premises by police after refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. “The unidentified student was mocked by other children in her class and has been too traumatized to return to Roberto Clemente ...

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Chemical Reaction

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Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy has unveiled new technology which can “harnesses chemical reactions to create energy” in the hope of revolutionizing the world’s fuel sources. “Bloom's main product is the Bloom Energy Server, a generator based around a smart new fuel cell technology. Fuel cells ...

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Bipartisanship?

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“If President Barack Obama really wanted to show he’s serious about winning over Republicans on health care reform, he could offer up some key concessions at Thursday’s summit, like caps on malpractice awards or allowing insurers to sell across state lines. And if Republicans wanted to reciprocate ...

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Great Garbage Patch

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Scientists have found that a particular area of the North Atlantic Ocean attracts plastic debris and other trash, leaving the region comparable to the Pacific’s “great garbage patch”. “Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been ‘largely ...

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Hurricane Up Ahead

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A blizzard is expected to take aim at the Northeast of America, with what weather experts are predicting to be “immobilizing blizzard conditions” with wintry winds and destructive snow.“As the storm intensifies, the winds across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will strengthen later today and tonight ...

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Killer Whale

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A whale in captivity at an Orlando, Florida SeaWorld amusement park killed an experienced marine animal trainer in front of a horrified audience. “Dawn Brancheau, 40, was stroking the 12,300-pound bull orca named Tilikum, when it grabbed her by the waist and dragged her into a pool. Members of the ...

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Coup Charges

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Eight more army officers were jailed by a Turkish court pending charges of plotting a coup, in a move that has increased tension between the country’s government and the armed forces. “The eight current and retired officers were remanded in custody by the Istanbul court last night, joining another ...

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Tymoshenko Boycott

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As Viktor Yanukovich was sworn in as president today there was one notable absence. Yulia Tymoshenko, who was defeated in a recent run-off, boycotted the inauguration. “Viktor Yanukovich was sworn in as president on Thursday saying Ukraine was facing ‘colossal debts’, poverty, corruption and ...

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Coral Destruction

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Scientists are predicting the disintegration of tropical coral reefs by the end of this century as rising acidity in the World’s oceans threatens to mortally unbalance marine ecosystems. “Coral reefs start to disintegrate when the acidity of the oceans rises beyond a certain threshold, and this ...

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Sex Poster Uproar

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The French public is in uproar over a poster campaign to discourage young people from smoking which shows teenagers kneeling in front of a man, as if simulating oral sex. “A cigarette takes the place of the man's sexual organ. The caption reads: ‘Smoking is to be a slave to tobacco.’ The campaign ...

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Facebook Work

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Procrastinating at work on Twitter and Facebook might actually make us more productive and have positive benefits on our work and boost creativity, according to new research. “Your random tweets about Android apps and last night’s Glee are stifling the economic recovery. At least, that’s the buzz ...

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Grim Milestone

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The number of US fatalities in the Afghanistan war is nearing 1,000, “a grim milestone”, more than eight years after the Taliban was toppled from power. “As of Tuesday, 996 U.S. military personnel had died while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. The roll call of the fallen began on Oct. 10 ...

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Word to Writers

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The Salon’s Laura Miller gives a word to the to wannabe writers - summarising the rules for writing fiction and advice from the point of view of a consumer rather than a fellow scribe. “Readers are what every novelist really wants, so isn't it about time that a reader offered them some advice? I've ...