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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Bipolar Genii

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Scientists have uncovered powerful evidence showing the connection between intelligence and madness, revealing that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives. “Speculation that the two may be related dates back millennia, and can be found in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and ...

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Puffin Flight

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NASA has unveiled a prototype for a new kind of vehicle which could revolutionize the way we travel. The “Puffin” takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane and sounds like a car. “No one has ridden inside a Puffin as yet. Right now, it's a subscale model without a body or tails. But the ...

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“Science Doesn’t Apply”

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Lawyers fighting the case for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman charged with attempting to murder US soldiers and FBI agents, have said the “laws of science do not apply in her case”. “Siddiqui is accused of grabbing a US warrant officer's M-4 rifle in a police station in Ghazni, Afghanistan and ...

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Al Qaeda Ally

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Somalia’s al Shabeeb militant group has said it will join forces with al Qaeda in a drive to establish an Islamic state in the region and to support Muslims across East Africa. “In a statement Monday, the group said it had agreed, among other things, "to connect the horn of Africa jihad to the one ...

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“Unnatural Law”

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Pope Benedict XVI has slammed British laws which protect the equal rights of homosexuals, saying that such policies go against religious freedom and violate “natural law”. “He said that the bill could end the right of the Catholic Church to ban gay people from taking senior positions, and urged ...

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“Cat Predicts Deaths”

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A cat which has “predicted the deaths” of more than 50 residents of the nursing home where he lives by sitting on their laps in their final hours, is the subject of a new book. “Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar ...

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Salad Days

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“I never knew a rocket leaf could speak. Then Meredith Young came along and now I do – although what it has to say is rather sad. Rocket leaves; thinly sliced portobello mushrooms; artfully wilted spinach: these aren't the usual subjects of psychologist Young. But, with a team of researchers, she ...

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No Moon Feat

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President Barack Obama has scrapped US plans to return astronauts to the moon. The plan forms part of a cost saving initiative designed to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit. “US plans to return astronauts to the moon have been scrapped under a revised budget presented to the US congress. The plan ...

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“I Ended Apartheid”

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Twenty years ago today, FW de Klerk addressed South Africa’s parliament and stunned it and the rest of the world by ending 41 years of Apartheid. The press were gathered as everyone was expecting de Klerk to announce that Nelson Mandela was to be freed. “In fact de Klerk had no intention of freeing ...

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Dalai Harm

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China has warned that its relationship with the US would suffer if American President Barack Obama were to agree to meet with exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama. “[A Chinese] official, Zhu Weiqun, said if a country’s leaders meet with the Dalai Lama ‘we will take necessary measures to help them ...

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Run Of The Mill?

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The remains of an aircraft bomb have been uncovered allegedly contradicting Israeli claims that it hadn’t attempted to bomb a flour mill in Gaza during the conflict last year. “Israel last week submitted a 46-page response to a highly critical United Nations inquiry by South African judge Richard ...

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Lasting Veteran

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Former Corporal Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, has turned 109 today and is still hoping for a national memorial in Washington for his comrades. “Buckles is expected to deliver remarks during a quiet celebration Monday afternoon at his home in Charles Town, West ...

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Sweet Salary

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A new study has revealed that people who have recently consumed a sugary drink are more successful at negotiating a pay rise that those who do so on an empty stomach. “Researchers at the University of South Dakota asked 65 students to answer a series of questions in which they had to choose between ...

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Shrink Torture

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Despite it being US military practise to have a psychologist present during torture to "protect the victim", experts argue there is “no role for mental health professionals” in such situations.“Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the ...

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Doing Good?

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The ten US Baptists who were arrested trying to take 33 children out of Haiti say they were “just trying to do the right thing” despite having no legal documentation to do so. “Prime Minister Max Bellerive told The Associated Press Sunday he was outraged by the group's ‘illegal trafficking of ...