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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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World Convalescence

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“So what did I make of this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos? It felt like sitting at the bedside of somebody who had survived a heart attack but was unsure how long it would take to recover full vigour, if, indeed, he would at all. The mood of “Davos men” (yes, they mostly ...

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Net Misery

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British psychologists have discovered that people who spend a considerable time online are less likely to be happy than those who don’t, claiming there’s “a dark side” to web surfing. “A small group of the worst affected individuals were both depressed and addicted. But it was not clear whether ...

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Cultural Shift

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“President Barack Obama may get his wish to allow gays to serve openly in the military - not because of his powers of persuasion but because arguments against it have lost traction over time. A cultural shift since Congress passed a legal ban nearly a generation ago has changed the debate. For many ...

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Banking Spies

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“It is hard to imagine two more distrusted and reviled professions. One has been accused of torturing detainees and failing to track down Islamist terror suspects; the other is widely perceived to be responsible for the worldwide recession. Now, in a move likely to provoke a perfect storm of ...

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Sodomy Trial

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The leader of Malaysia’s opposition party, Anwar Ibrahim, has gone on trial for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur after his DNA was found on the male aide making allegations of rape. “Mr Anwar has consistently denied the allegations, calling them a conspiracy aimed at breaking his increasingly strong political ...

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Feng Shui Will

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“The practice of feng shui figured prominently in the fight over the estate of one of Asia's wealthiest women, Nina Wang. Her lover and feng shui adviser, Tony Chan, said a 2006 will she allegedly signed, left her estate to him. Her family's Chinachem Charitable Foundation, claimed that will was a ...

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Enriching Iran?

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The United States has reacted warily after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran appeared to accept a deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. “Ahmadinejad said Iran would have ‘no problem’ if most of its stock was held for several months before being returned as fuel rods. The US said that ...

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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 ...