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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Misread Ulysses?

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over 4 years ago

“No great American has suffered more cruelly and undeservedly at the hands of historians than Ulysses S. Grant. The dominating influence of pro-Southern historians early in the twentieth century—an influence that tainted scholarship on the Civil War for decades—helps to explain Grant’s abysmal ...

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No Biden

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“In another blow to the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, announced Monday that he would not seek to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his father. Adding to the party's woes, Democratic Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas said he would retire, putting his seat up for grabs in an ...

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iPhone Baby

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A woman who was considering IVF treatment after failing to conceive a child for more than four years has given birth to a little girl after using an iPhone application to get pregnant. “After four years of struggling to conceive, Lena Bryce and partner Dudley had nearly given up hope of having ...

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“Orphan Accessories”

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted children have been made into “fashion accessories” in a new online game which also encourages young children to administer contraceptives. In the game, My Minx, “players clothe their ‘virtual minxes’ in lingerie and other revealing outfits and can buy orphans ...

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Bedding Down

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Air New Zealand is offering what it calls “the first major improvement in economy class travel in 20 years”: the provision of beds in coach class flights. “The beds are formed by foot-rests rising to the level of three seats; a blanket and loose normal-sized pillows complete the arrangement ...

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Talib Amnesty?

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President Karzai of Afghanistan has proposed a “Taliban amnesty” whereby Taliban names would be removed from a UN blacklist imposing travel restrictions and asset freezes. “He says his Western allies back his plans for reconciliation with those Taliban members who are not allied with Al Qaeda and ...

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“Chemical Ali”

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An Iraqi general and cousin of former dictator Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known widely as “Chemical Ali,” was hanged yesterday, having received four death sentences. “Gen. Majeed, 68, received his final sentence Jan. 17 for his most notorious offense: the March 1988 chemical-weapons ...

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“Aliens Exist”

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The world’s astronomical experts gathered at the Royal Society in London yesterday to discuss aliens, with notable scientists agreeing that on a balance of probabilities “they exist.” “Frank Drake, the veteran American astronomer who was one of the first to conceive of the idea of a coordinated ...

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Warcraft Hacked!

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over 4 years ago

World of Warcraft gamers are being encouraged to upgrade their Adobe Flash players after a glitch was discovered that could make their accounts vulnerable to hackers. “On the official WoW forums, a Blizzard representative writes: ‘A recent vulnerability has been discovered in popular web-content ...

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Schizophrenia

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New research suggests that prescribing the female hormone estrogen to women with emotional disorders might protect them from contracting schizophrenia. Scientists in Tel Aviv “have reported findings suggesting that restoring normal levels of estrogen may work as a protective agent in menopausal ...

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Double Dip?

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over 4 years ago

“A defeat of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's quest for another four-year term could raise the risk of a ‘double dip’ recession if political jousting over a successor were to drag on for months, economists warn. But Bernanke's prospects appeared to brighten Sunday, with three more senators ...

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ET Like Me?

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“Governments should prepare for the worst if aliens visit Earth because beings from outer space are likely to be just like humans, a leading scientist is claiming. Extra-terrestrials might not only resemble us but have our foibles, such as greed, violence and a tendency to exploit others' resources ...

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US Drone Crash?

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An aircraft, suspected to be a US drone but this is unconfirmed, has crashed in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region according to officials and local residents. “The drone crashed late Sunday 4km (2.5 miles) from the town of Miranshah, the Associated Press news agency quoted intelligence ...

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“Tortured Addicts”

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Cambodia’s government-run drug rehabilitation centers have been accused of torturing addicts with “sadistic violence” such as electric shocks by human rights groups. “Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Cambodia to close at least 11 centres around the country where it said people are often ...

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Election Postponed

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The parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have been postponed from May to September in a move to avoid a repetition of the massive electoral fraud that marred last year’s polls. “Western powers want Hamid Karzai, the president, to commit to electoral reforms as part of a raft of pledges he will ...