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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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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 ...

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New Osama Tape

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Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has appeared in a new video speaking publicly for the first time about the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, praising the attempt but not taking explicit responsibility for it. “ Mr. bin Laden said that the bombing attempt was a heroic act meant to recall the ...

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Plane Crash

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Fourteen bodies have been recovered after an Ethiopian plane carrying 90 passengers crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Beirut in stormy weather this morning. “The Boeing (BA.N) 737-800, heading for Addis Ababa, disappeared off the radar some five minutes after taking off at 2:37 a.m ...

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Space Dive

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“He is about as close as it is humanly possible to get to being a real life Batman and he does it without resorting to capes, masks or the assistance of a Boy Wonder. Instead he uses spies, disguises, sponsorship and a hefty supply of nerve to achieve his near-legendary reputation,” writes The ...

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"More Than a Miracle"

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International rescue crews in Haiti rescued a man who survived beneath rubble on crackers and beer for eleven days just hours after search-and-rescue operations were officially halted. “A man was dramatically rescued tonight after spending 11 days under the rubble of a hotel in Port-au-Prince, hours ...

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Bin Laden Communiqué

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An audio tape allegedly from Osama Bin Laden claims responsibility for the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard an American flight, reiterates Palestine’s cause, and promises more attacks. “Osama Bin Laden has claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a US airliner on December 25 in a new ...

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Banksy Unveiled

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British graffiti artist and cult sensation Banksy will be heard speaking for the first time ever in a documentary to be played at the Sundance Film Festival today. “He started out by spraying his provocative images onto walls and under bridges in the middle of the night, leaving the public to puzzle ...

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Brains in a Vat

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Neurons grown in petri dishes from stem cells have successfully been transplanted into animals’ brains and could one day benefit sufferers of spinal cord injuries. “Healthy brains have stable and precise connections between cells that are necessary for normal behavior. This new finding is the first ...

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Marijuana 101

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School authorities face a dilemma now that marijuana is being prescribed to treat ADHD, legitimating its presence in lockers and classrooms across 14 states. “A high school student found to have marijuana in the classroom would seem to be a prime candidate for a little ‘talk’ with the vice principal ...

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Climate Sleuthing

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False claims made by the U.N. Panel on Climate Change about the rate of Himalayan glacial melting were used to win governmental grants and have embarrassed the scientific body. “The chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has used bogus claims that Himalayan glaciers ...

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Risky Business

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President Obama’s new plan to stop big banks from taking big risks could be circumvented in dangerous ways having perverse effects on risk-taking says Bloomberg.com. “President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose limits on commercial banks may win him support on Main Street and shake up Wall Street ...