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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Utracold Reaction

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Molecules cooled to less than a millionth degree Kelvin above absolute zero can still react chemically with one another despite the temperature causing near-negligible collision motion. “[A new study found that] at just a few hundred nanokelvins above absolute zero, the researchers could even change ...

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Free Buffett

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Today millions of Americans will scramble to acquire a piece of Warren Buffett, as his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. goes mainstream to join Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. “More than $1 trillion of investor money directly tracks the index. The result is a scramble for Berkshire shares by index funds ...

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Twin Auroras

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The Hubble space telescope has caught Saturn’s twin auroras on camera during a rare equinox which reveals both polls of the planet lit up in a spectacular display. “Video of the cosmic light show was recorded during the Saturnal equinox last year when Hubble had a unique edge-on view of the planet's ...

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Ayatollah Praise

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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has praised the mass turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “[He] thanked the ‘tens of millions’ who showed up on Thursday's anniversary, saying the gathering in downtown Teheran reflected the nation's strength and ...

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Red Riding

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“‘This is the North—we do what we want.’ These defiantly jocular words are spoken by a policeman as he throws a young reporter out the back of a van. The scene takes place in ‘Red Riding: 1974,’ the first in a series of films, ‘The Red Riding Trilogy,’ made last year for British television’s Channel ...

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Spelling Test

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The general manager of the Chilean mint has been sacked for negligence after thousands of 50 peso coins were issued with the country’s name spelled wrongly. “On the 2008 batch of 50 peso coins, which are worth about 6p, the country's name was misspelt. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E ...

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“Time Machine”

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A major development in radiocarbon dating has been made by scientists at Queen’s University who have produced a new archaeological tool dubbed “the time machine”. “The new calibration curve, which extends back 50,000 years, is a major landmark in radiocarbon dating -- the method used by ...

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Clinton’s Heart

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CNN examines the “frenetic pace” of former US president Bill Clinton’s life 24-hours after the Secretary of State’s husband underwent minor heart surgery. “[The] whole time I have known him – going back 20 years – he’s led a hectic life,” former Clinton adviser and CNN analyst David Gergen remarked ...

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McQueen

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The enfant terrible of the fashion world died yesterday after apparently committing suicide. Carola Long pays tribute to the irreverent and talented designer Alexander McQueen. “The sheer drama, grandeur and exhilarating bravery of Alexander McQueen's designs and fashion shows may never be surpassed ...

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Giant Fossils

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Oversized one-million-year-old gastropod fossils have been discovered by French scientists who think the specimens cast doubt on the existence of the “Lilliput effect”, which is the reduction in the size of organisms inhabiting postcrisis biota, normally spanning several million years. “The team's ...

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Arresting Beliefs

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A young pastor is suing a Californian shopping mall after he was handcuffed and ejected from the building for striking up conversations with three shoppers about their religious beliefs. “Imagine getting arrested for just striking up a conversation about religion in public. That’s what happened to ...

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Gingrich Gaffe

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Newt Gingrich is in trouble again, having gaffed while trying to brush off another gaffe made earlier this week on The Daily Show, succeeding only in digging his hole deeper…“He insisted that the Bush administration was right to read shoe bomber Richard Reid his Miranda rights because he was an ...

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Snow Drifting

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As the snow piles up along the East Coast the climate change debate continues to rage with skeptics mocking global warming fears saying it seems more like "global cooling". “Most climate scientists respond that the storms are consistent with forecasts that a heating planet will produce more frequent ...

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Walking To Freedom

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It is 20-years today since Nelson Mandela was freed from jail in South Africa, signalling end of Apartheid. His wife Winnie spoke to The Guardian about the day he rejoined the world. “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, seen by millions of people holding her then husband's hand in images on 11 February 1990 ...

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Taking On Twitter

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Google has taken on social networking giants Twitter and Facebook with a launch of its new social media sharing site called Buzz. But can it make the grade? “Google's next big thing - the Buzz social networking Twitter-a-like - has only been available for use for a couple of days, but already it has ...