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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Iran Executions

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Iran executed two men yesterday alleged to be members of the opposition group Mujahedin Khalq, which is reportedly involved in a mosque bombing in 2008 which killed 13 people. “Iran executed two alleged government opponents Thursday, sentenced nine others to death as ‘enemies of God’ and warned of ...

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Murky Stream

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French authorities are planning to appeal against the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique De Villepan over allegations of a campaign to smear President Nicholas Sarkozy. “'I have decided to file an appeal against this decision,’ Jean-Claude Marin told Europe 1 radio. ‘Whatever happens ...

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“Urgency Over”

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“’Urgent’ relief operations in Haiti are ending as aid deliveries are satisfying most immediate needs, United Nations and U.S. aid officials said. ‘We are out of the urgent phase,’ Dr. Henriette Chamouillet, head of World Health Organization operations in Haiti, told reporters on a videoconference ...

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Double Dip, Up Ahead!

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Delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are predicting that the global economic recovery could lose pace later this year as heavy debts weigh on the beleaguered. “When Steve Jobs said Apple’s new iPad tablet would have 3G data service from AT&T during Wednesday’s press conference ...

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“Fatal Attraction”

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“Prior to the unveiling of the 9.7-inch device Wednesday, a few vague rumors suggested Verizon would carry the tablet. Instead, Jobs announced two versions of the iPad: a Wi-Fi only model and an unlocked, Wi-Fi + 3G model for use on GSM networks. The Verizon network operates on the CDMA standard ...

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Doggy Diet

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Pet owners keeping watch on the girth of their furry friends are faced with “confusing two-fold variation in calorie density, recommended intake and cost” of low-calorie pet foods. A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, which examined up to 100 commercially ...

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“Volcker Rule”

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“Since Paul Volcker stood by Barack Obama a week ago as the US president unveiled banking reforms devised by ‘this tall guy’, the ‘Volcker rule’ has provoked angst on Wall Street and in Washington. Critics complain that it is a populist measure designed to distract attention from the Democrats ...

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Shoe-Thrower

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“The state prosecution was set to indict Pinchas Cohen in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday morning, on suspicion of attacking Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch the previous day. The 52-year-old Jerusalem resident apparently threw two of his sneakers at the chief justice as she presided ...

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Simulated Volcanoes

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Radical “geoengineering” projects including simulated volcanoes and man-made sun blocks could prove handy weapons in the fight against climate change, scientists are claiming. “It would be 100 times cheaper to shield the Earth from sunlight with a man-made ‘sun block’ than to cut emissions of ...

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Kitchen’s Closed

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“So, Ferran Adria has announced that El Bulli – the best restaurant in the world – is set to close for a couple of years, and jaws have dropped wide enough to shove a whole tasting menu in. ‘No meals will be served in El Bulli in 2012 and 2013,’ Adria told the Madrid Fusion gastronomic conference on ...

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Sea Shelling

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North Korea has been accused of firing artillery shells near the disputed maritime border with South Korea for two days running, according to local media reports. “The North began firing towards the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea at 8.15 a.m ...

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“I Don’t Quit”

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“A week after the worst political setback of his presidency, Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address overnight to rally his party, talk up the struggling American economy and challenge Republicans to stop ‘just saying no’. Cheered on by Democrats who were yearning for a glimpse of the ...

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Dissolving Parliament

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Newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and call a legislative election in a move to reshape the unwieldy coalition he now heads. “Rajapaksa won a thumping victory on Tuesday over his former army commander, General Sarath Fonseka, in the Indian Ocean island ...

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Paper Cuts It

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An artist has created beautiful sculptures by slicing different colored bits of paper and layering them intricately to produce mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. “Artist Charles Clary says he wants his constructions to appear ever-expanding — overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses ...

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Guiltless Male?

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A new study suggests that men are generally less prone to feelings of guilt and that women show a “significantly higher” propensity for it, while men feel “too little” in comparison.“’Our initial hypothesis was that feelings of guilt are more intense among females, not only among adolescents but ...