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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Hubble View

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“The Hubble Space Telescope has taken the deepest near-infrared image of the universe in history, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced on Tuesday. The image, which was taken in August by the ‘HUDF09’ team, features galaxies that formed just 600 million years after the Big Bang ...

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Edge of Space

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“How much would you pay for a trip into space? A lot of people are wondering that after the company Virgin Galactic unveiled the first-ever commercial passenger spaceship on Monday. The sleek, black-and-white spacecraft was created in the hope of developing a space tourism industry. Already, 300 ...

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VW Eyes #1

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“Germany's Volkswagen will buy a one-fifth stake in Suzuki Motor for $2.5 billion, giving it access to the Japanese firm's expertise in small cars and dominance in India as it seeks to become the world's top automaker. With the global car industry facing still fragile demand, chronic overcapacity ...

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Baghdad Explosions

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“Three bomb-rigged cars exploded in quick succession across Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 62 and wounding 105 others, a police source told Reuters. State-run Iraqiya television said the explosions occurred at a market in central Baghdad, near the Labor Ministry in northeastern Baghdad and ...

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Rotten Tomato

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“A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a ...

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Monkey Talk

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Talking monkeys may not be a thing of fantasy after scientists analysing Campbell’s primates realised the creatures repeat the same linguistic call patterns. “‘This is the first evidence we have in animal communication that they can combine, in a semantic way, different calls to create a new message ...

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Prophet or Poet?

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“The quickest way to understand the audacity and originality of what David Rosenberg is attempting in A Literary Bible, the big book of his selected translations from the Hebrew Bible, is to read the introduction to his excerpt from the book of Jeremiah. To countless generations of Bible readers ...

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Volcanic Chill?

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Researchers believe a previously undocumented volcanic eruption 200 years ago in 1809 may explain the coldest decade on record which occurred between 1810 and 1819. “South Dakota State University researchers made the finding by analyzing chemicals in ice samples from snow-capped Antarctica and ...

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“Google Real-time”

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“Google has moved to head off some of the threat from young rivals such as Twitter and Facebook by announcing plans to prominently display results from social networking sites in its search pages. The new development, which the Californian technology giant dubs "real-time search", aims to bring ...

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Pakistan Bombs

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Synchronised bomb attacks massacred 46-people yesterday in Pakistan in a suspected backlash by insurgents after an attempted military crackdown on the Taliban. “Two synchronized bombs ripped through a market popular with women in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore about 9pm, igniting a massive ...

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Dirty Water

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“More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But since 2004, the ...

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“Tiger’s Barbies”

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Revelations about the philandering activities of America (and the world’s) best golf player, Tiger Woods, have gripped the nation over the last few weeks. But Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post claims Woods’ choice of bed mate is symptomatic of deep-rooted insecurity. He asks: “What’s with the ...

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Not Hot Air

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“The US government has declared that greenhouse gases threaten human health. The move could allow the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to order cuts in emissions without the approval of Congress. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency was now ‘authorised and obligated to make ...

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Racy Mamet

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David Mamet’s new play “Race” which opened on Broadway last night is about two lawyers defending a rich white man against charges of raping his black girlfriend. “Mamet's work is clearly meant to be an incendiary examination of racial and gender politics a la his ‘Oleanna.’ Like that play, ‘Race ...

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White House Security

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“Long before a pair of gate-crashers penetrated a White House state dinner, the Secret Service had detailed for its internal use a lengthy list of security breaches dating to the Carter administration -- including significant failures in the agency's protection of the president,” writes The ...