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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Thought-Control

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The Winter Olympics in Canada this month will be a chance to see more than just the figure skating, as the games are showcasing a “thought-controlled” lighting experiment. “A Canadian company has created what it calls the ‘largest thought-controlled computing installation.’ It’s an experiment that ...

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White Roofs

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While world leaders struggle to find a solution for climate change in a gas guzzling world, American researchers claim to have found a simple way to cool cities- painting them white. “’Our research demonstrates that white roofs can be an effective method for reducing urban heat. It has the potential ...

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“Skulduggery”

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“Rajendra Pachauri, the embattled chairman of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning climate change panel, lashed out on Thursday at the flurry of attacks on the panel's credibility, calling climate change sceptics' criticism ‘skulduggery of the worst kind’. Last month, Mr Pachauri was forced to acknowledge ...

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Bagging The Goods

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The Nickel tax on disposable bags in Washington has inspired a trend of re-usable totes with local shoppers assembling a wardrobe of bags which are functional and fashionable. “One of Washingtonians' worst fears these days is being caught shopping without their own bags. As people adjust to the new ...

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Guru Charged

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Self-styled spiritual guru James Arthur Ray has been arrested and charged with three counts of manslaughter for a trio of deaths which happened after a sweat lodge ceremony in 2009. “Ray was taken into custody on an indictment at his attorney's office in Prescott and later led into the Yavapai ...

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“Vegetative” Talking

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Patients left in a “vegetative” state after suffering serious brain injury may still be able to understand and communicate according to groundbreaking new research. “Experts using brain scans have discovered for the first time that the victims, who show no outward signs of awareness, can not only ...

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Guilty!

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A Pakistani neuroscientist who trained at an elite American university has been found guilty on two charges of attempted murder for trying to kill US agents in Afghanistan in 2008. “The conviction, which could see Aafia Siddiqui sentenced to life in prison, is the latest chapter in a life story that ...

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Role Model

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What impact will Disney’s first black princess have on kids? The Independent’s Paul McKenzie asks why even watching the advert has got his daughter so excited. “Why does this film resonate with her so much? I've been shying away from what I feel is the obvious answer for a while, but as the film's ...

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Guardian Angel?

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Mutation of the gene dubbed the “guardian angel” for its ability to protect the body from genetic instability leads to cellular changes responsible for triggering premature birth, according to a study appearing in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. “The research by scientists in the Division of ...

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“Retard” Blasted

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Failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is calling on the White House to fire Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the word “retarded” during a strategy session last year. “In a posting on her Facebook page Monday, Palin blasted Emanuel for calling an idea from some of President Obama's ...

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World Convalescence

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“So what did I make of this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos? It felt like sitting at the bedside of somebody who had survived a heart attack but was unsure how long it would take to recover full vigour, if, indeed, he would at all. The mood of “Davos men” (yes, they mostly ...

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Net Misery

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British psychologists have discovered that people who spend a considerable time online are less likely to be happy than those who don’t, claiming there’s “a dark side” to web surfing. “A small group of the worst affected individuals were both depressed and addicted. But it was not clear whether ...

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Cultural Shift

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“President Barack Obama may get his wish to allow gays to serve openly in the military - not because of his powers of persuasion but because arguments against it have lost traction over time. A cultural shift since Congress passed a legal ban nearly a generation ago has changed the debate. For many ...

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Banking Spies

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“It is hard to imagine two more distrusted and reviled professions. One has been accused of torturing detainees and failing to track down Islamist terror suspects; the other is widely perceived to be responsible for the worldwide recession. Now, in a move likely to provoke a perfect storm of ...

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Feng Shui Will

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“The practice of feng shui figured prominently in the fight over the estate of one of Asia's wealthiest women, Nina Wang. Her lover and feng shui adviser, Tony Chan, said a 2006 will she allegedly signed, left her estate to him. Her family's Chinachem Charitable Foundation, claimed that will was a ...