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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Revolutionary Nonsense

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Awaiting a speech from Sarah Palin, political vagueries and revisionist histories took center stage this week as the first-ever Tea Party convention opened in Nashville, Tennessee. "Ask Gail Hathaway, a warm 61-year-old retired nurse from Vonore, Tenn., what she wants out of the 'tea party' movement ...

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9.7%

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The unemployment level unexpectedly dropped to below ten percent when new employment figures were released yesterday signalling a slow but steady recovery in the labor market. "The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped to 9.7 percent in January and manufacturers added to payrolls for ...

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Shuttle Chute

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NASA's space shuttle will be retired after the International Space Station is completed next year leaving manned space missions mostly in Russia's hands. "NASA launch managers this morning cleared space shuttle Endeavour to lift off before dawn Sunday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the ...

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Red Dragon

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After fallouts over Copenhagen, Google, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama, China may stand against the U.S. to oppose economic sanctions against Iran at the U.N. "Preliminary discussions have begun at the UN in New York on a further round of punitive measures aimed at Iranian individuals and institutions ...

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Karachi Bombings

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The financial heart of Pakistan is morning the death of 25 civilians killed yesterday when two public buses exploded in an attack targeting Shia Muslims. "Two bombs planted on two buses carrying Shia worshippers were detonated simultaneously on Friday killing 12 people and wounding more than 40 ...

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€uro in Trouble?

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The European Union is worried that mounting Greek debt will be perceived as insecure, detracting investors and threatening the value of the Euro as a whole. "The European single currency has entered the stormiest seas it has yet experienced. Sovereign debt anxiety is swelling among global investors ...

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Auto Stalled

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"A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn't die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged, the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away. But ...

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Terror Teller

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The Christmas Day bomber has reportedly given up intelligence about a radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen who is believed to have been involved in orchestrating the attack. "Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been cooperating with the FBI. He has provided information about Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born ...

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Macrobenthos

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"A study of animals visible to the naked eye and living in and on the seabed -- the 'macrobenthos' -- of the Straits of Magellan and Drake Passage will help scientists understand the biodiversity, biogeography and ecology of the Magellanic region. 'The biodiversity data are from my very first ...

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Literary Justice

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Google's controversial plan to create a digital library has been dealt another blow by the Justice Department, which has criticized the plans for having "significant legal problems" despite recent rewrites. "The Justice Department on Thursday said that a class-action settlement between the company ...

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Missionaries Charged

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"Ten American missionaries arrested in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country after last month's earthquake were charged today with child kidnapping and criminal association. The group, most of whom are members of an Idaho-based church group, were sent back to jail today after a ...

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Pluto Up Close

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NASA scientists have taken extraordinary photographs of former planet Pluto thanks to the technology of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has captured the spectacular gold-colored sphere. "Pluto, now classed as a dwarf planet, is so small and so distant that its surface has been a mystery to ...

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Origins Of The...

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"Charles Darwin's ancient ancestors were among the first group of Homo sapiens to leave Africa, a DNA analysis has revealed. His forebears, Cro-Magnon men, left Africa about 45,000 years ago, heading to the Middle East and Central Asia, then migrated to Europe about 10,000 years later. There, they ...

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Germanium Laser

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Scientists at MIT have demonstrated the first laser that operates using the germanium element in a move that could bring us closer to optical computing. "The laser, which operates at room temperature, could prove to be an important step toward computer chips that move data using light instead of ...

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Dumping Waste

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"The Russian military allegedly dumped nuclear waste into the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s, according to a report on Swedish television. Radioactive material from a military base in Latvia is thought to have been thrown into Swedish waters. For many the biggest shock is that the Swedish government ...