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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Salad Days

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over 4 years ago

“I never knew a rocket leaf could speak. Then Meredith Young came along and now I do – although what it has to say is rather sad. Rocket leaves; thinly sliced portobello mushrooms; artfully wilted spinach: these aren't the usual subjects of psychologist Young. But, with a team of researchers, she ...

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No Moon Feat

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President Barack Obama has scrapped US plans to return astronauts to the moon. The plan forms part of a cost saving initiative designed to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit. “US plans to return astronauts to the moon have been scrapped under a revised budget presented to the US congress. The plan ...

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“I Ended Apartheid”

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Twenty years ago today, FW de Klerk addressed South Africa’s parliament and stunned it and the rest of the world by ending 41 years of Apartheid. The press were gathered as everyone was expecting de Klerk to announce that Nelson Mandela was to be freed. “In fact de Klerk had no intention of freeing ...

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Dalai Harm

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China has warned that its relationship with the US would suffer if American President Barack Obama were to agree to meet with exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama. “[A Chinese] official, Zhu Weiqun, said if a country’s leaders meet with the Dalai Lama ‘we will take necessary measures to help them ...

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Run Of The Mill?

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The remains of an aircraft bomb have been uncovered allegedly contradicting Israeli claims that it hadn’t attempted to bomb a flour mill in Gaza during the conflict last year. “Israel last week submitted a 46-page response to a highly critical United Nations inquiry by South African judge Richard ...

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Lasting Veteran

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Former Corporal Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, has turned 109 today and is still hoping for a national memorial in Washington for his comrades. “Buckles is expected to deliver remarks during a quiet celebration Monday afternoon at his home in Charles Town, West ...

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Sweet Salary

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A new study has revealed that people who have recently consumed a sugary drink are more successful at negotiating a pay rise that those who do so on an empty stomach. “Researchers at the University of South Dakota asked 65 students to answer a series of questions in which they had to choose between ...

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Shrink Torture

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Despite it being US military practise to have a psychologist present during torture to "protect the victim", experts argue there is “no role for mental health professionals” in such situations.“Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the ...

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Doing Good?

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The ten US Baptists who were arrested trying to take 33 children out of Haiti say they were “just trying to do the right thing” despite having no legal documentation to do so. “Prime Minister Max Bellerive told The Associated Press Sunday he was outraged by the group's ‘illegal trafficking of ...

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Not Flashy!

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Audience members present at its launch have noticed something missing from Steve Jobs’ latest Apple offering – apparently the iPad touch screen notebook won’t play flash video. “On some of the Web sites he displayed on the tablet computer’s screen, blank squares appeared where video or animated ...

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Budget Cuts

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“President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that foresees the deficit hitting a record $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year but falling to about $700 billion, or 4% of the gross domestic product, by the end of his term in 2013. But to meet his promise of getting ...

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Tutankhamun

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The results of DNA tests made on the world’s most famous Egyptian king, Pharaoh Tutankhamun, will soon be published, revealing answers to mysteries about his lineage. “Speaking at a conference, archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said he would announce the results of the DNA tests and the CAT scans on ...

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Nuclear Leaks

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“The nuclear industry, once an environmental pariah, is recasting itself as green as it attempts to extend the life of many power plants and build new ones. But a leak of radioactive water at Vermont Yankee, along with similar incidents at more than 20 other US nuclear plants in recent years, has ...

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Tension Gulf

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The United States has exacerbated tensions with Iran by selling anti-missile systems to Washington’s Arab allies in the Gulf region.The United States has raised tensions with Iran by selling anti-missile systems to Washington’s Arab allies in the Gulf region. “The Obama Administration said yesterday ...

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Voodoo Children

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The old religion of Voodoo is rising from the rubble in Haiti as, in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst earthquakes, priests and missionaries compete for the souls of the survivors. “Every evening, Monique Henri offers thanks to the voodoo deity Ogu Feray at a shrine in her home for sparing ...