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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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War The Movie

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Wartime romance movie “Brothers” starring Jake Gyllenhaal has commenced the inevitable onslaught of Hollywood’s interpretation of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In “Brothers," Tobey Maguire plays the dutiful and disciplined Capt. Sam Cahill, a soldier who's been given up for dead in Afghanistan. His ...

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Bloody Co2

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“An enzyme in our blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be the key to isolating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants in order to store them safely underground,” reports Physorg.com. “A company called Carbozyme, based in New Jersey, is developing a synthetic version of the ...

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Denier or Gambler?

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Johann Hari of The Independent is praying for the global warming deniers to be proven right, but asks if others would be prepared to take a 50:50 gamble on the habitability of the planet. He says: “I loved the old world – of flying to beaches wherever we want, growing to the skies, and burning ...

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Feeding Evolution

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“Bird-feeders, hung in many a garden, can affect the way our feathered friends evolve, say scientists. European birds called blackcaps follow a different "evolutionary path" if they spend the winter eating food put out for them in UK gardens. The birds' natural wintering ground is southern Spain ...

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US Shark Fin Soup

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A forensic study into shark DNA has revealed that many of the hammerhead sharks used to make shark-fin soup started life in American waters. “For the first time, scientists have used DNA from shark fins to determine where they came from. The researchers traced finds from the scalloped hammerhead ...

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Theological Muscle

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Some Catholic Bishops are threatening to deny supporters of abortion and even heathcare reform Holy Communion. A row hit the headlines when supporter of abortion rights Patrick Kennedy spoke out after receiving a suggestion from Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence that he refrain from taking the ...

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Return to Sender

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Senator John McCain is reportedly elderly Americans to chop up their AARP membership cards and mail them to the organization which he claims is betraying them by supporting healthcare reform. “Citing AARP's past opposition to proposed cuts in Medicare, McCain expressed dismay Thursday that the ...

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Fair Game?

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“Sarah Palin declared on Thursday that the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate is ‘rightfully’ an issue with the American public, and that it is ‘fair game’ for politicians to question Obama's citizenship. The comments came during an interview with conservative radio host Rusty ...

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Carping On

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Last night officials began “chemotherapy treatment for the Great Lakes” when it began poisoning sections to do away with the invasive Asian carp. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be poisoned to combat in influx of the fish which are normally kept our by an electric barrier but seem to have ...

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‘Sleazeball’

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One of Wall Street’s best-paid bankers Hugh McGee is trying to get his son’s teacher fired after she allegedly branded investment bankers as “sleazeballs”. “Mr Mcgee, who is Barclays Capital's global head of investment banking, penned a rambling five-page letter to the board of trustees of Houston's ...

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Arresting Image

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“Police have been accused of misusing powers granted under anti-terror legislation after a series of incidents, ranging from the innocuous to the bizarre, in which photographers were questioned by officers for taking innocent pictures of tourist destinations, landmarks and even a fish and chip shop ...

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NY Thumbs Down

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In a move that infuriated gay rights activists, New York State gave the thumbs down yesterday to a law that would have legalized gay marriage. “The New York measure needed 32 votes to pass and failed by a wider-than-expected margin, falling eight votes short in a 24-38 decision by the state Senate ...

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Well Well

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Archaeologists in Cyprus have discovered a 10,500-years-old water well that contains the skeleton of a young woman. “Pavlos Flourentzos, the nation's top antiquities official, said the 16-foot deep cylindrical shaft was found last month at a construction site in Kissonerga, a village near the ...

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Kashmiri Graves

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“A human rights group says it has discovered more unmarked graves in Indian-administered Kashmir. The International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice says there are 2,700 graves with nearly 3,000 bodies. Some of the mass graves contain between three and 17 bodies. Last year too, the ...

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Robot Feeling

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European scientists have successfully connected a touch sensitive prosthetic hand to an amputee which he is able to control using thought. “The experiment lasted a month, and scientists say it was the first time a patient has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a ...