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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Red Into Green

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A Red Cross fundraising campaign for Haiti raised record amounts via text messages after a campaign on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. “A 48-hour-old fundraising campaign to help Haiti earthquake victims, done solely through text messages, was already stunning Red Cross officials ...

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Clever Doctors

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After a car crash that crushed her windpipe a Belgian woman kept a donor’s windpipe in her forearm before the transplant occurred. “Linda De Croock, a Belgian woman who had her throat crushed in a car accident a quarter-century ago, received one of the odder-sounding organ transplants we’ve ever ...

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Retribution

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Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin known as Chemical Ali has been sentenced to death for gassing Kurds at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. “Families of victims in court cheered when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for the poison gas attack on the Kurdish ...

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GOP Leading Polls

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The Republican candidate aiming to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Massachusetts is leading the polls with his vow to kill national healthcare reform. “With the political winds at the back of Republican Scott Brown, pollsters tracking the Massachusetts Senate race are skeptical that ...

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Yahoo! Speaks

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Yahoo! is being criticized now that it has sided with Google against China after keeping quiet about former hacker attacks it had full knowledge of. “Yahoo knew it had been a target of sophisticated Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. firms before Google alerted the company to them, but remained silent ...

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Open Window

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The German government has warned web users that Internet Explorer is insecure after its role in the Google hackings in China. “The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted IE was the weak link in recent attacks on Google's systems. Microsoft rejected ...

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Give and Take

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Big banks are working to cap employee bonuses in the face of a $117bn federal tax and public fury over record payout amounts. “Wall Street banks plan to highlight caps on cash bonuses and cuts in the proportion of revenues paid out to employees in a rearguard action against the public and political ...

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Tata Nano

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The world’s cheapest car which sells for $2,500 in India is slowly making its way to Europe and the U.S. “Tata Nano, an itty bitty car with a price tag to match, costs just $2,500 in India. And now, after surprising the world with its minimalism, Tata Motors is ready to let its young vehicle see the ...

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Democratic Doom?

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President Obama is set to campaign for Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley to replace the late Ted Kennedy and keep control of the Senate. “President Obama, who had no plans to travel to Massachusetts, may be heading there to campaign for a Democrat caught in a surprisingly tough race for a Senate ...

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Mea Culpa

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The Pentagon has placed blame for the Fort Hood shootings on eight Army officers for not relieving Major Nidal Malik Hasan from his post sooner. “The Pentagon gave itself a harsh assessment in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, and could pursue disciplinary action against several officers who ...

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Beneficent Ben

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Senator Ben Nelson has removed the deal he cut from the Senate healthcare bill which exempted Nebraska from future Medicaid payments. “Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is asking Senate leaders to eliminate a controversial Medicaid deal for his state in the health care bill. The moderate Democrat, who ...

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Millionth of a Second

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13 billion years later, experimenters at UC Berkeley have recreated conditions one millionth of a second after the Big Bang when bizarre plasma filled the universe. “The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Physics recently named Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division to lead a nine-institution ...

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Stale Oranges

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Five years after Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, its leader is polling at three percent while the public expects a rigged election between Moscow’s preferred candidates. “Just five years after Ukraine's Orange Revolution, which saw hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians mobilize peacefully to reject ...

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Absent Aid

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A weak internal government and such massive earthquake devastation have left a death toll that could reach 200,000 and little relief aid. “Twisted, draped in dusty rags or piled into mounds, the dead are strewn around the streets of Haiti's ruined capital. Some have nothing covering them, left ...

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Twitter Detractor

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Ricky Gervais closed his Twitter account six weeks after joining to promote the Golden Globes calling the service “pointless” and users “undignified”. “Ricky Gervais has quit Twitter, branding the site ‘pointless’ and the adults who use it ‘undignified’. Leaving the microblogging site after less ...