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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Super Earths?

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over 4 years ago

“Astronomers have discovered hundreds of Jupiter-like planets in our galaxy. However, a handful of the planets found orbiting distant stars are more Earth-sized. This gives hope to astrobiologists, who think we are more likely to find life on rocky planets with liquid water. The rocky planets found ...

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Google Wave?

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over 4 years ago

“Apparently, like everyone else, the Seattle Times is very interested in trying to figure out what to actually use Google Wave for. But while most are trying to use it for either fun, realtime chats, movie reenactments, or inner-business workings, the Seattle Times have tasked Wave with a larger ...

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Iran Warning

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over 4 years ago

“Western nations have warned Iran not to defy international demands by building 10 uranium enrichment sites. America's envoy to the UN called Iran's announcement ‘unacceptable’, while the French foreign minister said Iran was playing ‘an extremely dangerous game’. Germany warned Iran to expect ...

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$20m Hijack

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over 4 years ago

Somali pirates hijacked a US-bound supertanker carrying $20m in crude oil on Sunday – and the unarmed crew could do little to stop them. “Crews on oil tankers aren't allowed to smoke above deck, much less carry guns, for fear of igniting the ship's payload. That's one of the main reasons Somali ...

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Wrong Target?

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over 4 years ago

“Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn't with the science, it's with the solutions -- specifically, the carbon emissions targets that enlightened world leaders are pledging to meet. That's where the numbers don't add up,” writes The Washington ...

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Saudi Flood Fury

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over 4 years ago

Saudi Arabians have been using the internet to vent fury at the local government’s ineffective response to last week’s flooding in Jeddah that left more than 100 dead. Facebook and other socials networking sites have met with a flurry or outraged comments and campaigns highlighting corruption and ...

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Illegal Care

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over 4 years ago

Health bills currently going through Congress would fail to block hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from coverage according to The Washington Times. This is in spite of President Barack Obama’s pledge that illegal immigrants would not reap the benefits, the paper reports. “The House bill ...

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Stand Up Guy?

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over 4 years ago

The Huffington Post has slammed a talk show host for being “forgiving” toward the governor responsible for giving clemency to a suspect in the recent cop killings. “On Monday night, former Governor Mike Huckabee went on Bill O'Reilly's show to discuss the clemency he granted nearly a decade ago to ...

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Shrink-To-Fit

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over 4 years ago

“Forget the complex choreography involved in putting on a spacesuit: astronauts will one day be able to get suited and booted in seconds by stepping through the neck of an overlarge, part-robotic spacesuit. So say engineers David Akin and Shane Jacobs at the University of Maryland in College Park ...

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Global Bounce

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over 4 years ago

Shares across the globe shuddered and then rebounded today as fears that Dubai’s debt crisis would sweep across the globe began to wane. “In London, the leading FTSE 100 index rose 16.16 points in early trading to 5,261.89 as this weekend’s intervention by the Central Bank of the United Arab ...

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Minarets Banned?

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over 4 years ago

The Swiss public has said yes in a poll to banning the construction of minarets – a symbol of Islamic tradition. Around 58 per cent of voters backed the initiative out of a 55 per cent population turnout, flying in the face of poll predictions which thought the ban would be rejected by 53 per cent ...

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“Killing People”

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over 4 years ago

A teenager who has confessed to an horrific murder listed her hobbies as “killing people” on a social networking web site. “Jefferson City, MO police say that 15-year-old [Alyssa] Bustamante confessed to the gruesome murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whose throat was slashed and who endured ...

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Time Bomb

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over 4 years ago

A giant underground Salt Mine cavity in New Mexico is a “time bomb waiting to implode” according to geologists who expect the surrounding region to sink into a hole at any moment. “The cavity is the result of three decades of salt mining, a process in which oil service companies inject water into a ...

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Porn Tsunami?

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over 4 years ago

“Powerful stuff, that porn. The Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information (who must be very smart to have a title like that) has determined that recent natural disasters in his country are a consequence of the ubiquity of pornographic DVDs. His logic is something like this: 1) it is a ...

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Hacked off Blogger

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over 4 years ago

“A few days ago I got a tweet that my personal blog was hacked. I checked it out and found an animated Turkish flag and some text where my blog used to be. My hosting company had already noticed what had happened and only minutes later everything was back to normal again. The WordPress install that ...