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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Executive Appeal

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over 4 years ago

After the Supreme Court reversed campaign finance law to allow corporations to openly fund political campaigns, 40 executives are asking Congress to pass tough laws in favor of public financing. “About 40 current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for ...

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Virtual Daddy

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In addition to in-person visits, Illinois law has given divorced parents the right to virtual visitations with their children to be conducted over the internet with web cams or via instant messengers. “Greg Baddick helped his 9-year-old daughter learn the state capitals of the Midwest. Later, when ...

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Haiti Adoptions

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Proposals to speed up adoption procedures for orphans of the Haitian earthquake are raising ethical dilemmas about the value of psychological safety versus the reality of food and water shortages. “In a country where tens of thousands have been killed and an estimated 500,000 left destitute by a 7.0 ...

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Houston, We Have a Tweet

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A wireless internet connection to the International Space Station meant to soothe the isolation associated with space travel has produced the first tweet from outer space. “One small step for Twitter, one giant leap for mankind. Earlier today, NASA Flight Engineer TJ Creamer sent the first live ...

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Off the Air America

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Meant to be the liberal answer to conservative talk radio, Air America will soon go off the air after having promoted its stars like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow to national political prominence. “After years of brushing treetops and church spires, Air America, the radio network that was meant to be ...

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Man-Cheetah

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Researchers have determined that biological limitations on human running speed may be much lower than previously thought, allowing humans to achieve speeds of 35-40 miles per hour. “The newly published evidence identifies the critical variable imposing the biological limit to running speed, and ...

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Apple University

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Apple is reportedly in discussions with the school text book publisher McGraw-Hill to put its books on the forthcoming Apple tablet computer expected to have e-reader capabilities. “Apple Inc. has held talks with Hearst Corp., McGraw-Hill Cos. and Hachette Book Group about putting their publications ...

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Media Daze

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A new report says young people spend nearly eight hours each day on one media platform or another, up one hour from five years ago, which is more time than they go to school or even sleep. “The amount of time young people spend consuming media has ballooned with around-the-clock access and mobile ...

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“Jihadi Attack”

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“The man accused of killing one soldier and wounding another outside an Arkansas military recruiting center has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming ties to Al Qaeda. Abdulhakim Muhammad's attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, said Thursday night that his client sent a letter earlier this ...

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Homeo-Skeptics

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Protestors who are skeptical about the efficacy of homeopathic medicines are staging a “mass overdose” in a bid to prove that such treatments are bogus. “In what is being billed as ‘rationalism's Kool-Aid moment’, a mass ‘overdose’ is being planned next week in protest at the marketing of ...

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Tweet Rescue

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Text messages, Tweets and other web postings are assisting rescue workers to locate survivors of the Haitian earthquake still trapped under the rubble. “Relief workers in Haiti received an emergency text message Tuesday about a collapsed school, with children still alive in the rubble. A search-and ...

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Slime Design

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A slimy fungus-like mold has revealed to scientists a means of designing superior computer and telecommunication networks, according to astonished scientists. “What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent ...

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Endangered

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“Scientists from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in the U.S. have calculated that 1.2 million years ago, at a time when our ancestors were spreading through Africa, Europe and Asia, there were probably only around 18,500 individuals capable of breeding (and no more than 26,000). This made ...

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Clinton Rebuffed

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The row over Chinese hackers illegally accessing the emails of human rights activists has escalated to global proportions with high profile officials exchanging a war of words. “Declaring that an attack on one nation’s computer networks ‘can be an attack on all,’ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ...

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Gag Order

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“How does a professional disparager honor a nondisparagement clause? Conan O'Brien is about to find out. Mr. O'Brien and his team are walking away from NBC with a whopping $45 million settlement, but there's a condition: ‘The Tonight Show’ host can't bad-mouth the Peacock Network and its top brass ...