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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Race to Apologize

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over 4 years ago

Google has apologized for a racially offensive picture of Michelle Obama that appears when users search for images of the first lady. “A doctored picture appears at the top of the list under a Google Image search for Mrs Obama. Google placed a text ad above the image titled ‘Offensive Search Results ...

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Text 9/11

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Wiki leaks is today releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts from the 24 hour period surrounding the September 11 2001 attacks. “The messages are being broadcast to the global community ‘live’, sychronized to the time of day they were sent. The first message is from 3AM ...

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Hadron Colliding

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“After embarrassing breakdowns caused by bread-dropping birds and hugely expensive repairs, the world's biggest science experiment – the Large Hadron Collider – has suddenly burst into life and smashed together proton beams for the first time. Scientists operating the giant £6 billion machine at ...

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DNA Scandal

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“Britain has built the world's biggest DNA database without proper political debate and police routinely arrest people just to get their DNA profiles onto the system, the genetics watchdog said in a report today. The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the Government on the social, legal and ...

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Milk Pair Executed

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China has put to death two of the key players in a milk poisoning scandal that led to the deaths of six infants in 2007. Zhang Yujin and Geng Jinping were executed after being found responsible for making more than 300,000 babies ill after milk powder was found to have been contaminated with the ...

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Dead End

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“They made a love connection in cyberspace, two lonely strangers in their 40s, each long divorced and yearning for new romance. By all accounts, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz and Pam Butler were a happy couple for most of their five months together.” They met through the online dating service eHarmony and all ...

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Girl Set-Up?

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A 14-year-old girl could be charged as an accomplice to the gang-rape of her ninth-grade classmate after she spoke to reporters last week. She told press that she and the victim had planned to have sex with the rape suspects who are 16, 17 and 20 years old. "The victim told police that the attack ...

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Frontal Lobe

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over 4 years ago

Brain scans have been used in a murder trial for the first time ever to try and prove that the defendant is a psychopath. The evidence was used by the defense lawyers during the sentencing of a murder trial in Chicago. The defendant, Brian Dugan, had been found guilty of the rape and murder of a 10 ...

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iPhone Worm

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over 4 years ago

“Another iPhone worm has been spotted in the wild. Unlike the previous exploitation, which merely changed a jailbroken iPhone's wallpaper to a picture of Rick Astley of ‘Rickrolling’ fame, this new threat allows hackers to steal sensitive information. According to security firm Sophos, which wrote ...

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Nintendo TV

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over 4 years ago

“Not only are we still waiting for the TV Guide Channel that Japanese Wii users have been indulging in for the better part of two years, but now Variety is reporting that Nintendo has teamed up with a dozen corporate partners to tease us with a Japanese pay-per-view service for the console ...

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Rohingyas

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A Burmese minority are fleeing the region in large numbers to live in self-made refugee camps. “They call themselves Rohingyas, a Muslim minority from Burma, 30,000 of whom have been so cruelly persecuted by their country's military junta, in large measure because of their religion, that they have ...

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Justice School?

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over 4 years ago

“A veteran dissident was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after casting a spotlight on poorly built schools that collapsed during China's massive earthquake last year, killing thousands of children—an apparent government attempt to squelch such information. Huang Qi, founder of a human ...

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Runaway Train Rider

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A 13-year-old boy with learning difficulties spent 11 days in the New York subway because he thought his parents were mad at him. Francisco Hernandez Jr. had only his Metro Card, $10 and his school bag with him, having feared to go home after getting into trouble at school in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn ...

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Marine Marvels

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A host of diverse marine creatures have been discovered living in total darkness in the depths of the Atlantic – out of the reach of sunlight. “Marine biologists have been astonished by the range of animals they have found during an underwater expedition that that took them down 5,000m (three miles ...

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Just Magic

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over 4 years ago

Inventors inspired by Harry Potter have developed a magic-wand style remote control which can command any infra-red device with a flick. The Kymera Wand has even been designed to resemble a traditional wand – as seen in the Harry Potter books and movies – but isn’t used to cast traditional spells ...