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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Gloating Politics

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The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank says if the Republicans continue volubly gloating over their Senate victory in Massachusetts, Americans are going to need hearing protection. He says: “What the American people don't hear is any offer by the Republicans to compromise with Democrats on health care ...

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IE Patch Job

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Microsoft will patch a hole in its widely used browser Internet Explorer amid fears that the weakness in the system allowed Chinese hackers access to human rights activist’s emails. “It usually issues patches every month but said the attention the problem had received made it move more quickly. It ...

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Pirate’s Head

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A museum in Germany has offered a reward of thousands of euros for a “nail-pierced skull” thought to be the head of legendary pirate Klaus Stoertebeker stolen from it in early January. “’We are launching an appeal for the head,’ said the director of the Hamburg History Museum, Lisa Kosok, without ...

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‘Jesus Rifles’

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Muslim groups expressed anger yesterday about the emergence of evidence showing that the US military uses combat rifles inscribed with coded Biblical references. “Army officials have said they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping ...

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Cancer ID

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Scientists have located a cell of origin for a common type of breast cancer marking a breakthrough which could greatly improve current understanding of the killer ailment. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, and Tufts ...

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M. East Truce?

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A senior Hamas representative said yesterday that the Palestinian group had accepted Israel’s right to exist and would be prepared to nullify a charter calling for Israel’s destruction. “[Aziz] Dwaik's remarks are seen in the context of Hamas's attempts to win recognition from the international ...

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Killer Spider

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“Forget sharks and crocodiles: the real menace at this time of year, at least for suburban Sydneysiders, is a backyard spider whose bite can kill you in the space of two hours. Insect experts have warned that the city is being invaded by funnel-webs, considered one of the world's most aggressive and ...

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Outsourcing Space

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A federal aerospace panel has warned that NASA could face serious safety issues if it carries out plans to rely on private companies to send its astronauts into space in the future. “The Obama administration has been devising a plan to outsource a chunk of its manned space program to private ...

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“Secret Racism”

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“Shankar Vedantam, a science writer with the Washington Post, uses [famously racist] Michael Richards in his new book, ‘The Hidden Brain,’ to illustrate the way he believes our unconscious can betray us -- and reveal biases we wouldn't even acknowledge to ourselves. Vedantam uses a wide array of ...

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Recognition IQ

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“Recognizing faces is an important social skill, but not all of us are equally good at it. Some people are unable to recognize even their closest friends (a condition called prosopagnosia), while others have a near-photographic memory for large numbers of faces. Now a twin study by collaborators at ...

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Fertile Farmers

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A new report going back 10,000 years found most of today’s European men are genetically linked to farmers which suggests farmers were more attractive than hunter gatherers. “In a PloS Biology study released Tuesday and led by geneticist Patricia Balaresque of England's University of Leicester ...

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What A Twitter

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Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates is finally living up to his computer-aficionado status and has joined Twitter – attracting 2008 followers per minute on his first day. He joined the Twitterati and his first message to the online world was “’Hello World’. Hard at work on my foundation ...

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e-Smoking Ban?

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There’s no proof that electronic cigarettes are safer than their paper and tobacco counterparts according to Greek scientists worried by their growing popularity. “In the British Medical Journal, they say that without more evidence it is impossible to know if such products actually do more harm than ...

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Rattling Nerves

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The earth and buildings shook in the Cayman Islands yesterday rattling nerves more than the 5.8 Richter scale the quake hit and prompting fears of a repeat of the devastation in Haiti. “Minor temblors are common in the region, but Cayman residents were mindful of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated ...

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Gaza Appeal

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World aid agencies are appealing to Israel to unlock the Gaza strip after a Palestinian school girl Fida Hejji died of cancer while awaiting permission to go to an Israeli hospital. “Hejji, 18, was promised an entry permit three times. Three days after she died last November, her family got a call ...