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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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“Bureaucratic Bog”

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“The Central Intelligence Agency should be asking some painful questions this week about its performance: How could a suicide bomber have flown to Detroit despite a strong warning to a CIA station that he might be a terrorist? How could a Jordanian double agent have penetrated a CIA base in ...

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Infant Universe

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“A new image from NASA's Hubble Telescope has provided astronomers with the earliest snapshot ever taken of galaxies in the universe's infancy, about 600 million years after the Big Bang. The deep look into the ancient cosmos revealed baby galaxies very different from those that exist now. ‘We're ...

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“Superphone”

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Google’s rival to Apple’s iPhone hits the market to a fanfare of adulation and scepticism in equal measure – but can it live up to its “superphone” tagline? “On a day of hoopla at Google's headquarters in California, executives at the company called the Nexus One the first ‘superphone’, a device ...

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Supernova Smash

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Planet Earth could soon be wiped out by an explosion of a star more than 3,000 light years away according to research by American scientists. “The star, called T Pyxidis, is set to self-destruct in an explosion called a supernova with the force of 20 billion billion billion megatons of TNT. Although ...

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Trio Calls It Quits

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Three Democrats, two senators and one governor, have ditched plans to run for re-election striking the latest blow for President Barack Obama’s Democrat administration. “Taken together, the decisions by Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Colorado Gov. Bill ...

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Caught You!

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Yemeni police have captured what is believed to be the key Al-Qaeda chief behind the threats on foreign embassies in the capital Sanaa, according to security officials. “Mohammed al-Hanq had evaded arrest on Monday during a security force raid in Arhab, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa, in ...

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Homes Slump

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“The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in November, dropped 16 percent to 96.0, after rising for nine straight months. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast pending home sales, which lead existing home sales by one to two months, falling ...

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Flying Drunk

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An American pilot has pleaded guilty to being over the alcohol limit as he prepared to take off from Heathrow Airport in London, England. “Erwin Washington, 51, from Lakewood, Colorado, was arrested in November last year on a flight that was due to leave Heathrow Airport. A breath test showed ...

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Spotted It?

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The G-Spot, a theoretical female erogenous zone, has been dismissed as “subjective” by scientists in London who carried out tests on identical twins between the ages to 23 and 83. “Lay down your sat-navs, the journey is over: the destination a mirage. Or is it? According to new research carried out ...

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Life On Mars?

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“An analysis of satellite images revealed craters left along Mars' equator by lakes similar to those found in Alaska and Siberia. Importantly, the lakes were linked by small tributaries and rivers, suggesting water was moving which means they would have been able to support microbial life ...

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Obama Effigy

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“The US secret service is investigating an apparent effigy of Barack Obama hung from a storefront in Georgia. Local television news showed what appeared to be a black doll at the end of a noose on the main road in Plains, home of Jimmy Carter, the former Democratic president, Georgia governor and ...

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Diabetes or Smoke?

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Giving up smoking sharply increases the risk of developing type-two diabetes according to a US study which suggests an increased risk of 70 per cent for quitters in the first six years. “This is because they tend to put on weight. However, the Annals of Internal Medicine study stressed that this ...

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Twitter TSA Link?

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“Hours after two TSA agents served a civil subpoena on blogger Steven Frischling last week to uncover the anonymous source of a leaked document, an unusual message appeared on the blogger’s Twitter account. ‘To the gentleman who sent Flying With Fish the TSA Security Directive … Thank You! Can you ...

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Diesel Spill

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A spill of diesel fuel in China’s second-longest river has been “effectively” contained by barricades according to the China National Petroleum Corp. “CNPC has erected two barriers across the Yellow River at Sanmenxia city in the central province of Henan to prevent contamination of a reservoir ...

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Natural Sculpture

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An exhibition of naturally sculpted rock from China’s Qing Dynasty opens in London this week – baffling onlookers will displays of elaborately eroded stone on wooded plinths. “What would you call it, if you had to call it something? An especially unruly, indeed, a raving, cabbage? A storm-riven sky ...