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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Snitch Catching

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“It was a bizarre, magical request that apparently even cash-strapped Harvard University couldn’t refuse. The university, which recently cut hundreds of jobs and such perks as hot breakfast at dining halls in the wake of a 30 percent drop in its endowment, has given $600 to undergraduates Stacy Rush ...

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Under Influence

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Senator John Kerry’s daughter was arrested yesterday in Las Angeles on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Police told Fox News that 36-year-old film producer Alexandra Forbes Kerry was released on $5,000 bail after tests showed a blood-alcohol reading of 0.06. She was still under the ...

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Torture and Neglect?

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Detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons are “likely to have been tortured by Afghan officials” a former senior Canadian diplomat has claimed. At a House of Commons committee yesterday Richard Colvin adversely compared Canada’s treatment of prisoners with that of the British and the ...

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Fire Ball!

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Last night a fireball lit up parts of the Utah sky– and the phenomenon, which saw the dead of night as bright as day, was captured on CCTV. One video filmed by security cameras at the University of Utah's Milford observatory shows a blinding flash of light around 12:07 am yesterday, followed by ...

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Hacked Off

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“Never mind the disastrous interview with Katie Couric or the blank stares in response to Charlie Gibson’s question about the Bush Doctrine. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin calls the hacking of her Yahoo e-mail account ‘the most disruptive and discouraging’ incident in last year’s ...

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Santa Scandal

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“Thousands of starry-eyed children all over the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season, but they will not likely get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers,” writes Fox News. “The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the ...

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A Downs Cure?

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Sufferers of the chromosomal disorder Downs syndrome could be helped by a new drug which increases the levels of message-carrying chemicals in the brain. This means that the learning and developmental difficulties symptomatic of the condition could be improved. US researchers injected mice suffering ...

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’Til Death Do Us…

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“A polygamist businessman was convicted by the [South Africa’s] Vereeniging Circuit Court for the murder of his pregnant wife and attempted murder of his second wife, the Sowetan reported on Thursday. Jabulani Ndlovu shot and killed Phindile Dlamini in June last year. She was seven months pregnant ...

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Obama’s Task

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“There is no doubt that the prospects for success in Afghanistan are so bleak right now because former President George W. Bush failed for seven long years to invest the necessary troops, resources or attention to the war,” writes the New York Times. “But it is now President Obama’s war, and the ...

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Super Submarine

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A super-submarine left over from the Second World War has been found in Hawaii. But according to a historian Dr Hans Van Tillburg "the I-201 submarine was nothing like anybody had in the Second World War. It had a streamlined body and conning tower and retractable gun." In fact the submarine more ...

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Facing Fat

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“Some obese individuals don't realize they have a weight problem, a new study finds. That could be an unhealthy attitude as these same people tend not to exercise and have many risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The study, based on survey data collected in Dallas, found that one in 10 ...

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What’s In A Name?

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A translation firm is offering prospective parents the chance to check their preferred baby-names don’t mean anything embarrassing in other languages. For nearly $2,000 the company, Today Translations, will carry out a translation “audit” of baby names, checking the meaning across 100 languages ...

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Guantanamo Delay

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“US President Barack Obama has for the first time admitted that the US will miss the January 2010 deadline he set for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Mr Obama made the admission in interviews with US TV networks during his tour of Asia. He said he was ‘not disappointed’ that the deadline had ...

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6 Degrees

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The world is on course for a “catastrophic” 6 degrees centigrade rise in temperature by the end of the century, which means the worst-case predictions for climate change are coming true, according to The Independent. The rise in temperature will be much higher near the poles, which scientists say ...

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Respectfully, Lincoln

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“A letter written by former US President Abraham Lincoln to a schoolboy nearly 150 years ago is to go on sale for $60,000 in Philadelphia,” reports the BBC. “The handwritten, signed note confirms the pair met and was sent two weeks after the Lincoln's inauguration. The letter reads: ‘Whom it may ...