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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Endangered

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over 4 years ago

“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 ...

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Quieted Guns

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A gun manufacturer that came under fire from critics for inscribing biblical references onto its rifles has decided to stop putting such references on products used by the military.“Gen. David Petraeus, commander of United States Central Command, said Wednesday -- apparently before learning of the ...

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Scores of Bodies

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Volunteers have recovered scores more corpses in Nigeria’s central Plateau state following violent and religiously motivated clashes which erupted in recent days. “Scores of bodies were picked up from streets, houses and open water wells in Kuru Karama, a village some 30 kilometres (19 miles) south ...

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“Bank Curbs”

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The world’s markets are reeling after French and British politicians have offered cautious backing to a recommendation by President Barack Obama to curb banks’ size and risk-taking.“Obama made his proposals on Thursday, saying he was ready to fight resistance from Wall Street banks he blamed for ...

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Box of Apple

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“With the new tablet device that is debuting next week, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry—and expand Apple's influence and revenue as a content middleman. In ...

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Ford in Space?

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Car maker Ford has got together with United Space Alliance to take tips from the gaming industries and movement simulation software to make better cars and spaceships. “The automaker and the aerospace company — a lead contractor for the space shuttle — are sharing their experience with animation ...

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Starbucks Grows

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“Starbucks Corp posted its first quarterly rise in U.S. same-store sales in two years, signaling that recession-weary consumers are spending more on small, daily luxuries. Shares in the company, which also raised its 2010 earnings forecast after fiscal first-quarter profits topped Wall Street ...

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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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over 4 years ago

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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over 4 years ago

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 ...