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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Natural Sculpture

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over 4 years ago

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 ...

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Burj Dubai

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The tallest building in the world, Dubai’s new Khalifa Tower, is “a frightening purposeless monument to the subprime era” writes The Telegraph’s Stephen Bayley. “’Less is only more where more is no good.’ I wonder how many guests squinting into the Gulf's blue skies before the sublime, coruscating ...

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“Global Threat”

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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has warned that Yemen poses a global threat and has pledged American support in the Yemeni government’s fight against al-Qaeda. “Hillary Clinton's comments came ahead of news on Tuesday that the US had reopened its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, closed days ...

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Solar Corona

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“Solar physicists attempting to unlock the mysteries of the solar corona have found another piece of the puzzle by observing the sun’s outer atmosphere during eclipses. Ground-based observations reveal the first images of the solar corona in the near-infrared emission line of highly ionized iron, or ...

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Mystery Objects

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NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are “too hot to be plants and too small to be stars” – neither of which fit any definition of known astrological objects. “The Kepler Telescope, launched in March, discovered the two new heavenly bodies, each circling its own ...

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“Nano Cocktail”

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A “cocktail” of different nanometer-sized particles which can be used to target and kill cancerous tumours have been developed by researchers in California and Massachusetts. “’This study represents the first example of the benefits of employing a cooperative nanosystem to fight cancer,’ said ...

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Terror Crackdown

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Amid fears of further terrorist attacks the Yemeni government has ordered an “unprecedented” number of troops into the region controlled by Al Qaeda. The move comes as both the US and Britain closed their embassies in the capital Sana yesterday after reported threats. “The Obama administration ...

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Tallest Tower

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Dubai is set to open the world’s tallest building today, although many of the offices are unfinished, as the emirate tries to re-establish hope amid the financial crisis. “The Burj Dubai, built by about 12,000 labourers and standing at a reported height of 818 metres, will open on Monday amid tight ...

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God Online?

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“Malaysians are flocking online to debate a contentious court ruling that allows local Roman Catholics to use the word Allah as a translation for God. The editor of Malaysia's ‘Herald, The Catholic Weekly’, Father Lawrence Andrew, shows a Holy Bible written in Arabic to members of the media as he ...

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HIV Ban Lifted

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“The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country. President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease. The new rules come into force on Monday and the US plans to host a bi-annual ...

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100 Days

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Nearly 800 people have set themselves the challenge of self improvement by joining the One Hundred Days to Make Me A Better Person campaign. “It asks followers to carry out one self-edifying act, once a day, for one hundred days. The project began at the beginning of December and is the brainchild ...

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Animal Diseases

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Scientists are warning that deadly animal diseases are poised to begin infecting humans as environmental disruption lowers the human-animal species barrier. “At least 45 diseases that have passed from animals to humans have been reported to UN agencies in the last two decades, with the number ...

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Dead As A Dodo?

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A brilliantly preserved skeleton of the extinct dodo bird, found in Mauritius in 2007, could provide valuable DNA information which could lead to the genetic resurrection of the species. “The new dodo skeleton is particularly exciting because it was found in a cave, which helped to preserve the ...

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Speedy Genome

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“Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, and Indiana University in Bloomington have now been able to measure for the first time directly the speed with which new mutations occur in plants. Their findings shed new light on a fundamental evolutionary ...

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Tiger Battle

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With just over 3,000 left in the world, efforts to save tigers from extinction will be stepped up in 2010 after it topped the World Wide Fund for Nature’s list of most endangered species. “Conservationists say there are just 3,200 tigers left in the world as the future of the species is threatened ...