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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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“I Don’t Quit”

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“A week after the worst political setback of his presidency, Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address overnight to rally his party, talk up the struggling American economy and challenge Republicans to stop ‘just saying no’. Cheered on by Democrats who were yearning for a glimpse of the ...

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Dissolving Parliament

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Newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and call a legislative election in a move to reshape the unwieldy coalition he now heads. “Rajapaksa won a thumping victory on Tuesday over his former army commander, General Sarath Fonseka, in the Indian Ocean island ...

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Paper Cuts It

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An artist has created beautiful sculptures by slicing different colored bits of paper and layering them intricately to produce mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. “Artist Charles Clary says he wants his constructions to appear ever-expanding — overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses ...

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Guiltless Male?

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A new study suggests that men are generally less prone to feelings of guilt and that women show a “significantly higher” propensity for it, while men feel “too little” in comparison.“’Our initial hypothesis was that feelings of guilt are more intense among females, not only among adolescents but ...

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Bugging Plot

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James O’Keefe and three others have been charged for an alleged plot to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s office for which they could face up to ten years in prison. “The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an ...

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“2nd Pregnant Man”

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The world’s second known pregnant man is expecting a baby boy new month. Scott Moore and his partner, who were both born female, have undergone gender reassignment surgery. “Scott, 30, is legally married to Thomas, with whom he lives in California, because he still has a female birth certificate ...

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To Boldly Stick

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“The Martian rover Spirit will rove no more. Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Tuesday that the Spirit, mired in a sand pit for the last 10 months, would remain there forever. But the officials said they were hopeful that the Spirit would continue life as a ...

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US in Yemen

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The US military and intelligence are “deeply involved” in top secret operations in Yemen in collaboration with Yemeni troops, according to media reports. “Yemeni troops in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional Al Qaeda affiliate, sources told ...

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What Coup?

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Only a day before a new president is to be inaugurated, a court in Honduras has dropped charges against six military generals who led a failed political coup in the region last June. “The commanders were acquitted on Tuesday of having abused their power by expelling former President Manuel Zelaya ...

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“Forgotten Aussies”

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Australian travellers stranded by mudslides in Peru are claiming to have been forgotten by officials and are asking the Australian government to put pressure on Peruvian authorities. “The landslides have cut off all roads and rail lines to the tourist town of Aguas Calientes, which is close to the ...

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Under the Rubble

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“Exactly two weeks after Haiti’s earthquake, US troops pulled another man from a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince — but it was unclear whether he was trapped in the original quake or an aftershock. Rico Dibrivell, 35, was pulled from the rubble of a building on Rue de Miracle in Port-au-Prince ...

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Happiness Barometer

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Couples who are at loggerheads but decide to stay together for the sake of their children may actually be making them more unhappy than if they were to split up, a new study has found. “Children's happiness is far more affected by family conflict than by factors such as living in a single parent ...

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Crow Faced

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If you think a crow is looking at you with malice in its eyes…chances are it is. Wild crows can recognise individual human faces and hold a grudge for years, according to research. “This ability – which may also exist in other wild animals – highlights how carefully some animals monitor the humans ...

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Cyberwarfare

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“In the wake of a recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning countries that censor the internet and engage in hacking, China has lobbed a return volley and accused the United States of hypocrisy and initiating cyberwarfare against Iran. An editorial in the People’s Daily ...

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Misread Ulysses?

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“No great American has suffered more cruelly and undeservedly at the hands of historians than Ulysses S. Grant. The dominating influence of pro-Southern historians early in the twentieth century—an influence that tainted scholarship on the Civil War for decades—helps to explain Grant’s abysmal ...