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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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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 ...

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Killer Spider

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“Forget sharks and crocodiles: the real menace at this time of year, at least for suburban Sydneysiders, is a backyard spider whose bite can kill you in the space of two hours. Insect experts have warned that the city is being invaded by funnel-webs, considered one of the world's most aggressive and ...

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Outsourcing Space

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A federal aerospace panel has warned that NASA could face serious safety issues if it carries out plans to rely on private companies to send its astronauts into space in the future. “The Obama administration has been devising a plan to outsource a chunk of its manned space program to private ...

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“Secret Racism”

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“Shankar Vedantam, a science writer with the Washington Post, uses [famously racist] Michael Richards in his new book, ‘The Hidden Brain,’ to illustrate the way he believes our unconscious can betray us -- and reveal biases we wouldn't even acknowledge to ourselves. Vedantam uses a wide array of ...

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Recognition IQ

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“Recognizing faces is an important social skill, but not all of us are equally good at it. Some people are unable to recognize even their closest friends (a condition called prosopagnosia), while others have a near-photographic memory for large numbers of faces. Now a twin study by collaborators at ...

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Fertile Farmers

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A new report going back 10,000 years found most of today’s European men are genetically linked to farmers which suggests farmers were more attractive than hunter gatherers. “In a PloS Biology study released Tuesday and led by geneticist Patricia Balaresque of England's University of Leicester ...

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What A Twitter

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Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates is finally living up to his computer-aficionado status and has joined Twitter – attracting 2008 followers per minute on his first day. He joined the Twitterati and his first message to the online world was “’Hello World’. Hard at work on my foundation ...

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e-Smoking Ban?

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There’s no proof that electronic cigarettes are safer than their paper and tobacco counterparts according to Greek scientists worried by their growing popularity. “In the British Medical Journal, they say that without more evidence it is impossible to know if such products actually do more harm than ...

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Rattling Nerves

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The earth and buildings shook in the Cayman Islands yesterday rattling nerves more than the 5.8 Richter scale the quake hit and prompting fears of a repeat of the devastation in Haiti. “Minor temblors are common in the region, but Cayman residents were mindful of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated ...

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Gaza Appeal

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World aid agencies are appealing to Israel to unlock the Gaza strip after a Palestinian school girl Fida Hejji died of cancer while awaiting permission to go to an Israeli hospital. “Hejji, 18, was promised an entry permit three times. Three days after she died last November, her family got a call ...

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Virginia Shooting

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A manhunt involving hundreds of police and helicopters has been launched in Virginia after a rogue gunman went on the rampage and killed eight people. “Police said Christopher Speight, 39, had fled to the woods, violently resisting efforts to take him in and nearly shooting down a police helicopter ...

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Shock Win

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Republican Scott Brown won the last night’s Senate race in Massachusetts and has vowed to use his deciding vote to move against healthcare reforms in a bitter blow for Obama. “Brown's win robbed Democrats of the crucial 60th Senate vote they need to pass the healthcare bill and sent shudders of fear ...

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Human Rites

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As desperate Haitians flee the horrors of earthquake-stricken Port-au-Prince the hundreds of thousands of dead are being denied burials and the funeral rites that accompany them. “Along with everything else stolen by last week’s earthquake, Haitians must now add another loss: the ability to identify ...

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Gitmo Suicides?

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Doubts have been raised about the apparent suicides of three Guantanimo Bay detainees who had reportedly been taken to a secret location known as "camp no" just hours before their deaths. Harper’s magazine, which published details on the subject yesterday, “raises serious questions about whether the ...

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Taking The Biscuit

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Kraft has agreed to acquire 150-year-old British chocolate manufacturer Cadbury’s in a share transaction worth £11.5m sparking fears that the company’s ethos will be compromised. “The deal ends more than more than 150 years of independence for the maker of Dairy Milk, which will now be subsumed ...