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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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1.8m Ugly People

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over 4 years ago

A global dating service called BeautifulPeople.com has turned away 1.8m people for being “too ugly” in the two weeks since its launch. Apparently Brazil has the best acceptance rate for men and Sweden has the best acceptance rate for women. Just 24 per cent of American men have been accepted and 37 ...

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Not So Tweet

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over 4 years ago

The recently retired senator Dave Schultheis has caused outrage online by comparing President Barack Obama to the 9/11 hijackers on his Twitter page. According to the Denver Westword blog Schultheis’ er witty Tweets, which are on a protected account only available to sanctioned followers, included ...

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Psychic Police

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“A police worker who was sacked because he believed psychics can help solve criminal investigations is to go to court today to defend his right to legal protection from religious discrimination,” reports The Independent. “In the first case of its kind Alan Power, a trainer with Greater Manchester ...

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Ricin Antidote

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over 4 years ago

An anti-toxin which can protect humans against three times the known lethal dosage of the poison ricin is to go into production for the first time. The anti-dote can be administered to poisoned patients up to 24 hours after exposure to the substance. Ricin, which is thought to be roughly 1,000 times ...

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Iraqi Bribery

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“Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to ...

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Unnatural Storm

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Chinese state media have reported chaos in Beijing after scientists artificially induced the region’s second unnatural snow storm. The blizzard-like weather is the earliest snowfall to hit the capital in more than 20 years and more snow is expected over the next three days, according to the National ...

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Race Relations

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“A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday,” reports the New York Post. “Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille ...

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Sharky Midwife

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Staff at a New Zealand aquarium were astonished to find baby sharks spilling from a wound in a female school shark’s stomach after she was bitten by another shark. Visitors at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World were reportedly stunned by the incident. They found a female with a large hole in her ...

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Astronaut Attack

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over 4 years ago

“The former astronaut arrested in an attack against her romance rival pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to a year of probation,” reports the Chicago Tribune. “Lisa Nowak, 46, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary of a conveyance and misdemeanor battery. She originally faced more serious ...

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Brazil Blackout

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over 4 years ago

Power supplies in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other major Brazilian cities were cut off for over two hours late last night after transmission problems knocked the region’s supplier hydroelectric dams offline. Traffic stopped, aeroplanes were grounded and chaos reigned in the darkened streets. The ...

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Zhu Zhu Pet!

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over 4 years ago

What are all the kids after this Christmas? Well apparently a small motorized and multicolored rodent called the Zhu Zhu. “Looking more like a child’s furry slipper than a real hamster, the Zhu Zhu seems to have the same kind of sensors that make the Roomba vacuum cleaner work, so when the critters ...

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Contra Game

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over 4 years ago

“In a revelation that will disappoint Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries everywhere, Vampire Weekend have explained that their new album, Contra, isn't about them. Instead the title of the group's second LP refers to opposition, contrasts and, er, the iconic Konami videogame,” reports The Guardian ...

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Not Far Trek

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Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center have perfected a construction process called Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3)--essentially a machine that functions like the famous “replicator” in science fiction series Star Trek. "You start with a drawing of the part you want to build, you push ...

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Digital Library

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over 4 years ago

“Google and a coalition of authors and publishers now have until Friday to submit a new plan on how to drain the swamp of copyright law to let Google build the digital library of the future,” reports Wired. Google is being sued by copyright holders over its book digitization program – but after ...

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Precious Little?

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over 4 years ago

“As a black woman, I had one overwhelming reaction to the trailer for ‘Precious’: horror,” writes The Salon’s Erin Aubrey Kaplan. “Watching the unflattering images pile up in the space of a minute -- hugely overweight teen, crazy welfare mother, illegitimate babies, an especially bleak-looking ...