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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Get Fit, Play Drums

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over 4 years ago

“Rock drummers, some claim, are finely tuned athletes, as fit as any long-distance runner. But to get your head around that idea, you'll have to put aside all sorts of assumptions and stereotypes. First, forget ‘Spinal Tap,’ that hilarious mockumentary in which all of the band's besotted drummers ...

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China Housing Bubble

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“China’s Premier Wen Jiabao called for policies to curb property speculation, an indication the government is ready to tighten policies to prevent the economy from overheating. Wen, speaking in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency, said property prices have risen too quickly in some ...

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January 26th?

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“Though Apple's attendance at Macworld is but a distant - well, year-ago - memory (the conference itself is now being held in February, rather than January) the Cupertino company seems to find it hard to give up the habit of making announcements in January, in a manner that will steal the glory from ...

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Bomber Biography

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“With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain's leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet – able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world. Instead, the son of one of Nigeria's most important figures opted to make his ...

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Gitmo Dilemma

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“Growing evidence that the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a commercial airliner as it landed in Detroit Friday spent time in Yemen and may have been fitted with customized, explosive-laden clothing there could complicate the U.S. government’s efforts to send home more than 80 Yemeni ...

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Rewarding Bad Behavior?

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“States that have already broadly expanded health care coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it unfairly penalizes them in favor of states that have done little or nothing to extend benefits to the uninsured. With tax revenues down and budgets breaking, the states ...

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Slow Revolution

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“Iranian police have fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse opposition protesters in central Tehran, witnesses have said. The clashes on Sunday came as the country's Shia Muslims marked Ashoura, a religious event commemorating the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson. ‘Hundreds of ...

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Mommy’s Mind

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“Maternal behavior itself can trigger the development of new neurons in the maternal brain independent of whether the female was pregnant or has nursed, according to a study released by researchers at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. These findings performed in adult ...

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Lone Wolf?

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“A Nigerian man is ‘talking a lot’ to the FBI, said a senior U.S. official, after what the United States believes was an attempted terrorist attack on an inbound international flight. The initial impression is that the suspect was acting alone and did not have any formal connections to organized ...

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Minority Rule

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“Much of the focus on the results of last month’s New York City elections was on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s small victory margin, despite the more than $102 million he spent to secure a third term. But the elections also produced a seismic political shift that so far has gone largely unnoticed ...

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Stuck in Limbo

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“With the housing boom still in full force in early 2006, Long Beach Mortgage Co., one of the nation’s biggest subprime lenders, sent its eager Wall Street investors yet another package containing thousands of new home loans. Among them was a mortgage for a modest, two-bedroom home on a quiet ...

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Shakespeare’s CPU

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“What's the difference between Shakespeare and Dan Brown? According to a study in the New Journal of Physics, part of the difference lies in the number and frequency of the words they use. By analyzing the works of Herman Melville, Thomas Hardy, and D. H. Lawrence, researchers argued, according to ...

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iSlate?

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“Nice scoop by MacRumors , which reportedly retrieved historical evidence that Apple has acquired the domain name islate.com back in 2007. Apparently, the Cupertino company registered the domain through brand protection firm Mark Monitor to conceal the fact that the domain name is theirs, as usual ...

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“We Regret the Error”

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“’Bear sighting: An item in the National Briefing in Sunday’s Section A said a bear wandered into a grocery store in Hayward, Wis., on Friday and headed for the beer cooler. It was Thursday.’ Like a chef who becomes bored with steak and potatoes and begins seeking out the strange and sublime, my ...

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Talk Jocks

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“Politicians and pundits may argue about whether Limbaugh, Beck, and their ilk have real pull at the polls, but, when it comes to selling thrillers, those who work in publishing agree: Right-wing talk jocks deliver. Beck, in particular, has become a make-or-break blurb for thriller writers, with The ...