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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Crashing Real Estate

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over 4 years ago

The shocking image of a 12-storey building lying flat after being toppled over like a child’s toy has led to fears about the safety of other buildings in China which is in “a massive overcapacity real estate bubble”, according to sculptor Bill Hopen. “They are building three apartments for everyone ...

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Victory Hurdle

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“Pushed over the finish line by President Barack Obama, and marked by ferocious politicking that lasted late into the night, a bill to reform America's healthcare system is a step closer to reality after being narrowly endorsed in the House of Representatives,” writes The Independent. “Noisy cheers ...

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“God’s Work”

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The chief executive of Goldman Sachs believes banks do “God’s work” and serve a social purpose. His remarks come soon after Goldman faced worldwide media attention over the mammoth size of its staff bonuses. But Lloyd Blankfein said big bonuses and the size of profits were a sign that the world ...

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Bird Dropping

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The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, suffered its second embarrassing setback recently. Not long after a leak of coolant destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam (forcing officials to postpone the restart of the new machine), the whole operation ...

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Finger Pointing

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“A 22-year veteran kindergarten teacher in the Texas Bible Belt could lose her job for refusing, on religious grounds, to give fingerprints under a state law requiring them,” writes Wired. “The evangelical Christian, Pam McLaurin, is fighting a looming suspension, claiming that fingerprinting ...

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Sham or Shaman?

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The use of Shamans – people who have direct links to the spirits of dead ancestors – is reportedly making a comeback in outer Mongolia as people who are down on their luck try to flip their fortunes. Although Shamanism has a strong history in Mongolia it came close to dying out in the 1990s as there ...

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77m Smokes

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“Fourteen people have been charged with illegally purchasing 77 million contraband cigarettes from undercover agents in Virginia and smuggling the cigarettes to New York,” reports Fox News. “Two are also accused of paying an agent posing as a hit man to kill a husband and wife whom they believed had ...

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Tribal Justice?

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over 4 years ago

At an Interior Department summit President Barack Obama told hundreds of different tribal leaders that he knows what it means to feel “ignored and forgotten” and pledged to work with them on various issues that he promised was not “just lip service” including energy development and climate change ...

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Screw Up Talk

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over 4 years ago

“Hours after Michael Steele warned moderate Republicans that they would be targeted if they didn't support conservative principles, the RNC Chairman called discussion of intra-party feuding ‘stupid’ and insisted that the GOP would lose if ‘we play politics amongst our own.’ In a conference call with ...

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Law’s Hamlet Hit

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Rave reviews in the West End were followed by an equally positive reception on Broadway and now its producers say the latest production of Hamlet (starring British heart throb Jude Law in the titular role) is also a success commercially, having clawed back its $2.5m costs in less than three months ...

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Tweeting Issue

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"I'm in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there's a fucked-up three-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin," Tweeted popular blogger and social networking site manager Penelope Trunk last week. The 42-year-old’s post caused uproar and she was inundated with ...

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Overseas Stimulus

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Senator Charles Schumer thinks that President Barack Obama should prevent a $1.5bn wind-farm project in Texas from receiving government stimulus funds because it will create jobs in China where most of the wind turbines will be manufactured. “The idea that stimulus funds would be used to create jobs ...

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Nano Change

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“Tiny metal particles have been shown to cause changes to DNA across a cellular barrier - without having to cross it,” reports the BBC. “The nanometre and micrometre scale particles resulted in an increase of damage to DNA across the barrier via a never-before-seen cell signal process. Reporting in ...

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H1N1 Fist Fight

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New York’s subway users have resorted to defending themselves against Swine Flu with their fists. On Monday two women got into an argument because one of them didn’t cover her mouth when she coughed. The resulting spat ended with her spitting on the other, punching her and then being dragged onto ...

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Herbal Remedy

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee despaired over her son J’s condition after the ant-inflammatory medication used to control his pain stopped working. His behavior deteriorated and he became difficult to handle at school and home which led to a fear that he would need to be given antipsychotic drugs like Risperday ...