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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Haiti Disaster

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over 4 years ago

Radio1Haiti presenter Carel Pedré, 29, has broadcast an account of the devastating earthquake that rocked the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday leaving tens of thousands dead: “I was in my car driving to work on Tuesday evening and got stuck in traffic. That's when I felt the car shaking. I thought ...

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Working Life

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As many as half of us bring our work home with us regularly according to new research by the University of Toronto which describes “the stress associated with work-life balance”. “Researchers measured the extent to which work was interfering with personal time using data from a national survey of 1 ...

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Ms President?

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The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker says that despite the “assumption that a female president is inevitable, and likely soonish, it’s surprisingly difficult to come up with a name”. “Briefly, Hillary Clinton seemed the obvious answer. For a flicker, Sarah Palin was an entertaining notion -- and ...

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Venomous Pesticides

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Deadly scorpion venom is being used to create new eco-friendly pesticides as some types of venom are harmful only to insects and unlikely to harm larger creatures. “Scorpions are notorious for harnessing a powerful, debilitating venom in their tails. Some species harbor venom potent enough to kill a ...

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Abstinent Ants

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“A species of fungus-farming ants have given up sex altogether, reproducing asexually in female-only colonies. A team of Texan and Brazilian researchers found that Mycocepurus smithii queen ants don’t need fertilization, and probably evolved beyond the need for males within the last 1 to 2 million ...

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Apple “Hoard”

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Suppliers of 10” LCD and OLED computer panels in Asia are claiming to be sold out after iPhone maker Apple pre-ordered them all for its top secret but highly anticipated tablet. “Like it has done with supplies of NAND flash memory used in iPhones and iPods, Apple may be trying to corner the market ...

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Wii Unfit

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“Owners of the Nintendo Wii can finally stop waving their video game controllers in the air and sink back onto the couch,” writes The New York Times. “Nintendo is bringing Netflix’s online streaming video service to its Wii gaming console, the most popular in the industry, the companies plan to ...

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Google Vs China

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Search giant Google is threatening to pull its operation out of China after discovering a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on its infrastructure there. “And while that attack originated from China, Google did not actually accuse the government of orchestrating it. However you wonder what ...

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Al-Qaeda Kingpin

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Yemeni security forces have located and killed an “al-Qaeda kingpin” in Shabwa province after “intensive operations against the terror group”, according to an official statement. “’Abdullah Mehdar was killed last night by security forces which had besieged the house he hid in,’ provincial Governor ...

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US Denial

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Washington has dismissed claims of responsibility by a Los Angeles-based terror group of involvement in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran yesterday. “’The idea that charged the United States with having anything to do with a murder in Tehran in absurd,’ Gordon K Duguld ...

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Quaking Haiti

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A powerful earthquake struck Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince last night causing mass destruction and fears of a huge death toll in one of the Caribbean’s poorest countries. “The dead and injured lay in the streets even as strong aftershocks rippled through the impoverished Caribbean country ...

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Air Accidents

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Reports of airplanes hitting birds and other wildlife have soared to more than 10,000 in the months since a US Airways jet ditched down in New York’s Hudson River. “Serious accidents are climbing at an even faster rate than minor incidents. There were at least 57 cases in the first seven months of ...

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CR-X Hybrid

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“The first-gen Honda CR-X combined sportiness with fuel economy in a package that was, and still is, an absolute blast to drive. It’s a combination the Japanese automaker offers again in the CR-Z, a hybrid that could be called a modern incarnation of that venerable hatchback. Honda unveiled the ...

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Amish “Exemption”

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Amish families in New York State will be exempt from a health-insurance mandate which requires Northern New Yorkers to carry health insurance or risk a fine. “Hundreds of Amish families in the region are likely to be free from that requirement. The Amish, as well as some other religious sects, are ...

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Bio-Destruction

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Government pledges to halt growing biodiversity losses by this year have failed and the desecration of animal species is becoming even more severe.“Eight years ago, world governments made a pledge to put a halt to growing biodiversity loss by 2010. They have not succeeded. The ongoing loss of ...