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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Disappeared?

Missing
over 4 years ago

“Top Iranian student Mahmoud Vahidnia confronted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei at a public meeting with students. The Supreme Leader was so distraught by the confrontation that he skipped prayers and left the meeting early. The event was being broadcast by Iranian state-run TV. That made the ...

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Legal Debate

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over 4 years ago

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has launched a campaign to oppose an amendment that will legally prevent the government from discussing the legalization of drugs. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group has created an online petition urging people to put their names down in opposition to ...

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Dead Meat

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over 4 years ago

An investigation by undercover journalists has brought to light “disgusting and disturbing” abuses of animals at a Vermont slaughterhouse, according to the Examiner.com. US Department of Agriculture records revealed that the Bushway Packing Incorporated was temporarily closed after a failed ...

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E-Academia?

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over 4 years ago

Despite initial tentativeness on the part of consumers, it seems that e-books are here to stay. But while lots has been said about what the electrical devices replacing the printed page will have on the publishing industry, not so much has been said about how this change will affect education and ...

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Gene Genie

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over 4 years ago

“A federal judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit can move forward against the Patent and Trademark Office and the research company that was awarded exclusive rights to human genes known to detect early signs of breast and ovarian cancer,” reports Wired. “The first-of-its-kind lawsuit by the American ...

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Clever Fools

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over 4 years ago

“Is George W Bush stupid?” asks the New Scientist. “It's a question that occupied a good many minds of all political persuasions during his turbulent eight-year presidency. The strict answer is no. Bush's IQ score is estimated to be above 120, which suggests an intelligence in the top 10 per cent of ...

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Clowning Around?

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over 4 years ago

A video played at a trial to determine whether or not the late Anna Nicole Smith was being held in a drug stupor for up to two years before her death by Howard K. Stern, shows a bewildered Smith with her face painted like a clown mistaking a doll in a pram for her unborn child. Stern’s lawyers say ...

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Bear Faced Terror

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over 4 years ago

“A wild bear mauled to death two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in a south Kashmir forest on Monday,” officials told Samay Live. “A spokesman of the army said a wild bear entered the forest hideout of the separatist guerrillas and killed two of them in Kulgam district. ‘The bear entered ...

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Little Mother

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over 4 years ago

An 11-year-old Bulgarian girl has become a mother after going into labor during her wedding to her teenage boyfriend. Kordeza Zhelyazkova was admitted to hospital to give birthwhile wearing her wedding dress – but she insists she did not know she was pregnant. "I'm not going to play with toys any ...

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TV Boob?

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over 4 years ago

“[When a television company] ran a four-part series about breast cancer last week that went where no one—except perhaps Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake—has gone before. As part of the series, the station showed two women performing self-exams with their breasts completely uncovered. The report ...

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“I Can’t Recall”

Missing
over 4 years ago

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was famously declared to have “a cloud over him” by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald during the Valerie Plame affair. The release of FBI interviews regarding the affair last week underscores this sentiment, according to ABC, as Cheney’s vagueness under ...

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Organ Grinder

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over 4 years ago

People generous enough to donate a kidney to a loved one or complete stranger could be penalised by health insurance companies which specify having just one kidney as a “pre-existing” condition which can constitute denial of cover. This is an additional insult to the injury that has been suffered by ...

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Crooked Victory?

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over 4 years ago

“The election in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for all who promoted it,” writes The Independent. “Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of the country for the next five years though his allies inside and outside Afghanistan know that he owes his success to open fraud ...

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Going Broke?

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over 4 years ago

“The idea that the government of a major advanced country would default on its debt -- that is, tell lenders that it won't repay them all they're owed -- was, until recently, a preposterous proposition. Argentina and Russia have stiffed their creditors, but surely the likes of the United States ...

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Facebook Rescue

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over 4 years ago

“Five different authorities were involved on both sides of the Atlantic after a boy, 16, told his friend of his plans to kill himself,” writes The Telegraph. The teenager from Oxford posted a message on Facebook which said: “I’m going away to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while then ...