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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Artificial Flutter

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“Chinese meteorologists covered Beijing in snow Sunday after seeding clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought, state media reported,” writes Press Association. “The unusually early snow blanketed the capital from Sunday morning and kept falling for ...

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Seahorse Sex

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Seahorses are not only extraordinary for their ethereal transparency and beautiful equine faces, but also because they are the only species known to man in which the male carries babies in pregnancy. Here’s a description of the seahorse mating ritual: “The first time a seahorse couple meet, this ...

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Pain and Simple

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“Granddads would have you believe things were better in the good ol’ days, but a short stroll through the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago makes liars of them all,” writes Wired. “From graphic paintings of childbirth to a vast collection of often-ghastly tools of the trade, the ...

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Dietary Balance

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Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression according to research from University College London. It found that foods we know are bad for our bodies, such as high levels of dairy products, fats and sugars, can actually also be bad for our emotional well being. Fresh ...

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Them Apples?

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If there is one thing you can say for the Apple marketing department it is that they love nothing better than taking subtle swipes at Microsoft, claims The Inquisitr. Although it has traditionally made jibes via TV and web advertising, Apple has recently expanded its arsenal to include Google ...

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Child Labor

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“Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is embroiled in a child labor scandal in the United States, after children as young as five were found working on a farm that supplies blueberries to the company,” reports The Independent. “Human rights groups have stepped up their calls for a clampdown on ...

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Godly Power

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“For years, the Church of Scientology chased down and brought back staff members who tried to leave,” writes tampabay.com. “Ex-staffers describe being pursued by their church and detained, cut off from family and friends and subjected to months of interrogation, humiliation and manual labor. One ...

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Lupus Promise

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“Human Genome Sciences said early Monday that its experimental drug to treat lupus was effective in its second big clinical trial, raising the chances that the first new treatment for the disease in more than 40 years will make it to market,” reports The New York Times. The new drug, called Benlysta ...

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House Ethics

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“House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July,” reports The Washington ...

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Filibuster Fireworks

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Democrats should not be disappointed by Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster Obama’s healthcare reform bill, writes The Salon’s Joe Conason. Like Senator Evan Bayh, who too plans to filibuster against the reforms, Lieberman’s wife has profited from the healthcare industry. “The Lieberman family's ...

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Doctor Whoops!

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“1958: In the basement laboratory of an Ohio hospital, a cardiologist accidentally injects a large amount of dye into the small vessels of a patient’s heart during a routine imaging test. To the doctor’s great surprise — and relief — the dye doesn’t send the heart into a fatal spasm, and this happy ...

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Honduras Agreement

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The political crisis in Honduras could be nearing its end after the government agreed a deal that would allow deposed president Manuel Zelaya to return to office. The de facto government of Roberto Micheletti had previously refused to let Zelaya return. But in what US Secretary of State Hillary ...

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Economic Tide

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“The new economic statistics put growth at a healthy 3.5% for the third quarter. We should be dancing in the streets. No one is, because no one has any faith in these numbers. Waves of money are sloshing through the system, creating a false rising tide that lifts all boats for the moment. The tide ...

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Art and Autism

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“[An] astonishing 18ft drawing of the world’s most famous skyline was created by autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama. The unbelievably intricate picture was drawn at Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute from Stephen’s memory, with ...

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Youth Justice

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday dismissed five years’ worth of juvenile convictions (amounting to over 6,500 cases) having ruled that the jailed kids had not had a fair hearing. The move comes after former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella was charged with accepting millions of dollars ...