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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Life On Mars?

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over 4 years ago

“An analysis of satellite images revealed craters left along Mars' equator by lakes similar to those found in Alaska and Siberia. Importantly, the lakes were linked by small tributaries and rivers, suggesting water was moving which means they would have been able to support microbial life ...

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Obama Effigy

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“The US secret service is investigating an apparent effigy of Barack Obama hung from a storefront in Georgia. Local television news showed what appeared to be a black doll at the end of a noose on the main road in Plains, home of Jimmy Carter, the former Democratic president, Georgia governor and ...

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Diabetes or Smoke?

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Giving up smoking sharply increases the risk of developing type-two diabetes according to a US study which suggests an increased risk of 70 per cent for quitters in the first six years. “This is because they tend to put on weight. However, the Annals of Internal Medicine study stressed that this ...

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Twitter TSA Link?

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“Hours after two TSA agents served a civil subpoena on blogger Steven Frischling last week to uncover the anonymous source of a leaked document, an unusual message appeared on the blogger’s Twitter account. ‘To the gentleman who sent Flying With Fish the TSA Security Directive … Thank You! Can you ...

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Diesel Spill

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A spill of diesel fuel in China’s second-longest river has been “effectively” contained by barricades according to the China National Petroleum Corp. “CNPC has erected two barriers across the Yellow River at Sanmenxia city in the central province of Henan to prevent contamination of a reservoir ...

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Natural Sculpture

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An exhibition of naturally sculpted rock from China’s Qing Dynasty opens in London this week – baffling onlookers will displays of elaborately eroded stone on wooded plinths. “What would you call it, if you had to call it something? An especially unruly, indeed, a raving, cabbage? A storm-riven sky ...

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Burj Dubai

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The tallest building in the world, Dubai’s new Khalifa Tower, is “a frightening purposeless monument to the subprime era” writes The Telegraph’s Stephen Bayley. “’Less is only more where more is no good.’ I wonder how many guests squinting into the Gulf's blue skies before the sublime, coruscating ...

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“Global Threat”

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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has warned that Yemen poses a global threat and has pledged American support in the Yemeni government’s fight against al-Qaeda. “Hillary Clinton's comments came ahead of news on Tuesday that the US had reopened its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, closed days ...

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Solar Corona

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“Solar physicists attempting to unlock the mysteries of the solar corona have found another piece of the puzzle by observing the sun’s outer atmosphere during eclipses. Ground-based observations reveal the first images of the solar corona in the near-infrared emission line of highly ionized iron, or ...

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Mystery Objects

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NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are “too hot to be plants and too small to be stars” – neither of which fit any definition of known astrological objects. “The Kepler Telescope, launched in March, discovered the two new heavenly bodies, each circling its own ...

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“Nano Cocktail”

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A “cocktail” of different nanometer-sized particles which can be used to target and kill cancerous tumours have been developed by researchers in California and Massachusetts. “’This study represents the first example of the benefits of employing a cooperative nanosystem to fight cancer,’ said ...

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Terror Crackdown

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Amid fears of further terrorist attacks the Yemeni government has ordered an “unprecedented” number of troops into the region controlled by Al Qaeda. The move comes as both the US and Britain closed their embassies in the capital Sana yesterday after reported threats. “The Obama administration ...

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Tallest Tower

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Dubai is set to open the world’s tallest building today, although many of the offices are unfinished, as the emirate tries to re-establish hope amid the financial crisis. “The Burj Dubai, built by about 12,000 labourers and standing at a reported height of 818 metres, will open on Monday amid tight ...

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God Online?

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“Malaysians are flocking online to debate a contentious court ruling that allows local Roman Catholics to use the word Allah as a translation for God. The editor of Malaysia's ‘Herald, The Catholic Weekly’, Father Lawrence Andrew, shows a Holy Bible written in Arabic to members of the media as he ...

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HIV Ban Lifted

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“The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country. President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease. The new rules come into force on Monday and the US plans to host a bi-annual ...