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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Have You ‘Eard?

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Scientists have discovered a butterfly species which has tiny ears on its wings and can distinguish between high and low sounds. “Scientists thought butterflies were deaf until 1912 when the first butterfly ears were identified. Only in the past decade or so have researchers examined the anatomy ...

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Aqua "Inequality"

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“Amnesty International today accused Israel of denying Palestinians adequate access to water while allowing Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank almost unlimited supplies,” reports Press Association. Israel, the human rights group said, restricts availability of water in the Palestinian ...

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Pandemonium

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With a swine flue pandemic and whatnot, what has the government planned if masses of the population are forced to stay at home clogging up the internet? Well not much apparently. Congressional investigators said yesterday that the Homeland Security Department has done “little planning” for network ...

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Abortive Actions

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“Michigan state Representative Jim Slezak, has decided to start tilting at windmills in his very first term in office—if by ‘windmills’ you mean women's wombs,” reports Carnal San Francisco. “Slezak has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would functionally make abortion illegal in ...

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Palin’s Ghost

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Salon has published excerpts from the diary of Lynn Vincent, the far right anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and theory of evolution editor of Christian World magazine, who is the ghost writer for former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Here’s a taste: “Before we start the formal ...

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Mechanic Synchrony

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“In the seven seconds it takes to complete an average Grand Prix pit stop, a driver will get four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, an inspection to remove debris from nooks and crannies, and maybe some shiny new parts to replace any track casualties. It’s a hyperdrive time warp where jobs that might ...

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Karadzic Does a Bunk

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Radovan Karadzic the former Bosnian Serb leader charged on 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the Bosnian war of the 1990s, failed to appear in court in The Hague today. Mr Karadzic, who denies the charges against him, had apparently warned that he ...

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Say What?

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“Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years, Police Chief David Kunkle announced Friday while promising to investigate all officers involved in the cases for dereliction of duty. Pending cases will be dismissed, and those who paid the $204 ...

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Monetary Evolution

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“The super-rich may evolve into a separate species entirely in the future due to enhancements in biotechnology and robotic engineering according to American futurologist Paul Saffo,” reports The Telegraph. Saffo’s theory is that the in the future people will be able to grow their own replacement ...

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Shrimp DVD?

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“Humans see three colors that, combined, allow us to enjoy the visible light spectrum. The mantis shrimp sees 12 colors, ranging into the near-ultraviolet to infrared parts of the spectrum. The creature can also distinguish different forms of polarized light. Scientists now say this sea shrimp's ...

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Bosnia’s Heroes

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In his new book Eli Tauber tells the tales of the Serbs, Croats and Muslims who helped Bosnia’s Jews during the holocaust. “In 1941, when Sarajevo’s Jews were being rounded up and sent to concentration camps, Dr. Muhamed Kundurovic, a Bosnian Muslim, reported to a military camp where Jewish women ...

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Toot Toot Salute!

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“All the students at Luolang Elementary School in Huangping, China -- a yellow-and-orange concrete structure off a winding mountain road in southern China --, know the key rules: Do not run in the halls. Take your seat before the bell rings. Raise your hand to ask a question. And oh, yes: Salute ...

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Up From History

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“Once the most famous and influential African American in the United States (and probably the world), Booker T. Washington has earned at best mixed reviews in the decades since his death in 1915. Black intellectuals and political activists, from W. E. B. Du Bois to the present day, have generally ...

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Petitioning

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“Is signing a petition a public or private act?” asks the Los Angeles Times, discussing the context that gay rights advocates have sought to use petition signatures to expose their opponents. The issue begs a very fundamental question: If you’re prepared to put your name against a cause that is ...

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Fighting Fat

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“People taking the highest dose of a new anti-obesity drug lost more than a stone in weight in 20 weeks,” reports The Independent. “The amount of weight lost was almost three times that in a control group given a placebo and 50 per cent more than those given a rival treatment, which is the current ...