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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Green and Red Revolution

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over 4 years ago

“Security forces in Iran have arrested two prominent outspoken critics of the government in the wake of opposition protests that left as many as eight people dead. Ebrahim Yazdi, who served as foreign minister in the early months of Iran's 1979 revolution, and Emadeddin Baghi, a human rights ...

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CO2 Lobby Boom

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over 4 years ago

“The next round of the battle over climate change policy on Capitol Hill will involve more than the usual suspects – way more. Watch soup makers face off against steel companies. Witness the folks who pump gas from the ground fight back against those who dig up rock. And watch the venture ...

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China Will Kill Briton

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“Two cousins of a British man who is due to be executed in China tomorrow have travelled to the country to make a last-minute plea for his life. Akmal Shaikh faces the death sentence — most likely to be carried out by injection — for having four kilogrammes (8.8lbs) of heroin when he flew into the ...

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Supergerms

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“Scientists know bacteria can become inured to disinfectant, but research increasingly shows the same process may make them resistant to certain drugs. This can occur even with an antibiotic the bacteria have not been exposed to. Writing in Microbiology, the National University of Ireland team, who ...

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Palestinian Progress

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“Britain yesterday marked the first anniversary of Israel's military onslaught on Gaza by announcing a £50m aid package for Palestinians, including backing for what it called "a drive against extremism" among the territory's young people. The move came 24 hours after Israeli forces killed six ...

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Adios, Gringos

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“The ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has provided Latin America with a revelatory moment. Beginning with the Monroe Doctrine--and extending through countless invasions, occupations, and covert operations--Washington has considered the region its backyard. So where was this superpower ...

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Sex, Lies, and...Orchids?

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“A new study reveals the reason why orchids use sexual trickery to lure insect pollinators. The study, published in the January issue of The American Naturalist, finds that sexual deception in orchids leads to a more efficient pollinating system. While most flowering plants reward pollinators with ...

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Yes, Ma’am

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“Does it ever seem to you that the news from the Middle East is always bleak? Well, take heart. From Iraq, where the United States sought to plant seeds of democracy, there is evidence of some budding. The good news is that Shiites and Sunnis and Kurds have been trying to resolve tough procedural ...

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Silver Lining

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“As crazy as it sounds, losing a $70,000-a-year job has been good for Marty Morua's finances. The former Wall Street stockbroker says the setback forced him to scrutinize his family budget and snip away at expenses. And soon, even with less income, their savings grew. First, he and his wife decided ...

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Jesus From the Block

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“Just in time for Christmas, archaeologists this week unveiled what may have been the home of one of Jesus' childhood neighbors. The humble dwelling is the first dating to the era of Jesus to be discovered in Nazareth, then a hamlet of about 50 impoverished Jewish families where Jesus spent his ...

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Get Fit, Play Drums

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“Rock drummers, some claim, are finely tuned athletes, as fit as any long-distance runner. But to get your head around that idea, you'll have to put aside all sorts of assumptions and stereotypes. First, forget ‘Spinal Tap,’ that hilarious mockumentary in which all of the band's besotted drummers ...

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China Housing Bubble

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“China’s Premier Wen Jiabao called for policies to curb property speculation, an indication the government is ready to tighten policies to prevent the economy from overheating. Wen, speaking in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency, said property prices have risen too quickly in some ...

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January 26th?

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“Though Apple's attendance at Macworld is but a distant - well, year-ago - memory (the conference itself is now being held in February, rather than January) the Cupertino company seems to find it hard to give up the habit of making announcements in January, in a manner that will steal the glory from ...

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Bomber Biography

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“With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain's leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet – able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world. Instead, the son of one of Nigeria's most important figures opted to make his ...

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Gitmo Dilemma

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“Growing evidence that the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a commercial airliner as it landed in Detroit Friday spent time in Yemen and may have been fitted with customized, explosive-laden clothing there could complicate the U.S. government’s efforts to send home more than 80 Yemeni ...