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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Gagging Bloggers?

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over 4 years ago

The Federal Trade Commission, which set the blogging world aflame two weeks ago with new guidelines governing truth-in-cyberspace-advertising, “never intended to patrol the blogosphere,” FTC lawyer Mary Engle said at a bloggers’ conference last weekend. According to Publishers Weekly Engle, the FTC ...

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Exercise? Fat Lot of Good

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over 4 years ago

The Times remarks that when in 1932 one of America’s leading obesity experts said his patients lost more weight in bed than when exercising, it was one of those “ha ha” moments in medical history comparable to doctors prescribing cigarettes “to clear the lungs”. But with 90 per cent of today’s ...

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FBI Arrests Moon Scientist

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over 4 years ago

“A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon was arrested on charges of attempting to pass along classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer,” according to the Belfast Telegraph. “The Justice Department said Stewart David Nozette, 52 ...

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US and Euro Talibs

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“In a disturbing development, Taliban and Al-Qaeda have expanded their recruiting base from South and Central Asia to European countries and even to the US. According to reports, many recruits have been travelling to Pakistan and Afghanistan for training in their terror factories,” writes The ...

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Rocket Legs

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over 4 years ago

Japanese iconic cartoon Astro Boy is coming to America. As Kansascity.com explains, Astro Boy has issues: “Like a lot of kids bordering on adolescence, he feels different. A bit alien, perhaps. His father doesn't understand him. He wants to be accepted. He wants to be normal. And he has rockets ...

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Obama, Amigo

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over 4 years ago

“Of all the regions in a dangerous and intractable world, forgotten Latin America might paradoxically offer Barack Obama the best opportunity to influence events so that the "hope for the future" embodied in his recent Nobel peace prize becomes a reality,” writes Ariel Dorfman of The Guardian ...

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‘US Aid Will Boost Shares’

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“The chairman of the Federal Reserve indicated it [the Bank of America and government assisted purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co] would be structured in a manner such that BAC stock should go up when announced,” Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America Joe Price said in a December 29 e-mail to ...

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400 Extra-Solar Planets

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“Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside the solar system, suggesting the universe has many places where life could develop. They did not find any planets that were habitable or even unusual. But it brings the number of extra-solar planets they have found to more than 400. Of the newly found ...

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Saturnine Equinox

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over 4 years ago

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is currently 1.5bn kilometres from Earth on its way to Saturn, has gathered images of the Saturnian system at equinox. Sunlight casts long shadows across Saturn’s rings during this time of year revealing some never-seen-before detail of the distant planet. The ...

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Reptile Trouble

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over 4 years ago

“Two girls who swam with pet turtles in a backyard pool were among 107 people sickened in the largest salmonella outbreak blamed on turtles nationwide, researchers report. The 2007-08 outbreak involved mostly children in 34 states; one-third of all patients had to be hospitalized. In many cases ...

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Jellyfish Flipball

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Bottlenose dolphins have been caught on film playing an impromptu game of soccer with a jellyfish. A team of marine biologists expressed their astonishment at seeing one of the friendly sea mammals swim under a jellyfish and kick it out of the water with a quick flip of its tail just off the coast ...

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Obama Absent on Darfur

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“For months, the White House has been saying that President Obama would personally roll out the results of his administration's long-delayed Sudan Policy Review, which will officially set the direction of U.S. policy for Darfur and South Sudan, a region that will soon decide whether to become an ...

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Art of Innovation?

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over 4 years ago

“Hey, want to chat? Online? About art, specifically Kandinsky? The invitation comes not from me [a blogger for the Arts Journal], but from the Guggenheim Museum. Nowadays, it's holding online discussion and chat sessions called Forum, which it billed as ‘innovative’ in a recent Guggenheim Magazine ...

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Gut Instinct

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“Out of the trillions of ‘friendly’ bacteria -- representing hundreds of species -- that make our intestines their home, new evidence in mice suggests that it may be a very select few that shape our immune responses,” according to Science Daily. It says the research sheds new light on the ...

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Cancer or Art?

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over 4 years ago

“Science and art once held hands. Robert Hooke, 17th century pioneer of microscopy, did a beautiful picture of a flea, enormously magnified, that is a classic of English draughtsmanship. The scientist-illustrators in the tenth Wellcome Image Awards are generally photographers. The camera, at least ...