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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Market Forces

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“The U.S. House of Representatives passed the most sweeping financial regulation bill since the Great Depression on Friday afternoon. The legislation is extremely ambitious. It seeks to create a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) to regulate consumer credit products, to create a ...

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Polite or Politic?

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“Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, President Obama gave the speech he needed to give, but we suspect not precisely the one the Nobel committee wanted to hear. Mr. Obama was appropriately humble. He said that ‘compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize,’ his ...

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“Spiral” UFO?

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The mystery of a giant light spiral in the Arctic has been solved after the Russians admitted it was a Bulava missile fired from a submarine. “When the people of Tromso in Norway's northern reaches awoke to the sight of a giant blue and white spiral of light hanging in the still dark sky above them ...

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$60bn Climate?

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“An organization representing the grandest ambitions of climate scientists wants Western nations to spend at least $2.1 billion a year for the next five years — and as much as $60 billion overall during that period — to glean huge troves of still undiscovered climate information from the world's ...

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Techno Story

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Futuristic 3D videogame-esque film “Avatar” is a “triumph of technology storytelling,” writes ABC News. “A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world. As commander-in-chief of an army of visual-effects technicians, creature designers, motion-capture mavens, stunt ...

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Hostage Talks

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“At least nine of 57 hostages held by gunmen have been released as negotiations with the government continue in the southern Philippines. Negotiator Josefina Bajade told reporters the hostages were all safe after a night being held by men of the Manobo tribe in eastern Mindanao. Some reports suggest ...

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Shell’s Iraqi Oil

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A joint bid from oil companies Shell and Petronas has today secured a contract for one of Iraq’s “supergiant” oilfields following a two-day-long auction of the resources. “Majnoon, in southern Iraq, near the border with Iran, has reserves of 12.6 billion barrels of oil and currently produces 45,900 ...

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Solar DIY

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“Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install. Lowe's has begun stocking solar panels at its California stores and plans to roll them out across the country ...

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Google Vs World

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Google.org has demonstrated a new tool which, if implemented, could help to combat climate change by monitoring the state of the world’s rainforests. “[The] new ‘high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine’ can process terabytes of information on thousands of Google servers while giving ...

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Grave Robbery

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Grave robbers have stolen the body of Tassos Papadopoulos the former president of the Republic of Cyprus a year after his death. Witnesses at the Deftera cemetery where he had been buried said the coffin had been opened and the grave left empty and that scores of police officers were investigating ...

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Hey Presto!

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A simple genetic “flick switch” can transform female ovary cells into male testicular ones according to scientists who have been experimenting on mice. “The battle of the sexes is a never-ending war waged within ourselves as male and female elements of our own bodies continually fight each other for ...

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Wired Brain

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A breakthrough has been made in wireless brain-to-computer connection speech synthesizer technology which could allow victims of paralysis the ability to speak again. “A system that turns brain waves into FM radio signals and decodes them as sound is the first totally wireless brain-computer ...

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Gunning For It

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“When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice. The National Rifle Association wields power that would make an Afghan warlord jealous because the organization is thought to command legions of one-issue voters ready to punish any deviationism from the ...

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Sea Refill

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“Research has revealed details of the catastrophic Zanclean flood that refilled the Mediterranean Sea more than five million years ago. The flood occurred when Atlantic waters found their way into the cut-off and desiccated Mediterranean basin. The researchers say that a 200km channel across the ...

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Suing Bruno

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A Palestinian shopkeeper called Ayman Abu Aita who was portrayed as a terrorist in the film “Bruno” is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others for $110m. “In the film, Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion journalist trying to make it big in the US. To achieve worldwide fame, Bruno travels ...