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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Black Hole

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“An international team of astronomers has accurately measured the distance from Earth to a black hole for the first time. Without needing to rely on mathematical models the astronomers came up with a distance of 7800 light years, much closer than had been assumed until now. The researchers achieved ...

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$10bn Injection

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“Asian markets got a positive jolt from news that Dubai received $10 billion in financing from Abu Dhabi, with investors buying stocks and higher-yielding currencies on relief that there would be no default on Dubai bonds maturing Monday. The strong close followed a weak opening for many markets ...

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Bloody Berlusconi

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“Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy is recovering in hospital after an assault left his face covered in blood following a rally in Milan. He suffered two broken teeth, a minor nose fracture and cuts to his lip after being struck by a man wielding a souvenir model of the city's cathedral. Mr ...

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B+ Grade

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US President Barack Obama told talk-show-host Oprah Winfrey last night that he feels he deserves a “good, solid B+” for his first 11 months in office. “On what was billed as Oprah's "White House Christmas Special," Obama credited his administration with getting the economy on track, winding down the ...

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Torn Photos

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Iranian authorities have reportedly arrested several people in connection with the destruction of photographs of the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “Iranian state radio is reporting that authorities have arrested several people accused of involvement in destroying photos of the ...

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Paper Battery?

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Paper could be used to power your laptop according to scientists who have developed a high tech battery from the standard writing surface by coating it in special materials: “Ordinary paper could one day be used as a lightweight battery to power the devices that are now enabling the printed word to ...

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Sunspot Spat

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Leading climate change scientists have trounced studies claiming global warming is a natural phenomenon connected with sunspots rather than man-made emissions. “The researchers – all experts in climate or solar science – have told The Independent that the scientific evidence continually cited by ...

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Lesbian Mayor

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“Annise Danette Parker was elected mayor of Houston on Saturday, winning her seventh consecutive city election and becoming both the first contender in a generation to defeat the hand-picked candidate of Houston's business establishment and the first openly gay person to lead a major U.S. city ...

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Conservative Media

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“Next month Tucker Carlson, the Fox News commentator and one-time CNN ‘Crossfire’ host, along with former Cheney aide Neil Patel, plans on launching The Daily Caller, an ambitious and well-funded conservative web site. The surge in conservative media is partially the result of being in the ...

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A Black Princess

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Should we admire the political correctness of the princess or is it a surface-level move to appease narrow-minded critics? “Friday, Disney's first black princess makes her debut. Disney isn't exactly known for its forward-thinking fairytales, and for months, some have expressed concerns about how ...

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Ancient Stress

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“While the physiological state wasn't properly named until the 1930s, new research from The University of Western Ontario proves stress has plagued humans for hundreds, and perhaps thousands of years. The first study of its kind, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, detected the ...

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Obama to Challenge Banks

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“Obama will meet Monday with top executives of some of the nation's biggest lenders. The president is expected to say he wants to see more loans for the sake of economic recovery. He'll also urge execs to curb compensation, to stop gouging customers with high credit card rates and hidden overdraft ...

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Climate Clash

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“More than 900 campaigners were arrested in Copenhagen last night as police were accused of overreacting to sporadic street violence. The arrests came the day before an appeal in the Danish capital by the archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for people to start loving and caring for their ...

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Money, Mammograms

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“Talk about perfect timing. Just as the last 'death panel' falsettos fade into the droning no-government- takeover chorus, along come those 'faceless government bureaucrats' from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force to stop the music in the nation’s busy and profitable mammography suites. No ...

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Buzkashi

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To listen to news broadcasts and presidential speeches one could imagine the people of Afghanistan to be eagerly waiting for the ideals of a spirited democracy to take hold. More than likely they are not. In a country where the literacy rate is below ten percent, more than anything they are probably ...