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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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iSlate?

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over 4 years ago

“Nice scoop by MacRumors , which reportedly retrieved historical evidence that Apple has acquired the domain name islate.com back in 2007. Apparently, the Cupertino company registered the domain through brand protection firm Mark Monitor to conceal the fact that the domain name is theirs, as usual ...

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“We Regret the Error”

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“’Bear sighting: An item in the National Briefing in Sunday’s Section A said a bear wandered into a grocery store in Hayward, Wis., on Friday and headed for the beer cooler. It was Thursday.’ Like a chef who becomes bored with steak and potatoes and begins seeking out the strange and sublime, my ...

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Talk Jocks

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“Politicians and pundits may argue about whether Limbaugh, Beck, and their ilk have real pull at the polls, but, when it comes to selling thrillers, those who work in publishing agree: Right-wing talk jocks deliver. Beck, in particular, has become a make-or-break blurb for thriller writers, with The ...

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Gone Missing

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over 4 years ago

“Police in Montreal are studying the possibility of offering GPS bracelets to people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, an official told AFP. The Montreal Police Service (SPVM) is looking at ways to keep safe people suffering from diseases that degrade brain function, including memory. Those who ...

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Memory Game

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“The team of scientists is the first to uncover a central process in encoding memories that occurs at the level of the synapse, where neurons connect with each other. ‘When we learn new things, when we store memories, there are a number of things that have to happen,’ said senior author Kenneth S ...

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Drums of War

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“Just a few of the latest incidents: we've been leaked the news that Barack Obama is almost powerless to stop Israel from attacking Iran, should it choose to do so. Yet more supposedly secret and hitherto overlooked documents have surfaced, purporting to contain evidence of a weapons program in Iran ...

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White Christmas

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over 4 years ago

“Icy roads were blamed for the deaths of at least 18 people, many of them in Nebraska and Kansas. Some 100 flights leaving Minneapolis were cancelled. The US weather service said the storm was spanning two-thirds of the country. It advised against non-essential travel and scores of churches ...

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Healthcare Boon

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over 4 years ago

“American liberals have a habit of withdrawing into cynicism and ennui at the most inopportune moments. The 2000 presidential election, and subsequent recount, was one such moment. The most die-hard reaches of the left, deeming the Democratic Party hopelessly corrupt, rallied to Ralph Nader’s ...

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Christmas Science

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over 4 years ago

"’Santa is using technologies that we are not yet able to recreate in our own labs,’ explains North Carolina State University's Dr. Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who just completed a six month visiting-scholar program at Santa's Workshop-North Pole Labs (SW ...

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The Big One?

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“The subtle changes in stress caused by tides in Earth’s crust can trigger small, deep quakes along a seismically active portion of California’s San Andreas fault, a new analysis suggests. The same forces of attraction that cause ocean tides also cause tides in Earth’s rocks, says Amanda Thomas, a ...

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“Serious Crimes”

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“A Chinese court has sentenced a leading dissident to 11 years in prison for ‘inciting subversion of state power.’ Liu Xiaobo, a 53-year-old academic, who was previously jailed over the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, had been charged for co-authoring a document appealing for political ...

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Playboy Reports

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over 4 years ago

“The intelligence reports fitted the suspicions of the time: al-Qaida sleeper agents were scattered across the US awaiting orders that were broadcast in secret codes over the al-Jazeera television network. Flights from Britain and France were cancelled. Officials warned of a looming "spectacular ...

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An “Unbalanced Woman”

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“An ‘unbalanced woman’ jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday. But the pope quickly got back on his feet and celebrated Mass before thousands of the faithful ...

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Deep Roots

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“It began life during the last ice age, long before man turned to agriculture and built the first cities in the fertile crescent of the Middle East. It was already thousands of years old when the Egyptians built their pyramids and the ancient Britons erected Stonehenge. The Jurupa Oak tree first ...

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Spotify, 2010

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over 4 years ago

“Signs of movement in music service Spotify’s aim to break America. After pushing back a hoped-for launch from Q3/Q4-2009 to Q1/Q2-2010, global business development head Faisal Galaria is now hiring for New York-based business development execs. Reasons for the delay actually aren’t totally clear ...