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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Volcanic Chill?

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over 4 years ago

Researchers believe a previously undocumented volcanic eruption 200 years ago in 1809 may explain the coldest decade on record which occurred between 1810 and 1819. “South Dakota State University researchers made the finding by analyzing chemicals in ice samples from snow-capped Antarctica and ...

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“Google Real-time”

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“Google has moved to head off some of the threat from young rivals such as Twitter and Facebook by announcing plans to prominently display results from social networking sites in its search pages. The new development, which the Californian technology giant dubs "real-time search", aims to bring ...

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Pakistan Bombs

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Synchronised bomb attacks massacred 46-people yesterday in Pakistan in a suspected backlash by insurgents after an attempted military crackdown on the Taliban. “Two synchronized bombs ripped through a market popular with women in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore about 9pm, igniting a massive ...

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Dirty Water

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“More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But since 2004, the ...

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“Tiger’s Barbies”

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Revelations about the philandering activities of America (and the world’s) best golf player, Tiger Woods, have gripped the nation over the last few weeks. But Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post claims Woods’ choice of bed mate is symptomatic of deep-rooted insecurity. He asks: “What’s with the ...

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Not Hot Air

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“The US government has declared that greenhouse gases threaten human health. The move could allow the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to order cuts in emissions without the approval of Congress. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency was now ‘authorised and obligated to make ...

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Racy Mamet

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David Mamet’s new play “Race” which opened on Broadway last night is about two lawyers defending a rich white man against charges of raping his black girlfriend. “Mamet's work is clearly meant to be an incendiary examination of racial and gender politics a la his ‘Oleanna.’ Like that play, ‘Race ...

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White House Security

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“Long before a pair of gate-crashers penetrated a White House state dinner, the Secret Service had detailed for its internal use a lengthy list of security breaches dating to the Carter administration -- including significant failures in the agency's protection of the president,” writes The ...

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Martial Law

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“The military arrested dozens of people and seized caches of weapons after martial law was imposed over the weekend in a southern Philippine province where 57 people were killed in a massacre two weeks ago, officials said Sunday. The military has detained nearly 50 people in the province ...

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Kiddie Intellect

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A writer for The Salon ponders the intellectual stimulus of being a stay-at-home-father and asks “Is my kids making me not smart?” “I don't know if parenting makes you chronically stupid or just temporarily slow, but after nearly four years of child rearing, most of them spent as a stay-at-home dad ...

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Flight of Fancy

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A man from Houston who claimed to have thwarted a terrorist attack on an AirTran flight from Atlanta was not on the plane according to the flight company’s documents. “ ‘After conducting additional research into this situation, we have verified, according to flight manifests [legally binding ...

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A United Chorus

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“Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security ...

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Space Butterfly

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A group of butterflies sent into outer space as part of an experiment are having trouble flying in the low gravity conditions which flings them into “chaotic and rapid flight”. “The University of Kansas and Bioserve Technologies decided to send some monarch butterfly larvae to the International ...

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Sinking Down Under?

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A new report predicts that parts of coastal Australia will fall into the sea – abandoned by governments which are refusing to finance combative measures. “Coastal towns will be left to fall into the sea by governments in Australia that won’t cough up the money to combat rising sea levels over the ...

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Decimated Rainforest

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Despite it being illegal to burn forests to clear land in Indonesia the practise is still widely maintained in Sumatra where what was once virgin forest is being decimated. “Environmental groups describe the degradation as rampant pillaging -- the work of multibillion dollar paper, pulp and palm oil ...