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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Cellular Fear

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over 4 years ago

“One of the persistent fears of our modern era is that cell phone radiation may cause brain tumors. But here’s some good news: A team of researchers in northern Europe, however, has now combed through three decades of cancer registries and found no increase in the rate of brain tumors in the five to ...

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Blogs To Be Axed

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“Early last month, when Times executive editor Bill Keller hosted a “Throw Stuff at Bill” chat soon after announcing 100 newsroom job cuts, he assured staffers that executives would be proceeding carefully. In the coming weeks, executives will be looking at various ways to streamline jobs and ...

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Warhol: Fake?

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“Tate Modern's Nicholas Serota says he believes the deadpan self-portrait on a red background, made in 1965, is perfectly genuine. Nevertheless, he recently declined to have it bought with taxpayers' money, because of claims convulsing the art world that the picture may not actually be the work of ...

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iTunes Stream

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In what is perhaps a preemptive move against the hugely popular European music streaming service, Spotify, which is eyeing the American music market, Apple has just purchased La La, a music streaming service that could affect the biggest change to the iTunes platform since its launch. “Apple has ...

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Job Bump

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“The nation’s employers not only have stopped eliminating large numbers of jobs, but appear to be on the verge of rebuilding the American work force, devastated by the recession. The unexpected improvement comes as a relief to the Obama administration, which plans to unveil new proposals next week ...

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Climate Deal

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“The prospects of a global deal on climate change were raised dramatically on Friday night when Barack Obama, US president, said he would attend the final negotiating stages of the Copenhagen summit, which begin next week. All of the world’s big economies, including leading developing nations such ...

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Nightclub Blaze

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“At least 101 people have died following an explosion at a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, 1,400km (870 miles) east of Moscow. Officials said fireworks caused the blast and that most victims had died from smoke inhalation. More than 140 people were reported injured in the accident, which ...

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Droning On

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The White House has announced plans to increase its drone program in the Taliban-overrun areas of rural Pakistan in order to compliment President Barack Obama’s recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. “By increasing covert pressure on Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan, while ...

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U.S or Them?

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More Americans think the US should “mind its own business” in regard to the rest of the world, according to a new poll released yesterday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. It revealed that 49 per cent of Americans believe the US should stay out of international affairs. “Pew ...

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War The Movie

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Wartime romance movie “Brothers” starring Jake Gyllenhaal has commenced the inevitable onslaught of Hollywood’s interpretation of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In “Brothers," Tobey Maguire plays the dutiful and disciplined Capt. Sam Cahill, a soldier who's been given up for dead in Afghanistan. His ...

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Bloody Co2

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“An enzyme in our blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be the key to isolating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants in order to store them safely underground,” reports Physorg.com. “A company called Carbozyme, based in New Jersey, is developing a synthetic version of the ...

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Denier or Gambler?

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Johann Hari of The Independent is praying for the global warming deniers to be proven right, but asks if others would be prepared to take a 50:50 gamble on the habitability of the planet. He says: “I loved the old world – of flying to beaches wherever we want, growing to the skies, and burning ...

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Feeding Evolution

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“Bird-feeders, hung in many a garden, can affect the way our feathered friends evolve, say scientists. European birds called blackcaps follow a different "evolutionary path" if they spend the winter eating food put out for them in UK gardens. The birds' natural wintering ground is southern Spain ...

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US Shark Fin Soup

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A forensic study into shark DNA has revealed that many of the hammerhead sharks used to make shark-fin soup started life in American waters. “For the first time, scientists have used DNA from shark fins to determine where they came from. The researchers traced finds from the scalloped hammerhead ...

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Theological Muscle

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Some Catholic Bishops are threatening to deny supporters of abortion and even heathcare reform Holy Communion. A row hit the headlines when supporter of abortion rights Patrick Kennedy spoke out after receiving a suggestion from Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence that he refrain from taking the ...