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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Carnivorous Vegetables

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over 4 years ago

“Potatoes and tomatoes make good eating but they may also have a vicious side that makes them deadly killers on a par with venus fly traps and pitcher plants. They have been identified as among a host of plants thought to have been overlooked by botanists and explorers searching the world’s remotest ...

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Jeffersonian Humility

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“In a nondescript conference room tucked inside the library at the University of Delaware, a graduate student found a historian's equivalent to a needle in a haystack. Amanda Daddona said she discovered a personal letter from Thomas Jefferson amid one of 200 boxes of legal documents, minutes from ...

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Oscar Dispute

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“Two Hollywood conservatives (yes, there are some) have called upon the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rescind the prestigious, profitable gold Oscar statuette that it gave ex-Vice President Al Gore et al two years ago for the environmental movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Roger L ...

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Bolivian Election

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“Elections will take place Sunday and Morales will probably be re-elected as over sixty per cent of the population continues to support him. Since he took office he has worked to erase the discrimination suffered by people like him in the past. He has also nationalized the oil and gas sector, a move ...

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Overkill

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“President Barack Obama’s December 1 speech at West Point was meant to justify sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion per year, but he neglected to mention one small detail: U.S. intelligence officials estimate there are as few as 100 al-Qaeda operatives in all of ...

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Cellular Fear

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“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 ...