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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Female Stalwarts

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over 4 years ago

Scientists have discovered that women live longer than men because they are made of different stuff – and the study suggest that sperm may have a detrimental effect on lifespan. Scientists in Japan produced female mice without fathers by using genetic material from two mothers and found that these ...

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Gift Thief

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Mayor of Baltimore Sheila Dixon has been convicted by a court of the single charge of taking gift cards intended for the city’s poor worth $630. “Although Dixon was acquitted of a felony theft charge, her misdemeanor conviction could force her from office. Jurors deliberated more than six days after ...

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Flying Squad

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There’s a herd of tame elephants in Indonesia called the Flying Squad that is used to patrol the 200,000 acre park-like jungle Guardian Angels to stop intruding pachyderms. The herd is the “brain child” of the World Wildlife Fund who came up with the plan to stop wild elephants from killing humans ...

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Suicide Pact?

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“Mohammed Nasheed knows what global warming means, because he sees it every day. He survived years of imprisonment and torture to lead his country – the Maldives – to democracy. But now, as its President, he is being forced to watch as his homeland is wiped from the map. With each year that passes ...

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‘Til Death, Eh?

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“Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way. In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California. The effort is meant to ...

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Feeling Lonely?

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The human condition of “loneliness” is contagious and can spread among groups of people in the same manner as the common cold, according to new research. Scholars from the University of Chicago, the University of California-San Diego and Harvard used longitudinal data from a large study that has ...

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Space Tourism

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“For a mere $200,000, wealthy funseekers will be able to enjoy a few minutes' weightlessness, staring out at the curve of the Earth from under a black sky. Currently in the final stages of construction, SpaceShipTwo is expected to make its first test flights in the early months of 2010. A small ...

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Screen Panic

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Microsoft has denied speculation that recent security updates to the Windows 7, Vista and XP applications are responsible for the recent surge in “black screens of death”. "Microsoft has investigated reports that its November security updates made changes to permissions in the registry that are ...

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Floral Speaker

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come under fire for spending nearly $3,000 of tax payer’s money on flowers in four months; while House Majority Whip James Clayburn has spent $265 on Chantilly Donuts. “These expenditures – culled from thousands of line items released Monday by the Chief Administrative ...

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Iran Seizes Britons

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Five British sailors are being held captive by the Iranian Navy after their racing yacht possibly strayed into Iranian territories on its journey from Bahrain to Dubai. “The sailors were delivering the [vessel] ‘Kingdom of Bahrain’ to Dubai, where it was due to take part in an international race. It ...

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Super Earths?

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“Astronomers have discovered hundreds of Jupiter-like planets in our galaxy. However, a handful of the planets found orbiting distant stars are more Earth-sized. This gives hope to astrobiologists, who think we are more likely to find life on rocky planets with liquid water. The rocky planets found ...

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Google Wave?

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“Apparently, like everyone else, the Seattle Times is very interested in trying to figure out what to actually use Google Wave for. But while most are trying to use it for either fun, realtime chats, movie reenactments, or inner-business workings, the Seattle Times have tasked Wave with a larger ...

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Iran Warning

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“Western nations have warned Iran not to defy international demands by building 10 uranium enrichment sites. America's envoy to the UN called Iran's announcement ‘unacceptable’, while the French foreign minister said Iran was playing ‘an extremely dangerous game’. Germany warned Iran to expect ...

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$20m Hijack

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Somali pirates hijacked a US-bound supertanker carrying $20m in crude oil on Sunday – and the unarmed crew could do little to stop them. “Crews on oil tankers aren't allowed to smoke above deck, much less carry guns, for fear of igniting the ship's payload. That's one of the main reasons Somali ...

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Wrong Target?

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“Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn't with the science, it's with the solutions -- specifically, the carbon emissions targets that enlightened world leaders are pledging to meet. That's where the numbers don't add up,” writes The Washington ...