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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Age and Antiquities

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The secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities regards the Rosetta Stone, currently housed by the British Museum, as “stolen property languishing in exile”. “Scientists and curators have generally supported the laws passed in recent decades giving countries ownership of ancient ...

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Infant Deaths

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The authorities in India’s Andrah Pradesh have launched an investigation after six new-born babies died in a hospital in Vijayawada city over the weekend. “Parents have alleged that medical negligence led to the babies' deaths. Hospital officials say most of them died of ‘natural causes’. Reports ...

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Piano Man

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“ ‘Prodigy, ‘virtuoso,’ ‘genius’ -- these are some of the words used to describe Lang Lang -- the most popular pianist on the planet,” writes CNN. “To his millions of fans worldwide the 27-year-old Chinese musician is a God-like star, whose skill and energetic performance style put him in a league ...

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Police Bigotry

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“Over the weekend the brutalized body of gay teen George Steven Lopez Mercado was found by the side of a road in Puerto Rico. The police investigator suggested that he deserved what he got because of the ‘type of lifestyle’ he was leading,” reports Towler Road. “On November 14 the body of a gay 19 ...

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“500 Attractive Girls”

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Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi surprised a hospitality agency in Rome yesterday - where he is attending the World Food Summit-, by requesting the attendance of “500 attractive girls between 18 and 35 years of age, at least 1.7 meters high” at the home of the Libyan ambassador. The Italian hostesses ...

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Pellet Power

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Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco have developed ground-breaking technology which could potentially stave off an energy crisis. The technology in question is tiny. It is roughly the size of a multi-vitamin tablet. But it has the potential to provide “an ...

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“Opposition Research”

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Former governor Sarah Palin has gone after the Associated Press accusing them of “opposition research” for fact checking her forthcoming book. “Palin blasted the AP's fact check of her new book, ‘Going Rogue,’ which says the former governor had gone rogue with some of the facts.’ Amazingly, but not ...

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After Death Row

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African American John Thompson was wrongly convicted of killing a white hotel executive called Ray Liuzza and spent 14-years on death row in Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. He appealed six execution dates before new evidence was uncovered and his sentence was quashed in a retrial. In 2003 he ...

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Infant Deformity

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Doctors in Falluja, a war-ravaged region in Iraq, are reportedly treating 15 times as many chronic deformities in babies since the war began. There has also been an increase in infant cancers and scientists are suggesting that there could be links to toxic materials left over from the fighting. “A ...

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Fluid Pattern

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“An 18th-century savant called Joseph-Louis Lagrange was a pioneer of the study of moving fluids (among many other things), but his ideas outran the computational tools of his day. Only now, with supercomputers available to help with the calculations, is it possible to explore those ideas completely ...

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Scary Santa

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“A controversial giant Santa Claus decoration has been reinstalled in Auckland's city centre to the horror of some locals who say it is ‘too creepy’,” writes ABC News. “The 20-metre-high fibreglass Santa has been attached to the side of a book shop in Queen Street over Christmas for almost 50 years ...

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Literate PC?

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“Computers have got a lot to learn about grammar,” writes The Independent’s Philip Hensher. “Experiments with using computers to mark exams have been on the rise for some time, and have now reached the point where they are supposed to be able to judge styles of writing. Last week, the Westminster ...

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“Bomb the Clouds”

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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is encouraging Cuban scientists to “bomb clouds” with aircraft in order to stimulate rainfall during sever droughts caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon. The public has been recently outraged by severe water and electricity rationing – even being asked to take ...

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Living With Osama

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“For readers who have been living on another planet for the past decade or so, here is the news: Osama bin Laden is a monster, a priapic zealot who was as cruel and arrogant in family life as he has been in his bloodstained public career,” writes The Washington Post. “Not only is he a mass murderer ...

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“Out Of Time”

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President Barack Obama has ruled out the setting of legally binding targets for tackling climate change at the Copenhagen summit next month. He said that “time had run out” to form a cohesive agreement and put his weight behind delaying a formal pact until the beginning of next year at the earliest ...