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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Say What?

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over 4 years ago

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic foundation of deafness in later life, according to The Telegraph. There is a gene protein called Bak which affects the inner ear as people grow older, causing hair cells which do not rejuvenate to self-destruct. The findings are expected to help doctors treat ...

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Heil Amerika!

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“The new Sci-Fi Channel series Fallen Axis, which eerily depicts a world in which Germany actually lost the Second World War, premiered Tuesday evening to high ratings in an alternate universe to our own,” writes The Onion. “The much-anticipated television event is said to be the most ambitious ever ...

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“Torture” Guru?

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Thierry Tilly is a “super-man” or agent for a secret society dating back hundreds of years which protects the world from evil – or so his followers would have you believe. “French investigators, though, take a different view. To them, he is a vulgar – and violent – con-artist, who has used brain ...

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Abortive Obstacle?

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Not all liberals are happy about the successful passage of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill through the House of Representatives. Abortion rights groups are appalled at the anti-abortion provisions inserted into the bill. “The House passed its version of health-care legislation ...

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Heist Star Rising

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A French van driver suspected of making off with €11.6m in cash has become an internet star. Missing since the heist was staged last Thursday, a number of internet campaigns in support of the errant driver who reportedly fled with 49 sacks of bills from the Bank of France in Lyon have cropped up ...

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Child Porn Virus

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“Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography,” writes ABC. “Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card ...

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Interactive TV

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“Interactive TV could someday allow viewers to take part in the on-screen action, if Sony's patent filing earlier this year suggests anything. Other interactive TV plans would have you racing real drivers in real races from the comfort of your couch,” writes Live Science. “The patent includes mini ...

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Devastating Floods

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Three days of Torrential rain in El Salvador has triggered flooding and mudslides leaving 124 people dead and dozens missing. The authorities warned that the death toll could rise as rescuers gained access to remote areas cut off by the floodwater. “The images we have seen today are of a country ...

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Berlin Wall Toppling

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“’Twenty eight years and 91 days!’ said the elated east Berliner I [The Guardian journalist Timothy Garton Ash] met walking up the Friedrichstrasse soon after the wall was breached. On the day the Berlin Wall went up, 13 August 1961, his parents had wanted to go to the cinema in west Berlin, but he ...

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Fort Hood Extremist

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“Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats,” reports The Telegraph. “He also told colleagues at America's top military ...

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Crashing Real Estate

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The shocking image of a 12-storey building lying flat after being toppled over like a child’s toy has led to fears about the safety of other buildings in China which is in “a massive overcapacity real estate bubble”, according to sculptor Bill Hopen. “They are building three apartments for everyone ...

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Victory Hurdle

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“Pushed over the finish line by President Barack Obama, and marked by ferocious politicking that lasted late into the night, a bill to reform America's healthcare system is a step closer to reality after being narrowly endorsed in the House of Representatives,” writes The Independent. “Noisy cheers ...

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“God’s Work”

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The chief executive of Goldman Sachs believes banks do “God’s work” and serve a social purpose. His remarks come soon after Goldman faced worldwide media attention over the mammoth size of its staff bonuses. But Lloyd Blankfein said big bonuses and the size of profits were a sign that the world ...

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Bird Dropping

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The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, suffered its second embarrassing setback recently. Not long after a leak of coolant destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam (forcing officials to postpone the restart of the new machine), the whole operation ...

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Finger Pointing

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“A 22-year veteran kindergarten teacher in the Texas Bible Belt could lose her job for refusing, on religious grounds, to give fingerprints under a state law requiring them,” writes Wired. “The evangelical Christian, Pam McLaurin, is fighting a looming suspension, claiming that fingerprinting ...