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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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“Killing People”

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over 4 years ago

A teenager who has confessed to an horrific murder listed her hobbies as “killing people” on a social networking web site. “Jefferson City, MO police say that 15-year-old [Alyssa] Bustamante confessed to the gruesome murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whose throat was slashed and who endured ...

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Time Bomb

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A giant underground Salt Mine cavity in New Mexico is a “time bomb waiting to implode” according to geologists who expect the surrounding region to sink into a hole at any moment. “The cavity is the result of three decades of salt mining, a process in which oil service companies inject water into a ...

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Porn Tsunami?

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“Powerful stuff, that porn. The Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information (who must be very smart to have a title like that) has determined that recent natural disasters in his country are a consequence of the ubiquity of pornographic DVDs. His logic is something like this: 1) it is a ...

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Hacked off Blogger

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“A few days ago I got a tweet that my personal blog was hacked. I checked it out and found an animated Turkish flag and some text where my blog used to be. My hosting company had already noticed what had happened and only minutes later everything was back to normal again. The WordPress install that ...

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Silicon Battery

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Scientists have developed an eco-friendly silicon air battery capable of working for thousands of hours before running out. Technicians at the Technicion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed the device from silicon and oxygen and say that the new battery could be used for medical ...

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You Think?

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A recent brain scan study suggests that men and women respond differently to danger – with men primed to fight and women responding with emotion. “ A team from Krakow, in Poland, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to assess brain activity when 40 volunteers were shown various images ...

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Smoke This!

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“At most colleges marijuana is very much an extracurricular matter. But at Med Grow Cannabis College, marijuana is the curriculum: the history, the horticulture and the legal how-to’s of Michigan’s new medical marijuana program. ‘This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate ...

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Swimmer Cheat

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“Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps cheated on the current Miss California USA with disgraced former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, according to online gossip websites. Nicole Johnson, who was recently crowned Miss California USA 2010, told TMZ.com she had a secret relationship with Phelps for ...

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Thanking 10

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Thanks giving for President Barack Obama was largely about thanking the armed forces giving their lives in Afghanistan. “Obama placed calls from the Oval Office to 10 U.S. servicemen and women — two each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard — stationed in combat zones in ...

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Iraq Election

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“Iraq’s political leaders sought a compromise that would avoid further delay in the country’s national election, officials said on Thursday, warning that fierce disagreements on how to conduct the election could still unravel any deal. Even with an agreement, the election is now unlikely to occur by ...

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Chinese Target

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“China has unveiled its first firm target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions, two weeks before a global summit on climate change in Copenhagen. Beijing said it would aim to reduce its ‘carbon intensity’ by 40-45% by the year 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Carbon intensity, China's preferred ...

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Martian Fossils

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“New evidence has made it more likely that remnants of Martian microbes were transported to Earth in a meteorite, it was revealed today. A study by scientists from the American space agency Nasa has found chemical signatures in the rock strongly associated with life. The discovery strengthens the ...

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‘Unidentified Authority’

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“Less than a year after authorities stormed the offices of Iranian human-rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, taking sensitive documents and her computer, unidentified authorities have now allegedly taken the Nobel Peace Prize medal and diploma from Ebadi's bank safety deposit box, said officials in Norway ...

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Breathing is Hearing

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Having someone’s breath on your neck may help deaf people to hear what you are saying. In tests researchers found that: “In speech, the ‘aspirated’ syllables ‘pa’ and ‘ta’ are accompanied by a puff of exhaled air, whereas ‘ba’ and ‘da’ are not. Such puffs aren't always detected when someone is ...

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No Thank You

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It's now official: So in vogue are attacks on President Obama that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism,” writes E.J Dionne of the Washington Post. “Presidential Thanksgiving messages are a routine bit of executive prose that most ...