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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Twin Success

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Conjoined twin girls connected at the head have been successfully separated after 29 hours of surgery. The three-year-olds, whose mother died giving birth to them in Bangladesh, were operated on in Melbourne, Australia by 16 surgeons. The team said the procedure was successful, but it was not ...

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What’s Out There?

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“Something big is out there beyond the visible edge of our universe. That's the conclusion of the largest analysis to date of over 1000 galaxy clusters streaming in one direction at blistering speeds. Some researchers say this so-called ‘dark flow’ is a sign that other universes nestle next door ...

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“Mouse Goat”

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A now-extinct breed of miniature goats had bones that resemble a crocodile’s, according to a new study. The Myotragus, otherwise known as the “mouse goat”, which stood at about 19 inches tall, reportedly developed characteristics of cold-blooded reptiles in order to survive life on the island of ...

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Criminal Belief?

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“[Australia’s] independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused the Church of Scientology of being a criminal organisation, calling for it to be investigated by police and the Parliament,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald. “Senator Xenophon yesterday used parliamentary privilege to attack the church ...

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Sealing The Deal

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“Bloody hell! That’s the biggest sea leopard I’ve ever seen,” cried photographer Paul Nicklen. “Leopard seals are pretty scary predators, especially if you're a penguin. But they can be friendly to other leopard seals, which is something that Paul learned during one of his trips to Antarctica. He ...

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Female Viagra

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An anti-depressant pill is being hailed as the “female Viagra” after the drug was proven to boost women’s flagging sexual drives. “Women who took the drug during the six-month trial reported more satisfying sexual encounters and higher libidos than those who were given a placebo. Doctors involved in ...

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Right-Hand Chimp

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“Most of the linguistic functions in humans are controlled by the left cerebral hemisphere. A study of captive chimpanzees at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, Georgia), reported in the January 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex, suggests that this ‘hemispheric lateralization’ for ...

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Facebook Theft?

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In Venezuela police have discovered a pair of students at university in Caracas who have been robbing their Facebook friends’ homes using information taken from the social-networking site. “Police raided the apartment of one of two students who, working in tandem with another couple, had been using ...

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Photo Forgery?

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Last week Israel released photographs claiming to prove that Iran is importing weapons to Hezbollah militia, but Iranian news agencies have since retorted with evidence that the images were forged. “Israeli naval sources recently claimed that they found a large cache of Iranian-made arms when they ...

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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 ...