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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Osama Close Up?

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over 4 years ago

In a new video of a sermon by Abu Yahya al Libi released by Al Qaeda’s media unit on Tuesday night a shadowy figure can be seen in the blurred footage which some Italian media are suggesting is Osama Bin Laden. “The screen grabs that were taken from the video are frustratingly blurry, but the figure ...

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Sliding Drug Scale

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The British government’s chief drugs adviser has sparked controversy by claiming that ecstasy, LSD and cannabis are less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol. The claims were made by chairman of the advisory council Professor David Nutt as he attacked the government’s decision to upgrade cannabis to ...

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Cosmic Dark Age

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“The most distant object ever observed in space has provided scientists with an unprecedented insight into the ‘cosmic dark ages’ following the birth of the Universe some 13.7 billion years ago,” reports The Independent. “A gigantic explosion on the edge of the known Universe has been confirmed as ...

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Cartoon Terror Plot

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An American and a Canadian have been arrested in Chicago charged with preparing terrorist attacks against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper – the paper which was condemned worldwide for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed – and other Danish targets. “Those charged are reported to be David ...

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UN Staff Killed

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“Gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a guest house used by UN staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six UN staff — officials said. The US Embassy said one of the UN dead was American. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the early morning ...

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Anti-Healthcare Ads

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“Looking to build pressure on moderate Democrats, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will begin airing new TV ads in seven states and on national cable television attacking the emerging legislation, including a government-run insurance option. The chamber, the country's largest business ...

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Trojan Horse

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A new form of troublesome computer virus the Bredolab Trojan horse has been hitching a ride on the back of Facebook’s password reset email confirmation, according to CNET news. “Some users are receiving the e-mail from ‘The Facebook Team,’ according to the security firm. The sender's e-mail address ...

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Angry Acronyms

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Californian governor and Hollywood hard-man Arnold Schwarzenegger has been accused of sending a hidden “f*** you” to a Democratic assemblyman who heckled him during a recent interview in San Francisco. In a personal note giving reasons as to why he has refused to sign a bill proposed by the heckler ...

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Karzai CIA Link?

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over 4 years ago

The New York Times has reported that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency. It says that Karzai, who is a suspected player in country’s opium trade, has received regular payments from the CIA over the last eight ...

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“Aura” Migraine Risk

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Young women who have migraines with auras you are twice as likely to have a stroke new research has found, reports the BBC. “Auras are sensory or visual disturbances that occur before or during a migraine headache. Based on available evidence, the risk is greater if the woman is under 45, smokes ...

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Lexicography

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over 4 years ago

Jack Lynch’s new book “The Lexicographer’s Dilemma” would like all the “grammar cops” out there to take a chill pill, according to The Salon’s Laura Miller. She says: “Lynch would like us all to calm down, please, and recognize that ‘proper’ English is a recent and changeable institution…According ...

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Prince’s Gaffe

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“Prince Philip has never been shy about giving his opinions on a large range of subjects - often with cringe-worthy results. But the gaffe-prone Prince has put his foot in it again by joking about the name Patel,” writes the Daily Mail. “It happened at a 400-strong Buckingham Palace reception for ...

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Veal Issues

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“Eating veal -- or not eating it, to be more accurate -- is one thing many carnivores and vegetarians can agree on. For most, the methods used to produce tender, milky-colored meat aren't a worthwhile trade-off. But what if eating veal were no less ethical than eating pork, chicken or lamb? What if ...

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Bankers' Art Troves

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“Many of the world’s biggest banks — and biggest recipients of government bailouts — have some of the largest collections of art. Some of the works, including abstract pieces and old masters, are hanging in hallways or boardrooms. But much of it is packed away in storage. The art owned by financial ...

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Clone Doctor’s Fibs

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A scientist from South Korea who created the world’s first cloned dog (named Snuppy) was convicted yesterday of embezzlement and harvesting human eggs from female subordinates, according to The Times. A two year suspended sentence was awarded to Hwang Woo Suk, who was formerly disgraced for ...