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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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“Die Robin Hood”

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almost 5 years ago

A German banker has been hailed as “Die Robin Hood Bankerin” after she transferred money from rich accounts to help the poor. “In these financially troubled times, bankers tend not to score too highly on the scale of public admiration, with their bonuses, bailouts and bad loans. But today details ...

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Camel Hostages

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More than 6,000 marauding, thirsty camels are holding residents of a small central Australian community hostage. The Northern Territory Government said today that it would begin an emergency cull of the animals after the Docker River, about 500 kilometres south west of Alice Springs, became overrun ...

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Philippines Massacre

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“Police investigating the massacre of a group of journalists and politicians in the southern Philippines have found another six bodies, taking the total death toll from the attack to at least 52. The bodies were dug out of a shallow pit on Wednesday, close to the scene in southern Maguindanao ...

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Osmotic Power

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If you mix salt water with fresh water you create instant carbon-neutral energy – the process is called osmotic power and the world’s first osmotic power plant has just opened in Norway. The plant, founded by a company called Statkraft, will operate modestly during the testing stage but hopes to ...

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Robot Law

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Stanford scholars are considering the legal implications of using robots – with issues extending beyond personal injury and property damage to criminal and civil rights. “They already detect and defuse bombs, control traffic patterns and do some basic household chores. And scientists predict that ...

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Health Fears

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Why do people resist going to the doctor? Cary Tennis, a writer for The Salon, who was recently diagnosed with cancer explores an ingrained reluctance to self preserve. “Last week, knowing that I had a cancer that might have been detected as much as a year earlier, I was crushed with the weight of ...

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Bush’s Drum Beat

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almost 5 years ago

“Tony Blair's [UK] government knew that prominent members of the Bush administration wanted to topple Saddam Hussein years before the invasion but initially distanced itself from the prospect knowing it would be unlawful, it was disclosed at the Iraq inquiry today. British intelligence also ...

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Race to Apologize

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almost 5 years ago

Google has apologized for a racially offensive picture of Michelle Obama that appears when users search for images of the first lady. “A doctored picture appears at the top of the list under a Google Image search for Mrs Obama. Google placed a text ad above the image titled ‘Offensive Search Results ...

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Text 9/11

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almost 5 years ago

Wiki leaks is today releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts from the 24 hour period surrounding the September 11 2001 attacks. “The messages are being broadcast to the global community ‘live’, sychronized to the time of day they were sent. The first message is from 3AM ...

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Hadron Colliding

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“After embarrassing breakdowns caused by bread-dropping birds and hugely expensive repairs, the world's biggest science experiment – the Large Hadron Collider – has suddenly burst into life and smashed together proton beams for the first time. Scientists operating the giant £6 billion machine at ...

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DNA Scandal

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“Britain has built the world's biggest DNA database without proper political debate and police routinely arrest people just to get their DNA profiles onto the system, the genetics watchdog said in a report today. The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the Government on the social, legal and ...

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Milk Pair Executed

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China has put to death two of the key players in a milk poisoning scandal that led to the deaths of six infants in 2007. Zhang Yujin and Geng Jinping were executed after being found responsible for making more than 300,000 babies ill after milk powder was found to have been contaminated with the ...

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Dead End

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“They made a love connection in cyberspace, two lonely strangers in their 40s, each long divorced and yearning for new romance. By all accounts, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz and Pam Butler were a happy couple for most of their five months together.” They met through the online dating service eHarmony and all ...

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Girl Set-Up?

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A 14-year-old girl could be charged as an accomplice to the gang-rape of her ninth-grade classmate after she spoke to reporters last week. She told press that she and the victim had planned to have sex with the rape suspects who are 16, 17 and 20 years old. "The victim told police that the attack ...

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Frontal Lobe

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Brain scans have been used in a murder trial for the first time ever to try and prove that the defendant is a psychopath. The evidence was used by the defense lawyers during the sentencing of a murder trial in Chicago. The defendant, Brian Dugan, had been found guilty of the rape and murder of a 10 ...