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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Prince’s Gaffe

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almost 5 years ago

“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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almost 5 years ago

“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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almost 5 years ago

“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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almost 5 years ago

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 ...

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Castro’s CIA Sister

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almost 5 years ago

In a book published yesterday Juanita Castro, the sister of Cuba’s communist leader Fidel Castro, admitted to working as an agent for the CIA against her brother for the three years following America’s botched 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. “The 432-page memoir, entitled ‘My Brothers Fidel and Raul: The ...

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Obama’s Healthy Public

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almost 5 years ago

"The President congratulates Senator Reid and Chairmen Baucus and Dodd for their hard work on health insurance reform. Thanks to their efforts, we're closer than we've ever been to solving this decades-old problem. And while much work remains, the President is pleased that at the progress that ...

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H1N1 Scramble

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almost 5 years ago

The Washington Post reports that despite attempts by officials yesterday to explain why so much less H1N1 flu vaccine is available than had been promised, “public anxiety has surged as the swine flu sweeps across the country”, especially as doctors and clinics are being forced to turn people away ...

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Volcanic Ice Age

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almost 5 years ago

“Researchers here have discovered the pivotal role that volcanoes played in a deadly ice age 450 million years ago,” reports Science Daily. “Perhaps ironically, these volcanoes first caused global warming -- by releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When they stopped ...

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Have You ‘Eard?

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almost 5 years ago

Scientists have discovered a butterfly species which has tiny ears on its wings and can distinguish between high and low sounds. “Scientists thought butterflies were deaf until 1912 when the first butterfly ears were identified. Only in the past decade or so have researchers examined the anatomy ...

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Aqua "Inequality"

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almost 5 years ago

“Amnesty International today accused Israel of denying Palestinians adequate access to water while allowing Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank almost unlimited supplies,” reports Press Association. Israel, the human rights group said, restricts availability of water in the Palestinian ...

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Pandemonium

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almost 5 years ago

With a swine flue pandemic and whatnot, what has the government planned if masses of the population are forced to stay at home clogging up the internet? Well not much apparently. Congressional investigators said yesterday that the Homeland Security Department has done “little planning” for network ...

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Abortive Actions

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almost 5 years ago

“Michigan state Representative Jim Slezak, has decided to start tilting at windmills in his very first term in office—if by ‘windmills’ you mean women's wombs,” reports Carnal San Francisco. “Slezak has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would functionally make abortion illegal in ...

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Palin’s Ghost

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almost 5 years ago

Salon has published excerpts from the diary of Lynn Vincent, the far right anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and theory of evolution editor of Christian World magazine, who is the ghost writer for former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Here’s a taste: “Before we start the formal ...

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Mechanic Synchrony

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almost 5 years ago

“In the seven seconds it takes to complete an average Grand Prix pit stop, a driver will get four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, an inspection to remove debris from nooks and crannies, and maybe some shiny new parts to replace any track casualties. It’s a hyperdrive time warp where jobs that might ...

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Karadzic Does a Bunk

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almost 5 years ago

Radovan Karadzic the former Bosnian Serb leader charged on 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the Bosnian war of the 1990s, failed to appear in court in The Hague today. Mr Karadzic, who denies the charges against him, had apparently warned that he ...