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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Thanking 10

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almost 5 years ago

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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almost 5 years ago

“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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almost 5 years ago

“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 ...

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Nasty Memorial

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almost 5 years ago

A British student who pleaded guilty to outraging public decency has been spared jail by a court after he was arrested for urinating on a war memorial. Philip Laing, 19, was facing a potential spell behind bars after photographs and video showing him soaking poppy wreaths with his own water were ...

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Ion Flow

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almost 5 years ago

“Quantum measurement could reveal ion flow through cell membranes,” reports Technology review. “A unique type of nanodiamond could measure the flow of ions through an ion channel with unprecedented accuracy. Ion channels play a crucial role in the workings of all living cells. The channels are ...

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Zooming Meteor

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A meteor lit up the skies and was caught on CCTV as it zoomed over South Africa but experts are unable to work out where it landed. “The rare astronomical phenomenon was captured by a local traffic camera and witnessed by locals. The footage initially shows cars on a busy road, near the city of ...

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Reality Bites

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“Teenager Erin Westrate has admitted that she made up the story about being bitten on the neck by a stranger while seeing a showing of the new Twilight movie ‘New Moon.’ Police say they interviewed her again this morning and concluded her story did not hold up. Police say Westrate admitted to ...

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Dark Matters

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almost 5 years ago

“In August, physicist Jia Liu at New York University outlined his design for a spacecraft powered by dark matter. Soon afterwards, mathematicians Louis Crane and Shawn Westmoreland at Kansas State University in Manhattan proposed plans for a craft powered by an artificial black hole. No one disputes ...

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Dubai Crash?

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almost 5 years ago

Questions are being asked about the financial health of Dubai after a major, government-owned investment firm asked for a six month delay on the repayment of its debts. Dubai World is in the process of restructuring and has asked creditors if it can postpone forthcoming payments on its $59bn debt ...

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Navy Sea Lions

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almost 5 years ago

“The U.S. Navy Seals have a reputation for being amongst the bravest of servicemen. But their exploits pale when compared to the daring recruits currently in training - who swim between live mines and even detain terrorist divers underwater. But these are no regular sailors. They are sea lions ...

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Stately Gatecrash

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almost 5 years ago

A couple who managed to gatecrash a White House state dinner for the Indian prime minister – and later boasted about it on Facebook- have sparked an urgent investigation into the US Secret Service’s security procedures. “Michaele and Tareq Salahi were not on the guest list for Tuesday's dinner ...