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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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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 ...

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“Opposition Research”

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Former governor Sarah Palin has gone after the Associated Press accusing them of “opposition research” for fact checking her forthcoming book. “Palin blasted the AP's fact check of her new book, ‘Going Rogue,’ which says the former governor had gone rogue with some of the facts.’ Amazingly, but not ...

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After Death Row

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African American John Thompson was wrongly convicted of killing a white hotel executive called Ray Liuzza and spent 14-years on death row in Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. He appealed six execution dates before new evidence was uncovered and his sentence was quashed in a retrial. In 2003 he ...

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Infant Deformity

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Doctors in Falluja, a war-ravaged region in Iraq, are reportedly treating 15 times as many chronic deformities in babies since the war began. There has also been an increase in infant cancers and scientists are suggesting that there could be links to toxic materials left over from the fighting. “A ...

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Fluid Pattern

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“An 18th-century savant called Joseph-Louis Lagrange was a pioneer of the study of moving fluids (among many other things), but his ideas outran the computational tools of his day. Only now, with supercomputers available to help with the calculations, is it possible to explore those ideas completely ...