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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Banned!

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almost 5 years ago

“At last, someone has taken a stand against the tooth whitener ad menace. It's no tiny or obscure ad network: it's Google. The company has decided to live up to its ‘don't be evil’ motto and ban advertisers who place ads that lead to sites peddling products like scammy free trials, get-rich-quick ...

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Model Measure

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almost 5 years ago

A magazine featuring the tallest model ever to be a cover girl hits shelves this week. “A US model measuring 205cm is set to feature on the cover of Australian men's magazine Zoo Weekly. The model — Eve — appears on the cover of the magazine's current issue alongside a 162cm-tall Australian model ...

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Religious Attack

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almost 5 years ago

“For years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticized Iran’s supreme leader and argued that the country was not the Islamic democracy it claimed to be, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. Now many Iranians, including some former government leaders, are listening. Ayatollah Montazeri ...

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Doctor Who?

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almost 5 years ago

“1963: At 6:15 on a cold, wet night, the BBC premieres its new family science fiction show, Doctor Who, with its first episode, ‘An Unearthly Child.’ The series will become a legendary part of modern British folklore and the longest-running sci-fi series on TV. Featuring a benevolent traveling alien ...

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Grave Mystery

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almost 5 years ago

An army investigation has unearthed another unmarked casket at the historic burial site at Arlington. “An engineering technician who works on burials at Arlington National Cemetery provided a startling sworn statement about misplaced remains at the cemetery to an Army investigating officer in late ...

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Google Grapple

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almost 5 years ago

Microsoft has been in talks with News Corp over a possible move to de-index its news websites from Google. This would offer a “ray of light” to the beleaguered newspaper industry which is struggling to turn profit now that news is available free online. “The impetus for the discussions came from ...

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Buried Mountains

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almost 5 years ago

The Gamburtsev mountain range, buried beneath a kilometre of ice, has been mapped for the first time by an international team of experts. “The team used an array of tools including seismic wave reflection, radar, and precise gravitational measurements to map the frozen features - there are a lot ...

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First Senate Hurdle

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almost 5 years ago

“The US Senate has narrowly voted to hold a full debate on a landmark bill designed to overhaul the country's healthcare,” reports the BBC. “All 58 Democrats, plus two independent senators, approved it. All but one of 40 Republican senators voted against. Two Democratic senators whose support had ...

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Hijacked!

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almost 5 years ago

Three men have been charged by the feds for a 2008 stunt that replaced cable giant Comcast’s homepage with a message to other hackers – costing the company an over $128,000. Prosecutors named Christopher Allen Lewis, 19 and James Robert Black Jr and Michael Paul Lebel, 28, as the suspected hackers ...

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Wedding Ban

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almost 5 years ago

“The geniuses who wrote Texas’ gay marriage ban may have accidentally banned all marriage in the state, according to one Houston lawyer. Subsection B of the ban, a constitutional amendment ratified in 2005, states, ‘This state…may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to ...

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No Oprah

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almost 5 years ago

The sun will set on the Oprah Winfrey Show – on of America’s most popular TV shows – in September 2011 after two decades on the airwaves. “Billionaire Ms Winfrey, 55, one of the most influential women in the US, has hosted the show since 1986. A spokesman for the star's Harpo production company ...

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Distinct Extinct

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almost 5 years ago

“The last breaths of mammoths and mastodons some 13,000 years ago have garnered plenty of research and just as much debate. But what happened when they disappeared? A new study, based partly on dung fungus, provides some answers to both questions. The upshot: The landscape changed dramatically. ‘As ...

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Epileptic Dancer

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almost 5 years ago

The British arts council has given an epileptic dancer £14,000 towards a 24 hour performance which she hopes will induce a seizure on stage. Rita Marcolo has stopped taking medicine to regulated her condition and her dance performance is billed as a study of the “conceptual and physical interfaces ...

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Cosmetic Use

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almost 5 years ago

“Police say a gang in the Peruvian jungle has been killing people and draining fat from the corpses to sell on the black market for use in cosmetics, although medical experts say they doubt a major market for fat exists. Three suspects confessed to killing five people, but the gang may have been ...

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Curing Blindness

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almost 5 years ago

“People suffering from a form of incurable blindness could soon become the first patients in the world to benefit from a new and controversial transplant operation using stem cells derived from spare human embryos left over from IVF treatment. Scientists working for an American biotechnology company ...