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Master Price!

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about 4 years ago

Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man 1” sculpture has smashed global auction records by selling for the equivalent of $104.4m at Sotheby’s auction house in London last night. “In a tense contest at the company's London salesroom, bidding on the spindly bronze ‘Walking Man I’ began at £12 million and ...

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Thought-Control

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The Winter Olympics in Canada this month will be a chance to see more than just the figure skating, as the games are showcasing a “thought-controlled” lighting experiment. “A Canadian company has created what it calls the ‘largest thought-controlled computing installation.’ It’s an experiment that ...

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White Roofs

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about 4 years ago

While world leaders struggle to find a solution for climate change in a gas guzzling world, American researchers claim to have found a simple way to cool cities- painting them white. “’Our research demonstrates that white roofs can be an effective method for reducing urban heat. It has the potential ...

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“Skulduggery”

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“Rajendra Pachauri, the embattled chairman of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning climate change panel, lashed out on Thursday at the flurry of attacks on the panel's credibility, calling climate change sceptics' criticism ‘skulduggery of the worst kind’. Last month, Mr Pachauri was forced to acknowledge ...

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Bagging The Goods

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The Nickel tax on disposable bags in Washington has inspired a trend of re-usable totes with local shoppers assembling a wardrobe of bags which are functional and fashionable. “One of Washingtonians' worst fears these days is being caught shopping without their own bags. As people adjust to the new ...

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Guru Charged

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Self-styled spiritual guru James Arthur Ray has been arrested and charged with three counts of manslaughter for a trio of deaths which happened after a sweat lodge ceremony in 2009. “Ray was taken into custody on an indictment at his attorney's office in Prescott and later led into the Yavapai ...

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“Vegetative” Talking

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Patients left in a “vegetative” state after suffering serious brain injury may still be able to understand and communicate according to groundbreaking new research. “Experts using brain scans have discovered for the first time that the victims, who show no outward signs of awareness, can not only ...

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Guilty!

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A Pakistani neuroscientist who trained at an elite American university has been found guilty on two charges of attempted murder for trying to kill US agents in Afghanistan in 2008. “The conviction, which could see Aafia Siddiqui sentenced to life in prison, is the latest chapter in a life story that ...

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Role Model

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What impact will Disney’s first black princess have on kids? The Independent’s Paul McKenzie asks why even watching the advert has got his daughter so excited. “Why does this film resonate with her so much? I've been shying away from what I feel is the obvious answer for a while, but as the film's ...

As I Please

Is Iran Fixing Iraq's Elections?

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about 4 years ago

I’m standing in the entrance lobby to the European Parliament in Brussels, and suddenly there is a flurry of activity. A group of middle-aged Middle Eastern men, bunched together and clearly on a mission, are being ushered quickly through security. My friend, an Assyrian Christian, immediately ...

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From Ḥadīth to Zawāmil

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Today's big news from Yemen, as usual, happened in Arabic. Ḥasan Muḥammad Manā', who is quickly becoming my favorite governor to read, has an interview in today's al-Sharq al-Awsat. How can you not like a guy who quotes a ḥadīth in an interview with the press? He talks about a number of things ...