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Political Well-Being

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Going on marches, signing petitions, staging rallies and other political activism could actually improve your health and general well-being, according to two new studies. “So find two university psychologists in new research that looks for the first time at the link between political activity and ...

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Moon River

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Water has been found on the moon after scientists detected ice deposits near the Moon’s North Pole, confirming decades of speculation about Moon rivers and oceans. “Scientists using the Mini-SAR instrument on India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected water ice deposits near the moon's north ...

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Eating Baby Dinos

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The first evidence of a snake eating a dinosaur has been found by scientists who discovered a 67 million-year-old fossilised serpent coiled around dinosaur eggs and newborns. “ ‘It’s a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime find,' said palaeontologist Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago, who was not ...

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Presidential Vice

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Attention has been drawn once again to President Barack Obama’s struggle to stop smoking, more than a year after the habit threatened to blight his clean-living campaign image. The news emerged following a complete physical examination of the president by his doctor. “During Monday's press briefing ...

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Napoleon-era Walls

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Severely corroded sea walls dating back to the time of Napoleon are being blamed for the deaths of at least 50 people in violent storms that ravaged the western coast of France. “In a growing scandal, those left homeless by the disaster on the western coast said proper Atlantic defences could have ...

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Helping ETA?

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Spain has accused the Venezuelan government of helping Colombian FARC guerrillas make contact with Basque ETA rebels to request assistance in an assassination attempt. “A ruling by Spain's High Court said the Venezuelan government facilitated contacts between the armed groups which led to FARC ...

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Dubai’s Entry Ban

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Dubai has said it will impose an entry ban on Israeli dual nationals in the first sanction of its kind after the death of a top Hamas leader was murdered there in January. “Though the countries have no diplomatic ties, Israeli dual nationals, mostly business people, have entered the United Arab ...

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Welcome to Focal Point

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Hello, Big Think. Welcome to Focal Point, a blog about politics, ideas, photography, media, feminism, and more. I'm a freelance journalist in Brooklyn, New York. I do both print and photojournalism, hence the name of the blog.  I didn't set out to become a blogger. I started in 2004 while I was ...

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Tsunami Warning

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Days after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake this January, "fan pages" purporting to aid fundraising for emergency relief popped up all over Facebook. The pages said they would donate $1 for each person who joined, a seemingly ingenious harnessing of Facebook activism to altruistic ends. The problem ...

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Personalizing Cancer

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Testing patients’ genetic makeup could be used in a pioneering new cancer treatment which seeks to provide bespoke drug regimes based on genetic propensity. “Scientists are developing a genetic test that may tell the difference between cancer patients who are likely to respond to treatment with a ...