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Draconian Drug Laws

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“A British man convicted of drug smuggling was executed in China early Tuesday, despite appeals for clemency from his family, human rights groups and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to British officials. The man, Akmal Shaikh, 53, was executed in the far western region of Xinjiang ...

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Bold, New Ideas

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“A growing chorus of Republican officials is pledging to push for a full repeal of health care reform legislation, weeks before a bill actually lands on the president's desk for signing. In an email to the Huffington Post, Alex Conant, a former RNC press secretary and an adviser to possible 2012 ...

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Pirates of the Aden

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“Somali pirates hijacked a UK-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on the same day they released a Singapore-flagged container ship, pirates and maritime officials said today. Pirates told Reuters they had received a ransom for the Singaporean vessel Kota Wajar and freed the ship with its ...

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Torrent Terror

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“The operator of a popular BitTorrent search site said Monday he will likely challenge last week’s landmark decision by a U.S. judge declaring such sites unlawful and no different from conventional peer-to-peer piracy services. ‘We do think from our preliminary review there are a number of issues ...

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Poet and Stickler

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“Fans of history and poetry are hoping the city of Methuen gets a $3,000 grant to preserve an attendance log that poet Robert Frost used when he taught grammar school more than a century ago. The bound volume is in need of the care of preservationists and the city has applied for a grant from the ...

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The Evil Gene

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“The premise that hunger makes food look more appealing is a widely held belief -- just ask those who cruise grocery store aisles on an empty stomach, only to go home with a full basket and an empty wallet. Prior research studies have suggested that the so-called hunger hormone ghrelin, which the ...

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Micro-power

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“The newest big thing insolar power is a set of solar panels so small that they could be mistaken for specks of glitter. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratorieshave produced “microcells” that are thinner than a human hair, which are made from crystalline silicon and use 100 times less material ...

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The Harmony Express

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“China's new high speed train made its debut Saturday, December 26, 2009, with average speeds of 217 mph. The Harmony Express traveled 683 miles from Wuhan to Guangzhouin less than 3 hours, a trip that previously took 11 hours. Compare that to Amtrak's Silver Meteor - the 641-mile journey from New ...

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Tuesday Tidbits: Mayon and Redoubt Updates

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Not much new to report today, so I'll just add some notes to the two volcanoes in the news right now: Mayon and Redoubt. Mt. Redoubt in Alaska, taken on September 23, 2009. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS, taken by Game McGimsey. Mayon: The volcano continues to show signs that a major eruption ...

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Yemeni Government's Statement

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It has been a long day for Yemen watchers, but before I sign off for the evening I wanted to post the important paragraph from a statement from Yemen's embassy in the US: The Immigration and Passport Agency has confirmed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was in Yemen during the period from early ...

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The Congress of No

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In a speech in early December, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) repeated the charge that the Republicans have become "the party of No." Rather than working to improve the legislation put forward by Democrats, he said, the Republican strategy has been to do their best to shut down the ...

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The Internet's Gone Ap(pl)e

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I keep getting whiffs of Apple's tablet computer. See what's cooking after the jump. Wired has the most recent report. It sounds like Apple is leaking it some info. There is a small list of links at the bottom of the article. Tech Crunch heard from macrumors.com that Apple bought the domain ...