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Mind Matters

Department of Non-Human Minds: Soft Power

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If you want to speculate about an alternate-universe world without intelligent primates (and who doesn't?), then your thoughts must turn to the octopus. Because the octopus has a large and structured brain (the ratio of brain matter to body size in octopuses is similar to that of mammals and birds ...

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Quick News Update

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The biggest news coming out of yesterday was the accusation by the Huthis that the US was involved in air raids which killed up to 120 people. "The savage crime committed by the U.S. air force shows the real face of the United States," said the northern rebels, who often report attacks by the ...

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Citi Tax Break

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The US government has agreed to forgo billions in tax payments from Citigroup as part of a deal to help the company repay the massive taxpayer bailout which helped it weather the crisis. “The Internal Revenue Service on Friday issued an exception to long-standing tax rules for the benefit of ...

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Teen “Sext” Rise

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A new study suggests that 15 per cent of teenagers have received explicitly sexually text messages, dubbed “sext messages”. “Remember when we were all crying about the fact that AT&T delayed the rollout of multimedia messaging on the iPhone? Well, some parents may now be wishing the feature wasn't ...

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787 Maiden Flight

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“The graceful arc of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's upwardly swept wings wowed the large crowd of Boeing employees and spectators at Paine Field in Everett on Tuesday and underscored that this was no conventional airliner. Viewed from behind as the plane took off on its first flight, the slender ...

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Woman’s Touch

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The sense of touch is more pertinent for women because their hands are smaller, a new study by the McMaster University in Ontario, Canada suggests. “The fingertip touch receptors, which cluster around sweat pore bases, were therefore more tightly packed, they told the Journal of Neuroscience. Higher ...

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Twitterature

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It was only a matter of time before internet users used their “collective energy” to make a collaborative work of literature, writes The Independent. “The World According to Twitter: Crowd-sourced Wit and Wisdom from David Pogue (and His 350,000 Followers) is the work of The New York Times ...

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Blind Siding

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“The Obama administration announced Tuesday it supports loosening international copyright protections to enable cross-border distribution of special-format reading materials for the blind, a move that puts it at odds with nearly all of U.S. industry. The government announced its support for the ...

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Gaidar Dies

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“Yegor Gaidar, one of the architects of Russia’s ‘shock therapy’ transition from Communism to capitalism, has died aged just 53. The former Prime Minister was found dead at his home in Moscow’s Odintsovo district this morning. Interfax news quoted police sources saying that he appeared to have ...

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Al-Qaeda Link?

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Police in Pakistan are investigating a possible link between the killing of a leading Al-Qaeda militant last week and a bomb attack yesterday in Punjab which killed more than 20 people. “The attack took place in Dera Ghazi Khan, a large city in southern Punjab, near the home of a provincial minister ...

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Climate March

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Hundreds of protesters angered by the lack of progress on a climate deal amid political wrangling are marching on the UN climate summit today in Copenhagen. “Activists have been angered by the lack of progress on a new climate deal, and with logistical problems at the summit. Talks are deadlocked ...