January 16, 2006

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WORLD

‘First and foremost a Jew’

Ariel Sharon is unlikely ever to wake up again. Miracles are not unknown in the land where the Red Sea parted but, medically speaking, no Red Sea will part for him. His pupils respond to light, the hospital bulletins say, but can his mind return?
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SCIENCE

WAY OUT THERE

Scientists around the world are learning how the brain creates lies. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a new science that shows the neurophysiological difference between lying and telling the truth. Scans, akin to diagnostic MRIs, show increased activity in areas associated with emotion, confiet and cognitive control when a person tells a lie.
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MAIL BAG

While I don’t believe that we should bend over backwards to please our neighbours to the south, I think that they do deserve our respect whether they are one of our largest trading partners or not (“Damn Americans,” National, Dec. 26). Can we risk reducing Canada-U.S. relations to schoolyard bickering?
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BUSINESS

EMPLOYEE Of THE WEEK

An unidentified Austrian woman booked off sick recently, but not because she was ill. Instead she entered an ultra-marathon in Vienna, and ran for 24 hours. Her problem was that she won, and as she approached the finish line, she saw race officials and TV cameras waiting for her.
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EDUCATION

CLASS REVOLUTION

The troubled public school system in Oakland, Calif.—operating under a state-imposed administrator and graduating just 35 per cent of its students—reaped a bonanza last November: US$24 million in donations from an A-list of corporate America, including the charitable foundations of computing pioneers Michael and Susan Dell and Bill and Melinda Gates.
THE ISSUE IN... 3031
WORLD

THE ISSUE IN...

Faced with the problem of tired cosmonauts, Russian authorities are weighing introduction of alcohol at the International Space Station. A source on the Russian medical team for manned space programs said it’s believed alcohol helps tired spacemen regain strength.
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THE BACK PAGES

A complex nose with subtle hints of poo

Nine years ago, the prestigious 289-year-old Burgundy winery Domaine Leflaive hosted a blind taste test of two of its wines. To be exact, the tasters, from the London wine merchant Corney & Barrow, were comparing two samples of the same wine: the 1996 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon.
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Speak softly and marry a big spender

Carly Simon tells the story of finding herself seated in a restaurant next to a woman who, she knew, had fooled around with her boyfriend. Simon felt sick, she says. But then a thought came to mind. “What would Jackie do?” Jackie being Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former first lady and a friend of the singer-songwriter.
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The Spy Who Went Into Da Klein

In Wild East, an anthology of tales from post-Soviet Eastern Europe, there’s a hilarious Arthur Phillips story, “Wenceslas Square,” a CIA-boy-meets-KGB-girl plot about a complex double honeytrap each side is running with the aim of subverting the other.
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