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Science News Archive - April 23, 2006

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If choosing the right outfit or whether to invest in stocks or bonds is difficult, it may not be just indecisiveness but how brain cells assign values to different items, scientists said on Sunday.

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The Chernobyl plant sits idle 20 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, its last reactor taken out of service some six years ago. But a dozen other reactors of the same design remain in operation and some could be in service for another 30 years. Could another one blow up?

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Warmer sea temperatures could worsen the widespread destruction of coral reefs that hit the Caribbean in 2005, scientists fear.

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Norway hit back on Sunday at 12 nations led by Britain for urging an end to whale hunts, saying a plan to raise catches to the highest in two decades in 2006 would not damage stocks of the giant mammals.