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2012-08-31 22:00:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Internet is, generally speaking, a good thing. After all, this series of tubes provides us with a wealth of readily available information, an easy way to stay in touch with friends and relatives, innumerable opportunities for education and research, and, let´s not forget, pictures of cats. Like anything else in this world, one can have too much of a good thing, which can lead to addiction. Just like any addiction, an...

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2008-08-13 09:15:00

A gene may be to blame in explaining why some people are more apt for anxiousness, according to a new study. Known as COMT, this gene regulates the brain chemical dopamine. It also controls an enzyme that helps break down that chemical. German researchers found that people with a particular, common variant of the gene tend to have an exaggerated "startle" response, which is a trait that could make them more vulnerable to anxiety disorders. The findings came from the journal Behavioral...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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