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2005-12-29 06:37:30

Simple steps can help you cope with everyday anxiety Juggling the demands of children, full-time work and aging or sick parents, the 40s can be prime time for pressure. While it's tempting to pretend it's not there, stress has a way of making itself known. "Some people can even feel physical pain -- problems with indigestion, heartburn or headaches," said Dr. Cecil Wilson, an internist in Winter Park, Fla., and board member of the American Medical Association. There are more subtle signs,...

2005-12-13 16:35:00

By Poornima Gupta DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. is caught in an ideological divide between a Christian conservative group and gay rights advocates over its advertising plans, adding a public relations nightmare to the set of problems it needs to fix. Ford said last week its Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands will pull all advertising from gay publications after facing a boycott threat from the American Family Association, which has criticized the automaker for being gay-friendly. Gay...

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2005-11-18 06:00:00

BOSTON -- Suddenly the universe of downloadable audio files known as podcasts seems as enormous as the Internet. Name a topic - from the weather in Asuncion to the ZigBee wireless technology - and there is a podcast about it. But while the Internet's vastness is accessible because of deep-probing search engines, comparably authoritative services for podcasts and other multimedia haven't really emerged. That's because search programs are primed to catalog text. When they encounter an audio or...

2005-10-12 11:35:00

MADRID -- Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is looking forward to a second stint as director, breaking from his adventures as swashbuckling legend Zorro, the latest episode of which hits screens later this month. That is not to say that he did not have fun playing the masked Mexican hero. "It's a character that I always found really likeable. I'm fond of (Zorro) because he was a popular figure who worked for the people," Banderas told reporters in Madrid. The 45-year-old heartthrob, discovered...

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2005-10-05 06:55:00

NASA -- Dr. Pan Conrad is on a quest. Her search for signs of life in extreme environments has taken the JPL astrobiologist from the icy realms of the Arctic and the dry valleys of Antarctica to the scorching sands of Death Valley, California. The hunt landed Conrad at the bottom of the ocean with Oscar-winning director James Cameron and a role in his film "Aliens of the Deep." Last year, Cameron invited Conrad and her JPL colleague Dr. Lonne Lane to join him on an expedition to one of the...

2005-09-08 11:20:00

PONZA, Italy -- Black netting over the beds keeps them from floating away at night. Their exercise bikes are grounded in the sand, just like the plastic furniture in their roofless living room, which sports a unique view of a sunken row-boat off the Mediterranean coast. Welcome to the underwater apartment of two Italian "aquanauts" who have accepted a challenge to live under water for 10 days to gauge the effect on the human body. The couple completed the first full day in their watery home...

2005-09-08 07:25:00

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Little is known about the mysterious man married to Angela Merkel and if the shy scientist with an aversion to public appearances gets his way that won't change if she becomes Germany's next chancellor. "Professor Dr. Joachim Sauer," as the Humboldt University chemist calls himself, has been a shadowy figure behind Merkel during her rise to the top of her conservative party, an opera buff who doesn't give interviews and loathes the limelight. But Merkel's...

2005-08-17 13:49:31

Deciphering the subtle, complex electrical signals emanating from the brain has yielded important insights into the still-mysterious neural mechanisms that underlie behavior. By recording a subject's faint brain signals via arrays of scalp electrodes during cognitive tasks, researchers can extract "event-related potentials" (ERPs) that enable them to pinpoint with great accuracy when the brain reacts to components of the tasks. One such intriguing ERP signal, called "error-related...

2005-08-16 10:25:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Striking a chord with uneasy U.S. property investors, T-shirtHumor.com's latest design -- "Mr. Housing Bubble" -- has become its best seller in less than a week. The parody of the decades-old Mr. Bubble bath foam package offers a "Free Balloon Mortgage Inside." But the smiling pink house-shaped bubble also warns: "If I pop, you're screwed." A disclaimer at the bottom reads, "Not affiliated with Mr. Internet Bubble." Anthony Phipps, T-shirtHumor.com communications...

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2005-08-10 00:30:00

Two peas in a pod may not be so friendly when planted in the ground and even two parts of the same plant, once separated may treat the former conjoined twin as an alien "enemy," according to a Penn State researcher. "We were looking at how plants determine who is a competitor when competing with other roots for limited resources," says Dr. Omer Falik, postdoctoral researcher in plant ecology. "There is no reason for roots to fight if they belong to the same plant." The question was, do...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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