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2008-04-16 15:50:00

Some primates have evolved big brains because their extra brainpower helps them live and reproduce longer, an advantage that outweighs the demands of extra years of growth and development they spend reaching adulthood, anthropologists from Duke University and the University of Zurich have concluded in a new study.The four investigators compared key benchmarks in the development of 28 different primate species, ranging from humans living free of modern trappings in South American jungles to...

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2008-04-08 09:20:00

Even momentary sadness increases spendingOff to buy a new handbag and fabulous red shoes, or how about overalls and a riding lawnmower? Before going, a mood check for signs of despair and gloom might be in order because how a person feels can impact routine economic transactions, whether he or she is aware of it or not.So says a team of behavioral scientists from four major U.S. universities, whose research study finds that sadness impacts spending. Specifically, people who feel sad and...

2008-03-13 13:17:54

A new mathematical object was revealed yesterday during a lecture at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). Two researchers from the University of Bristol exhibited the first example of a third degree transcendental L-function. These L-functions encode deep underlying connections between many different areas of mathematics.The news caused excitement at the AIM workshop attended by 25 of the world's leading analytic number theorists. The work is a joint project between Ce Bian and his...

2008-03-06 12:00:00

By Hirsch, Julia EATING RIGHT High Energy Organics Hit the Shelves We are a fast-paced nation of convenience, always searching for a quick energy boost through a cup of coffee, energy bar or fast- acting energy drink. And the latest trend is all-natural "super- foods." Zach Adelman, vice-president of Nativas Naturals, says the new world of highenergy organics is experiencing an "extreme" growth spurt The "Happy Berry" Adelman's company has developed a new line of snack mixes called "Trail...

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2008-02-05 13:20:00

Today's younger generation may reckon that "ne'er the twain shall meet" where technology and their elders are concerned. However, ongoing research by Abby King, PhD, professor of health research and policy and of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, appears to be gradually dispelling that notion.In a study that appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, King showed that specially programmed PDAs, or personal digital assistants, can prod...

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2008-01-22 16:05:00

Health departments around the U.S. say traditional medicines used by immigrants from Latin America, India and other parts of Asia are the second most common source of lead poisoning in the country, surpassed only by lead paint. In fact, these medicines may account for tens of thousands of cases of lead poisoning in children each year, according to an AP investigation.Dozens of adults and children have become gravely ill or died during the past eight years after taking these...

2007-11-30 06:00:00

By Olson, Sherry ABSTRACT For two centuries, each surge of city-building has consumed massive amounts of raw materials and restructured flows of materials, as merchants and manufacturers reached out to capture resources from greater distances but persisted in accumulating a large share of the wastes close to home. Eight such surges of growth can be seen, and synchronized, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Montreal, Quebec. The environmental impacts are marshalled to appeal for more attention to...

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2007-05-11 12:00:00

By SAMANTHA GROSS NEW YORK - The tour was a whirlwind: dancing at a beachside disco in Spain surrounded by scantily clad women, grabbing a seat at a lively pub in Dublin, flying in a small aircraft above a lush, tropical forest. Time elapsed? Less than two hours. With no tickets required, no money spent and no need to leave your seat, touring in the virtual world of "Second Life" holds a certain appeal for travelers willing to delve deep into the Internet to find their escape. Visitors...

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2007-04-05 15:00:00

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The most infamous feud in American folklore, the long-running battle between the Hatfields and McCoys, may be partly explained by a rare, inherited disease that can lead to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts. Dozens of McCoy descendants apparently have the disease, which causes high blood pressure, racing hearts, severe headaches and too much adrenaline and other "fight or flight" stress hormones. No one blames the whole feud on this, but doctors say it could...

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2006-12-04 14:25:00

A new study from The American Naturalist studies some very fast snails and their success at long-distance colonization. Introduced into the rivers of the Martinique islands less than twelve years ago, the freshwater snails have already colonized the watersheds, an astounding feat considering that the snails need to rely on passive dispersal by birds, cars, and cattle to jump over the dry land that separates the riverways. "Obviously, "says Benoît Facon (University of...


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