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2011-04-01 12:50:00

By Meg Sullivan, UCLA When the unemployed complain of fighting an uphill battle to reenter the job market, believe them. Through a series of simple experiments, researchers from UCLA and the State University of New York"“Stony Brook found that out-of-work Americans face discrimination that is unrelated to their skills sets or to the conditions of departure from their previous jobs. "We were surprised to find that, all things being equal, unemployed applicants were viewed as less...

2011-01-19 14:34:50

A cold dose of fear lends an edge to the here-and-now "” say, when things go bump in the night. "That edge sounds good. It sounds adaptive. It sounds like perception is enhanced and that it can keep you safe in the face of danger," says Alexander Shackman, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But it sounds like there's also a catch, one that Shackman and his coauthors "” including Richard Davidson, UW-Madison psychology and psychiatry professor "” described...

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2010-04-08 11:25:50

Using skills passed down through generations, Inuit forecasters living in the Canadian Arctic look to the sky to tell by the way the wind scatters a cloud whether a storm is on the horizon or if it's safe to go on a hunt. Thousands of miles away in a lab tucked in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, scientists take data measurements and use the latest computer models to predict weather. They are two practices serving the same purpose that come from disparate worlds. But in the past 20 years,...

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2010-04-07 05:25:00

Researchers from the University of Toronto have uncovered a network of hackers, centered in China, which has used popular online services to obtain top secret information from the Indian government, according to reports that surfaced on Tuesday. Greg Walton and his associates from the school's Citizen Lab stated that they were able to observe the cyber attacks and traced them to servers located in China, and specifically to individuals located in the city of Chengdu--the home of the communist...

2009-10-09 10:30:21

Attention weekend warriors: the simple act of exercise and not fitness itself can convince you that you look better, a new University of Florida study finds. People who don't achieve workout milestones such as losing fat, gaining strength or boosting cardiovascular fitness feel just as good about their bodies as their more athletic counterparts, said Heather Hausenblas, a UF exercise psychologist. Her study is published in the September issue of the Journal of Health Psychology. "You would...

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2008-08-18 14:02:21

Skills transfer to classroom, surgical procedures, scientific thinking Certain types of video games can have beneficial effects, improving gamers' dexterity as well as their ability to problem-solve "“ attributes that have proven useful not only to students but to surgeons, according to research discussed Sunday at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. In one paper, Fordham University psychologist Fran C. Blumberg, PhD, and Sabrina S. Ismailer, MSED, examined...

2008-01-31 07:05:58

In his final State of the Union address, President George W. Bush devoted several lines to science and technology topics. He called for research and funding to reduce oil dependency and reverse the growth of greenhouse gases. "To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow," Bush said. [Full Text] But several scientists around the country aren't buying what they see as...

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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2007-10-03 15:42:19

DALLAS -- Bones discovered in the 1990s that spurred the Legislature to declare the pleurocoelus the state's official dinosaur were misidentified and actually came from a different species, according to a student's research. The findings of Peter Rose, a former graduate student at Southern Methodist University, were published recently in "Palaeontologia Electronica," an online journal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Mainstream scientists have been quick to accept Rose's findings,...

2005-08-11 19:45:00

TEMPE, Ariz. "“ Today's modern societies face novel challenges, including unprecedented rates of social and technological change, rapid urbanization, globalization, unpredictable natural disasters and the continuing threat of terrorism. Faced with having to make the most of their limited resources, countries often find it difficult to respond to these challenges, especially when faced with the need to implement anti-terrorism security measures while still supporting long-term goals....


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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