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2010-07-07 17:24:23

Here's a way to tell a romantic relationship is going to fall apart: find out what people really think about their partners. The researchers in a new study used a so-called implicit task, which shows how people automatically respond to words "“ in this case, whether they find it easier to link words referring to their partner to words with pleasant or unpleasant meanings. Most research on relationship success has focused on how the people in the relationship feel about each other. And...

2010-05-28 08:31:31

Seven-year experiment shows that pond communities bear a lasting imprint of random events in their past Scientist Jon Chase once worked in a lab that set up small pond ecosystems for experiments on species interactions and food webs. "We would try to duplicate pond communities with a given experimental treatment," he says. "We put 10 of this species in each pond, and five of these species, and eight of the other species, and 15 milliliters of this nutrient and 5 grams of that and 'sproing,'...

2010-04-09 07:30:00

People researching their ancestors can open a "Pandora's Box" of secrets that may cause conflict and widen rifts in the family, new research says. While most people derive pleasure and satisfaction from researching their ancestry, for some it brings to light "secrets and skeletons", the study says. Dr Anne-Marie Kramer, of the University of Warwick, told the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Glasgow today [9 April] that of 224 people who gave her details of family...

2010-02-21 10:42:29

Math-based computer models are a powerful tool for discovering the details of complex living systems. John Tyson, professor of biology at Virginia Tech, is creating such models to discover how cells process information and make decisions. "Cells receive information in the form of chemical signals, physical attachments to other cells, or radiation damage, for instance," Tyson said. "On the basis of this information, the cells must make the correct response, such as to grow and divide, or to...

2010-02-05 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED, that the parties to the above derivative action and the stockholder derivative action styled In re Wireless Facilities, Inc. Derivative Litigation, GIC 834253, currently pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Diego (the "Derivative Actions") have entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement of Derivative Claims (the "Stipulation") to resolve the issues raised by the Derivative...

2010-01-14 20:17:39

When people look for things that are rare, they aren't all that good at finding them. And it turns out that the reverse is also true: When people look for something common, they will often think they see it even when it isn't there. A new report published online on January 14th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, offers new insight into why this happens and may suggest some simple methods to help airport security personnel looking for weapons and radiologists looking for tumors get...

2009-11-21 08:42:54

Winners of AAAS Kavli Awards include television and radio stories supported by NSF A television feature about growing diamonds in the lab, and a radio story that dramatizes some strange coincidences in a discussion of randomness and probability won recognition earlier this month in the 2009 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. Both programs were funded in part by the National Science Foundation. "Diamond Factory" was produced by Julia Cort for WGBH's NOVA science NOW, and aired on public...

2009-09-18 06:15:00

Kids are now jumping in front of seniors for the swine flu vaccine, since the elderly appear to have a greater immunity to the virus. "I don't worry about getting it," 89-year-old Robert Goodman, a Boca Raton retiree, told the Associated Press. "At this age, who the hell cares? You take it as it comes." In Florida, a place that approximately 3.2 million seniors 65 and older call home, seniors seem to have finally been spared by the new flu virus that is quickly spreading among the...

2009-09-14 14:10:00

President Barack Obama is optimistic that legislators will pass "a good health care bill" despite pressures from Republican opposition. In an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes", Mr. Obama said the bill would be "pronounced dead four or five times before we finally get a bill passed." "I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any healthcare bill, but a good healthcare bill," said Obama, explaining that the bill would reduce costs, and control the deficit over the long term. On...

2009-07-24 13:35:00

President Barack Obama's plans for Congress to vote on a comprehensive health care bill before summer recess in August have been denied by leading Democrats in the Senate. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid on Thursday announced that the Senate would need more time to discuss the bill before holding a vote. "It's better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through," said Reid. Meanwhile, President Obama was visiting Cleveland, Ohio, where he...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.