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2011-04-09 06:05:00

New forecasts on rising sea levels suggest that New York will be a big loser, while some regions, including those closer to polar regions, will win big, reports BBC News.. A 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecast sea levels to rise by as much as 1 foot by 2100. But that forecast was a global average. A Dutch team has now made an attempt to model all the factors leading to regional variations. And whatever the global figure turns out to be, there will be...

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2011-01-18 08:30:41

In the last 2010 issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a group of researchers of the University of Utrecht has tested a self-help method for treating nightmares in a randomized controlled trial. Several cognitive-behavioral techniques are effective in reducing nightmare frequency, but the therapeutic factor (e.g. cognitive restructuring, systematic desensitization) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to compare the nightmare treatments imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT), exposure,...

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2010-05-11 08:20:01

Undergraduate student Marianne Heida of the University of Utrecht has found what appears to be a supermassive black hole leaving its home galaxy at high speed. As part of an international team of astronomers, this extraordinary discovery appears in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. For her final year project, Marianne worked at the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, used the Chandra Source Catalog (made using the orbiting Chandra X-ray...

2009-08-10 12:34:27

Seeing a smile, or reading about the verb to smile can activate the muscles in the face that make that expression, Dutch researchers found. Francesco Foroni from VU University in Amsterdam and Gun R. Semin of the University of Utrecht conducted an experiment with a group of students. They had the students read a series of emotion verbs -- to smile, to cry -- and adjectives -- funny, frustrating -- on a monitor, while the activity of the muscle responsible for smiles and the muscle causing...

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2009-08-05 12:50:00

A new study shows that wild orangutans in Borneo hold leaves to their mouths to make their voices sound deeper than they actually are. According to the scientists that observed the apes, the animals employ the leaf trick when predators threaten them. Holding leaves to their mouths enables the orangutans to lower the frequency of the sound they make. This strategy makes the apes appear to be a bigger target than they are to the predator. The apes make the sounds in response to approaching...

2005-12-01 16:55:50

Disruption of the normal interaction between the genes PRODH and COMT contributes directly to major symptoms of schizophrenia by upsetting the balance of the brain chemicals glutamate and dopamine, according to a group of investigators that includes a scientist now at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The investigators developed a model of schizophrenia that provides a way to study and understand how the loss of both PRODH and COMT gene activity contributes to the symptoms of...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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