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Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time to Find a Cure for Major Diseases

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Not using your computer at the moment? You can now donate your computer's idle time to cutting-edge biomedical research aimed at finding a cure for HIV, Parkinson's, arthritis, and breast...

Is the Universe All in Your Mind?

9 years ago from Live Science

Robert Lanza thinks so. But his book, "Biocentrism," is kooky by many scientists' accounts.

Fish may use social learning strategies

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Fish lack many of our mental abilities but may use social learning strategies similar to those used by humans, according to new research.

Putting A Name To A Face May Be Key To Brain's Facial Expertise

9 years ago from Science Daily

Our tendency to see people and faces as individuals may explain why we are such experts at recognizing them, new research indicates. This approach can be learned and applied to...

Study Pinpoints Links of Depression with Chronic Pain

9 years ago from Physorg

It is well known that chronic pain and clinical depression go together, but a study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, shows that the connection...

Study finds autistics better at problem-solving

9 years ago from

Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics, according to a new Universite de Montreal and Harvard University study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping. As...

Report on Gene for Depression Is Now Faulted

9 years ago from NY Times Science

One of the most celebrated findings in modern psychiatry — that a single gene helps determine one’s risk of depression — has not held up to scientific scrutiny, researchers reported.

Exploring the evolutionary consequences of same-sex sex: Lessons from the animal kingdom

9 years ago from

Scientists have documented thousands of examples of same-sex sexual behaviour in non-human animals and have put forth many intriguing theories to explain why such behaviours are so prevalent. However, not...

Individual primates display variation in general intelligence

9 years ago from Harvard Science

Scientists at Harvard University have shown, for the first time, that intelligence varies among individual monkeys within a species – in this case, the cotton-top tamarin. Testing for broad cognitive...

10 Historically Significant Political Protests

9 years ago from Live Science

Political protests have a rich past, with varied degrees of success. Here are some of the most memorable.

Microsoft sues Vancouver family for $750,000 US over alleged 'click fraud'

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Vancouver family has become the first party to be sued by Microsoft for so-called click fraud - a growing concern in the world of online advertising.

With Iran Protests in Mind, State Department Blocks Twitter's Maintenance Outage

9 years ago from PopSci

So all that importance-of-social-media business you keep hearing about Iran? This should tell you something about the underlying truth, no matter how numbing the barrage from the media can be:...

Study focuses on genetic discrimination

9 years ago from UPI

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 16 (UPI) -- A Canadian study finds people with a family history of genetic disease are at risk of discrimination from insurance companies and...

Brain Regions Responsible for Empathy Mapped by Researchers

9 years ago from Physorg

Columbia University researchers have shown for the first time that two brain systems are primarily responsible for allowing humans to accurately predict the emotions of others. Psychology professors Kevin Ochsner...

Surprising second thoughts on the effectiveness of coitus interruptus

9 years ago from Physorg

It is well-known that withdrawal doesn't really work. At least, that's the consensus from sex educators and locker-room sages.

How to Bring Back that Lovin' Feeling

9 years ago from Live Science

Variety is more than the spice of life. Recalling variety is the key to bringing back that loving feeling for old experiences that now bore us.

Same-Sex Behavior Found in Nearly All Animals

9 years ago from Live Science

A new review article says that same-sex sexual behavior is almost universal in the animal kingdom

Dad's Overworked And Tired While Mom's Potentially Fired

9 years ago from Science Daily

If dad looks exhausted this Father's Day it could be due to his job, suggests new research that found many male employees are now pressured to work up to 40...

Chinese City Kills 36,000 Dogs

9 years ago from Live Science

In Hanzhong, rabies had killed 12 people. So officials destroyed 36,000 dogs, some strays, some pets.

Arab world uses reality TV to showcase science

9 years ago from SciDev

Arab scientists are competing to win funding for inventions in a new reality television show created to boost public interest in science.

AMA adopts new policy against anti-aging hormones

9 years ago from AP Health

CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association says there's no scientific proof to back up claims of anti-aging hormones....

Developmental Experiences May Explain 'Unexplained' Medical Symptoms?

9 years ago from Science Daily

A new theory on the role of developmental experiences has been described. Maternal perception of a threatening environment may be transmitted to the fetus when hormones cross the placenta and...

Opinion: Health and the urban environment: revolutions revisited

9 years ago from Science Alert

Gordon McGranahan notes that the public health revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries did nothing to address the underlying environmental problem - and now, in the 21st century, we...

Tweeting Iran: Elex news in 140 characters or less

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- An opposition activist spreads word of an upcoming protest in the streets of Tehran. Another posts pictures of clashes between demonstrators and police.

It's science, and it's snot boring

9 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The author of Why is Snot Green explains how a bit of emotion can turn a teacher into a master of inspiration

Twitter Tells Tale Of Iran Election

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Amid Media Crackdown, Young And Liberal Iranians Document Voting, Unrest

Neural Mechanism Supports Survival In An Uncertain World

9 years ago from Science Daily

A new study uncovers a pivotal role for the human frontal lobe in the promotion of behavioral flexibility during voluntary choice. The work presents a critical new neural mechanism that...

Monkeys Use False Alarms to Scam Food?

9 years ago from National Geographic

Tufted capuchin monkeys seem to be faking predator alerts to scare other monkeys away and steal their food, new research suggests.