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Tory G8 abortion stance unjust: journal

8 years ago from CBC: Health

The Canadian government's position against funding abortions abroad is 'hypocritical and unjust,' a medical journal editorial says.

Police, thieves and ordinary people apply different logic when making decisions, study shows

8 years ago from Science Daily

A study conducted by researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom reveals that police officers and criminals are more consistent in their judgments than ordinary people. However, police officers' reasoning...

Election 2010: If science had a vote, which party would it vote for?

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

After two weeks spent reading manifestos and reviewing the parties' responses to our questions about science policy, Martin Robbins has reached his verdictIt's easy to get cynical about elections. We used to vote...

Alcohol Dependency Seen In C. Elegans

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Neuroscientists from the University of Southampton investigating alcohol dependency and withdrawal in C. elegans worms say they exhibit alcohol-dependent behaviors similar to humans, despite their evolutionary distance, and very simple...

Scientist says Bolivar likely died of poison

8 years ago from Reuters:Science

CARACAS (Reuters) - A U.S. scientist is supporting a theory that has been widely dismissed as a personal obsession of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez: that his hero Simon Bolivar might have...

Natural selection for moderate testosterone surprises scientists

8 years ago from

A field study of the relationship between testosterone and natural selection in an American songbird, the dark-eyed junco, has defied some expectations and confirmed others...

How Darwin's little-known work impacts current schizophrenia and autism treatment

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Historical research by Peter J. Snyder, PhD, reveals more of Charles Darwin's thinking when he completed what may be the first example of a prospective 'single-blind' study of human perception...

The art of mindreading - empathy or rational inference?

8 years ago from

The ability to infer what another person is thinking is an essential tool for social interaction and is known by neuroscientists as 'Theory of Mind' (ToM), but how does the...

Survey: Hiding risks can hurt public support for nanotechnology

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A new national survey on public attitudes toward medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology shows that support for the technology increases when the public is informed of...

Managing the emotions behind eating

8 years ago from

How many times have you, after a particularly hard day, reached for some chocolate or ice cream? It's common for many people, but for those trying to lose weight, it...

Sleeping for less than six hours can cause early death, study finds

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Researchers find 'unequivocal' link between lack of sleep and increased risk of premature deathSleeping consistently for less than six hours a night can cause an early death, according to a study which claims...

Declining social security benefits keep older men in workforce

8 years ago from Science Daily

The decline in the generosity of Social Security benefits for workers who recently reached their 60s has been the leading cause of the trend toward delayed retirement of older men,...

New analysis reveals clearer picture of brain's language areas

8 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Language is a defining aspect of what makes us human. Although some brain regions are known to be associated with language, neuroscientists have had a surprisingly difficult time...

"Near Misses" Encourage Problem Gambling

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Problem gamblers react more intensely to "near misses" than casual gamblers, possibly spurring them on to play more, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found...

Robotic cell phones express emotions (w/ Video)

8 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ji-Dong Yim and Chris Shaw, scientists in Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), are the proud parents of a robotic cell phone family that...

A mother's touch: Study shows maternal stimuli can improve cognitive function, stress resilience

8 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- UCI child neurologist and neuroscientist Dr. Tallie Z. Baram has found that maternal care and other sensory input triggers activity in a baby's developing brain that improves cognitive...

Investigating separate and joint effects of alcohol and tobacco on the nucleus accumbens

8 years ago from Physorg

The brain's nucleus accumbens (NAC) is a core region of the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system and is interconnected with the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the prefrontal cortex. The mesocorticolimbic...

Adult's gestures may prompt wrong answers from children during interviews

8 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- People who interview young children for criminal investigations and other inquiries could elicit false information through their own gestures, particularly if the child is inarticulate, research at the...

Researchers find melanoma not caused by early UVA light exposure

8 years ago from Science Blog

HOUSTON -- Early life exposure to ultraviolet A light does not cause melanoma in a fish model that previously made that connection, scientists from The University of Texas MD...

Ruth's abortion comment 'intimidation': MPs

8 years ago from CBC: Health

Opposition MPs say a Conservative senator's advice to women's groups to "shut the f--k up" about their concerns over the government's maternal health initiative shows the "culture of intimidation" Prime...

Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Child's Cognitive Skills

8 years ago from Live Science

Clapping along to childhood songs can improve motor and cognitive skills in children, a new study suggests.

Are 'I Love Mom' Tattoos Still Popular?

8 years ago from Live Science

The stereotypical "Mom" tattoo is deeply ingrained in our culture - even Bart Simpson got one! Tattoo artists and experts explain why this tattoo is so appealing.

Teens' Facebook Profiles Reveal Sexual Intent

8 years ago from Live Science

Sex talk on teens' Facebook profiles is associated with their intention to have sex.

AIDS contrarian ignored warnings of scientific misconduct

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Peter Duesberg was told publication of paper carried risk of charges.

Lessons from Mount St. Helens Being Applied Today

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

May 18 marks the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens and scientists continue using what's learned there to challenge established thinking about how landscapes evolve and rebound.

Close, but not too close: Donors to charities aren't always comfortable with a victim-in-need, study finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

Victim-centered charitable campaigns, like those that feature hungry children in distant lands, may be less effective with some potential donors than those that highlight the broader aims of the charity,...

Greeks hope crisis may spark reform

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Financial troubles could be the stimulus for a fairer distribution of science research funding.

Report: No spying in Pa. school laptops case

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- There's no evidence a suburban school district used school-issued laptops to spy on students despite its questionable policies and its lack of regard for students' privacy, according...