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Stress gets under our skin

August 9, 2010

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Everyone experiences social stress, whether it is nervousness over a job interview, difficulty meeting people at parties, or angst over giving a speech. In a new report, UCLA researchers have discovered that how your brain responds to social stressors can influence the body’s immune system in ways that may negatively affect health. Lead author George […]

Mexican Baby “Comes Back to Life” Inside Coffin

August 9, 2010

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A Mexican baby that had been pronounced dead was discovered to be still breathing — just hours before she was scheduled to be buried. Dafne Marisol Hernandez, 17, was preparing to say farewell to her daughter, who died not long after her premature birth this week. To Hernandez’s surprise, she could hear noises coming from […]

Churchgoers protest strippers, so strippers protest church in Coshocton County

August 9, 2010

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Strip-club owner Tommy George rolled up to the church in his grabber-orange Dodge Challenger, drinking a Mountain Dew at 9 in the morning and smoking a cigarette he had just rolled himself. Pastor Bill Dunfee stepped out of a tan Nissan Murano, clutching a Bible in one hand and his sermon in the other, a […]

Seekers of alien life gather for SETIcon

August 9, 2010

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Frank Drake, the famed astronomer who started looking for signals of intelligent beings in distant space 50 years ago, has inspired generations of starstruck seekers to join the hunt, and many of them will gather in the Bay Area next week to let the public in on what they’re up to. Their venture is known […]

Ancient ‘cat-like’ crocodile had bite like a mammal

August 9, 2010

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Palaeontologists working in Tanzania have unearthed fossils of a tiny crocodile-like creature with teeth resembling those of mammals. The animal, Pakasuchus kapilimai, lived between 144 and 65 million years ago – during the Cretaceous – in what is now sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists say the find shows that crocs were once more diverse than they are […]

Google and Verizon close in on deal to end ‘net neutrality’

August 9, 2010

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Search engine giant Google and U.S. telecoms company Verizon are finalising a deal that could spell the end for ‘net neutrality’. Under the current system of internet neutrality any one packet of data commands the same right to bandwidth as any other. That means a Skype video conference has as much chance of a speedy […]

Discovery of Saturn’s auroral heartbeat

August 9, 2010

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An international team of scientists led by Dr Jonathan Nichols of the University of Leicester has discovered that Saturn’s aurora, an ethereal ultraviolet glow which illuminates Saturn’s upper atmosphere near the poles, pulses roughly once per Saturnian day. The length of a Saturnian day has been under much discussion since it was discovered that the […]

China’s Three Gorges dam under threat from vast floating islands of rubbish

August 9, 2010

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It is the world’s biggest dam which promised to provide environmentally friendly energy to millions. But China’s Three Gorges superstructure is now under threat from vast floating islands of rubbish and debris which have been swept into the Yangtze River by torrential rain and flooding. The debris has clogged a large swathe of the river […]

Another Day, Another Frightening-Ass Robot

August 9, 2010

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Geez, could you have made it any creepier looking? Maybe if it had a bunch of bloody hooks tearing at its flesh or something. God that would be so hot aside, this is Telenoid R1, a humanoid robot that “recreates the physical presence of a remote user.” The Telenoid R1 robot is designed to add […]

Every Lightsaber Ignition & Retraction

August 9, 2010

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Fed court bars candidate’s lawsuit over expletive

August 9, 2010

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A federal court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an independent candidate for the state Assembly in Wisconsin who wants to use a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot.U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said in the order filed Wednesday that Ieshuh Griffin’s lawsuit must be dismissed because it was a habeas corpus […]