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Computerized anxiety therapy found helpful in small trial

September 14, 2011

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An emerging therapy known as cognitive bias modification, in which software helps subjects divert attention away from anxiety and interpret situations more calmly, helped improve anxiety symptoms in a pilot-scale randomized controlled trial. small clinical trial suggests that cognitive bias modification (CBM), a potential anxiety therapy that is delivered entirely on a computer, may be […]

Mississippi man who said he was abducted by aliens dies

September 14, 2011

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Charles Hickson, the Mississippi man who claimed he was abducted and probed by aliens while he was fishing with a friend in 1973 and never backed off the story despite the ridicule he endured, has died. Hickson, 80, died last Friday of a heart attack, his family said on Tuesday. Hickson, then 42, was fishing […]

Protoceratops Dinosaur found with its own tracks

September 14, 2011

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A fossil housed for half a century in a Polish museum has turned out to be the first dinosaur skeleton preserved in its own tracks, say scientists. A recent examination of the 80-million-year-old specimen revealed a single footprint preserved in the rocks encasing the fossilised bones. Polish and Mongolian fossil hunters first unearthed it in […]

Huge Gladiator School Found Buried in Austria

September 14, 2011

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  Digital reconstruction of the newfound Roman gladiator school outside Vienna. – Illustration courtesy LBI ArchPro Archaeologists working outside Vienna, Austria, have discovered the remains of a huge school for ancient Roman gladiators—a complex so extensive that it rivals the training grounds outside Rome’s Colosseum. The newly located facility includes features never before seen at […]

Secret Government Experiments Come to Light

September 14, 2011

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The government may not want you to know that it set off nuclear bombs willy-nilly in the atmosphere or tested LSD on unwitting subjects, but at least the Science Channel does! In case you believed that elaborate government conspiracies were merely the driving force behind X-Files episodes, the Science Channel is setting the record straight. […]

Woolly mammoth’s secrets points toward new artificial blood for humans

September 14, 2011

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The blood from woolly mammoths—those extinct elephant-like creatures that roamed the Earth in pre-historic times—is helping scientists develop new blood products for modern medical procedures that involve reducing patients’ body temperature. The report appears in ACS’ journal Biochemistry. Chien Ho and colleagues note that woolly mammoth ancestors initially evolved in warm climates, where African and […]

Tourists stranded after booking hotel on wrong side of the world

September 14, 2011

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Michael and Sunette Adendorff thought something was wrong with their hire car’s GPS as they drove around in circles in the Wellington suburb, looking for the £90-a-night Majestic Hotel on Royal Parade. When they pulled into the local chemist’s shop to ask directions, they were shocked to discover that Eastbourne (population 4,600), New Zealand, does […]

Jelly batteries: Safer, cheaper, smaller, more powerful

September 14, 2011

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A new polymer jelly could be the next big step forward for lithium batteries. The jelly replaces the volatile and hazardous liquid electrolyte currently used in most lithium batteries. Researchers from the University of Leeds hope their development leads to smaller, cheaper and safer gadgets. Once on the market, the lithium jelly batteries could allow […]

Nasa unveils Space Launch System vision

September 14, 2011

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The design for a huge rocket to take humans to asteroids and Mars has been unveiled by the US space agency Nasa. The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is currently known, will be the most powerful launcher ever built – more powerful even than the Saturn V rockets that put men on the Moon. […]

Hitchhiking snails fly from ocean to ocean

September 14, 2011

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Perhaps horn snails stick to the legs or feathers of passing shorebirds. Beth King – Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier to marine organisms, twice in the past million years—both times probably by flying across Mexico, stuck to the legs or riding on the bellies […]

Number of Americans in poverty hits record high

September 14, 2011

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The number of Americans living in poverty rose to 46.2 million last year, nearly one in six people, according to the US Census Bureau’s annual report. The 2010 data shows the poverty rate at 15.1%, from 14.3% in 2009. The number of Americans without health insurance also rose slightly to 49.9 million. The poverty rate […]