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Delay cord clamping for baby health, say experts

November 16, 2011

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Waiting a few minutes after delivery to cut the umbilical cord is best for a newborn’s health, research suggests. Delaying cord clamping reduces the risk that the baby will have iron deficiency anaemia without substantial side effects, the authors told the BMJ. The World Health Organization dropped early clamping from its guidelines some years ago. […]

Google, Facebook warn against new US piracy legislation

November 16, 2011

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt said SOPA amounted to “censorship”. Web firms including Google and Facebook have written to the US government in opposition to a proposed bill to combat piracy. Alongside AOL, Twitter and eBay they claim that the Stop Online Piracy Act poses huge risks to the internet. SOPA, supported by the music and […]

Bullet ‘hit White House window’

November 16, 2011

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Two bullets have been found at the White House, one of which struck a protective window when it was fired, the US Secret Service says. The casings were found on the grounds during a probe launched after gunshots were fired nearby late last week. The US Parks Police now says it is searching for a […]

Obama visit: Australia agrees US Marine deployment plan

November 16, 2011

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Australia has agreed to host a full US Marine task force in the coming years, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a news conference with US President Barack Obama in Canberra. She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel. The deployment is being seen as […]

Lack of soap means illness, death for millions of children

November 16, 2011

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It still makes Fatoma Dia’s eyes widen whenever the Hilton hotel cleaning worker sees a bar of barely used soap on a bathroom counter. “This,” she says, picking it up with a gloved hand and dropping it in a brown bucket, “is valuable where I come from.” The 35-year-old grew up in a mountainous region […]

Google To Unveil Online Music Store

November 16, 2011

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Google Inc is expected to unveil on Wednesday an online music download store featuring songs from three major music companies, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Sony Corp’s Sony Music Entertainment, Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group and EMI Music are expected to have deals with Google in place in time […]

Facebook Identifies Porn Spammers

November 16, 2011

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Facebook said Wednesday that it has tracked down the scammers responsible for a spam attack that flooded the social network with pornographic and violent imagery this week. “In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working […]

UFO allegedly spotted following US military airplane [video]

November 16, 2011

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On Friday, November 11, 2011, a small disc-shaped UFO was seen closely following a low-flying airplane on the Pacific Coast. An observer was able to capture the sight on a video that lasts approximately one minute. It shows the airplane, reportedly a C-17 military plane, with the unidentified flying object sailing alongside for more than […]

Oldest rock art in Egypt discovered

November 16, 2011

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        Using a new technology known as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), a team of Belgian scientists and Professor John Coleman Darnell of Yale have determined that Egyptian petroglyphs found at the east bank of the Nile are about 15,000 years old, making them the oldest rock art in Egypt and possibly the […]

Strangers Spot People With Compassionate Genes in Seconds: Oxytocin Receptor & Empathy

November 16, 2011

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… Strangers can “see” a persons trustworthy genes through their behaviors, suggests a new study finding that a single genetic change makes a person seem more compassionate and kind to others. The gene in question is the “love hormone,” or oxytocin, receptor. A single change in the receptor can result in higher or lower empathy, […]

Huge Prehistoric Sunken Islands Found In Indian Ocean

November 16, 2011

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Scientists have discovered two huge sunken islands in the Indian Ocean, west of Australia. The islands — about the size of West Virginia or Scotland — were once part of the supercontinent Gondwana and are almost a mile (1.6km) underwater. Researchers from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Tasmania said the […]

New computer chip models how brain cells talk

November 16, 2011

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For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain’s talent for learning new tasks. MIT researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by designing a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. This phenomenon, known as plasticity, is believed […]

On Human Error

November 16, 2011

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  … Between 1971 and 1984, Kahneman and Tversky had published a series of quirky papers exploring the ways human judgment may be distorted when we are making decisions in conditions of uncertainty. When we are trying to guess which 18-year-old baseball prospect would become a big-league all-star, for example. To a reader who is […]

Chemists claim metallic hydrogen creation first

November 16, 2011

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For over a century, scientists have said it should be possible to turn hydrogen into a metal. Now, a pair of chemists in Germany claim to have finally performed the feat, although others remain sceptical. In the late 19th century, chemists pointed out that hydrogen, topping the column of alkali metals in the periodic table, […]