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Report finds UC police should not have used pepper spray on students

April 11, 2012

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Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly. The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented. On November 18, 2011, University of California, Davis, police officers used pepper spray on students sitting in a line in the midst of a protest and “occupation” on the […]

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

April 11, 2012

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The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators. The orders came from the command of Lt. […]

Mass study aims to change the world’s dreams

April 11, 2012

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…For the past year I have been working with app developers YUZA to develop Dream:ON. The idea is simple. Before you go to bed you decide when you would like to wake up and what type of dream you would like to have (perhaps a stroll in the countryside or relaxing on a sun kissed […]

Treasure hunter finds ancient gold jewellery in bog in Northern Ireland

April 11, 2012

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A treasure hunter with a metal detector has unearthed a 3,000-year-old piece of ornate gold jewellery from a bog in Northern Ireland. Ronald Johnston first thought the Bronze Age torc was an old car spring, he told the BBC. The coiled metal, typically worn around the neck or waist, would actually have belonged to a […]

Social rank ‘linked to immunity’

April 11, 2012

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A study of rhesus macaque monkeys may have solved a long-standing puzzle on a link between social rank and health. A study of 10 social groups of macaque females showed that the activity level of an individual’s immune genes was an accurate predictor of her social rank. In a paper in Proceedings of the National […]

iBrain can ‘read your mind’; enlists Stephen Hawking

April 11, 2012

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A team of California scientists have developed the world’s first portable brain scanner, and it may soon be able to “read a person’s mind,” playing a major role in facilitating medical breakthroughs. “This is very exciting for us because it allows us to have a window into the brain. We’re building technology that will allow […]

Medical device hack attacks may kill, researchers warn

April 11, 2012

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Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that’s not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation – a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away free software for PCs. She has an enlarged heart thanks to an inherited medical condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) that makes the walls of her […]

Rio’s love motels to help fix UN summit bed shortage

April 11, 2012

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Rio de Janeiro motel owner Secundino Lema is gearing up for a different kind of guest in June when thousands of visitors will be in his city to discuss the future of the planet. The erotic chairs that usually grace the rooms in his three establishments, Hawaii, Skorpios and Serramar are going. But the mirrors […]

‘Time machine’ will study the early universe

April 11, 2012

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A new scientific instrument, a “time machine” of sorts, built by UCLA astronomers and colleagues, will allow scientists to study the earliest galaxies in the universe, which could never be studied before. The five-ton instrument, the most advanced and sophisticated of its kind in the world, goes by the name MOSFIRE (Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red […]

New Technology Tracks Sparrow Migration

April 11, 2012

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Using tiny tags to track a bird’s location, biologists from PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) have unlocked the mystery of where Golden-crowned Sparrows, whichoverwinter in California, go to breed in the spring. Published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the study reveals for the first time the exact migration route of this small songbird to […]

Man buys lottery tickets, is struck by lightning

April 11, 2012

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– A Kansas man was struck by lightning hours after buying three Mega Millions lottery tickets, proving in real life the old saying that a gambler is more likely to be struck down from the sky than win the jackpot. Bill Isles, 48, bought three tickets in the record $656 million lottery Thursday at a […]

Lucasfilm Abandons Grady Ranch Project

April 11, 2012

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George Lucas’ film production company on Tuesday abandoned plans to build a sprawling studio in a rustic valley north of San Francisco, saying it has no desire to be seen as “an evil empire.” Lucasfilm Ltd., the force behind the Star Wars movies, surprised Marin County by announcing that it has pulled the plug on […]