Archive: 06/17/2009

Why pay when you can copy for free?

New empirical research identifies successful strategies for the exploitation of television formats. Television formats such as X-Factor or Britain's Got Talent are extremely popular with audiences. Over the last decade, the ...

Jun 17, 2009
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Brain detects happiness more quickly than sadness

Our brains get a first impression of people's overriding social signals after seeing their faces for only 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds). Whether this impression is correct, however, is another question. Now an international ...

Jun 17, 2009
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Working out a timescale for quantum operations

One of the issues affecting quantum systems is coherence. Understanding coherence and how it breaks down (decoherence) is one of the keys to putting together a powerful quantum computer. And, because wires made from metal ...

Jun 17, 2009 feature
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Death Penalty Does Not Deter Murder, According to New Study

Eighty-eight percent of the country's top criminologists do not believe the death penalty acts as a deterrent to homicide, according to a new study published today in Northwestern University School of Law's Journal of Criminal ...

Jun 17, 2009
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Unusual shape of exploded star puzzles scientists

Penn State astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to produce a new image of a ghostly exploded star with an unusual shape in a galaxy near the Milky Way. Astronomers think the object may be ...

Jun 17, 2009
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IRS, Treasury want cell phone tax repealed

(AP) -- Remember the last time you used a company cell phone for a quick personal call - or text or e-mail? Did you record the value of that call and pay taxes on it as income?

Jun 17, 2009
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