Archive: 09/5/2006

MRI On the Cheap and On the Go

When we hear the term “MRI,” most of us probably think of a special treatment room in a hospital with a huge doughnut-shaped machine that costs a lot of money and makes a lot of noise. Researchers with ...

Sep 05, 2006
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How did our Ancestors' Minds really work?

How did our evolutionary ancestors make sense of their world? What strategies did they use, for example, to find food? Fossils do not preserve thoughts, so we have so far been unable to glean any insights into ...

Sep 05, 2006
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Born with a superstitious brain

An unusual experiment, conducted by Bruce Hood, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Bristol, demonstrating that even the most rational people behave in irrational ways, became one of the star features ...

Sep 05, 2006
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Don't rely on cold reason - trust your intuition as well

Risk and uncertainty are part of modern life, but why does the possibility of terrorist bombs on aeroplanes, a new generation of nuclear power stations and a flu pandemic trigger public distrust in the powers-that-be? What ...

Sep 05, 2006
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Who gives stem cells their marching orders?

Researchers from the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) have shown that a single gene involved in embryonic development is responsible for two seemingly contradictory activities -- maintaining stem cells ...

Sep 05, 2006
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Unlocking the riddle of LCD re-use

Scientists at the University of York are to play a pivotal role in new research aimed at averting a growing environmental problem caused by discarded liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

Sep 05, 2006
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Anticipation Plays a Powerful Role in Human Memory

Psychologists have long known that memories of disturbing emotional events - such as an act of violence or the unexpected death of a loved one - are more vivid and deeply imprinted in the brain than mundane recollections ...

Sep 05, 2006
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Carbon-Nanotube Toxicity Test Tricks Scientists

Recent research has revealed that a standard cell-viability test may be causing carbon-nanotubes to “fake” toxicity. This work may explain why some studies have concluded that carbon nanotubes – which are being studied ...

Sep 05, 2006 feature
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Tougher rules sought on junk food ads

Experts attending the International Conference on Obesity in Sydney are calling for tougher rules to prevent promotion of junk food to children.

Sep 05, 2006
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