Archive: 10/5/2007

From stick figures to artificial intelligence

Like a lot of guys his age, Brian Tanner used to be glued to a computer while he was junior-high student in Winnipeg. He especially liked to tinker around with some software that allowed him to manipulate little stick figures ...

Oct 05, 2007
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Fair Play in Chimpanzees

New research from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany shows that unlike humans, chimpanzees conform to traditional economic models. The research, conducted by Keith Jensen, ...

Oct 05, 2007
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Subatomic particles and giant magnets

Lest anyone be tempted to think of Stanley Hall’s giant magnet as a $5 million toy for fun-starved quantitative scientists, Jeff Pelton is eager to set the record straight. Pelton, a spectroscopist who manages ...

Oct 05, 2007
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European panel condemns creationism effort

European lawmakers approved a report condemning efforts to teach creationism in schools, underscoring concern about an emerging socially conservative agenda.

Oct 05, 2007
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Genes from the father facilitate the formation of new species

The two closely related bird species, the collared flycatcher and the pied flycatcher, can reproduce with each other, but the females are more strongly attracted to a male of their own species. This has been shown by an ...

Oct 05, 2007
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Another piece in the dark matter puzzle

Most scientists agree that most of the matter in the universe is dark. Dark matter, which is undetectable through direct observation, can only be inferred because of its effects on the matter that we can see.

Oct 05, 2007 feature
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VA investigating nine deaths

The Veterans Health Administration is investigating nine patient deaths linked to surgeries at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill.

Oct 05, 2007
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Woman wins lawsuit over sponge

A Florida jury has awarded more than $2.4 million to a woman whose doctor left a foot-long sponge in her pelvis after she gave birth.

Oct 05, 2007
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