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Tendency to fear is strong political influence

It's no secret that fear is a mechanism often used in political campaigns to steer public opinion on hot-button issues like immigration and war. But not everyone is equally predisposed to be influenced by such a strategy, ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Social Sciences
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When the cell's two genomes collide

(Phys.org)—Plant and animal cells contain two genomes: one in the nucleus and one in the mitochondria. When mutations occur in each, they can become incompatible, leading to disease. To increase understanding ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Confirmed: How plant communities endure stress

(Phys.org)—The Stress Gradient Hypothesis holds that as stress increases in an ecosystem, mutually supportive interactions become more significant and negative interactions, such as competition, become ...

dateJan 30, 2013 in Ecology
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Next for Mars rover: Mountain mapping

All of planet Earth seemed to follow the rover Curiosity's harrowing descent to the surface of Mars. Curiosity's early discoveries showed that liquid water once flowed on the Martian surface, but the big ...

dateDec 07, 2012 in Space Exploration
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How native and exotic plants coexist

When people hear about exotic plants invading a new environment, there is usually a negative connotation. They often think of plants like kudzu, Chinese privet, or Japanese honeysuckle, whose thuggish behavior can push out ...

dateNov 30, 2012 in Ecology
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The 'grammar gotcha' and political speech

(Phys.org)—A long campaign season with genuine gaffes and alleged misstatements begins its culmination with the first presidential debate. Like many citizens, linguist Geoff Pullum, a visiting professor at Brown, will be ...

dateOct 04, 2012 in Social Sciences
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