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October 25, 2012
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How fear skews our spatial perception
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 25, 2012
That snake heading towards you may be further away than it appears. Fear can skew our perception of approaching objects, causing us to underestimate the distance of a threatening one, finds a study published in Current Biology. "Our results show that emotion and perception are not fully dissociable in the mind," says Emory psychologist Stella Lourenco, co-author of the study. "Fear can alter even basic aspects of how we perceive the world around us. This has clear implications for understanding cl ... read more

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New Stanford analysis provides fuller picture of human expansion from Africa
A new, comprehensive review of humans' anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of the "Out of Africa" expansion that occurred about 45,000 to 60,000 years ago. This ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

How a fish broke a law of physics
Reflective surfaces polarize light, a phenomenon that fishermen or photographers overcome by using polarizing sunglasses or polarizing filters to cut our reflective glare. However, PhD student ... more
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FARM NEWS

Rice agriculture accelerates global warming
More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published in Nature Cli ... more
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FARM NEWS

Combined pesticide exposure affects bumblebee colony success
Individual worker behaviour and colony success are both affected when bees are exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research conducted by Dr Richard Gill and Dr Nigel Raine at Royal ... more
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WHALES AHOY

A whale with a distinctly human-like voice
For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales - or at least one very special white whale - can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whal ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU keeps fishing subsidies, attacked by environmentalists
The EU agreed on Wednesday to maintain controversial fishing subsidies, sparking a sharp response from environmental groups who say the payments encourage overfishing of already stressed stocks. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Italy, Switzerland, Austria freeze sales of Novartis flu vaccines
Italian, Swiss and Austrian authorities on Wednesday halted the sale of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. ... more
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JILA team finds first direct evidence of 'spin symmetry' in atoms

Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Yale's cool molecules

Biomimetic photodetector 'sees' in color

Atoms to Product: Aiming to Make Nanoscale Benefits Life-sized

Novel 'butterfly' molecule could enable photoenergy devices

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EPIDEMICS

Mexico overcomes bird flu outbreak
Mexico declared Wednesday that it has overcome a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country that had triggered the slaughter of 22 million hens since June. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane makes direct hit on Jamaican capital
The crowded Jamaican capital took a direct hit Wednesday from Hurricane Sandy as hundreds took refuge in emergency shelters and poor slum dwellers in Kingston's sprawling shantytowns hunkered down. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Pirate killed off Somali coast: NATO
A pirate was killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire with a Dutch warship off the Somali coast. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

EU takes Italy back to court over illegal landfills
The European Commission said Wednesday it was hauling Italy back to court to seek a large fine after the country failed to clear up more than 250 landfills, some of them holding hazardous waste. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Flooding cut Nigerian oil output by around 20 percent
Severe flooding temporarily cut Nigeria's oil output by around 500,000 barrels per day, or some 20 percent of total production in Africa's largest crude producer, an industry regulator said Wednesday. ... more
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New images could crack ancient writings
British researchers say new technology may soon allow historians to crack the world's oldest as-yet undeciphered system of writing. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: I wish someone had said that
More than a century ago, the eccentric writer Oscar Wilde overheard George Bernard Shaw make a particularly witty remark. Wilde slyly muttered, no doubt with malice aforethought, the compliment "I wish I had said that!" Shaw, a literary competitor and no friend of Wilde's sensed a plagiarism in the making and retorted, "You will, Oscar. You will." ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

EU on track for Kyoto and 2020 emissions targets
The European Union (EU) will go beyond its targets to cut greenhouse gases by 2012 under the UN's Kyoto Protocol and is on course for meeting its goal for 2020, it reported on Wednesday. ... more
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Satellite used to control unmanned aerial vehicle

China defence ministry tells US to stop 'close-in' surveillance

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt China ties

UAE contracts for enhanced tactical communications

Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

Brazil taking sharp look at Russia's Pantsir-S1 air defense system

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SINO DAILY

China blames Dalai Lama for self-immolations
Beijing blamed exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for inciting a spate of self-immolations in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Chinese city to ban plastic surgery for minors
A Chinese city is set to ban minors from having cosmetic surgery under draft rules aimed at tackling the country's growing obsession with going under the knife, an official statement said. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Australia's Antarctic runway melting
Australia said Wednesday it was searching for a new aircraft landing site for planes supplying its three bases in Antarctica because the current runway is melting due to global warming. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China hits out at money-making religious sites
China's religious affairs ministry has lashed out at the rampant commercialisation of sacred places and temples in the country, including the practice of employing "fake monks" and fortune-tellers. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Pollution tax stokes Australian inflation
Australian inflation came in ahead of forecasts Wednesday, rising a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in the September quarter as electricity prices jumped following the introduction of a pollution tax. ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Study: Heat prolonged ancient extinctions
European scientists say they've discovered why a "dead zone" following the worst extinction of all time lasted so long - it was simply too hot to survive. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic seafloor said littered with plastic
The seabed in the arctic deep ocean is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste, a German researcher says, with twice as much debris as ten years ago. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Britain postpones controversial badger cull
Britain on Tuesday delayed controversial plans to cull thousands of badgers in a bid to fight bovine tuberculosis, in the latest U-turn by Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Zimbabwe weighs cost of too many elephants
A herd of elephants hobbles past a cluster of acacia trees to a water-hole deep in Zimbabwe's vast Hwange game reserve, attracted by the drone of generators pumping water round the clock into the pool. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Leonardo DiCaprio urges Antarctic ocean sanctuary
Leonardo DiCaprio urged a high-level Antarctic conservation meeting in Australia Tuesday to approve a sweeping Southern Ocean marine sanctuary to protect thousands of polar species. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China petition urges fair treatment of Bo Xilai
Hundreds of backers of disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai have urged parliament in an online petition not to expose him to a potentially unfair trial over alleged abuse of power and other charges. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan's radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace
Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Japan hopes medical tourists immune to China row
As relations between Tokyo and Beijing appear increasingly in need of major surgery, officials in the far north of Japan are hoping the infant industry of medical tourism can thrive unscathed. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Jamaica, Cuba issue hurricane warnings
Hurricane warnings were issued Tuesday for Jamaica and parts of Cuba as Tropical Storm Sandy gained strength in the southern Caribbean. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Improving effectiveness of solar geoengineering
Solar radiation management is a type of geoengineering that would manipulate the climate in order to reduce the impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. Ideas include increasing the amo ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

A sharper look into the past for archaeology and climate research
By using a new series of measurements of radiocarbon dates on seasonally laminated sediments from Lake Suigetsu in Japan, a more precise calibration of radiocarbon dating will be possible. In combin ... more
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