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July 3 2014

Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed


With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to a new report. The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s.

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July 3 2014

Psychotropic Drugs Affect Men and Women Differently


Sex differences in the body's response to medication have long been overlooked. In fact, until the 1990s women were banned from participating in clinical trials in the U.S. Yet women are now almost twice as likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication as men, and research suggests that their different hormones, body composition and metabolism may make them more sensitive to certain drugs. Further, women are between 50 and 75 percent more likely to experience side effects.

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July 3 2014

Ouija Board Possession Linked to Brugmansia


Here’s some good news for anyone who was contemplating trashing their Ouija board after the story last week about three young adults in Mexico who claimed they were possessed by demons after using one, including a girl who was videotaped screaming and struggling in the EMS vehicle on the way to the hospital. It turns out the odd behavior was caused not by demons but by Brugmansia, a drug used by shamans.

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July 3 2014

Exorcist Association Gets Green Light From Vatican


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal.

The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy had approved the organization's statutes and recognized the group under canon law.

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July 3 2014

Only 25 Minutes Of Mindfulness Meditation Will Reduce Stress


While investigating how mindfulness meditation affects people's ability to be resilient under stress, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania found that brief mindfulness meditation practice -- 25 minutes for three consecutive days -- alleviates psychological stress.

"More and more people report using meditation practices for stress reduction, but we know very little about how much you need to do for stress reduction and health benefits,".

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July 3 2014

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain


ONE moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Scientists have been probing individual regions of the brain for over a century, exploring their function by zapping them with electricity and temporarily putting them out of action. Despite this, they have never been able to turn off consciousness – until now.

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July 3 2014

UK 'Porn Filters' Block One Fifth Of All Websites


One in five of all websites are blocked by at least one default ISP filter in the UK, an anti-censorship campaign group has found.

Since the beginning of this year, British ISPs have automatically been imposing filters on new broadband customers unless specifically asked not to do so.

But one-fifth of websites is an astonishing proportion – much, much more than most authoritarian regimes ever manage.

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July 3 2014

Boston Is Setting Up ‘Smart Benches’ In Parks Across The City


As the Internet of Things grows larger, we can now add benches to the list of things like watches, cars, phones, and everything else that comes in a “smart” variety.

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas, will pop up in Boston parks over the next week, the Boston Globe reports. In addition to offering you a place to sit, the benches will feature plugs to charge your smartphone, and will also wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based information, like air quality data.

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July 2 2014

The Engineer Who Said The Ark Of The Covenant Was A Giant Capacitor


Among the many lessons to be found in the Bible, prominent among them is "Look, but don't touch." When an Israelite named Uzzah laid hands upon the Ark of The Covenant, he was struck down by God. But, in 1933, an engineering professor theorized that the real cause of death was 10,000 volts of static electricity.

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July 2 2014

Plato Invented the First Alarm Clock


When you get up in the morning, take a moment to curse the ancient Greeks. One of them, Plato, invented the thing that torments you. Learn the story of the earliest alarm clocks.

Despite their love of logical rigor, people weren't always exact in the ancient world. Without easy access to precise time-keeping, it was difficult to be exact. But even back then, some people weren't fans of waiting around for a crowd to show up, and Plato was one of those people. He needed to find a way to get himself, and his students, up at a certain time. And so he invented one.

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July 2 2014

Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains: Quest for elusive bugs spurred primate tool use


Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors of humans and other primates, suggests research from Washington University in St. Louis.

"Challenges associated with finding food have long been recognized as important in shaping evolution of the brain and cognition in primates, including humans."

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July 2 2014

Ancient tooth offers clues to how and when monkeys left Africa


The monkey roadmap out of Africa has a new timetable and route, thanks to a tiny tooth plucked from the Arabian desert.

Yale anthropologist Andrew Hill and a group of international colleagues found the fossil, a monkey molar 6.5 to 8 million years old, in the sand on Abu Dhabi's Shuwaihat Island, in the United Arab Emirates. They determined it belonged to the earliest known guenon, a group of monkeys previously known only on the African continent.

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July 2 2014

Cichlid fish memory lasts for days, not seconds


African cichlid fish have a memory span of up to twelve days, a new study has shown.

Researchers trained the fish to go to one end of a tank for food before they then rested them for 12 days.

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July 2 2014

Are Dogs Colorblind?


Dogs do have a unique way of seeing the world. But despite what you might have heard, the canine perspective isn't black and white. Dogs, like the humans who love them, can see colors. They just can't see as many colors as their handlers. This is because dogs only have two kinds of color-detecting cells (or cones) within their retinas.

Most human retinas, by contrast, contain three kinds of cones, allowing them to see more of the wavelengths along the visible spectrum.

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July 2 2014

Drunken monkeys: What animals tell us about our thirst for booze


Ever since childhood, when he saw his father descend into alcoholism, evolutionary physiologist Robert Dudley has been curious about humans' strong attraction to booze.

The notion crystallized one day 18 years ago in the monkey-filled jungles of Panama, when he observed an abundance of rotting fruit littering the forest floor, fragrant with the smell of alcohol. Perhaps, he thought, the odor of alcohol in fermenting, overripe fruit actually draws monkeys to the trees, normally hidden among the lush greenery, where nourishing fruit are most abundant.

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July 2 2014

Do Animals Have Rhythm?


When researchers reported recently that they had managed to get captive bonobo apes to pick up a beat and play along briefly on a drum, it was merely the latest entry in what has begun to look like a multi­species musical extravaganza. Just in the past year or so, scientists have given us a California sea lion bobbing its head to “Boogie Wonderland” and a chimp in Japan spontaneously playing a keyboard in time with a simple beat. Before that, there were romantically inclined mosquitoes harmonizing their whining wing beats.

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July 2 2014

Cuckoos' shameless egg-laying tactics revealed


Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs while magpie mothers are still sitting on their nests, a study has shown.

Cuckoos are known for deceiving other birds into raising their young by depositing their eggs into host nests.

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