Alex Hepburn

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Can We Unlearn Social Biases While We Sleep?

Putting gender and race stereotypes to bed<p>Your brain does a lot when you are asleep. It’s when you consolidate memories and integrate the things you’ve learned during the day into your existing knowledge structure. We now have lots of evidence that while you are sleeping, specific memories can be …

Welcome to the Red State HIV Epidemic

Republican governors face tough decisions as the disease spreads in middle America.<p>It wasn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Austin, a one-doctor-and-an-ice-cream-shop town of 4,200 in southeastern Indiana, nestled off Interstate 65 on the road from Indianapolis to Louisville, where dusty …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Louisiana: Vouchers don't segregate

A closely watched school voucher program that has come under scrutiny from the Obama administration because of worries it may harm federal desegregation efforts doesn’t have that effect, according to an analysis of the program the state filed in federal court late Thursday.<p>And Louisiana said the …

'Ferrari Of Space' Crashes And Burns In Earth's Atmosphere

More than a ton of advanced electronics, including an ion engine and sensors that help detect variations in gravity, crashed into Earth's atmosphere Sunday night, when the European GOCE satellite ended its four-year mission. Most of the 2,425-pound craft disintegrated when it re-entered the …

US to destroy 6-ton stockpile of illegal ivory this week

In a first, U.S. officials are going to destroy their massive stockpile of illegal ivory this week, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers.<p>On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will pulverize nearly 6 tons (5.4 tonnes) of illegal ivory items, from whole tusks …

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Plans for Europe's biggest open-cast gold mine in Romania are thrown out

In Bucharest a cross-party parliamentary commission has voted against a bill which would have given the green light to Europe’s biggest open-cast gold mine to start working.<p>The vote against the project in Rosia Montana was unanimous. The commission recommended a new draft law for all mining in the …

Dozens executed in North Korea 'for watching foreign films'

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.<p>South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.<p>In one case, the local authorities rounded up …

Exercise during pregnancy gives babies' brains a boost

Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise!<p>Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens, middle-aged adults and kids. …

Iran and US trade blame over failed deal

Iran and the United States have blamed each other for the failure to reach an agreement on a deal to limit Iran's uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions in talks in Geneva.<p>Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry's …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures