Samira Bamberger

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Certain People Are Much More Prone To Catch Contagious Yawns

Susceptibility seems to decrease with age.<p>If you see or hear somebody else yawn, or even think or read about yawning, there's a good chance that you may yourself yawn; between 40 and 60 percent of people are susceptible to contagious yawning. Previous studies (for example here and here) suggest …

The Science Of Bisexuality

It's complicated.<p>Bisexual folks have an image problem in America. Could science help?<p>A new feature, published in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, follows the efforts of the American Institute of Bisexuality to fund scientific studies on bisexuals. The institute works to combat damaging beliefs about …

Neanderthals and me: we go back a long way

Should you find yourself in the Natural History Museum between now and the end of September, wander past the diplodocus to the back of the central hall and turn left to make your way to the Jerwood gallery. In there, you'll find an astonishing collection of stone tools, cut-marked bones and other …

Hollywood’s Major Muslim Problem Doesn't End With 'Alice in Arabia'

A planned ABC Family show about a kidnapped American teenage girl, has been canceled. But can Hollywood confront its offensive stereotyping of Arabs …

Kenyan parliament passes polygamy law

Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians.<p>The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person.<p>The proposed …

Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support

<b>The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church.</b><p>The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years.<p>The cost - more than $20m (£12m) - will be borne by Japan's NTT Data …

Humanities

New "Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovered

The 66-million-year-old feathered dino resembled a giant, demonic bird.<p>A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the "chicken from hell" is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.<p>The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) <i>Anzu</i> …

China: Two dead in Xinjiang violence

<b>Police have shot dead an armed man who attacked a police officer in the far western region of Xinjiang, Chinese authorities say.</b><p>The suspect attacked a 29-year-old officer in Urumqi on Monday night, China's public security ministry said.<p>Police at the scene shot the man dead and the injured officer …

China

More than 2,000 migrants rescued off Italy in 48 hours

<b>Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 2,000 illegal migrants, many from North Africa, off Sicily's coast in the past 48 hours.</b><p>The announcement came a day after some 500 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla.<p>In response, the Spanish government has …

North Africa

Falkland Islands will be ours, says Argentina's new minister

Daniel Filmus, Argentina's 'Malvinas Secretary,' says he believes one day the Falklands will belong to Argentina – and that the negotiations would not be 'mission impossible'<p><b>Argentina</b>'s newly appointed Falklands Islands secretary has said he is convinced that the islands will one day be returned to …

Arrivederci Rome: Venice Votes On Independence Referendum

ROME – While the referendum over Crimea’s secession from Ukraine continues to make headlines worldwide, a much lower-profile poll for independence is gaining momentum in Italy: the vote for the breakaway of Venice.<p>Residents of the northern Italian region of Veneto – Venice being its main city – are …

Europe

Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings

Angry demonstrations in Athens after public buildings around the Acropolis and other landmarks included in privatisation list<p>Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime …

Glenn McDuffie, World War II Vet in Iconic Kissing Photo, Dies

A man who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a <i>Life</i> magazine …

World Records

U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English; Nigerians Love It

It's not often that a broadcast interview by a diplomat wows listeners, but a recent conversation involving the American ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, is causing a buzz – and winning applause.<p>The praise is not so much for the content of the interview or the pressing issues the …

Canada's Inuit face human trafficking fears | Canada

Inuit families sell their babies online, pimp out their daughters and turn a blind eye to human trafficking.<p>These are some of the claims made by Canadian consultant Helen Roos in a 159-page report released in November 2013, that presents anecdotal evidence of sexual abuse and human trafficking in …

Death sentence for Delhi rapists upheld

An Indian court has upheld the death sentence for four men convicted of raping and killing a medical student in New Delhi in December 2012.<p>The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the order to hang the four men handed down in their trial last September.<p>Mukhesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Akshay Thakur …

Dead Indian guru frozen by devotees

Ashutosh Maharaj's followers believe he is in a state of deep meditation and will return to life<p>Devotees of a dead guru in India have said they put his body in a freezer to preserve him as they believe he will return to life to lead them.<p>Ashutosh Maharaj was declared dead by authorities in Punjab …

Hinduism

No Self-Immolations by Locals in Tibet, Says Senior Chinese Government Official

Don’t be fooled by all those foreign news reports and incendiary images leaked at the risk of imprisonment. At the National People’s Congress (NPC) …

China

Last Year Was Bleak for Women in Film

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There's a reason Sandra Bullock felt so alone in <i>Gravity</i>: not only was her character stranded in …

Caribbean states demand reparations from European powers for slave trade

Most of the Caribbean nations have adopted a single plan to solicit from former slaving nations an apology, more aid and damages for 300 years of slavery, which they say have hobbled their economies and public health<p>A coalition of Caribbean countries has unveiled its demands for reparations from …

The Gender Gap Extends To Job Quality, Not Just Pay, Says Study

By Megan Gannon, News Editor<p>Published: 03/08/2014 09:33 AM EST on LiveScience<p>It's not just equal pay that women need to fight for in the workplace.<p>Women in industrialized nations lag behind men in most aspects of job quality, according to a new study. Women tend to be more stressed, they don't see …

No such thing as Englishness or Scottishness, says Scottish secretary

There is no such thing as Englishness or Scottishness, according to the Cabinet minister charged with holding the Union together<p>There is no such thing as Englishness or Scottishness, according to the Cabinet minister charged with holding the Union together.<p>Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish …

Serbia and Croatia’s Competing Genocide Claims

Serbia and Croatia have opened their competing genocide cases against each other at The Hague—and lawyers in Russia and Ukraine will surely be taking …

A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach

With mild weather ahead, southern Europe is once again bracing for new boatloads of would-be migrants and asylum seekers from North Africa.<p>Italy has borne the brunt of this migrant flow for two decades, and it has responded with one of Europe's most repressive laws on illegal immigration.<p>But now …