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Custom Video Game Makes Grandpa As Good At Multitasking As Grandkids

Watch out.<p>Grandma may not be able to multitask quite as well as you can, but that doesn't mean she can't learn. In a new study, researchers developed a driving-based video game that helped 60-plus folks multitask better than twentysomethings who didn't play the game.<p>So much for so-called "digital …

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks<p>President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous …

The enduring legacy of Freud - Anna Freud

<b>The legacy of Sigmund Freud - the founder of psychoanalysis is well known. But perhaps less so is the impact his daughter Anna had, and continues to have, on child psychoanalysis.</b><p>Anna, the youngest of Freud's six children, was the only one to follow in her father's footsteps.<p>Her involvement began …

Sigmund Freud

E-cigarettes 'as effective' as nicotine patches

<b>Electronic cigarettes appear to be at least as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to give up smoking, research suggests.</b><p>The devices, which are rapidly growing in popularity, produce a vapour containing nicotine.<p>The findings, presented at the European Respiratory Society, showed similar …

Public Health

Embrace the Breakdown: A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Out of my greatest rejection came my greatest direction.<p>A crisis in Chinese means "opportunity." On the surface a crisis is unexpected, it creates uncertainty, chaos, and it threatens our current ways of being. When a crisis hits we become very focused and attuned to holding onto to the old, but …

Positive Thinking

Bangalore Gang Rape: 6 Men Get Life In Jail For Assault Of Law Student

A Indian court delivered a momentous decision in a Bangalore gang rape case Friday when it sentenced six men to life imprisonment for the sexual assault of a 21-year-old law student last year. The court also ordered them to pay a fine of 6,000 rupees (about $91) to the victim for her sustained …

Associated Press News

Crews could lose ground as Rim Fire gains speed in California

Hot, dry California weather through the weekend is expected to add fuel to the massive wildfire scorching Yosemite National Park, possibly undoing some of the gains fire crews have made in the past week, authorities said Friday.<p>The so-called Rim Fire has grown by 10,000 acres since Thursday, to …

GMC to check doctors' English skills

<b>The General Medical Council is to be given new powers to check the English-language skills of all doctors working in the UK, under government proposals.</b><p>At present it can only make language checks on doctors from outside Europe.<p>The government is carrying out a 12-week consultation on the changes.<p>In …

General Motors

Global Warming Update: Record Heat Is 4 Times More Likely Now Than In Pre-Industrial Times

Ugh, global warming.<p>Here's your latest global warming update: It's still happening. Intense heat is now four times more likely to strike in the U.S. than it was in pre-industrial times, according to a new study from Stanford University researchers.<p>July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the …

Gut bacteria 'may be obesity weapon'

<b>Bacteria living in our guts seem to be affecting our waistlines and harnessing them could lead to new ways of shedding the pounds, US research suggests.</b><p>The human body is teeming with thousands of species of microbes that affect health.<p>A study showed that transplanting gut bacteria from obese people …

Microbiology

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Tamu Massif is Largest Single Volcano on Earth

Tamu Massif is the largest single volcano on Earth. It is the size of the state of New Mexico. It is located about 1,000 miles east of Japan and is …

Remote-Controlled Helicopter Kills 19-Year-Old In Brooklyn

The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog is reporting that a 19-year-old man was killed today when the remote-controlled helicopter he was flying struck him in the head. A quoted official says the helicopter "scalped" his head, which is horrifying, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.<p>According …

DARPA wants to build a fleet of underwater drones for the Navy

DARPA wants to build a fleet of drones stationed beneath ocean waters around the world that can quickly deliver supplies and equipment to Navy personnel near coastlines, on submarines or ships, and even aboard airplanes. The program, called Hydra, is currently in the early planning stages — just …

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Mysterious mummy found in German attic by 10-year-old boy

A mummy that would seemingly be of Egyptian origin has been discovered a long way from its apparent home. A 10-year-old boy found the sarcophagus along with a mummified body in the attic of his house in Diepholz, Germany last month, reports the AFP. But while the sarcophagus is inscribed with …

Cleveland kidnappings: Ariel Castro 'hanged himself with bedsheet'

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison last month for imprisoning and raping three young women for a decade, hanged himself with a bedsheet in his prison cell, according to preliminary autopsy results.<p>Castro’s lawyers criticised the Ohio prison authorities after it emerged that …

‘Revenge porn’ law in California could pave way for rest of nation

A bill that would criminalize "revenge porn" — nude or sexual photos, generally of former wives or girlfriends, posted online by an angry ex — could pave the way for other states to adopt similar laws, putting perpetrators in jail for six months if convicted a first time, and up to a year for …

New Jersey

Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers'

<b>Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.</b><p>Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.<p>The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights …

Immune System

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

A week without water can easily kill the average person.<p>But a garden that goes unwatered for months may produce sweeter, more flavorful fruits than anything available in most mainstream supermarkets — even in the scorching heat of a California summer. Commercial growers call it "dry farming," and …

'Brain window' implant devised

<b>A "window to the brain" implant which would allow doctors to see through the skull and possibly treat patients has been devised by US researchers.</b><p>It uses a see-through version of the same material used for hip implants.<p>The team at University of California, Riverside, say it could allow lasers to be …

Mobile

The Dos and Don'ts of Making a Living and a Life

As I approach the second half of my 25th year of life, I look around and realize that most of my peers are embarking on their quarter-life crises. Having gone through mine a bit prematurely, I'd like to offer up one piece of advice. Accept that you can't plan every aspect of your life.<p>I know …

Happiness
Mobile

Google™ Strikes Bizarre Licensing Deal With Nestlé® To Name Next Android™ Kit Kat®

Google has apparently struck a wild licensing deal with Nestlé to use the name ‘KitKat’ for its next version of Android. Though the announcement of the name by Google’s Sundar Pichai this morning struck off an immediate wave of commentary, it seems to go deeper than just a name.<p>If you visit …

What Makes Someone A Light Sleeper?

<i>By Jennifer Warner Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, M.D.</i><p>For some people, the slightest noise awakens them at night. For others, the wailing siren of a passing fire truck doesn't disturb their slumber. Just why, though, remains a bit of a mystery.<p>Although many people are self-proclaimed light …

Nasal spray flu vaccine for all children rolled out in Wales

<b>A nasal spray flu vaccine will be be offered to all children from the age of two to stop the disease spreading.</b><p>GPs can give the needle-free vaccine to healthy two and three year olds from September across England, Wales and Scotland.<p>Eleven and 12 year olds will be offered the spray at school. The …

Public Health