Scientists divided on pesticides and bee health
LONDON - Bee populations have been declining steadily in recent decades but there is scientific disagreement over the contribution of pesticides called neonicotinoids to falling bee numbers.
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Analysis: Public doubt on bird flu a ghost of China's past
BEIJING/LONDON - China has earned praise from international scientists for its handling of an outbreak of a deadly new bird flu in humans, but a history of public health cover-ups means the Chinese public is harder to win over.
Found 1 month ago on channel Reuters
Scientists design microchip which may reduce obesity
Scientists from the Imperial College of London are claiming to have designed an 'intelligent' microchip which can actually suppress the appetite. Researchers are about to start conducting animal trials of the electric implant.
Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Richard Gray reports that scientists have found a way to help anyone plagued by those annoying tunes that lodge themselves inside our heads and repeat on an endless loop — when snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain. The solution can be to solve some tricky anagrams to force the intrusive music out of your working memory allowing the music to be replaced with other more amenable thoughts. 'The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,' says Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington University who conducted the research. 'If you are cognitively engaged, it limits the ability of intrusive songs to enter your head.' Hyman says that the problem, called involuntary memory retrieval, is that something we can do automatically like driving or walking means you are not using all of your cognitive resource, so there is plenty of space left for that internal jukebox to start playing. Dr ...
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Outrage over Joe Biden's London, Paris $1M hotel bills
Republican opponents are berating Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter for running up more than $1 million in hotel bills for two nights in London and Paris in the midst of sequester spending cuts.