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Hang out at the water cooler, live longer

Companies like Google and Zappos.com are famous for their "work hard, play hard" attitudes and friendly work environments, but are their employees healthier too? According to a Tel Aviv University researcher, a positive relationship with your co-workers has long-term health benefits.

La Ninas distant effects in East Africa

For 20 000 years, climate variability in East Africa has been following a pattern that is evidently a remote effect of the ENSO phenomenon (El Niño Southern Oscillation) known as El Niño/La Niña. During the cold phase of La Niña, there is marginal rainfall and stronger winds in East Africa, while the El Niño warm phase leads to weak wind conditions with frequent rain....

Large variations in Arctic sea ice

For the last 10,000 years, summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has been far from constant. For several thousand years, there was much less sea ice in The Arctic Ocean – probably less than half of current amounts. This is indicated by new findings by the Danish National Research Foundation for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen. The results of the study will be published in the journal...

Neuroscientists identify how the brain remembers what happens and when

New York University neuroscientists have identified the parts of the brain we use to remember the timing of events within an episode. The study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Science, enhances our understanding of how memories are processed and provides a potential roadmap for addressing memory-related afflictions.

New study shows how to eliminate motion sickness on tilting trains

An international team of researchers led by scientists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that motion sickness on tilting trains can be essentially eliminated by adjusting the timing of when the cars tilt as they enter and leave the curves. They found that when the cars tilt just at the beginning of the curves instead of while they are making the turns, there was no motion sickness....

Poorly controlled asthma costly

Poorly controlled asthma more than doubles healthcare costs associated with the disease and threatens educational achievement through a dramatic increase in school absence, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. The research team reported in the August 2011 issue of The Archives of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology that children with "very poorly controlled" asthma missed an average of 18...

Research team finds species share perceptual capabilities that affect how communication evolves

A research team that included Hamilton E. Farris, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Otorhinolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, reveals that two entirely different species show similar perception of auditory cues that drive basic biological functions; that these perceptions may be universally shared among animals; and that such perception may also limit the...

RIM Faces an Uphill Battle in U.S. Smartphone Market

Research In Motion unveiled five new smartphones Wednesday powered by RIM's refreshed BlackBerry 7 operating system. Though AT&T and Sprint Nextel have slated the latest BlackBerry handsets for launch later this year, reversing RIM's U.S. smartphone market slide won't be easy. The good news for RIM is that the BlackBerry 7 OS has achieved a measure of parity with Google's Android and Apple's...

IdeaPad Tablet K1 from Lenovo Coming for $499.98

Lenovo's Android-based IdeaPad Tablet K1 unveiled last month is slated to begin shipping to U.S. customers on Aug. 15 at a price of $499.99 for the model with 32GB of storage memory. And Lenovo's Android-based ThinkPad Tablet for business professionals is scheduled to become available on Aug. 23 for $479.99. Both of the new media tablets run Google's Android 3.1, Honeycomb, which is...

Wireless network in hospital monitors vital signs, even as patients move about

A clinical warning system undergoing a feasibility study will include wireless sensors that take blood oxygenation and heart-rate readings from at-risk patients once or twice a minute. The data and lab results in the electronic medical record will be continually scrutinized by a machine-learning algorithm looking for signs of clinical deterioration. If any such signs are found, the system will...