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Video gaming prepares brain for bigger tasks

Playing video games for hours on end may prepare your child to become a laparoscopic surgeon one day, a new study has shown. Reorganization of the brain's cortical network in young men with significant experience playing video games gives them an advantage not only in playing the games but also in performing other tasks requiring visuomotor...

'Coreshine' sheds light on the birth of stars: Astronomers discover a new phenomenon in molecular clouds

Science is literally in the dark when it comes to the birth of stars, which occurs deep inside clouds of gas and dust. These clouds are completely opaque to ordinary light. Now, a group of astronomers has discovered a new astronomical phenomenon that appears to be common in such clouds, and promises a new window onto the earliest phases of star formation. The phenomenon -- infra red light that is...

Bioreactor could improve treatment for children with 'water on the brain'

A recent study could help find ways to improve shunt systems used to treat the neurological disorder hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain," the leading cause of brain surgery for children in the United States. Researchers studied the shunt systems under a variety of conditions by creating a bioreactor that mimics the environment inside...

Zuckerberg Gives Newark $100 Million as Movie Opens

Can a $100 million donation counter a hit movie? That question is being asked in the wake of news that Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has given a huge gift to Newark public schools -- just before the release of The Social Network movie. The donation was to be announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday with appearances by Zuckerberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris...

Europe agrees on review of offshore drilling (AP)

AP - European coastal nations agreed Friday to review rules for offshore drilling, but said each country should decide individually on how to improve safety oil rig safety to avoid disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Twitter Attack Triggered by 'Helpful' Japanese Hacker

This week's Twitter attack that caused a widespread headache for the micro-blogging service appears to have been triggered by a Japanese computer hacker who says he was only trying to help. The attack, which emerged and was shut down within hours Tuesday morning, involved a "cross-site scripting" flaw that allowed users to run JavaScript programs on other computers. The originator is...

Behind-the-Scenes Drama Complicates Video Rentals

Apple CEO Steve Jobs sang a familiar tune this month when he described a big selling point for his newly revamped Apple TV. The device, which connects TV sets to the Internet, will make it "really simple" for people to rent movies on demand, he said. Maybe it will be simple. But the cascade of new products, policies and pricing schemes for watching movies at home is making one of the USA's most...

JetBlue Signs Deal for Onboard Satellite Wi-Fi

JetBlue said Wednesday it signed a deal to install satellite broadband Internet and TV service on its fleet of 160 planes. The airline is partnering with telecommunications company ViaSat Inc. to begin installing the service by the end of 2012. The system must be tested and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration before the airline can roll it out on all of its planes. JetBlue...

Today's mystery bird for you to identify

This North American mystery bird is a spectacular example of convergent evolution because it is very similar in appearance to another (not closely related) species with an overlapping range. Can you name this species and the species it closely resembles?Mystery Bird photographed in southern California, USA. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]Image: Steve Duncan, 2010 [larger...