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Neural responses indicate our willingness to help

Witnessing a person from our own group or an outsider suffer pain causes neural responses in two very different regions of the brain. And, the specific region activated reveals whether or not we will help the person in need. Researchers studied the brain responses of soccer fans and now have neurobiological evidence for why we are most willing to help members of our own...

Research identifies the herbal supplements that are effective in treating anxiety

A systematic review of research into the use of nutritional supplements for the treatment of anxiety disorders has found strong evidence for the use of extracts of passionflower or kava and combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine. Researcherspooled the results of 24 studies involving a total of more than 2000 participants, showing that some nutritional and herbal supplements can be effective,...

Hubble astronomers uncover an overheated early universe

If you think global warming is bad, 11 billion years ago the entire universe underwent, well, universal warming. The consequence was that fierce blasts of radiation from voracious black holes stunted the growth of some small galaxies for a stretch of 500 million years. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) to identify an era, from 11.7 to 11.3 billion...

Cisco Unveils Video Telepresence for Your HDTV

You get home from work but have to talk to business team members in Japan. Rather than a phone call, you "meet" with them through the high-definition TV in your living room. That scenario could become commonplace if a new telepresence product for the home announced Wednesday by Cisco catches on. The San Jose, Calif.-based company said the new product, called umi telepresence, is a first-of-its...

SAP Rolls Out a Mobile CRM App for the BlackBerry

In a move that highlights the importance of customer relationship management on the go, SAP's Sybase has introduced an application that makes the BlackBerry a mobile CRM tool. The app may remind some business users of the importance of owning a Research In Motion device. Dubbed Mobile Sales for SAP CRM for BlackBerry, Sybase is calling it a "super app." The application paves the way for sales,...

Scientists See New Bugs, Frogs in Papua New Guinea

A thumbnail-sized frog with a long snout, a brilliant green katydid with bright pink eyes and a mouse with a white-tipped tail are among 200 species scientists have discovered in Papua New Guinea. The findings were unveiled this week by Washington D.C.-based Conservation International, whose researchers discovered a kaleidoscopic array of critters during two expeditions to the South Pacific...

U.S. Astronaut Excited About Upcoming Space Mission

When U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly blasts off to the International Space Station, he will have one unlikely consolation as he begins five months away from his family -- his identical twin will drop by. Kelly and Russia's Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka will take off early Friday on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome leased by Russia in southern Kazakhstan for a five-month...

FDA Vows To Modernize Its Science

The Food and Drug Administration must update its scientific tools for reviewing prescription drugs, medical devices and tracking food safety, according to a list of priorities laid out Wednesday by agency leadership. An agency paper posted online says that improved scientific standards will help speed up the approval of important new products, while spotting safety problems sooner. FDA...

Hungary's Toxic Red Sludge Reaches the Danube

The toxic red sludge that burst out of a metals plant reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube on Thursday, but an Hungarian emergency official said no immediate damage was evident on Europe's second-longest river. The European Union and environmental officials had feared an environmental catastrophe affecting half a dozen nations if the red sludge, a waste product of...

Japan Looking To Sell 'Smart' Cities to the World

There were gadgets and robots galore at Japan's premier electronics show this week. But one of the biggest attractions wasn't anything you could touch -- an energy efficient city of the future. For the first time, the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, better known as Ceatec, devoted one area of the show floor to selling a vision of urban life in 2020 and beyond. The Japanese...

Rare Acne Linked to Alzheimer's (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - A study of the genetic mechanism behind acne inversa - a skin disorder that can look similar to other types of acne but shows up only in areas such as the armpit and inner thigh - provides new insight into the development of early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease.