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Low-status leaders are ignored

People who are deemed social misfits or "losers" aren't effective leaders, even if they are crusading for a cause that would benefit a larger group, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Texas and Universitat de Valencia.

Researchers find mathematical patterns to forecast earthquakes

Researchers from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) and the Universidad de Sevilla (US) have found patterns of behaviour that occur before an earthquake on the Iberian peninsula. The team used clustering techniques to forecast medium-large seismic movements when certain circumstances coincide.

Researchers identify rising incidence of valvular heart diseases in New York state

The incidence of hospitalization and treatment for heart valve diseases in New York State has constantly and progressively risen since the early 1980s, according to research presented at the recent meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The study results were published in a supplement to the AHA journal, Circulation.

Smoking may thin the brain

Many brain imaging studies have reported that tobacco smoking is associated with large-scale and wide-spread structural brain abnormalities.

Obama reverses oil drill expansion after BP spill (AFP)

AFP - President Barack Obama on Wednesday reversed a March decision to expand offshore oil exploration to the Atlantic Ocean and eastern Gulf of Mexico, but allowed deepwater drilling to continue in the part of the Gulf hit by the BP...

Hackers Steal Lady Gaga, Timberlake Tracks Online

Two German hackers allegedly stole and sold unreleased tracks from pop stars including Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake via the Internet, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday. A 17-year-old disc-jockey from the city of Duisburg and a 23-year-old from nearby Wesel allegedly wrote simple programs -- called Trojans because of their ability to enter private networks -- to access unreleased tracks...

WikiLeaks Web Site Blocked Behind Chinese Firewall

Links to the WikiLeaks Web site were blocked within China on Wednesday amid potentially embarrassing claims made in leaked U.S. diplomatic cables posted to the site. Attempts to access wikileaks.org and cablegate.wikileaks.org were met with a notice saying the connection had been reset. That's the standard response when a Web site is being blocked by Chinese authorities who exert rigid controls...

As Browser Habits Shift, the Race Is on for Contenders

When Dawn Shrum was in college a few years ago, her one and only Web browser was Microsoft Internet Explorer. Boy, has her browsing changed since then. The 26-year-old online marketing analyst for Itron, a smart-metering company in Spokane, Wash., now often uses four at once: IE; Google's blur-fast Chrome; non-profit Mozilla Foundation's Firefox; and Apple's Safari, when on her Mac. The...

Customers Pay by Swiping Smartphones, Not Credit Cards

That smartphone in your pocket might soon replace your credit card. Dozens of wireless carriers, handset manufacturers and Silicon Valley start-ups are working toward that goal, fueled by the massive adoption of iPhones, Androids and BlackBerry models. The idea is that instead of reaching into your wallet for your credit card, you'll instead drag out your phone and swipe it to pay -- either via...

MRI Holds Promise of Better Autism Diagnoses (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - The way autism is diagnosed could become less subjective by using a brain-imaging-based test that is being developed by researchers and that, in early trials, was 94 percent accurate. Autism is now diagnosed through a symptom-based test: A health-care provider observes a patient for the characteristics outlined in the psychology reference book, "The Diagnostic and...

Senators Vow To Enforce NASA Authorization Act (SPACE.com)

SPACE.com - WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers accused the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of trying to undermine legislation directing NASA to develop a heavy-lift rocket while continuing work on a deep-space capsule and said they intend to see to it that the law is followed.

Biochemists develop new method for preventing oxidative damage to cells

(PhysOrg.com) -- The discovery by UCLA biochemists of a new method for preventing oxidation in the essential fatty acids of cell membranes could lead to a new class of more effective nutritional supplements and potentially help combat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and perhaps Alzheimer's.

Google TV options have kinks to work out

When it comes to getting content from the Internet on their TVs, consumers have a growing number of options, from Internet-connected TVs to game consoles to an assortment of digital set-top boxes.

Researchers identify why diabetes risk increases as we age

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study led by researchers from Yale School of Medicine shows that enhancing activity of a gene in the mitochondria, the power plant of the cell, prevents damage that can trigger type 2 diabetes. The study appears in the December 1 issue of Cell Metabolism.

Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050

(PhysOrg.com) -- A joint project by universities in Algeria and Japan is planning to turn the Sahara desert, the largest desert in the world, into a breeding ground for solar power plants that could supply half the world’s electrical energy requirements by 2050.

Some UFOs may be explained as ball lighting

(PhysOrg.com) -- An Australian scientist studying photographs of fireballs, UFO sightings and a report of a strange green light in the sky suggests some UFOs may be ball lightning caused by fireball meteors.