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Sheep that shed light on personality differences

The team led by Denis Reale, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UQAM and Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Ecology, recently completed a study showing the link between personality, survival and reproductive success in male bighorn sheep.

Obama CIO Advocates Cloud Computing To Cut Costs

A cloud-computing initiative was outlined Tuesday by the Obama administration. It aims to cut costs and reduce the government's environmental impact. Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. chief information officer, said the government has been building multiple data centers, so many that about a quarter of its $76 billion IT budget goes to infrastructure. He noted that the Department of Homeland...

Kepler and the Search for Life in Our Galaxy

(PhysOrg.com) -- There are so many stars in our galaxy that even if planets with complex life (animals and plants) are rare - say one for every billion stars - there could still be dozens here in the Milky Way. But we are just beginning to learn about worlds beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, so we really don't have a good idea of what the chances are for advanced life. That's where...

Researchers study insecticide-free method for control of soybean aphids

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two Iowa State University researchers are examining a new method of controlling soybean aphids without the use of chemical pesticides.Bryony Bonning, professor of entomology, and Allen Miller, professor of plant pathology and director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, are looking at a way to genetically modify soybeans to prevent damage from aphids.

Scary music is scarier with your eyes shut

The power of the imagination is well-known: it's no surprise that scary music is scarier with your eyes closed. But now neuroscientist and psychiatrist Prof. Talma Hendler of Tel Aviv University's Functional Brain Center says that this phenomenon may open the door to a new way of treating people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases.

Greens target oil sands before Harper meets Obama (Reuters)

Reuters - Environmentalists shut down a Canadian oil sands mine on Tuesday in a series of protests on the eve of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit with U.S. President Barack Obama, aimed at pressing their case that the projects undermine the fight against climate change.

Lenovo Ships Multi-Touch ThinkPad Tablet and Notebook

Lenovo has begun shipping two multi-touch computing devices aimed at enterprise users. The world's fourth-largest PC maker also unveiled a new application called SimpleTap, which promises to bring simplicity to the touchscreens. Leading the charge is Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 Tablet with Intel's 1.4-GHz Core 2 Duo processor and graphics media accelerator which targets people in sales, health care...