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iPhone Rings Off the Hook at Game Conference

At a conference that draws thousands of video game designers, big and small, it was the handheld iPhone that stole the spotlight at last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. USA TODAY's Mike Snider wraps up the week's revelations. iGames. The iPhone earned the attention it garnered at GDC. iPhone owners have shown increasing interest in portable games -- research firm comScore...

International Crew Starts Mars Mission Simulation

An international team of researchers entered a claustrophobic metal module in northern Moscow Tuesday to spend three months in windowless isolation intended to simulate the stress and fatigue of space flight to Mars. While a real mission to Mars could be at least 20 years away, Russian and European space officials say the experiment will help make it closer. The all-male crew of four Russians,...

Amphibians may develop immunity to fatal fungus

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, principally because of the spread of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. Researchers know that some amphibian populations and species are innately more susceptible to the disease than others. Recent preliminary evidence, described in the April issue of BioScience, suggests also that individual amphibians can sometimes develop resistance to...

Ants can learn to forage on one-way trails

Ant trails fascinate children and scientists alike. With so many ants traveling in both directions, meeting and contacting one another, carrying their loads and giving the impression that they have a sense of urgency and duty, they pose the following question: how do they organize themselves? A new study published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE may have some answers.

Childhood abuse associated with onset of psychosis in women

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London have published new research which indicates that women with severe mental illness are more likely to have been abused in childhood that the general population. But the same association has not been found in men.

Monkey business: Zoo a step ahead of pranksters (AP)

AP - If you get a message to call a "Mr. Don Key" on Wednesday, the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is one step ahead of you. The zoo, in an effort to stop the numerous prank calls it typically gets on April Fools' Day, has set up four hotlines for pranksters looking to dupe others. Numbers have been set up for such April Fools standbys as "Mr. Albert Ross," "Mr. C. Lyon," "Ms. Anna Conda," and the...

Pistachio warning could signal food safety shift

(AP) -- It could take weeks before health officials know exactly which pistachio products may be tainted with salmonella, but they've already issued a sweeping warning to avoid eating the nuts or foods containing them.