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Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’ Identified:

People who view pictures of someone they hate display activity in distinct areas of the brain that, together, may be thought of as a ‘hate circuit’, according to new research by scientists at UCL (University College London).

Soybeans No Longer ‘A Musical Fruit?’:

Soybeans may drop off the list of musical fruit. Scientists in Singapore are reporting victory over some consumers’ No. 1 complaint about soy products — the “flatulence factor” caused by indigestible sugars found in soy.

Red Enhances Men’s Attraction To Women, Psychological Study Reveals:

A groundbreaking study by two University of Rochester psychologists to be published online Oct. 28 by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology adds color–literally and figuratively–to the age-old question of what attracts men to women.

New Cell Division Mechanism Discovered:

A novel cell division mechanism has been discovered in a microorganism that thrives in hot acid. The finding may also result in insights into key processes in human cells, and in a better understanding of the main evolutionary lineages of life on Earth. The study is published October 28 in the online version the American National Academy of Sciences.

Undressing The Human Body: Program Created To Calculate Body Shape Under Clothing:

Imagine you are a police detective trying to identify a suspect wearing a trench coat, baggy pants and a baseball cap pulled low. Or imagine you are a fashion industry executive who wants to market virtual clothing that customers of all shapes and sizes can try online before they purchase.

How We See Objects In Depth: Brain’s Code For 3-D Structure:

A team of Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists has discovered patterns of brain activity that may underlie our remarkable ability to see and understand the three-dimensional structure of objects.

Fire Out Of Africa: A Key To The Migration Of Prehistoric Humans:

The ability to make fire millennia ago was likely a key factor in the migration of prehistoric hominids from Africa into Eurasia, a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology believes on the basis of findings at the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov archaeological site in Israel.

Bacteria Cause Old Buildings To Feel Off-color:

The assumption that time, weather, and pollution are what cause buildings to decline is only partly true. Bacteria are also responsible for the ageing of buildings and monuments – a process known as biodeterioration, where organisms change the properties of materials through their vital activities.

Light Shortens The Life Of Supermarket Vegetables:

According to various studies undertaken by researchers from the University of La Rioja, exposure to light reduces the quality of cauliflower, broccoli, chard, leeks and asparagus, which have been processed for sale.

Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact On Kids’ Health:

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

News Flash: Candidates’ Ads Actually Match Deeds In Congress:

If you think candidates never keep their promises and will say anything to get elected, you’re certainly not alone. And you’re not right, either.

Does Religion Make A Difference In Politics?:

From Barack Obama’s controversial pastor to Sarah Palin’s “secret religion”, religious values have continued to play a dominant role in the presidential election since John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic elected to president in 1960.

Increasing Number Of People Vaccinated Against Influenza Can Decrease Burden Of Disease:

As this year’s flu season gets underway in the northern hemisphere, new research finds that when it comes to flu vaccination, more appears to be better.

Improved Poverty Analysis: Early Warning System For Food Shortages:

In areas of extreme poverty it is often difficult to determine the standard of living. During her doctoral research in Uganda, Nicky Pouw developed a method to analyse relatively simple material and immaterial possessions that can serve, for example, as an early warning system for food shortages.

Snakes, Salamanders And Other Creatures Thrive In Areas With Higher Deer Populations:

Reducing the number of deer in forests and parks may unexpectedly reduce the number of reptiles, amphibians and insects in that area, new research suggests.