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The body politic: Can we tell from pols' faces if they're competent?

We really do judge a book by its cover—and, it seems, the competence of politicians by their faces. What's more, adults and kids see the same competence—or, as the case may be, ineptitude—in a person's visage, which helps explain why children can accurately predict presidential elections, according to new research published today in Science ...

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Could a blood pressure drug dim bad memories?

In the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , a character played by Jim Carrey visits an eccentric scientist who wipes out the bad memories of his relationship with Kate Winslet's character using a machine that maps their location in his brain and systematically deletes them...

February 16, 2009 — Jordan Lite

What will it take to get you to stop smoking? How about cold, hard cash?

Seventy percent of smokers in the U.S. say they want to quit, but studies show that only 2 percent to 3 percent manage to kick the habit each year. Incentives for quitting—avoiding potentially deadly lung cancer and premature wrinkling, saving thousands of dollars annually (in money spent on cigarettes and medical bills stemming from health-related ills), and perhaps even becoming president of the United States—are just not enough, it seems...

February 11, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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