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Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the strength-of-heart dept.
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."
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Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise 254

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-let-the-scurvy-get-you-down dept.
superapecommando writes "Too many hours spent playing videogames indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play videogames indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." At least the kids are eating enough snacks with iodized salt that we don't have to worry about goiters.
Games

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base dept.
mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"
OS X

+ - A Look at Snow Leopard, 10 Days In->

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blackbearnh
blackbearnh writes "It's been a fortnight since the release of OS X 10.6, and things have been relatively quite. No huge problems, but no midnight rushes on stores either. O'Reilly Media had a chat with Chris Seibold (author of the forthcoming Snow Leopard Pocket Guide) about how the rollout is going, and whether existing Apple junkies should upgrade now or wait. "10.6.1 will probably be out in a week so hey, go ahead and wait. But other than that, the big thing I guess it's kind of machine dependant, right? So if you've got a lot of money or you're a professional, you've got a Mac Pro and you've got 32-gigabytes of RAM in it. I mean I would run down to the Apple Store and upgrade because you'll get a lot more out of your computer. If you're just a user, there's a lot of little niceties. So the menus are better on the dock, the dock has a few extra features. Trying to pick five killer features when there's no killer features is really hard for this."
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Comment: Concept Design Competition (Score 1) 76

by jyak (#28714835) Attached to: Shiny New Space Fence To Monitor Orbiting Junk

This article didn't seem to mention the fact that other companies also received the same amount for concept development.

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/07/15/raytheon_gets_space_fence_contract/
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2009/063009_LM_AirForce_SpaceFence.html

Actually, after searching google news, no article paints the complete picture with awards going to all three competitors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

PC Games (Games)

Video Racing Games May Spur Risky Driving 428

Posted by Hemos
from the get-out-of-my-way dept.
kiwimate writes "A study concludes that people who play car racing games may be more likely to take risks and drive aggressively when driving in real life. According to the article, "The study appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, published by the American Psychological Association"." Just because after I play Grand Theft Auto I want to ram other cars does not mean I'm a worse driver. Honest.
Patents

Companies Asked to Donate Unused Patents 140

Posted by Hemos
from the bring-out-yer-dead dept.
Radon360 writes "There are countless patents that are promising but sitting idle, stowed in the corporate file room. In fact, about 90 percent to 95 percent of all patents are idle. Countless patents sit unused when companies decide not to develop them into products. Now, not-for-profit groups and state governments are asking companies to donate dormant patents so they can be passed to local entrepreneurs who try to build businesses out of them. "

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