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Number of Americans using antidepressants doubles

anti-depressantsAntidepressant use has shot up dramatically over the last decade or so, including among children, while visits to psychiatrists have continued to fall, according to a new study. As of 2005, the most recent year for which data was available, about 27 million people, or 10 percent of Americans, were taking antidepressants. That’s twice the number who were taking such drugs in 1996, according to the study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, which looked at about 50,000 children and adults. Full Story : FierceHealth…..

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Terrorists could use Internet to launch Nuclear Attack

iran-nuclear-plantAccording to research, terrorists groups could soon use the internet to help set off a devastating nuclear attack. This may be an easier alternative for terrorist groups than building or acquiring a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb themselves. Cyber-terrorists could provoke a nuclear launch by spoofing early warning and identification systems or by degrading communications networks. Full Story :¬† Technology.am….

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India launches nuclear submarine

IndiaIndia has launched its first indigenously built nuclear-powered submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles. The submarine, once in service, will give the country the capability to fire nuclear weapons from sea besides land and air. India plans to build a fleet of five nuclear-powered submarines. Defense experts have estimated that India has between 50 and 100 nuclear warheads. VOANews.com….

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Sunflower Seeds Lower Cholesterol

sunflower-seedsAmerican scientists found out that sunflower seeds have very high phytosterol content (about 270-290 mg in 100 g). Phytosterols are chemical compounds of natural origin, which have unique properties to control the levels of cholesterol. Phytosterols are plant components that have a chemical structure similar to cholesterol except for the addition of an extra methyl or ethyl group. Phytosterols reduce cholesterol absorption, although the exact mechanism is not known, and thus reduce circulating levels of cholesterol. Full Story : Elements4health.com…..

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Sophos: Social networking sites must improve security

PhishingSecurity firm Sophos, in their latest Security Threat Report, says that recent trends all point to the same thing; criminals are targeting social networking sites. As social portals like Twitter, Facebook , MySpace, and LinkedIn have grown in popularity, so have the attacks on their users. In response to this, Sophos says these sites need to step-up security measures. They propose that there needs to be strong awareness training for users on these sites, so that personal and business information can remain protected. Full Story : Techherald.com…..

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Jews and Muslims did worship together at Dome of the Rock

IslamJews and Muslims once worshiped together at the Dome of the Rock, and many Jews considered it to be the Third Temple, according to research compiled by Dr. Moshe Sharon. In his study, The Shape of the Holy the Hebrew University professor theorizes that the Dome of the Rock‚Äôs construction challenged Christian dominance in the city, and that the Islamic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad‚Äôs Night Journey and ascension to heaven from this spot was an invention to legitimize their presence in Jerusalem. Full Story : Ivarfejld….

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Apple drops to No. 5 in laptop sales

Mac BookAccording to research firm IDC, Apple has dropped from the No. 4 purveyor of laptops in the U.S. last year to No. 5 this spring. The firm estimates that Apple has shipped 12.5 percent fewer laptops than the same time last year, even as it maintained its 7.6 percent market share. Leapfrogging Apple to take the No. 4 spot is Toshiba, now estimated to be shipping 7.7 percent of all laptops in the U.S., thanks to system such as the Mini NB205 Netbook. IDG estimates that Dell remains No. 1, with 26.3 percent of the market, closely followed by HP, with Acer showing strong year-over-year growth to hit 12.6 percent of the American market. Full Story : Cnet.com….

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Study Predicts Market Dominance for Electric Cars by 2030

chinese-electric-carElectric cars could comprise 64-86 percent of light vehicle sales by 2030, provided that consumers don‚Äôt have to buy the batteries themselves, according to a new study from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley. To build the infrastructure for battery charging and swapping systems over the next few decades, the cost may exceed $320 billion, the study found. Full Story : Environmentalleader.com…..

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Taliban’s influence rising in Afghanistan, Study says

TalibanAccording to the findings of a study released Tuesday, the influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is growing among its traditional Pashtun population while the radical Islamist grouping increasingly appeals to non-Pashtuns too. Mounting anger over the conduct of foreign troops had contributed to the convergence of the groups that had previously supported the international engagement in the country, according to the study published by the independent Afghan Analysis Network.Full Story : Sindhtoday.com…..

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Twitter hacked by old technique — again

TwitterFor the third time this year, the San Francisco-based company was the victim of a security breach stemming from a simple end-run around its defenses: A hacker guessed the password for an employee’s personal e-mail account and worked from there to steal confidential company documents. The techniques used by the attackers highlight the dangers of a broader trend promoted by Google Inc. and others toward storing more data online, instead of on computers under your control. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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30% Social Network Users Encountered Scams

computer-spyingAccording to research recently conducted by security firm Webroot, approximately three in ten social network users have experienced some form of a security attack, such as a virus infection or a phishing scam, on a social network in the last year. As the popularity of these social networks explodes, and more organizations ease restrictions among employees, they become more attractive for criminals seeking access to private information that can be used for profit. Full Story : IDg.no

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Lack of research could result in purchase of stolen vehicle

honda-fcx-carNearly 4 million used cars were purchased in May, up 23 percent during April, according to research. At the same time, new car sales are down 34 percent. A scam that specifically plagues used car buyers is VIN cloning, which is essentially auto identity theft used to unload stolen cars. According to the most recent numbers from CARFAX, as many as 225,000 of the 1.5 million cars stolen every year have been subjected to VIN cloning. A car‚Äôs VIN number is a unique number that serves as a way to recognize a specific car. Full Story : Macon.com….

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Online music piracy starting to slow

Ring Tone musicIllegal file-sharing declined through 2008, from 22% of web users in December 2007 to 17% in January 2009, according to research by The Leading Question and Music Ally. The report found the fall was more dramatic among 14-18-year-olds as 42% used illegal file-sharing sites once a month in 2007 but just 26% did at the turn of this year. The decrease in the use of illegal sources to obtain music comes as legal music streaming services such as YouTube and Spotify have increased. Some 65% of teens are streaming music every month from a legal source and 31% each day, according to the research. Full Story : NMA.co.uk….

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Microsoft moving Office online in duel with Google

microsoft-office-onlineMicrosoft on Monday said that the 2010 version of its popular Office software will feature online collaboration as the technology giant duels “in the cloud” with Internet titan Google. Microsoft made the announcement at the opening of a Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. Next-generation Office, Visio, Project, and SharePoint Server programs to be released in the first half of next year are being given to tens of thousands of people selected to test the nearly completed software. Full Story : Zawya.com….

A key upgrade to widely-used Office is that online hosting will make it possible for users to access projects from any Internet-linked computers and to collaborate online in real time.

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British Royal Family Starts Tweeting, Attracts 2,000 Followers

twitterTwitter, known for celebrity gossip, drunken messages and nonstandard English, is now also home to Queen Elizabeth II. The British monarchy started what it called a ‚ÄúRoyal Twitter‚Äù account that will be run by the Web teams at royal residences Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, according to its Web site today. By 12:10 p.m. New York time, the Twitter account had more than 2,000 followers. The monarchy‚Äôs Tweets included the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle, and the queen knighting someone at Buckingham Palace. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Swearing ‘can actually lessen pain’

swearingThe study, conducted by researchers at Keele University in Staffordshire, suggests that swearing may be a good recipe for coping with physical knocks. The research team, led by Dr Richard Stephens, wondered whether swearing might have a psychological effect that increased pain tolerance. To test the theory, they asked 66 volunteer students to submerge a hand into a tube of iced water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice. The researchers found that volunteers were able to keep their hands in the freezing water for significantly longer when they swore. Full Story : Thaindian.com….

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Sperm Travels Faster Toward Attractive Females

spermNew research found that males can adjust the speed and effectiveness of their sperm by allocating more or less seminal fluid to copulations. The determining factor is whether the male finds the female attractive. The research revealed that many promiscuous species in the animal kingdom, including humans, can mate with many females, but chances of fertilization are greater when the female is deemed to be attractive. Full Story : Discovery.com….

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Burger King apology to Hindus for advert

lakshmi-godBurger King has been forced to apologise to Hindus after it showed a revered Indian goddess with a ‘forbidden’ Whopper burger. The fast food chain quickly withdrew the advertisement from its stores in Spain after Hindus across the world complained at the denigration of their religion. The advertisement shows a picture of Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of wealth, above one of the burgers, which are forbidden under Hindu religion. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk…..

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64% of Americans Say Media Overplayed Michael Jackson Story

michael-jacksonNearly two in three Americans said news organizations gave too much coverage to the sudden death of Michael Jackson in the days following his June 25 heart attack in Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. While 64 percent deemed media attention to the 50-year-old pop superstar excessive, 29 percent thought it was appropriate and only 3 percent thought there was not enough coverage. Full Story : Adweek.com….

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Google OS May Force Microsoft to Reinvent Windows

google-plex1Google’s Chrome OS won’t be an immediate threat to Windows, but it may force Microsoft to reinvent its operating system more quickly into a product that takes full advantage of the Web and can move more nimbly across devices and form factors, analysts said. Microsoft is unlikely to have been surprised by Google’s announcement late Tuesday that it is working on a new OS for people who “spend most of their time on the Web,” as Google described it. From what has been revealed about the Google Chrome OS — which won’t be available until the second half of next year. Full Story : PCWorld.com….

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