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Are we all internet addicts now?

Want to know if you're addicted? Four criteria is provided: 1. Excessive use, often associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic drives 2. Withdrawal, including feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible 3. Tolerance, including the need for better computer equipment, more software, or more hours of use 4. Negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation, and fatigue http://ajp.psychia tryonline.org/cgi/ content/full/165/3 /306  (Mar 21, 2008 | post #1)

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All eyes on Europe's Jules Verne spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Jules Verne automated transfer vehicle (ATV) on 9 March, with just one small glitch that has now been fixed. But the true test of its mettle comes on 3 April, when it is due to dock with the Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS), while travelling at 28,000 kilometres per hour, 400 kilometres above the Earth's surface. It's a delicate manoeuvre: if the ATV makes an error of just a few centimetres, it could puncture ... http://www.esa.int /esaMI/ATV/index.h tml  (Mar 21, 2008 | post #1)

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'Virtual massage' can relieve amputees' phantom limb pain

Amputees who experience phantom limb pain could find relief in a surprisingly simple way - by paying more attention to the people around them. Phantom limbs occur when an amputee feels the often painful sensation of touch arising from a limb that is no longer present. Working with combat veterans, Vilayanur Ramachandran, of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, has now discovered a potential cure http://linkinghub. elsevier.com/retri eve/pii/S030698770 8000042  (Mar 21, 2008 | post #1)

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Does Airborne work?

Many products on the market like Airborne claim therapeutical cures to some illness without pre-market safety and efficacy testing required for regulated drugs. http://www.slate.c om/id/2186493/  (Mar 20, 2008 | post #1)

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Tank vs. Hybrid

Tank vs. Hybrid Is it possible that a Hummer's better for the environment than a Prius is? http://www.slate.c om/id/2186786/  (Mar 20, 2008 | post #1)

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Fallout from Montgomery Twp. board shakeup

MONTGOMERY TWP. Montgomery County, PA Montgomery Township Supervisor's Stephen Prousi, who had led the board since January¬ís reorganizational meeting, characterized his removal as chairman at Monday¬ís meeting as a "a slap in the face". Read more: http://www.therepo rteronline.com/Web App/appmanager/JRC /Daily;jsessionid= QK5bHhGdN6V2LXr6lp djnWrBlCGfG2pGdqSn h92glxkWfnNLTxNM!- 1300426846?_nfpb=t rue&_pageLabel =pg_article&r2 1.pgpath=%2FTRO%2F Home&r21.conte nt=%2FTRO%2FHome%2 FTopStoryList_Stor y_1739036  (Mar 14, 2008 | post #1)