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A Real Thinking Cap

People can control virtual helicopters using thought alone, and equipment as simple as a cap that collects brain waves, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

They trained three women to control the “helicopter”, directing it through virtual rings on a computer screen. They wore caps that measured their brain signals via electroencephalogram, or EEG, the team reported in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:40am

Bad News For Dieters – Dieting Really Does Make You Hungry

Appetite hormones spike when obese people diet, and stay high even a year after they have lost weight, researchers reported on Wednesday in a study that shows keeping weight off is more than a mere matter of willpower.

The Australian researchers said their report, published in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that dieters need some kind of help in controlling the compelling effects of these hormones if they are to keep the weight off.

In other words, the body rebels against eating less and tries hard to make the dieter eat, the researchers said.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:40am

Perry's Advisers Say Candidate May Pass on Some Debates

There appears to be consensus in the Rick Perry campaign that skipping some future debates may be the best strategy for the Texas governor.

In an interview Wednesday with CNN’s John King, Perry’s communications director Ray Sullivan said it would be impossible for Perry to participate in all of the remaining debates scheduled to take place before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 11:40pm

About Face: Mack Running for Senate

In a sudden about-face that dramatically reshapes the Florida Senate race, an adviser to Rep. Connie Mack said Wednesday that the four-term Republican will seek his party's nomination to run against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, R-Fla.

David James, a senior adviser to the congressman, told the Miami Herald that Mack is already adding staffers for his campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 10:40pm

Incumbents Beware: ’92 Redux Ahead

Unlike recent wave elections, the 2012 contests are shaping up as an opportunity for voters to cast a pox on both parties — a split verdict similar to the outcome two decades ago, when Congress was almost as unpopular as it is today.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 10:40pm

With a Political Bent

“Andy Warhol predicted that everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes,” said Doron Ofir, the casting director behind MTV’s Jersey Shore, which debuted in December 2009 and has since become part of America’s cultural fabric. “Reality television has made Warhol’s prophecy come true.”

On Monday, Ofir’s casting company announced a new “sociological experiment”— a reality-television show dramatizing divergent “visions of America.”

On Tuesday, Omir explained his concept in another way.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 10:40pm

LightSquared Gets the Fight It Asked For

LightSquared, which is seeking to create a wholesale, satellite-based wireless network, may have just escalated its fight with the GPS industry.
LightSquared said it was fighting back against attacks and raised some of its own issues with opponents to its plan.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 9:40pm

Supreme Court Could Decide to Look at Health Care Law on Nov. 10

The Supreme Court could decide to hear a case or cases regarding the constitutionality of the federal health care law, according to media reports on Wednesday. 

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:40pm

House Judiciary Leaders Finally Drop Bill Aimed at Foreign Infringers

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced long-awaited legislation on Wednesday to curb online piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, along with ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich., and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee, introduced the legislation after months of negotiations with stakeholders. The Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing on the bill on Nov. 16.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:40pm

Cain Discloses Income

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has collected over $680,000 in corporate director fees and stock-option exercises since the beginning of 2010, according to a just-released financial disclosure form. The paperwork also indicates that the former Godfather's Pizza CEO used some of his personal wealth to float his campaign a loan worth upwards of $500,000.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 6:40pm