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Warming up to people: Physical warmth promotes cooperation

Those with a friendly disposition are often described as warm. Recently published research suggests the link between temperature and trust may be less of an abstract metaphor and more of an actual psychological phenomenon. “[E]xperiencing physical warmth leads directly to increased feelings of interpersonal warmth and, in turn, to cooperation,”…

Sen. Ayotte confronted by daughter of Newtown victim at town hall meeting

The daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at a town hall meeting on Tuesday for voting against legislation to expand criminal background checks. “You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would…

Andrew Sullivan: U.S. stopped being a free country under Bush

Andrew Sullivan of The Dish claimed Monday night the United States stopped being a free country under the Bush administration, citing the alleged military detention and torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla. During a CNN panel discussion on the terrorist attack, Sullivan criticized what he saw as an overreaction to…

Apple bond offering among biggest ever: reports

A bond offering from Apple expected to be priced later today will be one of the largest ever for a US company, according to leading financial newspapers Tuesday. Apple is selling $17 billion in investment-grade bonds, which would be a record for a US corporate debt issue, according to the…

Researchers develop happiness sensor based on Twitter activity

Take all the comments expressed on Twitter, crunch them with an analytics program and you can get a sense of the mood of a city, state or country. US researchers say they have come up with such a tool, called a “hedonometer,” which is effectively a happiness sensor. The project…

Afghanistan blames opium surge on global demand

Afghanistan, the world’s largest grower of opium poppies, should not shoulder all the blame for its drug surge, its foreign minister said Tuesday while on a visit to Estonia. “It’s not only Afghanistan but the global demand for drugs that should be blamed for illegal narcotics from Afghanistan,” Zalmai Rassoul…

Obama: Chemical weapons would cause U.S. to ‘rethink’ action on Syria

President Barack Obama Tuesday warned against a rush to judgment on Syria’s use of chemical arms, but said proof of their use would trigger a “rethink” of his reluctance to use military force. As critics complain that he let Syria cross a US “red line,” Obama said Washington believed chemical…

Watch: Obama says we’ve got to close Guantanamo Bay prison

During a press conference on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he was still committed to closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba, one of his 2008 campaign promises. “I continue to believe that we’ve got to close Guantanamo,” he said. “I think it is critical for us to…

Two Democrats call on Americans to celebrate the National Day of Reason

Two Democrats in Congress have issued statements in support of Thursday’s National Day of Reason, according to the group that sponsors the annual event. The American Humanist Association on Tuesday highlighted recent comments made by Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who both called on Americans…

Obama renews bid to shut down Guantanamo prison

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to renew a push to close the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, amid a growing hunger strike by inmates at the controversial jail. Calling the prison a legal “no man’s land,” Obama told a White House news conference he did not want any inmates…

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