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Neuroscientists discover how to implant false memories in the brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon whereby people “remember” events or experiences that have never happened. False memories are a major problem with witness statements in courts of law. Defendants have often…

Pope Francis condemns ‘culture of individualism’ that creates economic inequality

Pope Francis has made his strongest condemnation yet of inequality when he used a visit to a Brazilian slum to denounce the “culture of selfishness” that is widening the gap between rich and poor. The first Latin American pope, who once worked with slum dwellers in his home city of…

More than 3,700 Marilyn Monroe photos to be auctioned in Los Angeles

ore than 3,700 photos of American pop icon Marilyn Monroe will be sold this weekend along with their copyrights, a Los Angeles auction house said Thursday. The photos — plus negatives, slides and copyrights — are part of a collection of more than 75,000 images taken by fashion photographer Milton…

Sex research pioneer Virginia Johnson dies at 88

Virginia Johnson, who with her ex-husband and research partner William Masters blazed new trails in the study of human sexuality, has died at the age of 88, US media reported. Saint Louis Public Radio said Thursday her death was confirmed by her son Scott Johnson and by a retirement home…

Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children

Schools could one day add “empathy education” to their curriculum. New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced. According to a study published in the July issue of Psychology of Music, playing musical games can help cultivate a sense of…

U.S. indicts five hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

By David Jones and Jim Finkle NEWARK, N.J./BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

(Reuters) – Halliburton Co has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and will pay the maximum possible statutory fine, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. The plea agreement requires court approval, and also requires the Houston-based company to…

Six ways Congress may reform NSA snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. 1) Raise the standard for what records are…

Photographer charged over topless photos of Britain’s Kate

A photographer suspected of having taken topless photographs of the wife of Britain’s Prince William published last September in French magazine Closer was charged in June, sources close to the case told AFP Thursday. A second photographer is also under judicial inquiry, the sources said. The editor of the magazine…

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