Apr. 4th, 2009

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Call of duty: Nova Scotia MPs guide beaver to Ottawa River

Strange but true. Two Liberal MPs from Nova Scotia found a beaver on Sparks Street (one block from the Parliament buildings, for those who have never been to Ottawa) and guided it across Wellington (6 lanes of traffic), past the Parliament buildings and into the Ottawa River. 
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If you don't want to buy, don't touch: shopping study

A recent study says that to avoid impulse purchases you should avoid touching the product because touch increases your feeling of ownership and increases the amount you are willing to pay for the item.

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Robot scientist comes up with its own new discoveries

British scientists have developed a robotic system that automates some portions of genetic research. The system uses a database of genetic information about yeast and, when it encounters missing information, creates and conducts tests to fill in the missing information. So far, the automated system has generated and tested 20 hypotheses, all of which were confirmed by tests by humans. The system is capable of performing more than 1000 tests per day with each test lasting for up to 5 days. Yeast was chosen for testing because it is often used as a model for higher organisms.

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