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Excerpts: People who experience chronically high levels of loneliness show
gene-expression patterns that differ markedly from those of people who
don't feel lonely, according to a new molecular analysis (...). The
findings suggest that feelings of social isolation are linked to
alterations in immune system activity, which result in increased
inflammatory signalling within the body. This is the first study to show
an alteration in genome-wide transcriptional activity linked to a social
epidemiological risk factor. It provides a molecular framework for
understanding why social factors are linked to an increased risk of
diseases where inflammation is thought to be a factor, such as heart
disease (...).

* [18] The Molecular Signature Of Loneliness, 2007/09/13,
Innovations-report * Contributed by [19] Atin Das

http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/life_sciences/report-90770.html

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Primate Behavior Explained By Computer 'Agents' , ScienceDaily

Excerpts: The complex behaviour of primates can be understood using
artificially-intelligent computer 'agents' that mimic their actions, shows
new research (...). Scientists using agents programmed with simple
instructions to work out why some primate groups are 'despotic' whilst
others are 'egalitarian' - overturning previous theories developed by
primatologists. They have also found support for an existing theory of how
dominant macaques make it to the safer positions at the middle of their
troop without seeming to be pre-occupied with getting there. Using agents
programmed with two rules (...)  scientists found that their more dominant
agents would make their way to the centre of the group. (...)

* [26] Primate Behavior Explained By Computer 'Agents', 2007/09/15,
ScienceDaily & University of Bath   * Contributed by [27] Atin Das
[26] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070911073916.htm


Scientists Use the "Dark Web" to Snag Extremists and Terrorists Online
Excerpts:  The Dark Web project team catalogues and studies places online
where terrorists operate.  Terrorists and extremists have set up shop on
the Internet, using it to recruit new members, spread propaganda and plan
attacks across the world. The size and scope of these dark corners of the
Web are vast and disturbing. But in a non-descript building in Tucson, a
team of computational scientists are using the cutting-edge technology and
novel new approaches to track their moves online, providing an invaluable
tool in the global war on terror. (...) This is where the Dark Web project
comes in.  Using advanced techniques such as Web spidering, link analysis,
(...)

* [52] Scientists Use the "Dark Web" to Snag Extremists and Terrorists
Online, 07/09/10, NSF Press Release
[52] http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=110040&org=NSF


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