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Pope calls on astronauts at the ISS

In a first of its kind call, Pope Benedict XVI had a conversation with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Pope spoke with the astronauts for about twenty minutes from the library of the Vatican through a video link.

Conversation prevents cognitive decline in old age

Resorting to memory pills, mind games, or puzzles to prevent old age cognitive decline? If so, here's another alternative. A simple conversation with people you know boosts memory, states a new study.

Microsoft and Sentillion: A Progress Report on a Crucial Health IT Acquisition

It was a big day last February when Sentillion, the Andover, MA-based provider of health care software, announced its acquisition by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) was complete and that the company and its 110 employees (most of whom are in Massachusetts) would be folded into the technology giant's Health Solutions Group. The deal (exact terms of which have not been disclosed) is one of the largest health care acquisitions in Microsoft's history, and it plays a significant role in the Redmond, WA, software firm's overall strategy in health IT.

Conversations With a Nigerian Scam Artist

 The following series of emails attempts to playfully document one of the world's most infamous cons: the Nigerian Email Scam, aka the 419 scam, aka the advance-fee fraud.

Conversations can 'couple' brain patterns

Princeton, N.J. -- Some people in conversation with each other truly have a meeting of the minds as their brain patterns fall into step with each other, researchers say.

Scientists at Princeton University in New Jersey performed MRI brain scans of volunteers as they listened to a woman recounting a story and discovered a "coupling" phenomenon, a study published by the National Academy of Sciences said.

The scans showed that the listeners' brain patterns tracked those of the storyteller almost exactly, though trailing 1 to 3 seconds behind.

"We found that the participants' brains became intimately coupled during the course of the 'conversation,'" Princeton's Uri Hasson said, "with the responses in the listener's brain mirroring those in the speaker's."