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People have evolved to be superstitious because it pays to take a "better safe than sorry" approach to life, a new mathematical study suggests.

2008-09-10

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For relief, sufferers need only wait for a call on their mobile phone. The sound is supposed to dislodge pollen if the user holds the handset up to their nose.

2010-03-28

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According to a major scientific survey at least 101 primate species are still used in traditional folk practices and in magic or religious rituals.

2010-03-29

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He said he was recruited into a cult while at school by a teacher, who told him to kill 100 people and drink their blood for good fortune.

2010-06-10

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The implication for international negotiation is clear: when a value becomes sacred, the rules change—offering money hurts instead of helps. Conflicts may be best resolved when both sides consider compromising something they hold dear.

2010-07

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Critics say miracles - unexpected events attributed to divine intervention - have no place in the world of modern medicine, and are more likely the result of a placebo effect, or wishful thinking, than divine intervention. But after eight years of investigation by a Vatican panel of medical experts, Jack Sullivan's 2001 healing was last year confirmed by the Pope as miraculous.

2010-09-12

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The dismembered body of a young albino boy has been found in a river on the Burundi-Tanzania border, reports say.

2010-10-24

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You’re not likely to hear about this from your doctor, but fake medical treatment can work amazingly well. For a range of ailments, from pain and nausea to depression and Parkinson’s disease, placebos--whether sugar pills, saline injections, or sham surgery--have often produced results that rival those of standard therapies.

2010-05-09

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