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New study offers insight into how people make aesthetic judgments

Impressionist painting by Worthington Whittredge. Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, L.E. Katzenbach Fund Do you like the thick brush strokes and soft color palettes of an impressionist painting such as those by Claude Monet? Or do you prefer the bold colors and abstract shapes of a Rothko? Individual art tastes have a certain mystique to them, but now a new ...

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Iran field narrows as candidates quit on campaign’s last day

TEHRAN: Iran’s presidential contest headed toward a showdown between the country’s hardline judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief on Wednesday, as two candidates dropped out on the last day of campaigning to clear a path for the challengers. Mohsen Mehralizadeh, the only reformist candidate in the vote, as well as hardline contender Alireza Zakani withdrew from the race, ...

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FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug could delay discovery of more promising treatments

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive memory loss, spatial disorientation and many other cognitive and behavioural disorders that ultimately lead to a state of total dependence. Credit: Shutterstock The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved aducanumab, the first treatment that aims to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But approval of the drug has provoked mixed reactions from ...

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Home quarantine for vaccinated returned travelers is extremely low risk, and won’t damage their mental health

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Many thousands of people need to return to Australia, and many at home wish to reunite with partners and family abroad. A move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to quarantine is a way to make this happen—including home quarantine for vaccinated returnees. The federal government implemented home quarantine over a short period in March 2020, before ...

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Biden Putin Summit: Biden, Putin meet for long-anticipated summit in Geneva | World News

GENEVA: US President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have arrived on Wednesday at the lush lakeside Swiss mansion for their highly anticipated summit, a moment of consequential diplomacy at a time when both leaders agree that relations between their countries are at an all-time low. The two leaders shook hands while appearing briefly before cameras with Swiss President Guy ...

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British lawyer Karim Khan sworn in as ICC’s chief prosecutor

Karim Khan (AP file photo) THE HAGUE: British lawyer Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, pledging to reach out to nations that are not members of the court and to try to hold trials in countries where crimes are committed. Khan, a 51-year-old English lawyer, has years of experience in ...

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What’s driving Australians’ unhealthy food habits

Credit: Shutterstock Public health experts have long argued that when it comes to preventing obesity, we need to stop blaming individuals. Our new online tool, released today, confirms we live in an environment where the odds of having a healthy diet are heavily stacked against us. Unhealthy foods are readily available and heavily marketed to us by the food industry. ...

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