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Early in April, the first of a fleet of environmental monitoring satellites will lift off from Europe's spaceport in...
Since 2000, U.S. government health research agencies have spent almost $1 billion on an effort to churn out thousands...
Magdalena Koziol, a former postdoc at Yale University, was the victim of scientific sabotage. Now, she is suing the...
Antiretroviral drugs can protect people from becoming infected by HIV. But so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP...
Two studies show that eating a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is linked to a longer, healthier life, and...
Considered an icon of conservation science, researchers at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...
The new atlas, which shows the distribution of important trace metals and other substances, is the first product of...
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30 October 2013 9:15 am
It's baaaack. … Whether you're scared of brain-eating zombies or evil clowns, Halloween is the time to let your imagination run wild. Many people get a thrill from horror movies and haunted houses -- so long as they're actually safe -- but genuine terror is something most people want to avoid. When fear doesn't subside after a threat is gone, or becomes a phobia, it can be a real-life nightmare. When does healthy fear run amok and become pathological? Why do people respond to threats differently? And is there really a way to "conquer" fear?
Join neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux of New York University on Thursday, 31 October, at 3 p.m. EDT on this page for a live chat when we address these questions and take yours. Be sure to leave your queries for our guests in the comment box below.