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Humans 'tend to see the bright side'

Published 10/10/2011 | 05:00

HUMANS have an inbuilt tendency to always look on the bright side of life, scientists have found. Researchers identified an 'optimism bias' in the brain that resists accurate information about the world.

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This means people update their beliefs accurately only when things turn out to be better than expected, not when they are worse than expected, according to the study by University College London scientists, published in the journal 'Nature Neuroscience'.

Mime used to tame dangerous drivers

VENEZUELA'S capital is giving dangerous drivers the silent treatment, sending mime artists into the streets to do what police alone have not managed to do: tame the lawless traffic.

About 120 mime acts, dressed in clown-like outfits and white gloves, took to the streets of the Sucre district of Caracas this week, wagging their fingers at traffic violators and at pedestrians who streaked across busy avenues rather than waiting at crossing points. Mayor Carlos Ocariz turned to the mimes to encourage civility among reckless drivers and careless pedestrians.

Suspect posts his mug on Facebook

A SUSPECT in a car break-in used a phone stolen from the vehicle to take his own photo, which was then posted to the car owner's Facebook page, police in the US said.

Police Major Jason Bolton of Henry County, Georgia, said the phone was set to automatically post images on the social networking site. The suspect has not yet been identified.

Ailing Gabor to have operation

ZSA ZSA Gabor is to undergo an operation at a Los Angeles hospital where she is also being treated for an infection, the 94-year-old actress's husband has said.

Frederic Prinz von Anhalt said yesterday that doctors at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Centre plan to reattach a tube in Gabor's stomach that became loose and led to bleeding. The celebrity socialite was rushed to hospital yesterday. Gabor has been taken into hospital on repeated occasions since falling out of bed and breaking her hip in July 2010. She had a leg amputated in January.

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