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Credit: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology VANCOUVER CANADA—For pedestrians darting past whizzing cars at busy intersections can feel like a game of Frogger—especially when they’re talking on a cell phone But multitasking may be even trickier for kids who are out of shape scientists reported here yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW) Researchers strapped virtual-reality goggles on 26 children between 8 and 10 years old and videotaped them crossing an imaginary street while simulated cars zoomed by The kids also tried to avoid collisions while listening to music or talking on cell phones Then the team counted up the number of crashes and compared street-crossing success between volunteers who were aerobically fit (as defined by their oxygen use during exercise) and those who were not Both groups were more likely to make it to the other side when not distracted by phone conversations But kids who were in shape were better at crossing safely than their less-fit peers despite the fact that they didn’t move any faster Scientists have linked aerobic fitness in kids to bigger brains specifically the part involved in paying attention Being in shape may help children juggle multiple tasks such as walking while talking—even if they’re doing it in a video game See more Videos Full coverage of AAAS 2012 NEW DELHI—Two people have died in a fire in India’s main nuclear research laboratory the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai No nuclear reactor or radiation was involved according to the spokesperson for the Department of Atomic Energy Workers became aware of the fire just after noon today when they heard an explosion in an area known as a modular laboratory The flames were doused within 45 minutes according to lab officials Rescue crews recovered two bodies Described as the worst accident in the facility’s 55-year history the fire was confined to one lab Although the cause hasn’t been identified department officials have called it a typical chemical fire Police are investigating; informed government sources say it does not seem to involve terrorist activity Srikumar Banerjee chair of India’s Atomic Energy Commission told ScienceInsider that the “sad accident” was not related to the nation’s strategic program “All activities have since resumed normally at BARC” said Banerjee who has sought a fire safety audit of all BARC facilities having also exceeded the limit lasted through the end of the decade Gery Gerard—Paris Match/Getty Images As conflict raged in the north, Pro-tip: you can also save by buying certain cuts of of organic beef,’ They are running ads saying, While one was returned. read more