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Bacteria provide new insights into human decision making

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists studying how bacteria under stress collectively weigh and initiate different survival strategies say they have gained new insights into how humans make strategic decisions that affect their health, wealth...

Guatemala pushes for DNA tests of kids adopted in U.S.

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - For three years Olga Lopez desperately searched for her baby daughter who was snatched from her home in Guatemala, until her face appeared in government paperwork...

UC Berkeley social scientists build case for 'survival of the kindest'

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Researchers at UC Berkeley are challenging long-held beliefs that human beings are wired to be selfish. In a wide range of studies, social scientists are amassing a growing body of...

Think again about keeping little ones so squeaky clean

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A new Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud - or...

Brain imaging shows kids' PTSD symptoms linked to poor hippocampus function

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Psychological trauma leaves a trail of damage in a child's brain, say scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Their new study gives the...

U of M studies psychological impact of casual sex

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University of Minnesota Project Eating Among Teens (EAT) researchers have found that young adults engaging in casual sexual encounters do not appear to be at increased risk for harmful psychological...

NC State vets lead way in disaster response for animals

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Most people can picture the first responders who come to the rescue in the wake of a natural disaster. But who provides emergency help for the dogs, cats and horses...

Undergrad researchers lay groundwork for drug addiction remedy

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Sarah Steele and Langtian 'Ren' Yuan were both self-admittedly inexperienced Duke freshmen in the spring of 2006. But then they followed helpful directions of an assistant chemistry professor, added their...

Testosterone does not induce aggression, study shows

10 years ago from Science Daily

New scientific evidence refutes the preconception that testosterone causes aggressive, egocentric, and risky behavior. A study with more than 120 experimental subjects has shown that the sexual hormone with the...

Grinch likely depressed, suffers from lack of love, joy, expert says (w/ Video)

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch's disdain for the Who -- the tall and the small --...

Best choice for chronic leukemia treatment may change

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Newer drug outperforms Gleevec in trial

Thomas And Friends Turns Children Into Cranky, Backwards Conservatives

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A political scientist from the University of Alberta has uncovered a dastardly ploy by the producers of Thomas and Friends, a popular children's TV show, to turn their innocent audience...

Low rate of injuries at overnight summer camp, new study finds

10 years ago from Science Daily

Although a trip to summer camp is highly anticipated by over 11 million children and adults each year, sending a child off to summer camp can be a source of...

Maize was passed from group to group of Southwestern hunter-gatherers, study suggests

10 years ago from Science Daily

An international group of anthropologists offers a new theory about the diffusion of maize to the Southwestern United States and the impact it had. The study suggests that maize was...

Children's TV has questionable political themes, study shows

10 years ago from Physorg

Most parents know to screen television shows for sex, violence or other negative messaging -but what about children's shows themselves?

Video game aims to teach teens biology

10 years ago from CBC: Health

A video game developed in the U.S. is aiming to give high school students an understanding of how the body fights infection.

Cut out the (estrogen) middleman

10 years ago from Physorg

Estrogen seems to act like a middleman in its positive effect on the brain, raising the possibility that future drugs may bypass the carcinogenic hormone altogether while reaping its benefits.

Business professor says lessons on ethics, character can prevent unethical behavior in the workplace

10 years ago from Physorg

A Kansas State University professor's research is showing a gap between the character traits that business students say make a good executive and the traits they describe having themselves.

Researchers examine correlation between political speeches, voting

10 years ago from Physorg

Although politicians are often criticized for making empty promises, when it comes to their voting records, their words may carry more weight than previously thought, according to findings by two...

Testosterone link to aggression may be all in the mind

10 years ago from News @ Nature

A dose of the hormone makes human game-players behave more fairly.

African R&D survey faces delays

10 years ago from SciDev

African nations need more time to complete an in-depth survey of their research and innovation activities and spending.

Mice And Men Miles Apart In Fertility, Mickey

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Dear Mickey - How is life? Life is tough, says my friend. Do you agree? I wanted to write to you for a number of reasons. Believe it or not, people...

Coroner: Self-help course led to woman's suicide

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- An Australian coroner said Tuesday that participation in an intense self-help course led a woman to suffer a psychotic breakdown before she stripped naked and leaped to...

Validity of cost-effectiveness models based on randomized clinical trials

10 years ago from Physorg

Cost-effectiveness studies are widely used to guide prescribing policy in many countries, as part of health technology assessment programmes. However, a new study published this week in PLoS Medicine by...

Television control for the remote

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A cheap way to deliver interactive communications to remote communities has been successfully tested in Brazil and Italy.

Recreational drug use is related to impulsive behavior, Spanish research reveals

10 years ago from Science Daily

Psychologists in Spain have just concluded a study regarding the use of addictive substances by young university students and the manifestation of impulsive behavior in the same group of people,...

Woman kept honey bear, leopard cat in condo

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Authorities arrested a Malaysian woman after finding a baby honey bear, a leopard cat and a slow loris primate in her condominium, a wildlife official said Monday. ...

Boom! Hok! A Monkey Language Is Deciphered

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A species appears capable of using the basic structure of language, which had seemed to be a uniquely human faculty.