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The link between a bad marriage and heart disease is more pronounced for older couples and, in particular, women, finds a study led by Michigan State University.

Acculturative stress found to be root cause of high depression rates in Latino youth

Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say acculturative stress may explain, in part, why Indiana's Latino youth face an alarming disparity in depression and suicide rates when compared to their...

Symmetrical knees linked to Jamaican sprinting prowess

Why is Jamaica, with a population smaller than that of Los Angeles, home to so many of the world's elite sprinters -- runners who compete in the 100, 200, 400...

Artificial retina could someday help restore vision

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could...

Denying problems when we don't like the political solutions

There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime.

UW study shows direct brain interface between humans

In this photo, UW students Darby Losey, left, and Jose Ceballos are positioned in two different buildings on campus as they would be during a brain-to-brain interface demonstration. The sender, left, thinks about firing a cannon at various points throughout a computer game. That signal is sent over the Web directly to the brain of the receiver, right, whose hand hits a touchpad to fire the cannon.Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language?

To succeed in academia, grad students need 'street smarts'

In an era of reduced funding, it's not enough for a young researcher to be a good scientist. He or she also needs "street smarts" to, for example, find an...

NYU study points to perception divide in abortion: Whom we think we know

Pro-life Americans are less likely to hear about the abortions women they know have had than are pro-choice Americans, a New York University study shows. The findings, which appear in...

The digital therapist

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that...

Compensation and punishment: 'Justice' depends on whether or not we're a victim

We're more likely to punish wrongdoing as a third party to a non-violent offense than when we're victimized by it, according to a new study by New York University psychology...

Lack of A level maths leading to fewer female economists

A study by the University of Southampton has found there are far fewer women studying economics than men, with women accounting for just 27 per cent of economics students, despite...

Digging for answers

This is Dana Bardolph.On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig...

Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy

A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising. A large, fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the...

Valuable movies and valued movies may be two different things

Action movies may drive box office revenues, but dramas and deeper, more serious movies earn audience acclaim and appreciation, according to a team of researchers.

Study shows marijuana's long-term effects on the brain

The effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on age of first use and duration of use, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The...

By studying twins, psychologist researches proactivity in the workplace

Both environmental and genetic factors influence employee proactivity, according to the latest research from a Kansas State University psychology professor.A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity?

Where'd you get that great idea?

It's commonly believed that creativity is a process that involves connecting ideas and building on the past to create something new. But is it better to "think outside the box,"...

Future family and career goals evident in teenage years

Career and family, often seen as competing parts of life, can actually complement each other, and when young people's goals for the future encompass family and career, the outcome is...

'Divide and rule' -- raven politics

Cognitive biologists now revealed that ravens use a "divide and rule" strategy in dealing with the bonds of conspecifics.Thomas Bugnyar and his team have been studying the behavior of approximately 300 wild ravens in the Northern Austrian Alps for years. They observed that ravens slowly build alliances through...

Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

This is a view of the 24-inch computer screen in the miniature movie theater.If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at...

Identifying 'stance taking' cues to enable sophisticated voice recognition

In the future, computers may be capable of talking to us during meetings just like a remote teleconference participant. But to help move this science-fiction-sounding goal a step closer to...

How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success

Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery,...

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