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Snowball sample of the Skype social network (gray links), showing multiple innovators as green nodes, induced small vulnerable trees as red nodes and links, and the triggered connected stable cluster as blue nodes and links.

Animals 'inherit' their social network from their mothers, Penn study shows

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania developed a simple mathematical model that describes how animal social networks arise. The model recapitulated important qualities of observed social networks of several species, including spotted hyenas.Dolphins, lizards and hyenas may not be on Facebook or Twitter, but, as social species, their social networks influence every pivotal aspect of their lives: finding a mate, reproducing, becoming...

Stress contagion possible amongst students and teachers: UBC study

Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Monkeys get more selective with age

This image shows a very old female Barbary macaque at "La Forêt des Singes" in Rocamadour, France.As people get older, they become choosier about how they spend their time and with whom they spend it. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on...

The Lancet: Transgender rights critical for the health of 25 million transgender people worldwide

2015 was an unprecedented year in the recognition of transgender rights in some high-income countries. However, as a new Series published in The Lancet today reveals, public recognition has yet...

Study offers explanation for why women leave engineering

Women who go to college intending to become engineers stay in the profession less often than men. Why is this? While multiple reasons have been offered in the past, a...

Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

Researcher Saho Takagi holding her cat.Cats understand the principle of cause and effect as well as some elements of physics. Combining these abilities with their keen sense of hearing, they can predict where possible prey...

Models make predictions on Olympic medals

How many medals will each country win in Rio at this Summer's Olympic Games? Researchers who derived predictions from two different models anticipate that the USA, China, Russia, and the...

Shy wild boars are sometimes better mothers

With sufficient food shy wild boar mothers will raise more young.It has been known for years that personality traits of animals, such as aggressiveness, risk-taking, curiosity or sociality, may have far-reaching consequences for reproduction and survival. However, separating the effect...

Study highlights 'emotional labor' of college student-athletes

A recent study from North Carolina State University highlights the "emotional labor" required of collegiate student-athletes, which can leave student-athletes feeling powerless, frustrated and nervous. The study calls on universities...

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To strengthen an opinion, simply say it is based on morality

Simply telling people that their opinions are based on morality will make them stronger and more resistant to counterarguments, a new study suggests.

Honeybee circadian rhythms are affected more by social interactions

Nurse honey bees in observation hive monitored during experiments by Hebrew University researchers.Circadian rhythms are internal clocks that determine many of an organism's daily rhythms, for example sleep-wake, feeding, urinary output and hormone production. Aligned with the environment by external forces such...

The brain watched during language learning

Learning a new language is a difficult task. It requires skills for memorizing new words, learning how to put those words together in a grammatical way, and integrating them with...

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Relationship quality tied to good health for young adults

For young people entering adulthood, high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health, according to the results of a recently published study by a University at Buffalo-led research...

Early behavior problems impact long-term educational attainment more for boys than girls

A new study finds that behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, which partially explains the...

A simple numbers game seems to make kids better at math

Graduate student Jinjing "Jenny" Wang tests a 5-year-old on math.Although math skills are considered notoriously hard to improve, Johns Hopkins University researchers boosted kindergarteners' arithmetic performance simply by exercising their intuitive number sense with a quick computer game.

Fighting virtual reality sickness

Figure 1: (a) View of VE from one eye with no FOV modification. Study waypoint (lit vertical post) appears at center. (b) Same view restricted by 90 degree FOV soft-edged circular cutout. While clearly visible at small size shown here, slow restriction to this FOV was imperceptible to majority of study participants when viewed in HWD. (c) Geometry of FOV restrictor and view frustum used to create subfigure a. Cutout is opened wide enough to not affect FOV. (d) Geometry of FOV restrictor and view frustum used to create subfigure b, viewed from same location as in subfigure c. Note that FOV restrictor is scaled about its center in its plane and does not translate relative to center of projection.Columbia Engineering Professor Steven K. Feiner and Ajoy Fernandes MS'16 have developed a method of combating virtual reality (VR) sickness that can be applied to consumer head-worn VR displays, such...

Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal health

For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers...

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A family-based weight management program improved self-perception among obese children

Battling the childhood obesity epidemic is a priority for many researchers, as obesity during adolescence increases the risk of chronic diseases throughout life. Because obese children have lower quality of...

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Meaningful work not created -- only destroyed -- by bosses, study finds

Bosses play no role in fostering a sense of meaningfulness at work - but they do have the capacity to destroy it and should stay out of the way, new...

Researchers find new signs of stress damage in the brain, plus hope for prevention

The neurons in the medial amygdalas of mice (top) lost branches after 21 days of brief, stressful experiences (middle). However, neurons in stressed mice treated with acetyl carnitine kept their branches (bottom).Chronic stress can make us worn-out, anxious, depressed--in fact, it can change the architecture of the brain. New research at The Rockefeller University shows that when mice experience prolonged stress,...

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Increased marrying, and mating, by education level not affecting genetic make-up

While the latter half of the 20th century showed a widening gap between the more and less educated with respect to marriage and fertility, this trend has not significantly altered...

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