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Genetic variant may help explain why Labradors are prone to obesity

A genetic variation associated with obesity and appetite in Labrador retrievers - the UK and US's favourite dog breed - has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge. The finding may explain why Labrador retrievers are more likely...

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Economy flyers unite! Research shows air rage a product of class difference

We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class...

A theory explains why gaming on touchscreens is clumsy

Users are most accurate in timing tasks when the touch event is registered when the contact area of the finger is largest. This is the time when maximum kinetic energy is transferred to the touch surface.New research challenges the belief that touchscreens are worse input devices because they lack physical buttons. The reason is that key press timing in touchscreen input is unpredictable. When timing...

Researcher finds teenage e-cigarette use 'clustered' in certain schools

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that certain school environments have an impact on electronic cigarette use among teenagers.

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Providing children with tablets loaded with literacy apps yields positive results

For the past four years, researchers at MIT, Tufts University, and Georgia State University have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve...

Bourbon or rye? You can't tell the difference, new study says

Bartenders pour whiskey at Drexel's annual Philly Chef Conference, hosted by the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. In a recent study, a Drexel food scientist found that rye and bourbon whiskeys, despite popular opinion, are not discriminable for average consumers.Whiskey aficionados may claim that Manhattans must be made with fiery, grassy rye, while an Old Fashioned requires the sweetness of bourbon.

Does a parent's perception of their child's weight impact on child weight gain?

Researchers from the University of Liverpool and Florida State University College of Medicine have conducted a study on the effect the misperception of a child's weight by their parents can...

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Brain caught 'filing' memories during rest

Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest, according to a new UCL study in rats.

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The 6 elements of an effective apology, according to science

A new study found there are six elements to an effective apology.There are six components to an apology - and the more of them you include when you say you're sorry, the more effective your apology will be, according to new...

Study: More than 40 percent of retired NFL players had brain injury

More than 40 percent of retired National Football League (NFL) players in a recent study had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging,...

Spending that fits personality can boost well-being

Money could buy happiness if your purchases fit your personality, according to a new study that examines nearly 77,000 actual UK bank spending transactions.

Is it possible to cry a river?

With Tottenham's dreams of Premier League glory shattered before their very eyes by a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, University of Leicester students research whether it is possible to really cry a river.

New interpretation of the Rök runestone inscription changes view of Viking Age

This is Per Holmberg, researcher at University of Gothenburg with the Rök Runestone.The Rök Runestone, erected in the late 800s in the Swedish province of Östergötland, is the world's most well-known runestone. Its long inscription has seemed impossible to understand, despite the...

Scientists map brain's 'thesaurus' to help decode inner thoughts

Scientists map how the brain responds to different words.What if a map of the brain could help us decode people's inner thoughts?

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Women who are cheated on 'win' in the long run; new women 'lose'

Women who lose their unfaithful mate to another woman actually win in the long run, according to new research.

New survey shows Americans believe civility is on the decline

NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 74 percent of Americans think manners and behavior have deteriorated in the United States over the past several decades. A large majority...

Asleep somewhere new, one brain hemisphere keeps watch

A rich array of electrodes in the sleep lab allowed for widespread but sensitive sensing of brain activity.People who go to bed wary of potential danger sometimes pledge to sleep "with one eye open." A new Brown University study finds that isn't too far off. On the...

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Baboons watch neighbors for clues about food, but can end up in queues

A baboon troop in Namibia is shown.Latest research on social networks in wild baboon troops has revealed how the animals get information from each other on the whereabouts of food. However, once information reaches a high...

UC Davis study says logos make a group seem real

Organizations have logos, sports teams have mascots, countries have flags and national anthems. In marketing plans and political campaigns, a good logo is considered an essential tool for building brand...

The brain on LSD revealed: First scans show how the drug affects the brain

Researchers from Imperial College London, working with the Beckley Foundation, have for the first time visualised the effects of LSD on the human brain.

Study links inequality to large, growing gap in lifespans

Poverty in the U.S. is often associated with deprivation, in areas including housing, employment, and education. Now a study co-authored by two MIT researchers has shown, in unprecedented geographic detail,...

UC Berkeley, Stanford find LA LGBT Center's canvassing conversations reduce transphobia

Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, report in today's edition of Science that volunteer canvassers - both transgender and not - reduced voters' prejudice against transgender...

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