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New evidence suggests bumblebees may experience 'confusion' between flower patterns.

Workplace negativity can hurt productivity

Russell Johnson is an associate professor of management in Michigan State University's Broad College of Business.Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process.

Study: Manufacturing growth can benefit Bangladeshi women workers

The life of a Bangladeshi garment factory worker is not an easy one. But new research from the University of Washington indicates that access to such factory jobs can improve...

How much sleep do we need?

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that's making new recommendations on how much sleep people need.

Want to save the planet? Neighbors better allies than family

Socializing with neighbors leads to more planet-friendly behaviors than visits with family or friends, say University of Vermont researchers.Know your neighbor, save the planet. That's the key finding of a study that says visits with neighbors lead to more planet-friendly behaviors than spending time with friends or family.

Elementary teachers' depression symptoms related to students' learning

Teachers experience some of the highest levels of job-related stress, and such stress may leave them more vulnerable to depression. How do elementary school teachers' symptoms of depression affect the...

Understanding how to teach 'intelligence'

More than ever, we need problem-solving skills to be able to adapt to our fast changing economies and societies. Researchers at the University of Luxembourg believe it is possible to...

Both liberals, conservatives can have science bias

New research suggests that liberals, as well as conservatives, can be biased against science that doesn't align with their political views.

Do cops need college?

Michigan State University criminologist William Terrill is conducting the most comprehensive research to date on the effects of higher education on policing.A new study suggests college-educated cops are dissatisfied with the job, have negative views of their supervisors and don't necessarily favor community policing, a strategy aimed partly at reducing the...

Pigeon power

In a new study from the University of Iowa, researchers found that pigeons can categorize and name both natural and manmade objects -- and not just a few objects. These birds categorized 128 photographs into 16 categories, and they did so simultaneously.The more scientists study pigeons, the more they learn how their brains--no bigger than the tip of an index finger--operate in ways not so different from our own.

Many universities undercount sexual assaults on campus, research finds

New research shows a pattern of underreporting of on-campus sexual assaults by universities and colleges across the nation, and some schools have continued to underreport even after being fined for...

Teacher prejudices put girls off math, science

It's a fact: Women are vastly underrepresented in the fields of computer science, engineering, and mathematics. But less clear are the trajectories -- academic and otherwise -- that lead young women toward other professions. Higher education has already opened the...

Sobering effect of the love hormone

Dr Michael Bowen, School of Psychology, University of Sydney is lead author on a <i>PNAS</i> paper showing oxytocin counteracts the intoxicating effect of alcohol in rats.Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the 'love' or 'cuddle' hormone, has a legendary status in popular culture due to its vital role in social and sexual behaviour and long-term bonding.

Men more unsatisfied with extra chores in more gender equal countries

In countries where men and women share housework more equally, married men are more likely to be unsatisfied with their share of household duties as they report taking on a...

Apes prefer the glass half full

Kiki is a chimpanzee at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. A new study of chimpanzees and bonobos finds that humans aren't the only species susceptible to "glass half emptyHumans aren't the only species to be influenced by spin. Our closest primate relatives are susceptible, too.

Love online is about being real, not perfect

How you fill out an online profile makes a big difference in how you're seen by others. New research shows it is better to be real with your information than trying to be perfect.People using online dating services are searching for a perfect match, but not a perfect person.

Many would rather buy generic clothes than stand out with designer brands

Many people buy and wear clothing from prestigious brands as a way to express and distinguish themselves. However, a new study from the University of Missouri has found that people...

Valentine's Day gift-giving strategy for the hopeless romantic

University of Cincinnati research by Mary Steffel shows that thoughtful gift givers' desire to show off just how well they know their partner could backfire.A little advice on shopping for your valentine: When aiming Cupid's bow, you don't need a perfect bull's eye to score points with your sweetheart.

Pick a card, any card

Magicians have astonished audiences for centuries by subtly, yet powerfully, influencing their decisions. But there has been little systematic study of the psychological factors that make magic tricks work.

Increasing individualism in US linked with rise of white-collar jobs

Rising individualism in the United States over the last 150 years is mainly associated with a societal shift toward more white-collar occupations, according to new research published in Psychological Science,...

Non-invasive first trimester blood test reliably detects Down's syndrome

Cell-free fetal DNA testing, which measures the relative amount of free fetal DNA in a pregnant woman's blood, is a new screening test that indicates the risk of Down syndrome...

You can be a coward or a fighter -- just pick one and stick with it, says study

When the chips are down, having a strong personality may be the difference between thriving and failing, according to new research which studied how aphids reacted when faced with predatory...

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