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Preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.

Expert panels successfully rate medical research proposals

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is easily the world's largest funder of medical research, and outside scientists perform most of the research. Panels of these investigators also select the...

Iowa State researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats

Iowa State researchers measured brain activity to better understand cybersecurity threats and identify what motivates employees to violate company policy.The old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link certainly applies to the risk organizations face in defending against cybersecurity threats. Employees pose a danger...

Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air, say scientists

University of Sussex researchers used a system called UltraHaptics to pinpoint areas of the hand that could be stimulated to evoke different emotions.Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown.

Study links brain anatomy, academic achievement, and family income

Many years of research have shown that for students from lower-income families, standardized test scores and other measures of academic success tend to lag behind those of wealthier students.

For men, online generosity is a competition

In competitive helping in donations made to online fundraising pages, males respond competitively to donations made by other males, but only when giving to an attractive female fundraiser. Female donors do not compete in this way. These findings suggest a role for sexual selection in explaining conspicuous generosity.If you are looking to raise money online for your favorite cause, listen up. A real-world analysis of human behavior reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April...

Many teens try e-cigs, but few become regular users

E-cigarettes are popular with teens, including those who have never smoked, but few of those who try them become regular users, while most of those who do so are also...

Study: Most partisans treat politics like sports rivalries, instead of focusing on issues

Most partisans -- average Democratic and Republican voters -- act like fans in sports rivalries instead of making political choices based on issues, according to a new study with a...

Who's a CEO? Google image results can shift gender biases

Percentage of women in top 100 Google image search results for CEO is: 11 percent.
Percentage of US CEOs who are women is: 27 percent.Getty Images last year created a new online image catalog of women in the workplace -- one that countered visual stereotypes on the Internet of moms as frazzled caregivers rather...

Shakespeare's plays reveal his psychological signature

Shakespeare is such a towering literary figure that any new insight into the man, or his work, tends to generate a jolt of excitement in academic and non-academic communities of...

California's solar incentive program has had only modest impact on adoption rates

Since 2007, California has had one of the most aggressive incentive programs in the country for putting solar-electric panels on the rooftops of homes and businesses. Its $2.2 billion California...

Scientists create the sensation of invisibility

Ph.D. student Zakaryah Abdulkarim, M.D.,  shows how to create the illusion of invisibility in the lab (photomontage).The power of invisibility has long fascinated man and inspired the works of many great authors and philosophers. In a study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, a team of neuroscientists now...

Better social media techniques increase fan interest, engagement

Due to the ever-increasing number of people using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, businesses and organizations, such as professional sports teams, are expanding their marketing and communication...

Online discussion forums good for well-being, study shows

A new study has found that internet discussion forums have positive links to well-being and are even associated with increased community engagement offline, contrary to a common perception of them...

A call to US educators: Learn from Canada

Ontario education officials have taken a cooperative and experimental approach to school reform, according to Lynch School of Education Professor Dennis Shirley, who studies educational change movements in the US and around the world.As states and the federal government in the U.S. continue to clash on the best ways to improve American education, Canada's Province of Ontario manages successful education reform initiatives that...

Professional golfers live a lonely life in the midst of rivalries on a meager income

Many professional golfers live a lonely isolated life in the midst of intense rivalries and on a meagre income, new research shows.

Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers

Teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on the student's race, according to new research findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

How oxytocin makes a mom: Hormone teaches maternal brain to respond to offspring's needs

Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered how the powerful brain hormone oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviors -- findings that could lead to...

Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe, study shows

The ability to make a Lower Paleolithic hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the "central executive" function of working memory, a new study finds.

Kindergartners who shared iPads in class scored higher on achievement tests

Using tech, like iPads, in schools has turned into a heated political debate. Los Angeles infamously spent $1.3 billion on a program to give iPads to each student that has...

Sex crimes more common in certain families

New research from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with Oxford University, UK, shows that close relatives of men convicted of sexual offenses commit similar offenses themselves more frequently than comparison...

Winning women

Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by an MIT economist.

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