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A new Pew Research Center report, released in collaboration with AAAS, finds the public and scientists hold widely different views about science-related issues.

How creative are you? Depends where you're from

With the "creative class" on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow...

Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally

Geary determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied, regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality.Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls...

Clemson researcher explores how the universe creates reason, morality

Recent developments in science are beginning to suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity. The emergence of life in general and perhaps even rational life, with its associated technological culture,...

American liberals and conservatives think as if from different cultures

Political conservatives in the United States are somewhat like East Asians in the way they think, categorize and perceive. Liberals in the U.S. could be categorized as extreme Americans in...

Four in 10 American children live in low-income families, new report shows

Four out of every ten American children live in low-income families, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of...

Hostile boss? Study finds advantages to giving it right back

In a result that surprised researchers, a new study found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility.

Early parental program improves long-term childhood outcomes

Children whose parents participated in a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship were better adjusted at age seven than children whose parents were assigned to a control group,...

Couples more likely to get healthy together

People are more successful in taking up healthy habits if their partner makes positive changes too, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy--particularly during the third trimester--may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers...

Contrasting views of kin selection assessed

In an article to be published in the January issue of BioScience, two philosophers tackle one of the most divisive arguments in modern biology: the value of the theory of...

Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown

Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers...

Ads effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies find

Brittany Duff and co-author Sela Sar found that video ads viewed while multitasking were just as effective as when viewed alone, at least for those who process content more holistically. They also found that multitasking probably works best when you're in a good mood.Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as...

Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep and memory go hand-in-hand

Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here's a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack.

Pro-marijuana 'tweets' are sky-high on Twitter

Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, Ph.D., and her Washington University research team found there were 15 times as many pro-pot tweets as anti-pot tweets during one month they tracked Twitter. Most sending and receiving these tweets were teens and young adults, a group at elevated risk for marijuana dependence and drug-related problems.Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the "Twitterverse" is a...

Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so

Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike drop Lance Armstrong but stay loyal to Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong's doping scandal took place on the field, unlike Wood's off-the-field...

Humorous complaining: Funny online reviews get lots of attention but do they get results?

Unless you're just looking to entertain your fellow online shoppers, you may want to think twice about writing that funny Amazon or Yelp review. According to a new study in...

First successful organ donation from newborn carried out in UK

The very first successful organ donation from a newborn carried out in the UK is reported in the Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Alcohol ads on TV associated with drinking behavior in young people

Seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youths was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking, according to a study by researchers at the...

Time management skills keep animals primed for survival

Wild animals making decisions that need to be both fast and accurate.Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.

Crows are smarter than you think

Russian researcher Anna Smirnova studies a crow making the correct selection during a relational matching trial.Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence -- they can remember faces, use tools and communicate in sophisticated ways.

Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier

It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University...

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