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Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss of sleep during the school week was associated with a decline in vigilance and...

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Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings

A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original...

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Want a better relationship and a better sex life?

If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to...

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Unlike boys, girls lose friends for having sex, gain friends for making out

Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for "making out," while their male peers lose friends for "making out" and gain friends for having sex, finds...

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Kessler Foundation study shows poor sleep contributes to MS-related fatigue

Dr. Strober is senior research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. Her research focuses on the factors associated with employment among people with multiple sclerosis.West Orange, NJ. August 17, 2015. Kessler Foundation's Lauren Strober, PhD, explores the association of secondary fatigue and sleep disturbances in multiple sclerosis (MS). "Fatigue in multiple sclerosis: a...

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Happiness spreads but depression doesn't

This is Ed Hill, University of Warwick.Having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.

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Police more likely to be killed on duty in states with high gun ownership

Camden and Newark, New Jersey, are perceived as two of the most violent cities in the nation, yet New Jersey's police officers are among the least likely to get shot...

A new CSI tool could pinpoint when fingerprints were left behind (video)

The crime scene investigators on TV's popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series seem able to solve any mystery thanks to a little science and a lot of artistic license. But...

Artificially evolved robots that efficiently self-organize tasks

Darwinian selection can be used to evolve robot controllers able to efficiently self-organize their tasks. Taking inspiration from the way in which ants organise their work and divide up tasks,...

'Caveman instincts' may favor deep-voiced politicians

When political candidates give a speech or debate an opponent, it's not just what they say that matters -- it's also how they say it.

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Excessive workout supplement use: An emerging eating disorder in men?

In an effort to build better bodies, more men are turning not to illegal anabolic steroids, but to legal over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements to the point where it may qualify as...

Short sleepers are 4 times more likely to catch a cold

A new study led by a UC San Francisco sleep researcher supports what parents have been saying for centuries: to avoid getting sick, be sure to get enough sleep.

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Study finds people's spiritual awareness varies throughout the day

People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers.

Women more likely than men to initiate divorces, but not non-marital breakups

Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new study that will be presented...

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Study finds causal connection between genotypes and years of education achieved

A first-of-its-kind, nationally representative study of siblings supports previously published research on unrelated individuals that links specific genotypes to educational attainment among adults in their mid-20s to early 30s. The...

Educational expansion created more marriages by same educational level, race

Compulsory schooling laws instituted in the late 1800s and early 1900s caused more people in Northern states to marry people at their same education level and race, possibly contributing to...

Turkish whistling makes asymmetries in the brain disappear

Universität Bochum have debunked the theory that the left brain hemisphere is dominant in the processing of all languages. To date, it has been assumed that that dominance is not...

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Grammar: Eventually the brain opts for the easy route

If the first noun in a sentence without a clear case marker (Bertram) does not refer to the agent, the brain activity is stronger (see blue curve).The grammar of languages keeps reorganizing itself. A prime example of this is the omission of case endings in the transition from Latin to Italian. And in some instances, case...

Rapid eye movements in sleep reset dream 'snapshots'

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the period in which we experience vivid dreams, was discovered by scientists in the 1950s. Because REM sleep is associated with dreaming, on the one...

Can music help people with epilepsy?

The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new...

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Tweeting responses to complaints on social media triggers new complaints, INFORMS study

This is professor Liye Ma, U MD.Companies engaging with customers on Twitter beware: responding to complaints on social media has the side effect of triggering new complaints. That is one finding of a new study published...

If you purchase an embarrassing product online, do you still blush? New study says yes

This is Kelly Herd, Indiana University.Published research and common knowledge suggest that embarrassment is something we experience only when we are around other people.

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