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Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Caudate stimulation enhances human associative learning

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Associative learning allows an individual to acquire an association between a sensory cue and an outcome resulting from a specific response. Associative learning plays a vital role in the ability...

Sexual Orientation: Patients More Open Than Docs Expect

7 hours ago from Live Science

Only about 10 percent of patients reported they would be offended by or refuse to answer a question from a doctor about their sexual orientation, a new study showed.

Zapping the Brain at Certain Times Improves Memory

9 hours ago from Live Science

New findings may one day help researchers develop technologies that could aid people with memory loss.

How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life

10 hours ago from Science Daily

When reminded of death, humans become more likely to support the killing of animals, no matter how they feel about animal rights, researchers have found. Psychology's terror management theory may...

How dogs interact with others plays a role in decision-making

10 hours ago from Science Daily

Dynamics between familiar dogs may influence their likelihood of learning from each other, new research shows. How dogs interact with others plays a big role in how they respond under...

Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy fare as well as their siblings

10 hours ago from Science Daily

A 15-year follow-up study of young adults with epilepsy found that those with uncomplicated epilepsy who were seizure-free for five years or more did as well as their siblings without...

Happy Birthday, Canadarm2! Spacecraft-Grabbing Robotic Arm Turns 16

11 hours ago from Space.com

Happy birthday, Canadarm2! A Canadian-made robotic arm affixed outside the International Space Station turns 16 years old today (April 24).

The placebo effect can mend a broken heart too, study shows

11 hours ago from Science Daily

Feeling heartbroken from a recent breakup? Just believing you're doing something to help yourself get over your ex can influence brain regions associated with emotional regulation and lessen the perception...

Hormone-influenced social strategies shape human social hierarchy, study shows

11 hours ago from Science Daily

In a game of chicken, the most aggressive players are fueled by testosterone and are more willing to harm others; and while it may be easy to demonize such hawkish...

Sex, lies and physics: 'Genius' drama is Einstein tell-all

12 hours ago from Physorg

The unparalleled brilliance and puckish wit? Check. The trademark wild mop of hair? Check. The marital infidelity and free-wheeling sex?

Scientific discovery game significantly speeds up neuroscience research process

12 hours ago from Science Daily

A new scientific discovery game called Mozak is allowing video gamers to significantly speed up reconstructing the intricate architecture of brain cells, a fundamental task in 21st century brain science....

Citizens can productively change politics by taking the law to court

12 hours ago from Physorg

If you think threatening suit is a conversation stopper, think again. Citizen lawsuits can actually promote compromise between lawmakers and influence decisions to pay for public goods like clean water,...

Lithgow recalls life on stage, screen, and at Harvard

13 hours ago from Harvard Science

Actor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career, playing both dramatic and comedic roles on television, film, and stage. He played a transgender woman in “The World According to...

Chinese fugitive billionaire vows to expose corrupt officials

13 hours ago from UPI

A Chinese billionaire fugitive has vowed to expose corruption among top Chinese Communist Party officials.

Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

13 hours ago from Science Daily

A circuit in the brain is critical for governing how we respond to conflicting environmental cues, new research concludes.

Hundreds of genes that influence timing of puberty identified

13 hours ago from Science Daily

The largest genomic analysis of puberty timing in men and women conducted to date has identified 389 genetic signals associated with puberty timing, four times the number that were previously...

Libyan government calls for foreign intervention as fighting spreads

13 hours ago from UPI

Libya's U.N.-backed govern­ment has appealed for "urgent intervention" from the international community to prevent civil war.

Banded mongooses target family members for eviction

13 hours ago from Physorg

Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.

Calgary mother hopes photo of dying son will deter others from doing fentanyl

14 hours ago from CBC: Health

A Calgary mother is hoping a photo of her lying on a hospital bed with her dying son will help steer others away from using the deadly drug fentanyl.

Amanda Bynes returns to Twitter with smiling photo

14 hours ago from UPI

Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes resurfaced on social media to share a picture of herself admiring some flowers with a friend.

Marvel stars Jon Bernthal, Tom Holland share screen in medieval monk movie 'Pilgrimage'

16 hours ago from UPI

Jon Bernthal has nothing but high praise for Tom Holland, his young co-star in the medieval drama "Pilgrimage."

Wandering pygmy goats take 'day trip' in officer's patrol car

16 hours ago from UPI

A Maine police officer took a pair of wandering pygmy goats for a drive around town and snapped pictures of the animals until their owner could be found.

Britain's Independence Party seeks burqa ban

16 hours ago from UPI

Britain's UK Independence Party has issued a June 8 general election manifesto that calls for outlawing wearing burqas.

Brands dedicated to positive social change use social media to primarily promote products

16 hours ago from Science Blog

Social media has greatly changed how all sorts of companies can interact with their audiences and customers. A new study suggests that even brands dedicated to positive social change tend...

Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert

16 hours ago from AP Health

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seems closely divided about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because...

Jennifer Lopez says Alex Rodriguez romance started at lunch

17 hours ago from UPI

Jennifer Lopez recalled how she met boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at a restaurant in Los Angeles during an interview with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

'Race tests' may be fueling segregation in white evangelical churches

17 hours ago from Physorg

A new study explores why nominally welcoming churches remain racially segregated in the post-civil rights era. The reason may be due to clergy and congregants in white evangelical churches who...