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Average individual student loan debt up $313 in 2017

1 week ago from UPI

The average amount of individual student loan debt owned by U.S. college students increased by more than $300 in 2017, according to a study by LendEDU published Wednesday.

A Video Game Can Change the Brain, May Improve Empathy in Middle Schoolers

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

A fantastical scenario involving a space-exploring robot crashing on a distant planet is the premise of a video game developed for middle schoolers by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers to study...

Risk-taking, antisocial teens five times more likely to die young

1 week ago from Science Blog

Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers, with roughly one in 20 dying by their 30s, according to...

Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism

1 week ago from Science Blog

Many patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression experience negative moods that lead them to focus on the possible downside of a given situation more than the potential...

Primate speech: How some species are 'wired' for talk

Primate brain study reveals a "wiring" key to our ability to talk.

Melania Trump's parents take citizenship oath

1 week ago from UPI

First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens during a private ceremony in New York on Thursday.

Teen girl arrested in burglary of Nebraska coach Scott Frost's house

1 week ago from UPI

A 17-year-old girl was arrested in connection with a burglary at the home of Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Scott Frost.

Court orders EPA to remove harmful pesticide from U.S. market

1 week ago from CBC: Health

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny...

These High-Tech Tools Help Judge How Well Spacesuits Fit (Video)

1 week ago from Space.com

How well does an astronaut's spacesuit fit? Richard Fineman wants to know.

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

1 week ago from Physorg

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos (clor-PEER-i-fos) on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even...

Can psychedelic drugs heal?

1 week ago from Science Daily

Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging...

Men are still more likely than women to be perceived as leaders, study finds

1 week ago from Science Daily

Women hold just 26 percent of executive-level positions in S&P 500 companies -- and sadly that is no accident, according to a new study.

Are pet owners abusing animals to get opioids?

1 week ago from Science Daily

Veterinarians in Colorado are concerned that some of their clients may have intentionally hurt their pets in the hopes of receiving prescription painkillers, according to a recent survey.

Trilobites: Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated

1 week ago from NY Times Science

A long-running experiment provides clues to genes that influence friendliness to humans.

California court rejects 'outercourse' argument for convicted ex-swimmer

1 week ago from UPI

A California appeals court has rejected a new trial for Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted for sexual assault and attempted rape.

You're only as old as you think and do

1 week ago from Science Daily

Could increasing your physical activity or feeling more in control of your life be the secret to staying young? Employing these simple strategies may help older adults feel younger and...

The debate over how working memory works

1 week ago from MIT Research

In a debate where the stakes are nothing short of understanding how the brain maintains its so-called “sketchpad of conscious thought,” researchers discuss exactly what makes working memory work in dueling papers in...

Ford government to face human rights challenge over changes to sex-ed

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Human rights lawyers have announced a legal challenge of the Progressive Conservatives' plans for the sex-ed curriculum in Ontario.

Reports: Patriots to add $5M in incentives to Brady deal

1 week ago from UPI

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could be in line for a fatter wallet.

Roles of emotional support animals examined

1 week ago from Science Daily

Airlines are not the only organizations grappling with the complexities surrounding emotional support animals. Colleges and courts are also questioning the need for these animals and the effects they may...

Most teens do have, and use, behavioral brakes

1 week ago from Science Daily

Children who struggle with weak cognitive control at an early age are at most risk for trouble in adulthood following their engagement in risk-taking activities in adolescence, according to new...

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Scientists show innate ability is not the explanation for men navigating better than women.

Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism

1 week ago from Science Daily

Neuroscientists have shown that stimulating the caudate nucleus can generate negative moods that lead to irrational decision-making. Stimulating the caudate nucleus causes animals to give far more weight to the...

Pastor, elders at one of largest U.S. churches resign amid abuse scandal

1 week ago from UPI

The pastor and multiple elders at one of the largest churches in the United States have resigned over backlash from misconduct allegations against its founder.

'Flip or Flop' to return for Season 8 on HGTV

1 week ago from UPI

"Flip or Flop" stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa celebrated after the HGTV series was renewed for 15 more episodes.

Watch: Gator lunges through bridge fence to snap at dog

1 week ago from UPI

A South Carolina woman captured video of a dog's close call when an alligator snapped at it through a fence on a bridge.

Synapses of the reward system at stake in autistic disorders

1 week ago from Science Daily

Autism spectrum disorders are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, one of the main characteristics of which is impaired social communication. But what happens in patients' brains that disrupts their social...

London calling! Travelers seek 'trust' in holiday destinations

1 week ago from Science Daily

Tourists considering overseas travel 'trust' a destination like London would provide a positive experience, says new research. Consumer behavior experts investigated the effectiveness of the official tourism website, Visit London,...