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How superstitions spread

3 days ago from Science Daily

Superstitious beliefs may seem irrational, but they can nevertheless catch on in a society. Using an evolutionary approach to studying the emergence of coordinated behaviors, biologists showed how a jumble...

Amygdala ensembles encode behavioral states

3 days ago from Science NOW

Internal states, including affective or homeostatic states, are important behavioral motivators. The amygdala regulates motivated behaviors, yet how distinct states are represented in amygdala circuits is unknown. By longitudinally imaging...

Spontaneous behaviors drive multidimensional, brainwide activity

3 days ago from Science NOW

Neuronal populations in sensory cortex produce variable responses to sensory stimuli and exhibit intricate spontaneous activity even without external sensory input. Cortical variability and spontaneous activity have been variously proposed...

Thirst regulates motivated behavior through modulation of brainwide neural population dynamics

3 days ago from Science NOW

Physiological needs produce motivational drives, such as thirst and hunger, that regulate behaviors essential to survival. Hypothalamic neurons sense these needs and must coordinate relevant brainwide neuronal activity to produce...

Calgary groups look for solutions after Syrian girl, 9, dies by suicide

3 days ago from CBC: Health

The suicide of a nine-year-old Syrian girl last month has organizations in Calgary scrutinizing their many services for newcomers, in hopes of preventing future tragedies.

Brain's imperfect execution of mathematically optimal perception

3 days ago from Science Daily

Human perception is based on mathematically optimal principles, but the brain implements those principles imperfectly, suggests new research.

Watch: Ohio family's missing dog found in Florida

3 days ago from UPI

An Ohio family's missing dog turned up exactly one year later -- and over 1,000 miles away in the Florida Panhandle.

Adding human touch to unchatty chatbots may lead to bigger letdown

3 days ago from Science Daily

Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails...

General anesthesia hijacks sleep circuitry to knock you out

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found that general anesthesia induces unconsciousness by hijacking the neural circuitry that makes us fall sleep. They traced this neural circuitry back to a cluster of cells at...

Fund quickly raises nearly $2M for burned Louisiana churches

3 days ago from UPI

A surge in donations pushed a funding project to rebuild three Louisiana churches burned by an arsonist to nearly $2 million in about 36 hours.

Intentions attributed to other people change how we see their actions

3 days ago from Science Daily

Our apparent ability to see the intent in other's behavior leads us to cling to our false judgements.

Can Botox and Cosmetic Surgery Chill Our Relationships With Others?

3 days ago from NY Times Health

Experts say mirroring another person’s facial expressions is essential not only for recognizing emotion, but also for feeling it.

Watch: Jason Momoa shaves beard to promote recycling

3 days ago from UPI

"Game of Thrones" alum and "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa shaved for the first time since 2012 to tout aluminum over plastic.

How We Roll: Study Shows We're More Lone Wolves than Team Players

3 days ago from Scientific American

Results may explain why collective action on climate change and health policy is so difficult -- Read more on

Watch: 'Child's Play': Chucky is reimagined in new trailer

3 days ago from UPI

Chucky is anything but a regular toy in the latest trailer for MGM and Orion Pictures' upcoming reboot of "Child's Play."

Watch: Couple uses Zion Williamson for dunking baby gender reveal

3 days ago from UPI

A couple employed Duke star Zion Williamson for a unique gender reveal idea for their baby by having him dunk an exploding basketball.

Could computer games help farmers adapt to climate change?

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers from Sweden and Finland have developed the interactive web-based Maladaptation Game, which can be used to better understand how Nordic farmers make decisions regarding environmental changes and how they...

India begins second of 7 election phases

3 days ago from UPI

Violence was reported in India's West Bengal as millions started voting Thursday in the second phase of national elections for 95 parliament seats.

Notre Dame Fire Damage Spotted from Space (Photo)

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A photo taken yesterday (April 17) by DigitalGlobe's sharp-eyed WorldView-2 satellite shows the damage done to the famous 850-year-old Paris church.

Study shows female managers don’t mean higher pay for women

3 days ago from Science Blog

A new paper in the European Sociological Review indicates that women’s and men’s earnings are not affected by the share of female managers in an organization, nor by the sex of workers’...

Survey suggests middle-aged Americans drink too much

3 days ago from UPI

Middle-aged Americans are hitting the sauce too hard and too often, according to a new poll showing 33 percent of adults aged 35 to 44 agreed with at least one...

This woman counted literal baby steps, and they walk farther than you'd think

3 days ago from PopSci

Science They may be slow, but they cover entire football fields if left to their own devices. It might seem obvious how babies learn...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls on Mideast nations to repel U.S.

3 days ago from UPI

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani commemorated National Army Day Thursday by calling on Mideast nations to collectively oppose the United States for supporting of Israel.

New study finds family violence is often poorly understood in faith communities

3 days ago from Physorg

We learned this month that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged A$10 million in the federal budget for couples counselling and mediation for families impacted by domestic violence.

Pete Buttigieg revives progressive ideals of Social Gospel Movement

3 days ago from UPI

Pete Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate -- and has been unguarded in speaking about his religious beliefs, arguing that his faith shapes his politics.

Here's What Scotland's Dogs Looked Like 4,500 Years Ago

3 days ago from Live Science

The re-created, three-dimensional face of a dog that lived 4,500 years ago in Scotland is so realistic, you almost want to reach out and pet its thick fur.

On This Day, April 18: Ireland formally declares independence

3 days ago from UPI

On April 18, 1949, the Republic of Ireland formally declared itself independent from Britain.

University of Buffalo freshman dies days after suspected fraternity hazing

3 days ago from UPI

An 18-year-old University of Buffalo student died Wednesday following a suspected hazing incident at a fraternity, the school's president said.