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What lonely snails can tell us about the effects of stress on memory

3 days ago from Physorg

In numerous different animals, cognitive ability, including learning and memory, is often negatively affected by stress. But not all individuals of a particular species are equally good at cognitive tasks...

Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso to star in stage musical 'Beetlejuice'

3 days ago from UPI

"School of Rock" star Alex Brightman is to play the titular mischief-maker in the world premiere of the stage musical "Beetlejuice."

Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93

3 days ago from UPI

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the country's tenth, died Thursday in New Delhi. He was 93.

Sex-ed curricula can't satisfy everyone, and they shouldn't try, say some experts

3 days ago from CBC: Health

As Ontario grapples with its sex education curriculum, any effort to come up with a consensus on what should be taught in schools may very well be a 'fool's errand,'...

How sheds can help men stave off loneliness after retirement – according to our new research

3 days ago from Physorg

When people hear the word shed, they may think about a rickety wooden building at the bottom of a garden crawling with spiders, filled with old paint tins, a lawnmower...

Internet of Things technology can boost classroom learning and bridge gender divide

3 days ago from Physorg

The use of Internet of Things devices in the classroom can have major educational benefits and appeal to both genders if designed and used in the right way.

Study shows courts tending to side with people impersonating, parodying via social media

3 days ago from Physorg

Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a satirical ad in Hustler magazine was not libelous against the Rev. Jerry Falwell and did not intentionally cause him emotional...

Breaking down the barriers of human-computer communication

3 days ago from Physorg

Many of us regularly ask our smartphones for directions or to play music without giving much thought to the technology that makes it all possible – we just want a...

Colorado baker sues state for religious persecution

3 days ago from UPI

The Colorado baker whose refusal to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage led to a Supreme Court decision in his favor is now suing the state.

Study on race and genetics finds Americans have nuanced understanding of race

3 days ago from Physorg

Despite believing that race relations are getting worse, a majority of Americans agree that someone's racial identity is not hard-wired into their DNA, according to a new survey by Northwestern...

Suspects confess to crimes they didn't commit – here's why

3 days ago from Physorg

Office clerk Stefan Kiszko spent 17 years in prison for the murder of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in Rochdale in northwest England in 1975. Though he had confessed his guilt to...

Educational tracking creates artificial inequalities among students

3 days ago from Science Daily

New research shows the structure of educational tracking can lead evaluators to favor high over low socioeconomic status students in tracking decisions.

How focusing on emotions helps diffuse political tension

3 days ago from Science Blog

Workshops focusing on intergroup emotions are showing how deeply-rooted beliefs can be changed to support conflict resolution. Group interventions, each lasting just five hours, broadened dozens of Israelis’ views on...

Report: Talks underway at Panmunjom for Pompeo’s North Korea trip

3 days ago from UPI

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is unlikely to return to Washington empty-handed from his next trip to Pyongyang.

Sex and gender diversity is growing across U.S.

3 days ago from UPI

Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman from Vermont, made history as the first openly trans person to win the nomination of a major political party for governor.

Social position determines pregnant women's exposure to air pollution

4 days ago from Science Daily

A new study analyzes the urban exposome of 30,000 women in nine European cities.

How focusing on emotions helps diffuse political tension

4 days ago from Physorg

Workshops focusing on intergroup emotions are showing how deeply-rooted beliefs can be changed to support conflict resolution.

Autism Risk May Increase If Child's Mother Has High DDT Exposure

4 days ago from Live Science

Pregnant woman who have high levels of a byproduct from the banned insecticide DDT in their bodies may be more likely to have a child with autism, a new study...

DNO pays out first dividend in 13 years

4 days ago from UPI

Pointing to a high level of success for its assets in the Kurdish north of Iraq, Norwegian company DNO said it was paying its first dividend in 13 years.

The effect of social class on interpersonal relationships

4 days ago from Physorg

Are people with more money and education dominating and less warm? A social-psychological study at Goethe University scrutinizes stereotypes.

Malaysian court to extend Kim Jong Nam assassination trial

4 days ago from UPI

A Malaysian court has decided to continue the trial of the defendants in the assassination case of Kim Jong Nam.

Educational tracking creates artificial inequalities among students

4 days ago from Physorg

In a series of studies, social psychologists show that educational tracking—grouping students based on their achievement levels—encourages evaluators to artificially create social class inequalities. Three studies reveal that evaluators consider...

Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection

4 days ago from Science Daily

In a study of sleep-deprived versus well-rested individuals, researchers found that the brains of those lacking sufficient sleep exhibited heightened activity in areas that deal with perceived human threats and...

Cosmetic procedures boost well-being, poll shows

4 days ago from UPI

People who choose minimally invasive cosmetic procedures do so because they want to feel good, not just look good, a new survey finds.

Slovakian woman arrested for playing same opera song for 16 years

4 days ago from UPI

A Slovakian woman was reportedly arrested after she played the same opera song on repeat for 16 years.

Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva registers presidential bid from prison

4 days ago from UPI

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva registered his candidacy for the country's upcoming election while imprisoned Wednesday.

Broncos WR Henderson suspended one game by NFL

4 days ago from UPI

Wide receiver Carlos Henderson of the Denver Broncos has been suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced on Wednesday.

Collaborate on complex problems, but only intermittently

4 days ago from Harvard Science

More than a decade after the introduction of the first smartphone, we are awash in always-on technologies — email, instant messaging, social media, Slack, Yammer, and so on. All that connectivity means we...