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Father's Day at 100: How It Began, Why Dad Gets Fewer Gifts

8 years ago from National Geographic

With Father's Day 2010 here, find out why it's no Hallmark holiday, why Dad doesn't mind being shortchanged on gifts, and more. ...

Study: Why Women Are More Sensitive to Stress

8 years ago from Live Science

Women may be more prone to psychiatric disorders such as depression due to differences in how their brain responses to certain hormones, a new study suggests.

Using science to identify true soccer stars: Researchers find a new approach to ranking and rating soccer players

8 years ago from Science Daily

Luís Amaral combined his love of soccer with his research team's computational skills to measure and rank the success of soccer players based on an objective measure of performance instead...

Sexual trauma may spark mental health problems

8 years ago from Science Daily

Traumatic sexual incidents may cause serious mental health problems in the years after the events, new research has shown. Using a unique investigative method, researchers examined the mental health of...

Crayfish Brain May Offer Rare Insight into Human Decision Making

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Crayfish make surprisingly complex, cost-benefit choices, finds a University of Maryland study -opening up a new line of research to help unravel the cellular brain activity involved in human decisions....

Mutations on three genes could predispose people to suicidal behaviour

8 years ago from Science Daily

Three genes that have barely been studied to date have now provided fresh knowledge about patients with suicidal backgrounds. Scientists found that several mutations are involved. This finding could help...

Emory study shows babies grasp number, space and time concepts

8 years ago from

Even before they learn to speak, babies are organising information about numbers, space and time in more complex ways than previously realised, a study led by Emory University psychologist Stella...

UCLA scientists teach cultured brain cells to keep time

8 years ago from

The ability to tell time is fundamental to how humans interact with each other and the world. Timing plays an important role, for example, in our ability to recognise speech...

Paediatricians can help parents recognise overweight preschoolers

8 years ago from

Parents are more likely to underestimate their preschool children's weight when paediatricians do not tell them their children are overweight or gaining weight too fast, a study by the University...

Experience shapes the brain's circuitry throughout adulthood

8 years ago from

The adult brain, long considered to be fixed in its wiring, is in fact remarkably dynamic. Neuroscientists once thought that the brain's wiring was fixed early in life, during a critical period beyond...

Damage to the frontal cortex of the brain affects ability to react quickly to a stimulus

8 years ago from

Researchers of the University of Granada have demonstrated that patients who have damage to the right prefrontal cortex of the brain - the part involved in anticipation and quick reaction...

Unesco Delays Decision on Prize Financed by Infamous Dictator

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The international prize for Research in the Life Sciences has been widely criticized for being financed by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.

ScienceShot: How Strong Is a Man? Listen to His Voice

8 years ago from Science NOW

Humans can gauge a man's strength from the way he talks

Photos: Human Sacrifices Found at Ancient China Complex

8 years ago from National Geographic

How better to say "bless this house" than by sacrificing horse or human? A new dig in China sheds light on the ancient practice's beginnings. ...

New testimony sheds light on Mahony's role in notorious priest abuse case

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

Testimony by Cardinal Roger Mahony made public Tuesday gives the clearest account to date of how he handled the notorious case of Father Michael Baker, who is serving a 10-year...

To plan or not to plan is not the right question

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- New research from the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurial Performance & Economics at Cranfield School of Management and the Centre for SMEs at Warwick Business School has revealed that...

Insomniacs have different brains, researcher says

8 years ago from Science Daily

The brains of older adults with chronic sleep problems look different from those of adults who have enjoyed enough sleep. Yet the older adults function well despite their lack of...

Working parents no longer have to do it tough

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Many parents find balancing work and family tough but now help is available. Research from The University of Queensland has found parents who complete a parenting program targeted...

Speech Synthesizer Helps Movie Critic

8 years ago from Physorg

The voices you hear on message services are often created artificially by fitting together short audio snippets from a large library of vocalized words and sounds. Scientists are now moving...

Charges filed in 1983 sexual assault, slaying of 8-year-old girl

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday announced that detectives had issued an arrest warrant in the 1983 abduction and slaying of an 8-year-old girl in Watts.

Pill swallowing tip helps children

8 years ago from CBC: Health

A simple change in how children position their heads when swallowing pills can make it easier for the medicine to go down, researchers in Calgary have found.

Guidance on cross-examination improves accuracy of witness testimony, study finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found that witnesses who receive guidance on cross-examination techniques present more accurate court testimony than those who are unfamiliar with the style of questioning.

Faster employees may indirectly motivate colleagues to increase production

8 years ago from Physorg

You wouldn't think that there would be much similarity between a hockey line and an automobile assembly line. However, University of Alberta management-science researcher Ken Schultz says that both groups...

IU professor's new textbook uses the best science writing from the New York Times

8 years ago from Physorg

For decades, The New York Times has been one of the nation's premier outlets for stories about science. Now, a retired Indiana University journalism professor has put many of those...

On the face of it, voting's superficial

8 years ago from Physorg

Are voters truly sophisticated and rational decision makers? Apparently not. Their choices are heavily influenced by superficial, nonverbal cues, such as politicians' appearance, according to Christopher Olivola from University College...

Study of Dominant-Looking Men Yields Surprising Result

8 years ago from Live Science

Something in the faces of brown-eyed white men makes them appear more dominant than their blue-eyed peers.

Net media are increasingly strong

8 years ago from Physorg

University of Gothenburg, Sweden, conducts a yearly survey of Swedes' media use called Mediebarometern, which started in 1979. The results for the 2009 survey are now complete and show that...

Robert Zucker to Receive Highest Award for Research on Alcohol Use, Abuse

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Robert Zucker, Ph.D., director of the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, and the Substance Abuse Section in the Department of Psychiatry, has been named recipient of the 31st annual...