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Consumers overpredict the use of holiday gifts

8 years ago from Physorg

Before you add that fancy "it" gadget to your holiday wish list, you should know you're not going to use it as much as you think you will. For a...

A theory for toddlers' turbo-charged learning style

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The lack of a fully formed prefrontal cortex -- the section of the brain that keeps an adult 'on task' -- may help young kids accumulate knowledge rapidly, a study suggests. Anyone...

Are Angry Women More Like Men?: Study Shows Smiles and Scowls Provide Cues for Gender Identification

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

"Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?" wrote author Lynn Hecht Schafran. The answer, according to an article in the Journal of...

Video: A 'Nobel' Cause

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

When a woman researcher at Johns Hopkins University won the Nobel Prize in science, it eventually helped motivate women scientists who say they've faced discrimination. Kelly Wallace reports.

Most runaway teens return home with help of family ties

8 years ago from

The teen years can be a tumultuous time, as many parents know, a time when adolescents begin to flex their mental muscles, testing boundaries and turning to peers rather than...

For low-income families with special needs kids, where you live matters

8 years ago from

In the United States, caring for a child with special health care needs usually means higher medical expenses for a family - particularly for low-income families, who spend a disproportionally...

US deploys balloons... to test accuracy of online spread of info

US defence experts launch 10 red balloons across the country to assess the accuracy with which information spreads on the internet.

Is Money Tainting the Plasma Supply?

8 years ago from NY Times Health

Plasma collection centers pay donors, but questions are arising about how an industry that has depended on the blood of people hard up for cash does business.

Why caring can sour a happy marriage

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

New psychological research has revealed surprising data about how relationships failTrue love may be the key to a long and happy marriage – but being a dentist or an agricultural engineer helps, too,...

Wrap rage: A holiday injury waiting to happen

8 years ago from Science Daily

Here's a holiday news nugget for those who will experience "wrap rage" this season ... According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17 percent of Pennsylvanians experienced an injury...

Gift Guide: Tech gadgets can boost your workouts

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- In simpler times, maintaining good health was a matter of joining a gym or lacing up running shoes for a loop in the park. At most, you'd buy...

Autism therapies can get undeserved credit

8 years ago from LA Times - Health

Sara DiFucci says she vividly remembers the day a pediatrician said her daughter, then a preschooler, could wind up in a group home later in life. She was devastated.

If trainers could choose just one gadget . . .

8 years ago from LA Times - Health

Gadgets and machines have become as embedded in the fitness culture as sneakers and sweats. Although it's possible to get a decent workout with nothing more than a couple...

Come on, it's just acne

8 years ago from LA Times - Health

You'd think so. But the cause of her daughter's angst was surprisingly hard to fight. Not all doctors were helpful. Overwrought at what seemed to me to be a typical smattering of pimples,...

Hyperactivity associated with shorter nights for young boys

8 years ago from Science Daily

Hyperactive boys don't get enough sleep, which can worsen their condition according to new research. The study is the first to examine a large sample of children and to study...

Bad science: Making contact with a helping hand | Ben Goldacre

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Here is a mystery. Rom Houben, a Belgian, was diagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years, and he has now made a partial recovery. This has been demonstrated via a...

This column will change your life: With friends like these... | Oliver Burkeman

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We know our best friends almost as well as know ourselves, right? Maybe not...I like my close friends a lot – that's the point of close friends, surely – and yet, on...

Why Your Older Brother Didn't Share

8 years ago from Science NOW

Sibling pecking order makes firstborns less cooperative than their siblings [Read more]

Iran cracks down on dissent in universities

8 years ago from AP Health

BEIRUT (AP) -- As they gear up for a major anti-government protest Monday, Iranian students are besieged by a clampdown in the universities, with a wave...

Stopping rape as an object of war

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- It is a disturbing truth that sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) is used as a war tactic in developing nations. Silvia Dominguez, assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern...

Eclectic To-Do Lists

8 years ago from

As a freelance scientist, I find my Friday to-do lists are particularly eclectic.  A little backstory: I work as a freelance a) science writer and b) programmer in order to...

Altitude will have impact on World Cup ball

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The goalkeepers at next year's World Cup should consider their geography before getting on the field. World Cup - FIFA World Cup - Sport - Soccer...

China sets its sights on African research cooperation

8 years ago from SciDev

African countries could benefit from an ambitious Chinese plan to increase its scientific cooperation with the continent.

Embodied Cognition: Using Movement to Understand the Mind

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Psychology professors look at movement to study communication and cognition.

The carbon-cutting crew's faulty logic | Tim Worstall

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

If localism is a cure for climate change then the assumptions that the scientific consensus rests upon are wrongI've a small confession to make and where better to make it than here?...

Where are the female scientists in research articles?

8 years ago from Physorg

A recent research article published in the journal Scientometrics by a team from the University of Extremadura (UEX) has proved something that was already obvious to its scientific community -...

Video: Cell Phone Service Battle

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

A Consumer Reports survey of 50,000 people showed that Verizon and T-mobile are the most favored cell phone carriers. CNET's Natali Del Conte reports.

Chicago News Cooperative: Treating a Community’s Health Needs That Reform May Not Fix

8 years ago from NY Times Health

The Erie Family Health Center, in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, will not turn patients away, even if they cannot pay.