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Why Musicians Make Us Weep And Computers Don't

10 years ago from Science Daily

Music can soothe the savage breast much better if played by musicians rather than clever computers, according to a new study. Neuroscientists looked at the brain's response to piano sonatas...

Brain activity encodes reward magnitude and delay during choice

10 years ago from Physorg

Good things may come to those who wait, but research has proven that humans and animals actually prefer an immediate rather than a delayed reward. Now, a study published by...

Avatars As Communicators Of Emotions

10 years ago from Science Daily

Current interactive systems enable users to communicate with computers in many ways, but not taking into account emotional communication. A Ph.D. thesis puts forward the use of avatars or virtual...

Money makes the heart grow less fond... but more hardworking

10 years ago from Physorg

Money is a necessity: it provides us with material objects that are important for survival and for entertainment, and it is often used as a reward. But recent studies have...

More sex please, we're 70

10 years ago from Physorg

Men and women in their early seventies are having sex more often and enjoying it more than their counterparts three and four decades ago, according to a Swedish study published...

Male kidneys for men only?

10 years ago from Physorg

The gender of donor and recipient plays a larger role in kidney transplants than previously assumed. Female donor kidneys do not function as well in men - due to...

Weight Gain In Adolescent Girls: Role Of Internet, Alcohol And Sleep

10 years ago from Science Daily

Girls moving through adolescence may experience unhealthy levels of weight gain, but the reasons for this are not always clear. In fact, many potential causes of weight gain are easily...

Do we think that machines can think?

10 years ago from Physorg

When our PC goes on strike again we tend to curse it as if it was a human. The question of why and under what circumstances we attribute human-like properties...

The first autism disease genes

10 years ago from Biology News Net

The autistic disorder, a neurodevelopmental disease first described in 1943, represents a challenge for treatment and a puzzle for research. Alongside Asperger syndrome, a milder form of the disorder, autism...

Sex Really Does Get Better With Age (Just Ask A 70 Year Old)

10 years ago from Science Daily

An increasing number of 70 year olds are having good sex and more often, and women in this age group are particularly satisfied with their sex lives, according to a...

Male Cyclists Risk Sexual Problems If They Don't Choose The Right Bike

10 years ago from Science Daily

Cycling may seem like a healthy and environmentally friendly pastime, but men who choose the wrong bike could be heading for a range of sexual and health problems, including erection...

Sex at 70 better than ever before: Swedish study

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Today's 70-year-olds are having good sex, and they're having it more often than 70-year-olds at any time in the last 30 years, according to a Swedish study.

Fringe autism treatment could get federal study

10 years ago from AP Science

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pressured by desperate parents, government researchers are pushing to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an...

Court keeps cell tower backup rules on hold

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- More than a year after they were introduced, federal rules intended to keep cell phone towers operating during natural disasters remain in limbo.

Artists Get Creative In "Vomit Comet"

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Three British artists tried to make art in zero gravity - one used a cat and a mouse for a performance piece - aboard an aircraft used to train cosmonauts,...

Why can`t I learn a new language?

10 years ago from Physorg

Adults, even the brightest ones, often struggle with learning new languages. Dr Nina Kazanina in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bristol explains why.

Older workforce requires variety of recruitment strategies

10 years ago from Physorg

Employers globally are facing challenges and needs posed by baby-boom generation employees. A new Penn State study of 208 U.S. employers found a wide range of strategies used to recruit...

Keeping Text Messaging Bills In Check

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Recent price hikes are making it tougher, but CNET's Natali Del Conte had tips to help you, on The Early Show.

FTC wants to end tar-nicotine statements

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is proposing rescinding statements concerning cigarette tar and nicotine yields that are based on a 1966 test.

Uganda pilots scientist–MP 'shadowing scheme'

10 years ago from SciDev

The Uganda National Academy of Science will trial a new pairing scheme where scientists shadow MPs and vice versa.

Splendid Oscillation

10 years ago from PopSci

A few weeks back we looked at the phenomenon of resonance with oscillating metronomes. As a follow-up to that meditative and Zen-like video, we've included a crystal-clear demonstration of that...

Does a gene variant make women more prone to alcoholism?

10 years ago from Science Blog

A particular gene variant might make women more susceptible to alcoholism. At least, a study carried out by the Universities of Bonn and Sweden's Karolinska Institute makes this a plausible...

Pet Owners Favor McCain Over Obama

10 years ago from Live Science

If the presidential election goes to the dogs, John McCain is looking like best in show.

Failure Of The First Attempt At Assisted Reproduction Justifies At Least One Additional Cycle

10 years ago from Science Daily

Research into the effect of age and the number of times women undergo assisted reproduction technology (ART) shows that for younger women, the overwhelming majority achieve a pregnancy within the...

IVF Does Not Increase Risk Of Developmental Disorders In Children

10 years ago from Science Daily

Couples who need IVF in order to become pregnant can be reassured that this will not lead to developmental problems in early infancy, a Dutch researcher told the 24th annual...

Vitamin D and diabetes: An over-simplified solution to a complex problem

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Confusion often comes about in science and the reporting of science when you try to find a simple solution to what increasingly looks like a complex problem, writes Stephen Strauss

Personal Health: In Act 2 of Life, Doing Work That Matters

10 years ago from NY Times Health

After retirement, so-called encore career possibilities are endless and they can be both lucrative and personally fulfilling.

Beijing 'failing pollution test'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

With just one month to go until the Olympics, Beijing's air still falls short of international standards, BBC tests suggest.