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Singing to females makes male birds' brains happy

11 years ago from Biology News Net

The melodious singing of birds has been long appreciated by humans, and has often been thought to reflect a particularly positive emotional state of the singer. In a new study...

Loss of control fuels rituals, superstition: study

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

People often see patterns where none exist in an attempt to give structure and security to unpredictable situations, a new study on loss of control suggests.

Obese choose speed, convenience at buffet

11 years ago from UPI

ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A study of diners at Chinese restaurant buffets in the United States suggests people who are overweight tend to sit closer...

Israeli Astronaut's Diary Goes on Display in Jerusalem

11 years ago from

An Israeli astronaut's diary that survived the Columbia accident are going on display.

Rich and Poor Have Same Economic Views

11 years ago from Live Science

When it comes to how the federal government should spend its money, rich and poor agree.

Research investment failing mental health

11 years ago from Physorg

More money and effort needs to be directed to understanding the causes and treatment of mental disorders to ensure improvements in the health of the community and the one in...

Survey confirms parents' fears, confusion over autism

11 years ago from Physorg

The first national survey of attitudes toward autism reveals that a small but significant percentage of people still believe the disease is caused by childhood vaccines. The survey of 1000...

Piping plovers have hard year on P.E.I.

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Fewer returning adults and poor breeding success made it a bad year for the endangered piping plover on P.E.I.

The brain creates illusions and superstitions at times of stress

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The mind naturally creates illusions and superstitions at times of stress - and this could be adding to the global financial crisis, say scientists.

Andrew Brown: Science shows religion makes us more honest and trusting

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Scientific research shows religion makes us more honest and trusting – at least when we think God is watching.

Penguins on Brazil's sunny beaches?

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The sheer quantity of young penguins that have washed up on Brazil's sun-drenched beaches this year has confounded nearly everyone who comes in contact with them.

Study Shows How Civil War Refugees Cope With The Unknown

11 years ago from Science Daily

A new study focuses on the experiences of the Sudanese refugees who were separated from their parents during the Sudanese civil war.

This Is Your Brain On Politics

11 years ago from Science Daily

The founders of the United States didn't have the advantages of fMRI imaging and had no concept of the amygdala, but were hesitant about political parties and political campaigning nonetheless....

Remembrance Of Tussles Past: Paper Wasps Show Surprisingly Strong Memory For Previous Encounters

11 years ago from Science Daily

With brains less than a millionth the size of humans', paper wasps hardly seem like mental giants. But new research shows that these insects can remember individuals for at least...

Musicians Use Both Sides Of Their Brains More Frequently Than Average People

11 years ago from Science Daily

Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Psychologists have...

Religion helps foster trust, say psychologists

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Study shows that trust is higher when religious groups involve a greater degree of commitment

The farmer in the DELL® uses a computer to milk the herd

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Saskatchewan dairy farm is using high-tech robotics and a computer program to milk the cows while the farmers sleep.

TV ads still grab attention in fast-forward

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A neuromarketing study finds that viewers aren't zoning out, but actually pay attention to ads when hitting their fast-forward button.

Skype admits China privacy breach

11 years ago from Physorg

Skype, the online text messaging and voice service, said Thursday it was "extremely concerned" by monitoring of Internet chat by its Chinese partner reported by Canadian researchers.

Bush Signs NASA Budget, Soyuz Waiver Into Law

11 years ago from

President George W. Bush has signed into law NASA's budget and ability to buy Soyuz seats.

When seeing IS believing

11 years ago from Physorg

New research published in the journal Science explains why individuals seek to find and impose order on an unruly world through superstition, rituals and conspiratorial explanations by linking a loss...

African-American blogs offer key health communications tool

11 years ago from Physorg

Blogs allow African Americans to discuss HIV and AIDS in an unfiltered way that is both public and private, according to a Penn State researcher, and this exploration may lead...

Kids to face, embrace elements all day long at outdoor preschool

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Children will play outside all day, rain or shine, in warm or wintry weather at Canada's first outdoor preschool.

Bad Market? Blame Men

11 years ago from PopSci

It was only a matter of time before pop-news outlets pounced on a biological explanation for the tidal wave of bad credit and risky decisions that has engulfed the U.S....

E-voting cards raise prospect of fraud

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Voting twice is possible for people in the Halifax Regional Municipality who have received two e-voting cards or those of family and friends who have died or moved away.

Hyper kids struggle to identify smells

11 years ago from Science Alert

Scratch and sniff tests could one day tell if a child has ADHD, thanks to new research that has linked a reduced ability to identify smells with the disorder.

Elite opinion leaders greatly vary in their foreign policy beliefs

11 years ago from Physorg

A new study in the journal Politics & Policy shows how there is greater diversity of foreign policy beliefs held by elite opinion leaders than previously thought and identifies nine...

Where you live matters when you're seriously ill

11 years ago from Physorg

America does a mediocre job caring for its sickest people. The nation, says a new report, gets a C.