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Tone deaf? blame it on poor connectivity

10 years ago from Science Blog

Tone deafness is defined as the inability to discriminate between musical notes also known as amusia, tune deafness, dysmelodia, and dysmusia. Famous leaders including President Theodore Roosevelt and Ernesto "Che"...

Lead poisons 1,300 Chinese children near smelter

10 years ago from CBC: Health

More than 1,300 children were sickened by lead poisoning in central China - the second such case in a month, state media said Thursday in Beijing.

Labor Induction Need Not Increase Cesarean Risk

10 years ago from Science Daily

Contrary to a belief widely held by obstetricians, inducing labor need not increase a woman's risk for cesarean section delivery in childbirth, scientists have found.

Is DNA no longer the blueprint of crime scene investigations?

10 years ago from Science Blog

This is truly troubling: the fact that DNA evidence can be fabricated for crime scenes takes away the one guaranteed test we had in order to establish criminality (or non-criminality),...

Confronting health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth

10 years ago from

Research indicates that the social stigma that surrounds lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens leads to a variety of health risks such as substance use, risky sexual behaviours, eating...

Personality traits associated with stress and worry can be hazardous to your health

10 years ago from

Personality traits associated with chronic worrying can lead to earlier death, at least in part because these people are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, according...

Study shows bilinguals are unable to 'turn off' a language completely

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With a vast majority of the world speaking more than one language, it is no wonder that psychologists are interested in its effect on cognitive functioning. For instance, how does...

Coordination Needed To Support Green-fingered Youths

10 years ago from Science Daily

Young people working on conservation projects are often coerced into "grunt" activities like digging holes or picking up litter and gain little from environmental volunteering, according to research at the...

No karaoke for you! Bad wiring spells tone-deaf

10 years ago from AP Science

NEW YORK (AP) -- Do your friends cover their ears when you sing along with the radio? Does the choir director ask you to lip-sync?...

N.B. will not appeal Morgentaler decision

10 years ago from CBC: Health

The Liberal government will not appeal the New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision that paves the way for Dr. Henry Morgentaler to sue the province to pay for abortions at...

No comfort in comfort foods during tough economic times, study finds

10 years ago from Science Blog

Most of us can name our favorite "comfort foods" and believe that we are most prone to seek them out during times of stress and upheaval -- like moving to...

Mo. Woman Charged with Cyberbullying Teen

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Accused of Posting Girl's Photo, Personal Info on Craigslist for a Sexual Encounter

Mobile messages could aid early warning in the Maldives

10 years ago from SciDev

A new report has indicated that text messaging could play a vital role in an early warning system for natural disasters in the Maldives.

Mental Stress Training Is Planned for U.S. Soldiers

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A new Army program is intended to prevent problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Tunisian woman expecting 12 babies: reports

10 years ago from Physorg

A Tunisian woman is due to give birth to 12 babies, which could be a world record, press reports said Tuesday, quoting doctors.

Winning While Losing: New Strategy Solves 'Two-Envelope' Paradox

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers from Australia have taken a step toward resolving a seemingly simple yet unsolved paradox known as the "two-envelope" problem. They`ve worked out a new strategy that can...

The Mind's Eye Scans Like A Spotlight: New Role Discovered For Brain Waves

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers say you are more likely to scan the room, jumping from face to face as you search for your friend. In addition, the timing of these jumps appears to...

How schools, parents can work together for successful kids

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It is widely understood that, ideally, schools and parents should work together to ensure that children can succeed as students and citizens. But what is the right balance? And how...

Links Between Video-game Playing And Health Risks In Adults Found

10 years ago from Science Daily

While video gaming is perceived as a pastime for children and young adults, the average age of US players is 35. Investigators analyzed survey data from 500+ adults (19 to...

Future Angst? Brain Scans Show Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

10 years ago from Science Daily

Anyone who has spent a sleepless night anguishing over a possible job loss has experienced the central finding of a new brain scan study: Uncertainty makes a bad event feel...

Common Variation In Gene Linked To Structural Changes In The Brain

10 years ago from Science Daily

Common variations in a gene -- previously shown to be associated with Retts Syndrome, autism, and mental retardation -- are associated with differences in brain structure in both healthy individuals...

Basics: Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop

10 years ago from NY Times Health

Chronic stress changes the brain, but relaxation can change it back.

Study finds short- and long-term memories require same gene but in different circuits

10 years ago from Physorg

Why is it that you can instantly recall your own phone number but have to struggle with your mental Rolodex to remember a new number you heard a few moments...

Monkeys booze because of genes

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A study has shown that having a particular gene variant causes some macaque monkeys to drink more alcohol in experiments.

Verbal briefings defended by health minister

10 years ago from CBC: Health

The cabinet minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador's $2.6-billion health ministry didn't receive any written information about issues in his department when he was appointed to the position last month,...

Indiana University Research at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Researchers discuss studies involving the medicalization of mental illness and how it has done little to remove the stigma; and the polarization of American politics and how this works well...

Teens Have Less Sex After Middle-School Program

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A new program that urges middle-school students to figure out their values regarding sex appears to reduce the likelihood that they will engage in early sexual activity, a study finds.

Adolescent Athletes Enjoy Better Sleep

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Teens who exercise vigorously have a better quality of sleep than their couch-potato peers, according to a new Swiss study.