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Why sex with a partner is better

11 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

OK, it takes two for human reproduction, and now it seems that plants and animals that can rely on either a partner or go alone by self-fertilization give their offspring...

Cocaine Exposure During Pregnancy Leads To Impulsivity In Male, Not Female, Monkeys

11 years ago from Science Daily

Adult male monkeys exposed to cocaine while in the womb have poor impulse control and may be more vulnerable to drug abuse than female monkeys, even a decade or more...

Stereotypes Can Fuel Teen Misbehavior

11 years ago from Science Daily

Drinking. Drugs. Caving into peer pressure. When parents expect their teenagers to conform to negative stereotypes, those teens are in fact more likely to do so, according to new research.

Regulating emotion after experiencing a sexual assault

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After exposure to extreme life stresses, what distinguishes the individuals who do and do not develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? A new study, published in the October 1st issue of...

How white is a paper?

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Whiter paper and better colour reproduction are examples of important competitive advantages on an international market. But how white is a paper? And why do vacation photos turn out so...

Freakonomics without the facts

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's bogus

Two Brain Structures Key To Emotional Balance Especially In Threatening Situations

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that a primitive region of the brain responsible for sensorimotor control also has an important role in regulating emotional responses to threatening situations. This region appears to...

Pesticides Exposure Linked To Suicidal Thoughts

11 years ago from Science Daily

People with higher levels of pesticide exposure are more likely to have suicidal thoughts according to new research. The agricultural pesticides commonly used in China are organophosphates which are in...

First Former College Football Player Diagnosed With Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

11 years ago from Science Daily

A deceased former college football player who died at age 42 was already suffering from the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is the first time an advanced...

Feelings of stigmatisation may discourage HIV patients from proper care

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The feeling of stigmatisation that people living with HIV often experience doesn't only exact a psychological toll - new UCLA research suggests it can also lead to quantifiably negative health...

Video: Netbooks Versus Notebooks

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

CNET's Natalie Del Conte showed Harry Smith the difference between laptop, desktop and netbook computers.

Mom flouts midwifery restrictions with home birth

11 years ago from CBC: Health

A woman in Musquodoboit Harbour says she feels like a criminal for having her baby at home.

Amphetamine use in adolescence may impair adult working memory

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Rats exposed to high doses of amphetamines at an age that corresponds to the later years of human adolescence display significant memory deficits as adults - long after the exposure...

Women outperform men when identifying emotions

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Women are better than men at distinguishing between emotions, especially fear and disgust, according to a new study published in the online version of the journal Neuropsychologia. As part of...

Childhood risk factors for developing substance dependence

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There is ample evidence for the genetic influence of alcohol dependence, and ongoing studies are actively looking for specific genes that may confer this increased susceptibility. In addition, while it...

Older workers spend less on necessities and health care

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More older Americans are choosing to continue to work or are returning to the labour force. The number of workers age 65 and older is predicted to increase by more...

Can we 'learn to see?': Study shows perception of invisible stimuli improves with training

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Although we assume we can see everything in our field of vision, the brain actually picks and chooses the stimuli that come into our consciousness. A new study in the...

Squid Cartoons For A Cause!

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The guys over at Deep-Sea News have organized an "Ocean Bloggers Challenge" to fund ocean-related education for classrooms in need. It's through a really nifty website called Donors Choose, which...

Papershow is portable whiteboard, presentation, more

11 years ago from Physorg

It all began with the blackboard that lets you write on a large surface for all to see and that can be easily erased. To this day, blackboards continue to...

Grudgingly, young people finally flock to Twitter

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- They think it's pointless, narcissistic. Some don't even know what it is. Even so, more young adults and teens - normally at the cutting edge of technology...

Researchers Use Cell Phones to Collect Real-Time Data on Substance Use

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Scenario: A group of friends are drinking at the local pub, when one gets a cell phone call. He takes it in a quiet corner; nothing unusual....

Review: Motorola's Cliq is a snappy smart phone

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Imagine how you'd feel if you peaked in middle school. That's pretty much what happened to cell phone maker Motorola Inc., which had a megahit in 2005...

Extremists more willing to share their opinions, study finds

11 years ago from Physorg

People with relatively extreme opinions may be more willing to publicly share their views than those with more moderate views, according to a new study.

Silence Is The Enemy: The Franken Anti-Rape Amendment

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It is good that US Courts recognize that there are some rights one cannot surrender through contractual arrangements. One of those rights is the right to file suit against your...

New research analyzes the marriage of science and law

11 years ago from Physorg

Distinguished Professor on the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law Susan Haack has recently published a research paper entitled, "Irreconcilable Differences? The...

Studies improve knowledge of underlying brain changes caused by addiction

11 years ago from Science Blog

CHICAGO -- New research using animal models is enabling a deeper understanding of the neurobiology of compulsive drug addiction in humans -- knowledge that may lead...

Gyrowheel to keep new bike riders upright (w/ Video)

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new device called the Gyrowheel could soon revolutionize the way children learn to ride bicycles, and they will be able to learn on their own, without training...

Sick from smells, but not silly

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People who become ill from harmless smells are not being silly, says Dutch researcher Patricia Bulsing. Rather, they perceive these smells differently than other people. The smell is detected more...