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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Older People Getting Smarter, but Not Fitter

Aug. 31, 2015 — Older populations are scoring better on cognitive tests than people of the same age did in the past -- a trend that could be linked to higher education rates and increased use of technology in our ... read more

How the Mind Sharpens the Senses

Aug. 27, 2015 — A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. Researchers discovered this phenomenon during a ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets. Participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — The hierarchy in a group of dogs is not based on aggression but on submissiveness. A dog ranked lower in the hierarchy displays signals of submissive behavior towards dogs ranked higher. These ... read more

Covert and Overt Forms of Sexism Are Equally Damaging to Working Women

Aug. 27, 2015 — Frequent sexist wisecracks, comments and office cultures where women are ignored are just as damaging to women as single instances of sexual coercion and unwanted sexual attention, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Rsearchers have developed a questionnaire to help you determine if you suffer from nomophobia or a fear of being without your mobile ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Firstborn women are more likely to be overweight/obese as adults than their second-born sisters, finds the largest study of its kind in ... read more

Waste Paper Could Make Summer Grilling More Environmentally Friendly

Aug. 26, 2015 — Summertime is waning, and that means the end of backyard barbecues is almost upon us. That also means an end to dousing charcoal briquettes with lighter fluid. Reducing the use of lighter fluid might ... read more

Many Pregnant Women Have Insufficient Iodine; May Impair Baby's Neurological Development

Aug. 26, 2015 — New research has found that pregnant women in Sweden had inadequate levels of iodine in their diets. Proper iodine nutrition is necessary for neurological development of the fetus. Iodine is an ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new ... read more

The Great Escape: Why Awareness of Mortality Can Be Bad for Health

Aug. 26, 2015 — People with low self-esteem use a variety of escape mechanisms to avoid thinking about their own mortality, new research ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — If counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualize the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia -- a newly defined condition to describe people who are born without a ... read more

Glass of Water Before Each Meal Could Help in Weight Reduction

Aug. 26, 2015 — Researchers have shown that drinking 500ml of water at half an hour before eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight. They believe that the simple intervention could be hugely ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new study looked at the effect of light exposure at night -- like that from phones or tablets -- on the biology of teen sleep. The researchers found that children in early to middle puberty were ... read more

The Fear of Trying New Foods May Have Negative Dietary Implications

Aug. 26, 2015 — Neophobic children have a lower quality index in terms of the Mediterranean diet. Food neophobia is the fear of or refusal to try new foods. This is a typical feature in infant development. ... read more

Many Parents Unaware of E-Cigarette Dangers to Children

Aug. 25, 2015 — Many parents and guardians who use e-cigarettes are not aware of the dangers they pose to children, according to a new ... read more

Friends' Online Influence Increases Ecommerce Purchases 60 Percent

Aug. 25, 2015 — A study on peer influence in ecommerce shows a 60 percent higher chance of buying an online service if it's purchased by ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Less than a month before Congress votes on whether to reauthorize a controversial program mandating healthier school lunches, a new study confirms the suspicions of school officials -- many students ... read more

Cartoons Reveal Attitudes Toward Parenting

Aug. 25, 2015 — Researchers have tapped a novel data source to track changing attitudes toward parenting during the 20th and early 21st centuries: cartoons in the New Yorker ... read more

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