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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?

July 1, 2015 — As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Three-quarters of the population will get an itchy red rash if exposed to the urushiol oil inside poison ivy's leaves, stem and roots. One-quarter of people will not have any reaction to ... read more

Helping Students Stick With Online Courses

July 1, 2015 — Researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next ... read more

Longer Acquaintance Levels the Romantic Playing Field

June 30, 2015 — Partners who become romantically involved soon after meeting tend to be more similar in physical attractiveness than partners who get together after knowing each other for a while, according to new ... read more

What Effect Does Marijuana Really Have on Weight Gain? It's Complicated

June 30, 2015 — While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved. The main finding of the study ... read more

Most Internet Anonymity Software Leaks Users' Details

June 29, 2015 — Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are legal and increasingly popular for individuals wanting to circumvent censorship, avoid mass surveillance or access geographically limited services like Netflix. ... read more

License Plate Decals Don't Seem to Curb Learner Driver Crash Rates

June 29, 2015 — The use of license plate decals for drivers with learner permits doesn't seem to have reduced their crash rate in New Jersey, the first US state to introduce the regulation, finds ... read more

Talk Is Cheap: New Study Finds Words Speak Louder Than Actions

June 29, 2015 — When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. The researchers found that people conform ... read more

When Times Are Tough, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons

June 29, 2015 — In tough economic times, parents financially favor daughters over sons, according to researchers. The study found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, ... read more

Feeling Impulsive or Frustrated? Take a Nap

June 29, 2015 — It's becoming increasingly common for people, especially adults, to not sleep an entire night. This can negatively impair a person's attention span and memory, as well as contribute to ... read more

Most Plastic Surgeons Now Use Fat Grafting as Part of Facelift Surgery

June 29, 2015 — In recent years, a large majority of US plastic surgeons have adopted fat grafting techniques as part of their approach to facelift surgery, reports a study. Fat grafting—transferring small amounts ... read more

Genes Leave Some Kids Prone to Weakness in Wrist Bones

June 29, 2015 — Pediatric researchers have discovered gene locations affecting bone strength in wrist bones, the most common site for fractures in children. Children with these genetic variants could especially ... read more

'Drink When Thirsty' to Avoid Fatal Drops in Blood Sodium Levels During Exercise

June 29, 2015 — For hikers, football players, endurance athletes, and a growing range of elite and recreational exercisers, the best approach to preventing potentially serious reductions in blood sodium level is to ... read more

Muscadine Grape Seed Oil May Help Reduce Obesity

June 29, 2015 — Most of the seeds and skin from grapes used for wine production winds up in waste streams. But scientists have found that the oil extracted from Muscadine grape seeds produces a form of Vitamin E, ... read more

Car-Sharing Greens the City

June 29, 2015 — Sharing your neighbor's car may be the most climate-friendly way of getting to work. One shared car can replace as many as 13 privately owned ... read more

Umbilical Cord 'Milking' Improves Blood Flow in Preterm Infants

June 29, 2015 — A technique to increase the flow of blood from the umbilical cord into the infant's circulatory system improves blood pressure and red blood cell levels in preterm infants delivered by Cesarean ... read more

Is Marriage Good or Bad for the Figure?

June 29, 2015 — It is generally assumed that marriage has a positive influence on health and life expectancy. But does this "marriage bonus" also apply to the health indicator of body weight? Researchers ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Parents could banish their children’s fussy eating habits by following three simple steps, a new study suggests.               ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Pet owners are reluctant to face up to their cats' kill count, a new study suggests. Cat owners fail to realize the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Do you want to be seen as a better cook and a more loving parent? It's as easy as serving a vegetable at dinner, according to recent research. Families are most likely to consume vegetables at ... read more

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