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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Feb. 11, 2016 — Concentrations of iron similar to those delivered through standard treatments can trigger DNA damage within 10 minutes, when given to cells in the laboratory. This is the finding of scientists who ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

How Your Brain Might Be Secretly Thwarting Your New Year's Resolutions

Feb. 11, 2016 — The human brain is wired to pay attention to previously pleasing things -- a finding that could help explain why it's hard to break bad habits or stick to New Year's ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

I Want Her to Want Me: Where Men, Sex and Personality Meet

Feb. 11, 2016 — A man’s attachment style - a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies - may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually, new ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — You know that one friend that never worries about weight and seems to stay effortlessly slim? That friend, and others like them might unknowingly possess secrets to helping those who struggle with ... read more

Daters Move Toward (or Away From) Marriage in Four Different Ways: Where Do You Fit?

Feb. 11, 2016 — A researcher has identified four distinct approaches that dating couples use to develop deeper commitment after studying graphs created by 376 dating couples in their mid-twenties. Over a nine-month ... read more

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Feb. 10, 2016 — A connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork has been made by a team of ... read more

Your Brain May Be What Interests That Guy Checking You out

Feb. 10, 2016 — Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates, say researchers. While the common view is that our mate choices are evolutionarily "hardwired" in our brains ... read more

Why You May Skimp on Your Valentine's Day Gift

Feb. 10, 2016 — Just as people are more likely to give more to close friends than to strangers, people may be more likely to give less to close friends than to strangers if there is a mutual overall benefit for ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods -- a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism -- may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and ... read more

Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are Key Predictors for Investment Mistakes

Feb. 10, 2016 — A personal financial planning expert has identified several risk factors for people who are more likely to make investment mistakes during a down market. Overconfidence tops the ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

The New Health 'Desert'? Reliable Weight Loss Programs Hard to Find

Feb. 10, 2016 — People with medically serious weight problems can rarely find or have access to proven, reliable programs to help them shed pounds, new research ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers have revealed that infants aged between 5 and 7 months hold the representation of color categories in their brain, even before the acquisition of ... read more

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Crimes Spike Immediately After Drinking Age

Feb. 10, 2016 — A new study shows that alcohol-impaired driving crimes spike immediately after the minimum legal drinking age is reached, indicating that minimum legal drinking age legislation can have a major ... read more

Stronger Evidence Found for Link Between Prenatal Exposure to Paracetamol, Risk of Developing Asthma

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have provided new evidence that developing asthma can be linked to pregnant women and infants being exposed to paracetamol; by testing that the association was not simply due to the ... read more

Common Gene Variant Influences Food Choices ... for Better or Worse

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats), the crucial element that influences a child's fat intake is not the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the ... read more

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