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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 — Upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them, new research suggests. Most usually learn by watching a ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research. The researchers estimated ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — New discoveries at the cellular and molecular levels have been made about how the eye processes light. The findings improve the scientific understanding of the signaling cascade necessary for ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Use of an iPad app that fosters parent-child interactions around math markedly increases children's math achievement across the school year, especially for children with parents who are ... read more

Preventing Memory Loss Before Symptoms Appear

Oct. 8, 2015 — A clinical trial is looking at removing a key protein from the brain to prevent memory loss at least a decade before symptoms are noticed in healthy older adults. The trial is focused on an ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — SOCE (Store Operated Calcium Entry) is a process by which Calcium ions slowly enter cells to refill depleted calcium stores. This process in nerve cells is now thought to play a role in maintaining ... read more

'Blind Analysis' Could Reduce Bias in Social Science, Biology Research

Oct. 8, 2015 — A technique used widely in particle physics and cosmology could help other disciplines reduce unintended bias in research, research shows. Biology, psychology and the social sciences should adopt ... read more

Women and Men React Differently to Infidelity, Study Shows

Oct. 8, 2015 — A recent Norwegian study shows that men and women react differently to various types of infidelity. Whereas men are most jealous of sexual infidelity, so-called emotional infidelity is what makes ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — A new report finds widespread inequities and poor performance at public schools in 50 American ... read more

Sex Is More Likely on Days College Students Use Marijuana or Binge Drink

Oct. 7, 2015 — Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Research into differences between chimpanzees and bonobos in 'preparation' for tool use reveals intriguing sex bias in object manipulation in young chimpanzees -- one that is partly ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Bioengineers have developed a mathematical algorithm that can "see" your intention while performing an ordinary action like reaching for a cup or driving straight up a road -- even if the ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Parents who are anxious and emotional can impact their children's violent video game play, according to new research. Warm and restrictive parents successfully limited children’s play. ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — By drawing on seismology, researchers have just developed a noninvasive brain imaging method using MRI that provides the same information as physical palpation. They say that it may be possible to ... read more

Predicting Change in the Alzheimer's Brain

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain ... read more

Over Half of Workers With Depression Do Not Recognize Need for Treatment

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study that investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and ... read more

Predictive Policing Substantially Reduces Crime in Los Angeles During Months-Long Test

Oct. 7, 2015 — Crime in Los Angeles dropped dramatically when the Los Angeles Police Department deployed officers based on crime predictions made by a mathematical model, a team of scholars and police department ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Neuroscientists can't build a brain, so they have settled with reverse engineering -- learning a lot about each part in hopes that they can understand how all of the pieces fit together. ... read more

Many Use Prescription Painkillers, Most See Abuse as Major Health Concern

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new ... read more

Surprise: Narcissists Are Not Always Risk-Takers

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers found that people who scored higher on measures of narcissism were no more likely than others to make risky choices in lab-based ... read more

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