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Nov. 25, 2015 — A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers recently investigated how a robotic bartender can ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists have succeeded in stimulating the regeneration of injured neurons in living fish by the use of light. To this end, they employed so-called Optogenetics, i.e. light inducible protein ... read more

What's in a Name? More Than You Think...

Nov. 17, 2015 — What’s in a name? In the case of the usernames of video gamers, a remarkable amount of information about their real world personalities, according to research by psychologists. Analysis of ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — A group of researchers has developed a cognitive model, made up of two million interconnected artificial neurons, able to learn to communicate using human language starting from a state of ... read more

Taste Perception Is Influenced by Extreme Noise Conditions

Nov. 10, 2015 — Scientists examined the influence of the extreme noise conditions encountered during flight on the five basic tastes. They found that noise condition had no influence on intensity ratings for salty, ... read more

The Power of Magical Thinking: Why Superstitions Are Hard to Shake

Nov. 9, 2015 — When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team’s performance. But they do it anyway. Researchers finds that even when people ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Building on wireless technology that has the potential to interfere with pain, scientists have developed flexible, implantable devices that can activate -- and, in theory, block -- pain signals in ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — Physicists are literally applying rocket science to the field of medical diagnostics. With a few key changes, the researchers used a noninvasive ultrasonic technique originally developed to detect ... read more

Can Scientists Agree on a Definition of Curiosity?

Nov. 4, 2015 — Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it 'the lust of the mind.' Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was 'the most useful gift.' And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ... read more

Who's the 'Enviest' of Them All?

Nov. 4, 2015 — Young adults are more envious than older adults, a new paper suggests. They are more envious over looks and for a wider range of other reasons, too. It also appears that both men and women are more ... read more

Virtual Selves Can Help Boost Better Real World Health, Exercise Habits

Nov. 4, 2015 — Customizing an avatar to better resemble its human user may lead to improved health and exercise behaviors, according to a team of ... read more

3-D Printed 'Building Blocks' of Life

Nov. 3, 2015 — Scientists have developed a 3-D printing method capable of producing highly uniform 'blocks' of embryonic stem cells. These cells -- capable of generating all cell types in the body -- ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — It's long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory argues that mood draws on ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Researchers have presented the first neurophysiological evidence of humans' ability to empathize with a robot in perceived pain. Event-related brain potentials in human observers, reflecting ... read more

Traveling Through Space? Don't Forget Your Sleeping Pills and Skin Cream

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study is the first-ever examination of the medications used by astronauts on long-duration missions to the International Space Station: the medications they used, the reasons they used them and ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study of sleepwalkers found an intriguing paradox: Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines while awake, during sleepwalking episodes they are unlikely to feel ... read more

In 2030, We Will Have Local Protein on Our Plate

Nov. 2, 2015 — In 2030, new sources that will not accelerate climate change and that are located near the consumer will make available both food and fodder. New foodstuffs are being developed by breeding insects, ... read more

Race Starts Could Give Some Athletes an Unfair Advantage

Oct. 28, 2015 — The alerting effect means competitors who have longer start processes finish slower, affecting standings aggregated across more than one heat. Effect is enough to deny a ... read more

Brain Imaging Can Predict Success of Large Public Health Campaigns

Oct. 28, 2015 — In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating the promise of neuroscience ... read more

Singing's Secret Power: The Ice-Breaker Effect

Oct. 27, 2015 — A study with adult learners showed groups doing singing bonded faster than others. The study looked at how people attending adult education classes grew closer over seven months. The conclusion -- ... read more

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