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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

To Email or Not to Email? For Those in Love, It's Better Than Leaving a Voice Message

Sep. 1, 2015 — In this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than leaving a voicemail message, a study study ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — A researcher is working to make everyday objects easier to maintain so they last longer and don’t end up in a landfill. His first such creation is an easy-to-clean ... read more

Synthesis of a New Nanomaterial: Self-Assembly May Work Within the Body

Aug. 24, 2015 — Scientists have discovered, for the first time, a new nanocomposite formed by the self-assembly of copper and a biological component that occurs under physiological conditions, which are similar ... read more

People With Psychopathic Traits Are Less Likely to 'Catch' a Yawn Than Empathetic Folks

Aug. 20, 2015 — People with psychopathic characteristics are less likely to be affected by 'contagious yawning' than those who are empathetic, according to a psychology ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Using a vomiting device of their creation, researchers are reporting the first direct evidence that vomiting can aerosolize virus particles similar to human norovirus. Future directions for the work ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes, recent ... read more

Toilet Waste Provides Knowledge About Diseases' Global Transmission Routes

Aug. 19, 2015 — Analysis and genome sequencing of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance bacteria in toilet waste from international aircraft could be a first step towards global surveillance of ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Scientists have developed a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain maturity of a five-week-old fetus. The brain organoid, engineered from adult human skin cells, is the most ... read more

Shorter Women Have Shorter Pregnancies, Study Shows

Aug. 18, 2015 — Shorter mothers have shorter pregnancies, smaller babies, and higher risk for a preterm birth. Investigators found that a mother's height directly influences her risk for preterm birth. They ... read more

Hot Chilli May Unlock a New Treatment for Obesity

Aug. 18, 2015 — A high-fat diet may impair important receptors located in the stomach that signal fullness, researchers have discovered. They investigated the association between hot chilli pepper receptors (TRPV1) ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Scientists have developed a brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton by decoding specific signals from within the user's ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Generally speaking, language processing is a job for the brain's left hemisphere. That's true whether that language is spoken, written, or signed. But researchers have discovered an ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing uses. Over the last few years, one team of chemists ... read more

Aug. 14, 2015 — Researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene and as a result the mice were also less likely to feel anxiety or recall ... read more

Titanium Rings Proving Problematic for Emergency Care Doctors

Aug. 13, 2015 — Rings made of titanium -- an increasingly popular alternative to gold and silver -- are giving emergency doctors a headache because they are so difficult to prize off swollen fingers, reveals a case ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Women's brains respond more to romantic cues on a full stomach than an empty one, new research demonstrates. The study explored brain circuitry in hungry versus satiated states among women who ... read more

Tetris Can Block Cravings, New Study Reveals

Aug. 13, 2015 — Playing Tetris on a smarthphone for as little as three minutes can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities by as much as one-fifth, new research shows. In the first test of its kind to study ... read more

Searching the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge

Aug. 12, 2015 — Actively searching the Internet inflates our sense of the knowledge we actually possess because we fail to recognize the extent to which we rely on external sources for ... read more

Predicting the Weather or the Economy? How to Make Forecasts More Trustworthy

Aug. 12, 2015 — Attention all you would-be forecasters out there. Do you want people to think you know the future? Then predict with a high degree of certainty that something will happen. According to a new study, ... read more

Nicotine-Eating Bacteria Could One Day Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Aug. 12, 2015 — Most people who smoke cigarettes know it's bad for their health, but quitting is notoriously difficult. To make it easier, scientists are taking a brand-new approach. They are turning to ... read more

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