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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time ... read more

Some Consumers Use ‘servant’ Brands to Gain Sense of Power, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — A recent study states that some consumers -- materialists who strongly link possessions to happiness and who tend to have poor personal relationships -- regard anthropomorphized popular products as ... read more

'Spectre' Villain Fails Neuroanatomy in Latest Bond Film

Dec. 29, 2015 — James Bond's nemesis in the most recent film likely failed neuroanatomy, says a real-life neurosurgeon and scientist. Blofeld didn't quite know his brain anatomy and would've probably ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — An evolutionary biologist has analyzed political opposition to evolution and found it has evolved. The researcher analyzed the text in anti-evolution legislation using software for building genetic ... read more

Women Less Likely to Hold Academic Medical Leadership Roles Than Men With Mustaches

Dec. 16, 2015 — Thirteen percent of department leader positions at top academic medical institutions in the United States are held by women, while nearly 20 percent are held by men with mustaches. The findings of ... read more

In Social Movements, 'Slactivists' Matter

Dec. 7, 2015 — People who casually like or retweet activist content on social media are often criticized as 'slacktivists.' But in analyzing millions of tweets surrounding social protests, researchers ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly ... read more

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

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

Does Cheering Affect the Outcome of College Hockey Games?

Nov. 2, 2015 — We all love belting our lungs out at sporting event, hurling insults and encouragements in turn, but does it actually have an effect on either team's performance? A study conducted suggests that ... 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

Oct. 21, 2015 — Not being picky about your food means you can live just about anywhere, and some vultures are good at adapting to landscape fragmentation caused by humans, but new research shows that different ... read more

Would You Eat Your Pet Cat?

Oct. 19, 2015 — In most Western cultures cats are simply feline pet companions eager to greet us at the end of the day.  In continents such as Asia and Africa, the social norms surrounding cats are very different; ... read more

Expert Passport Officers Better at Detecting Fraud Using Face Recognition Technology

Oct. 14, 2015 — Face-matching experts at the Australian Passport Office are 20 percent more accurate than average people at detecting fraud using automatic face recognition software, new research shows. The study is ... read more

Cultural Blunders Make People Better Thinkers

Oct. 13, 2015 — Psychology researchers find people in predictable cultural situations behave mindlessly, consuming more and buying more. But when faced with the unexpected, they shift to higher-level thinking, are ... read more

Sweden Is on Track to Becoming the First Cashless Nation

Oct. 13, 2015 — Sweden is on its way to becoming the world's first cashless society, thanks to the country's embrace of IT, as well as a crackdown on organized crime and terror, according to a new ... read more

Popular Crime Shows May Help Reduce Sexual Assault

Oct. 8, 2015 — Viewers of 'Law and Order' have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as 'CSI' or 'NCIS,' suggesting that individuals who watch ... read more

More 'Global' Individuals Contribute Less

Oct. 8, 2015 — The more individuals perceive themselves as “citizens of the world,” the less likely they are to contribute to collective public goods and the more likely to hitch a “free ride” on the ... read more

Cheaters Sometimes Prosper on Facebook

Sep. 29, 2015 — What does it mean to cheat in a Facebook game like FarmVille? Is it any different from breaking the rules in a traditional videogame like World of Warcraft? New research shows that players often ... read more

Competition and Decision-Making: Too Many Candidates Spoil the Stew

Sep. 11, 2015 — This election year has produced 17 Republican presidential candidates, which on its surface may appear to give the party a competitive advantage. Evolution, however, disagrees. A new study says the ... read more

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