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Narcissistic Artists Sell More Art, for More Money

Mar. 21, 2016 — The pricing of artwork is often left up to the experts, but are they being swayed by unconscious signals the artists may be giving in the presentation of their work? A new study finds narcissism is ... read more

Plankton Feces Could Move Plastic Pollution to the Ocean Depths

Feb. 29, 2016 — Plastic waste could find its way deep into the ocean through the feces of plankton, new research ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — Posing a significant threat to the native biodiversity in Japan, specifically that of threatened aquatic insects, some alien fishes, such as the bluegill, have become the reason for strict ... read more

Conservatives Prefer Using Nouns, New Research Finds

Feb. 24, 2016 — Conservatives prefer using nouns, new transatlantic research suggests. The research also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their ... read more

Mutual Mistrust May Have Added a Few X-Files to the UFO Era

Feb. 16, 2016 — Uncloaking the flying saucer movement in the United States could offer historians a snapshot of Cold War attitudes at work in society, as well as insights into how science communication may be tied ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — Artificial intelligence technique Quixote teaches 'value alignment' to robots by training them to read stories, learn acceptable sequences of events and understand successful ways to behave ... 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

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

Feb. 4, 2016 — If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it's not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'These findings suggest that the way in which people measure success affects their honesty. When success is measured by social comparison, as is the case when winning a competition, dishonesty ... read more

Guidelines for Human Genome Editing

Jan. 21, 2016 — As countries around the world seek to craft policy frameworks governing the powerful new genetic editing tool, policy makers need to determine 'thresholds of acceptability' for using the ... 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

Dec. 10, 2015 — By studying videos from high-stakes court cases, researchers are building unique lie-detecting software based on real-world ... 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

Watching Eyes Prevent Littering

Dec. 1, 2015 — People are less likely to drop litter if it has printed eyes on it, researchers. In an experiment that could help tackle anti-social behavior, researchers printed two leaflets, one featuring a ... 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

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