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Teens are growing up more slowly today than they did in past decades

(Society for Research in Child Development) A new study explored this issue by examining how often teens in recent years (compared to teens in previous decades) engaged in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex. Show More Summary

i declare complete victory in the more tweets, more votes debate

In 2013, my collaborators and I published a paper claiming that there is an empirical correlation between relative social media activity and relative vote counts in Congressional races. In other words, if people are talking about the Democrat more than the Republican on Twitter, then the Democrat tends to get more votes. Here’s the regression […]

Five ways technology can read your mind – and what it’s good for

Order a coffee, type an email or learn a new instrument faster. Mind-reading tech is now so advanced that all this and more is within reach with thought alone

Can Vince Cable Become Prime Minister?

Not a chance. With Liberal Democrats rolling into Bournemouth for their annual gathering, Uncle Vince had to grab the headlines. As we live in an age of outrageous claims and lies I suppose they needed something - their electoral endeavours and polling aren't redolent of that magic term, 'LibDem revival'. Show More Summary

Learning strategies to encourage girls to embrace STEM

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) NJIT will lead a new project -- Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) -- to find effective ways to showcase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as a collaborative, innovative, people-rich space, to increase the number of girls interested in STEM.

Why bad sleep doesn't always lead to depression

(Duke University) Poor sleep is both a risk factor, and a common symptom, of depression. But not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. Individuals whose brains are more attuned to rewards may be protected from the negative mental health effects of poor sleep, says a new study by Duke University neuroscientists.

Wait-and-see strategy pays off, incentives needed for risk takers

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Some people are quick to purchase the latest technology or sign up for a new service. Others adopt a wait-and-see strategy. A recent study by University of Illinois economist Hope Michelson, finds this is true for farmers in Nicaragua who enter into contracts with Walmart.

Myth Debunked that OCD Is Associated With Superior Intelligence

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of all the available literature on IQ in OCD samples versus non-psychiatric controls (98 studies), and found that contrary to the prevailing...Show More Summary

VIMS contributes to 'King Tide' mapping project

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) 'Dress rehearsal' will help quantify local flooding risk and validate storm-surge models, while laying groundwork for a long-term network of volunteer data collectors.

Tracing trends could lead to better public health education

(Penn State) The educated members of a population are the trailblazers of risky behavior, but they are quicker to change their habits once the consequences of that behavior become better understood, according to new research from Penn State, which could also have implications on how public health education is approached.

Bringing the shocking issue of witchcraft under the UN spotlight

(Lancaster University) A UN Witchcraft and Human Rights Expert Workshop will take place at UN headquarters in Geneva on September 21 and 22 with a multi-agency approach.

Two Americas: Seniors are getting healthier but most gains go to high-income whites

(University of Michigan) Older Americans report feeling dramatically healthier than they did 14 years ago but that good health isn't evenly distributed, with much of the gain going to the wealthiest, most highly educated and whites.

People's love of the seas could be the key for plastic pollution solution

(University of Plymouth) Tapping into the public's passion for the ocean could be the key to reducing the threats to it posed by plastic pollution.

Budget cigarettes linked to higher infant mortality rates in EU countries

(Imperial College London) A study in 23 EU countries found that larger price differences between high and low priced cigarettes are associated with higher infant mortality.

Risk of lung cancer death by smoking status among patients with HIV

(The JAMA Network Journals) A new article published in JAMA Internal Medicine projects risk of lung cancer death by smoking status among people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and receiving care for HIV.

Cigarette price differences and infant mortality in the European Union

(The JAMA Network Journals) Higher cigarette prices were associated with reduced infant mortality in the European Union, while increased price differences between premium and budget cigarettes were associated with higher infant mortality, according to a new article published by JAMA Pediatrics.

People with HIV who smoke are more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself

(Massachusetts General Hospital) People living with HIV who adhere to antiretroviral therapy but smoke cigarettes are around 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself, according to a study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Learning and unlearning to fear: The two faces of noradrenaline

(RIKEN) Emotional learning can create strong memories and powerful emotional responses, but flexible behavior demands that these responses be inhibited when they are no longer appropriate. Scientists at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered that emotional and flexible learning rely on an important division of labor in the brain. Show More Summary

'Confusion and resistance' slows down UK smart meter rollout

(University of Sussex) Lack of consumer engagement, insufficient information, and inadequate attention to vulnerability has slowed down the UK rollout of energy smart meters, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex.

Sexual behavior in Germany

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) A sexual history and consultation in the practice setting can contribute to counteracting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. This is the result of a representative survey that questioned...Show More Summary

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