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Norwegians using ‘Texas’ to mean ‘crazy’ actually isn’t so crazy If you haven’t heard by now, the American press recently picked up on an interesting linguistic phenomenon in Norway, where the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy.” Indeed, it turns out that for several years Norwegians have used the word to describe a situation that is chaotic, out of control or excitingly unpredictable (The crowd [...]
Smart but shy: What women want in a sperm donor A QUT study into how women choose sperm donors online has revealed men who are intellectual, shy, calm and methodical are selected to produce more children than those who are extroverted. The study, Determinants of online sperm donor success: how women choose by Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler from QUT’s Queensland Behavioural Economics Group, [...]
Study: Preschoolers need more outdoor time at child care centers A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds child care centers play a pivotal role when it comes to the physical activity levels of preschoolers. Yet few children get to experience outdoor recess time as it is scheduled. Only 3 in 10 children had at least 60 minutes of a full [...]
Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective In a study published in PLOS One the team have proposed an entirely new approach to risk assessment for future violence. Previous approaches have relied on looking at risk factors that happen to be linked to, but may not cause, violence, for example, being young, male, of lower social class, with previous violent convictions. The [...]
Imaging study finds premotor brain systems may be the root of apathy When brain scientists at Oxford University studied apathy, they didn’t expect to see less motivated people making more effort. Their results suggest that for some people traditionally perceived as lazy, it’s biology – not attitude – that might be the cause. A team of neuroscientists at Oxford, funded by The Wellcome Trust, decided to study [...]
Lead exposure impacts children’s sleep A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. This is the first longitudinal, population-based study that investigated early lead exposure to sleep problems. The findings are set [...]
Scientists analyze the brain activity of people viewing an art exhibit Researchers from the University of Houston have analyzed brain activity data collected from more than 400 people who viewed an exhibit at the Menil Collection, offering evidence that useable brain data can be collected outside of a controlled laboratory setting. They also reported the first real-world demonstration of what happens in the brain as people [...]
Experimental drug targeting Alzheimer’s disease shows anti-aging effects Salk Institute researchers have found that an experimental drug candidate aimed at combating Alzheimer’s disease has a host of unexpected anti-aging effects in animals. The Salk team expanded upon their previous development of a drug candidate, called J147, which takes a different tack by targeting Alzheimer’s major risk factor–old age. In the new work, the [...]
Not Speaking Up Can Be Shocking As a student attending Palo Alto High School I was intrigued by experiments. So I hired myself out to any experiment, focus group or survey that would have me.
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Adult happiness declines, while teen contentment grows The gap in life satisfaction between those two age groups has dwindled, disappearing in the last few years, a new study has found.
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