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New science blooms after star researchers die

Laboratory (stock image). Credit: © chokniti / Adobe Stock The famed quantum physicist Max Planck had an idiosyncratic view about what spurred scientific progress: death. That is, Planck thought, new concepts generally take hold after older scientists with entrenched ideas vanish from the discipline. "A great scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents…

‘Mental rigidity’ at root of intense political partisanship on both left...

Road signs as symbols of liberal-conservative divide (stock image). Credit: © andrii / Adobe Stock People who identify more intensely with a political tribe or ideology share an underlying psychological trait: low levels of cognitive flexibility, according to a new study. This "mental rigidity" makes it harder for people to change their ways of thinking…

Concussions linked to erectile dysfunction in former pro football players

Football and helmet (stock image). Credit: © Daniel Thornberg / Adobe Stock Former professional football players who have experienced concussion symptoms, including loss of consciousness, disorientation or nausea after a head injury, are more likely to report low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (ED), according to research published Aug. 26 in JAMA Neurology. The research --…

Rising summer heat could soon endanger travelers on annual Muslim pilgrimage

Muslims gathered in Mecca (stock image). Credit: © hikrcn / Adobe Stock Over two million Muslim travelers just finished the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, traveling during some of the country's hottest weather. New research finds pilgrims in future summers may have to endure heat and humidity extreme enough to endanger their health.…

Attackers could be listening to what you type

Computer keyboard (stock image). Credit: © jariyawat / Adobe Stock You likely know to avoid suspicious emails to keep hackers from gleaning personal information from your computer. But a new study from SMU (Southern Methodist University) suggests that it's possible to access your information in a much subtler way: by using a nearby smart phone…

Children of incarcerated parents have more substance abuse, anxiety

Holding hands through bars (stock image). Credit: © TinPong / Adobe Stock Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to develop a substance use disorder as adults and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at the…

Australian men’s life expectancy tops other men’s

Man with Australian flag (stock image). Credit: © ink drop / Adobe Stock Australian men are now living longer than any other group of males in the world, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU). The study introduces a new way of measuring life expectancy, accounting for the historical mortality conditions that…

‘You all look alike to me’ is hard-wired in us, research...

Diverse faces illustration (stock image). Credit: © westarborstudios / Adobe Stock You often hear it framed in a comic sense, though it's a form of stereotyping, and even prejudice. "You all look alike to me." To one race, the tired adage implies, people in other races are tough to differentiate from each other. Some call…

New evidence on the reliability of climate modeling

Aerial view of clouds (stock image). Credit: © Rawf8 / Adobe Stock For decades, scientists studying a key climate phenomenon have been grappling with contradictory data that have threated to undermine confidence in the reliability of climate models overall. A new study, published today in Nature Geoscience, settles that debate with regard to the tropical…

How information is like snacks, money, and drugs — to your...

People using smartphones on subway (stock image). Credit: © Rawpixel.com / Adobe Stock Can't stop checking your phone, even when you're not expecting any important messages? Blame your brain. A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business has found that information acts on the brain's dopamine-producing reward system in the same…

Now your phone can become a robot that does the boring...

Internet of Things concept (stock image). Credit: © weedezign / Adobe Stock If any factory worker could program low-cost robots, then more factories could actually use robotics to increase worker productivity. This is because workers would be able to shift to taking on more varied and higher-level tasks, and factories could produce a greater variety…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…

Human impact on the activities and social behaviour of urban capuchin...

Capuchin monkey eating fruit (stock image). Credit: © Oliver Johnson / Adobe Stock To better understand how primates modify their behaviour to adapt to the increasing presence of humans, a research team monitored 17 robust capuchin monkeys for a year and a half. Confined to a small green area, surrounded by houses and small corn…

World’s protected areas safeguard only a fraction of wildlife, analysis finds

Bison (stock image). Credit: © moosehenderson / Adobe Stock A new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows that the world's protected areas (PAs) are experiencing major shortfalls in staffing and resources and are therefore failing on a massive scale to safeguard wildlife. The analysis looked at more than 2,100…

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Island in the city of Irkutsk on the Angara River, eastern Siberia, Russia (stock image). Credit: © afrutin / Adobe Stock Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National…

Talking to each other: How forest conservation can succeed

Forest scene (stock image). Credit: © Henry Czauderna / Adobe Stock Forest conservation can be a source of tension between competing priorities and interests from forestry, science, administration and nature conservation organisations. The different stakeholders can create the public impression of disagreement with regard to the objectives and measures in forest conservation. Scientists from the…

World’s protected areas safeguard only a fraction of wildlife, analysis finds

Bison (stock image). Credit: © moosehenderson / Adobe Stock A new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows that the world's protected areas (PAs) are experiencing major shortfalls in staffing and resources and are therefore failing on a massive scale to safeguard wildlife. The analysis looked at more than 2,100…

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