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New study shows why women have to be likeable, and men don’t

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:29 AM PST

A new study in The Economic Journal finds that likeability is an influencing factor in interactions between women, as well as interactions between men and women, but not in all-male interactions. The researchers conducted experiments where participants rated the likeability of other participants, based on photographs. The participants were divided in to pairs, shown the photograph of […]
Scientists short-circuit maturity in insects, opening new paths to disease prevention

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:29 AM PST

New research from UC Riverside shows scientists may soon be able to prevent disease-spreading mosquitoes from maturing. Using the same gene-altering techniques, they may also be able help boost reproduction in beneficial bumblebees. The research shows that, contrary to previous scientific belief, a hormone required for sexual maturity in insects cannot travel across a mass […]
Walnuts may slow cognitive decline in at-risk elderly

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:25 AM PST

Eating walnuts may help slow cognitive decline in at-risk groups of the elderly population, according to a study conducted by researchers in California and Spain. The Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study, published this month in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that walnut consumption by healthy, elderly adults had little effect on cognitive function over […]
Neural atlas uncovers camouflage tactic of squid

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:25 AM PST

We are closer to understanding the incredible ability of squid to instantly camouflage themselves thanks to research from the Queensland Brain Institute. The University of Queensland researchers Dr Wen-Sung Chung and Professor Justin Marshall completed the first MRI-based mapping of the squid brain in 50 years to develop an atlas of neural connections. “This the first time modern technology has […]
Nearly all middle school teachers are highly stressed,

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:16 AM PST

Hormonal changes, different schools, more teachers and changing expectations are just some of the challenges families face when a child enters middle school. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found that 94% of middle school teachers experience high levels of stress, which could contribute to negative outcomes for students. Researchers say that reducing the […]
Paper wasps rapidly evolved ability to identify faces

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:14 AM PST

Individuals within a species may all look alike to the average insect, but one paper wasp species has evolved specialized cognitive abilities to recognize individual faces among their peers. How did complex cognition evolve in just this species? New research indicates facial recognition abilities evolved relatively rapidly – in the last few thousand years – […]
Wine Regions Could Shrink Dramatically With Climate Change Unless Growers Swap Varieties

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 06:13 AM PST

If you were planning to drink your way through the climate apocalypse, here’s some unfortunate news: Just as climate change threatens homes, food and livelihoods, so does it threaten the world’s supply of wine. If temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the regions of the world that are suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by as […]
A day on the Polarstern: studying climate change up close

Posted: 27 Jan 2020 02:21 PM PST

by Annette Ekin Sea ice researcher Dr Polona Itkin of UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø is currently aboard a research vessel spending one year trapped in Arctic sea ice to study climate change up close. On 20 January she spoke to Horizon from the ship, Polarstern, about working through the polar night, the […]

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