- The bright side of death: Awareness of mortality can result in positive behaviors
- Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention
- Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers
- Mutltitasking hurts performance but makes you feel better
- What online social networks may know about non-members
- Vitamin D may protect against viral infections during the winter
- Light weights are just as good for building muscle, getting stronger, researchers find
- Rapid test strips detect bacterial contamination in swimming water
- Obesity affects job prospects for women, study finds
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 01:43 PM PDT
Contemplating death doesn't necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested. Following a review of dozens of studies, University of Missouri researchers found that thoughts of mortality can lead to decreased militaristic attitudes, better health decisions, increased altruism and helpfulness, and reduced divorce rates.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 12:20 PM PDT
A new study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory. While many people do Sudoku to sharpen their minds, bilinguals' advantages in hearing, attention and working memory come automatically from knowing and speaking two languages, the researchers found.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 11:00 AM PDT
"Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 09:46 AM PDT
People aren't very good at media multitasking -- like reading a book while watching TV -- but do it anyway because it makes them feel good, a new study suggests. The findings provide clues as to why multitasking is so popular, even though many studies show it is not productive.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 08:49 AM PDT
What can social networks on the internet know about persons who are friends of members, but have no user profile of their own? Researchers have just studied this question. Their work shows that through network analytical and machine learning tools the relationships between members and the connection patterns to non-members can be evaluated with regards to non-member relationships. Using simple contact data, it is possible, under certain conditions, to correctly predict that two non-members know each other with approx. 40 percent probability.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:54 AM PDT
Vitamin D may be known as the sunshine vitamin, but a new research report shows that it is more than that. According to the report, insufficient levels of vitamin D are related to a deficiency in our innate immune defenses that protect us from infections, neoplasias or autoimmune diseases.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:53 AM PDT
Lifting less weight more times is just as effective at building muscle as training with heavy weights, a finding that turns conventional wisdom on its head. The key to muscle gain, say the researchers, is working to the point of fatigue.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:48 AM PDT
Researchers have developed a rapid testing method using a simple paper strip that can detect E. coli in recreational water within minutes. The new tool can close the gap between outbreak and detection, improving public safety.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:10 AM PDT
Obese women are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their non-overweight colleagues, a new study has found.
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