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"Long before it's in the papers"
July 30, 2015

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Study: Nazi propaganda still influences those who grew up with it
Find­ings de­mon­strate how offi­cial policy can shape be­liefs, re­search­ers say.

 

Green space may make city kids smarter
Ex­po­sure to green spaces may help boost chil­dren’s cog­ni­tive de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to a stu­dy.

 

Study links war, global warming—in Syria
Re­search­ers have pub­lished the first ma­jor study to draw a link be­tween glob­al warm­ing, drought and on­go­ing civ­il un­rest.

 

Smarter mice with a “humanized” gene?
In­tro­duc­ing a “hu­man­ized” ver­sion of a lan­guage-linked gene in­to mice ac­cel­er­ates their learn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a stu­dy.

At least one in 25 death-sentenced people are innocent, study claims
In new work, re­search­ers argue that the false-con­vic­tion rate is not every­where as un­know­able as is some­times said.


Scientists take step toward usable fusion energy
Sci­en­tists are clos­er than ever to us­ing the pro­cess that pow­ers the Sun to pro­duce en­er­gy, says a re­port to ap­pear in the re­search jour­nal Na­ture.

An evolutionary role for “Jackass”-like stunts?
Risk-prone people are per­ceived as larg­er and strong­er, new re­search finds.

 

DNA “markings” may transmit learned experiences
So-called epige­net­ic changes have gar­nered in­creas­ing at­tent­ion as a route by which na­ture trans­mits traits across gen­er­a­tions.

Love your enemy? Hormone spray may help with that, too
Inhaling the hor­mone oxy­to­cin may make peo­ple em­pa­thize more with out­siders, a stu­dy sug­gests.

 

Scientists probe how Inca kids were drugged for sacrifice
Chil­dren of the an­cient In­ca Em­pire may have con­sumed in­ten­si­fying doses of al­co­hol and co­ca leaf for as long as a year be­fore a ri­tual slaugh­ter.

A reputation sealed? Finding suggests T. rex hunted for real
A toothy dis­cov­ery sug­gests the icon­ic di­no­saur Ty­ran­no­saur­us rex was a real hunt­er af­ter all—not a mere scav­en­ger.

 





Study explores how power gets to the brain
Pow­er may or may not cor­rupt, but it does change you. New re­search ex­plores what hap­pens in the brain as that takes place.

Studies may have overestimated our generosity
Scientists recre­ated a game of­ten used to as­sess peo­ple’s al­tru­ism—but this time there was a twist, and a darker re­sult.

 

Already-approved drug tied to longer, healthy lives in mice
The first drug to suc­cess­fully ex­tend the life­span of nor­mal lab mice al­so does so in a way that pro­longs their healthy ex­ist­ence, a stu­dy sug­gests.

Men want status from romantic relationships, research finds
A set of surveys suggests men and women get self-es­teem from rela­t­ion­ships in dif­fer­ent ways.

 

Killed twice in 1600s, hoax “dragon” slain again—in creationism dispute
Scient­ists say they’ve proven what some suspected three centuries ago: the swamp dra­gon from Rome was a hoax. And maybe now it mat­ters more.

Yes, gentlemen, size matters—but something else matters more, study finds
Scientists as­sessed how pe­nis size, body height and body shape inter­act to in­flu­ence fe­male rank­ings of male al­lure.

 

Babies may be drawn to those who mistreat the “different”
Re­searchers report new evi­dence that hard-to-eradi­cate bia­ses based on race, sex and other diff­er­ences take root early in life.

Your brain cells may be capable of outliving you—by a lot
New findings make scient­ists hope­ful that if hu­man life­span is increased, brain cells will coop­erate by liv­ing long­er accord­ing­ly.

 

Chimps found to play fairness game like people
In some im­por­tant ways, chimps may have more hu­man-like con­cepts of fair­ness than pre­vi­ously rec­og­nized, bi­ol­o­gists say.

For signs of life, some strange planetary systems may be most promising
Atmos­pheric chem­icals be­tray­ing the pre­sence of alien life might be de­tect­able around white dwarf stars, a study says.

Did some Neanderthals learn advanced skills from “moderns”?
Sur­pris­ing­ly, some Ne­an­der­thal peo­ple seem to have made body or­na­ments and soph­is­t­icated tools, a study re­ports.


Theory that cooking gave us big brains gains support
New research backs up a the­o­ry that the ad­vent of cook­ing al­most two mill­ion years ago en­abled hu­mans to get smart­er.

Friendliness to minorities may often be a performance—a fragile one
Many whites be­have ex­tra nicely to mi­nor­i­ties, but it’s often an act that ar­ises from a sense of obli­ga­t­ion, new re­search sug­gests.


 

Gospel of Matthew linked to trail of bizarre self-mutilations
A particu­lar set of verses from a book in the Bi­ble has crea­ted con­stern­ation among some med­i­cal pro­fes­sionals.

“Racial purity” DNA testing slammed as perversion, but halting practice might not be easy
A pol­i­ti­cian has sparked out­rage af­ter re­port­ed­ly tak­ing a DNA test for a shock­ing pur­pose. But just where the red line lies is not wide­ly agreed up­on.

Moral “taint” still seeps along familial lines
We are still blamed to some de­gree for the mis­deeds of our rel­a­tives, ac­cord­ing to a set of newly re­ported sur­veys.


American heads have been changing shape, but why?
White people’s heads in the Unit­ed States have got­ten taller and nar­row­er since the days the steam­ship was king, re­search indi­cates.

Cold case solved? Study probes riddle of sinking beer bubbles
Bub­bles in dark beer are seen to slide down­ward, iron­ic­ally, be­cause they’re trying to head up­ward, a study re­ports.

Move elephants into Australia, scientist proposes
Does the Land Down Under need an in­fu­sion of large mam­mals to solve its ec­o­log­i­cal and wild­fire prob­lems?


Was blackmail essential for marriage to evolve?
A study takes a cold new look at a cus­tom as ancient and firmly estab­lished as it is sa­cred to mil­lions.

A human bias against creativity is hindering science, research claims
Most of us love crea­ti­vi­ty—until it ac­tually comes knock­ing, some psy­cho­lo­gists say.

Pluto has even colder “twin” of similar size, studies find
A “d­warf plan­et” or­bit­ing our sun three times fur­ther away than Plu­to is about the size of that better-known, frig­id world, as­tro­no­mers say.

 

Could simple anger have taught people to cooperate?
A new study chal­lenges one of the lead­ing the­o­ries as a sol­u­tion for an evo­lu­tion­ary puz­zle.

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Plant wars: vampire weeds use chemical “radar” to stalk victims
Cer­tain par­a­sit­ic plants have seeds that don’t bother grow­ing until they de­tect host plants nearby, a study re­ports.

Bias against female leaders found as early as teen years
Bi­as against fe­male lead­ers is common even am­ong teen­agers—and some of it comes from girls as well as moth­ers, a study finds.

Premature babies may risk becoming withdrawn adults
Ba­bies born very prem­a­ture or se­verely un­der­weight can be­come so­cially with­drawn adults, re­search sug­gests.

 

Four-legged snake fossil reported found in plain sight
The ob­ject could help re­veal how snakes, thought to have e­volved from liz­ards, lost their legs.

Possibly Earth-like planet reported near Sun-like star, another first
The find­ing is a first in that the star is much like our Sun, astron­omers say.

 

First Pluto close-ups show mountains of ice, scientists say
NASA released additional photos of Pluto and its moon Charon after their first visit by a spacecraft.

Robotic telescope joins huge search for signals from aliens
A robotic tel­e­scope a­bove San Jose, Calif. will under­take an in­ten­sive search for la­ser sig­nals from ex­trater­res­trials.

 

New Pluto images released with historic flyby
NASA released new images with the first close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto.

Giant black hole “outgrew its galaxy”
The find­ing runs counter to most ob­serva­t­ions about black holes.

 

Scientific dissenters predict “mini ice age” in 2030s
Some researchers pre­dict the return of a a solar calm spell that co­in­cided with un­usually cold win­ters in the mid-1600s.

 

“Earth-like” planets out there even more Earth-like than thought, simulation finds
Great­er chem­ical si­m­i­lar­ity might en­hance the like­li­hood of life on some of these worlds.

Monster black holes said to come out of hiding
En­er­get­ic X-rays have helped un­veil a pos­sibly large popula­t­ion pre­vi­ously hid­den black holes, as­tro­no­mers say.

 

Comet may be developing sinkholes
The deep, round pits are evi­dence that a com­et is con­stantly chan­ging, sci­ent­ists say.

24 dinos may have perished with “babysitter”
Re­search­ers say the animals seem to have been hit by a mix­ture of mud, wa­ter, rock and junk after a vol­can­ic out­burst.

To reproduce, bizarre flatworm may have sex with own head
Zoologists reported the “first de­scribed ex­am­ple of hy­po­der­mic self-injection of sperm in­to the head.”

 

Bird said to re-arrange sounds to create meaning—like people
Only hu­mans were thought ca­pable of mak­ing new mean­ing by re­ar­rang­ing mean­ing­less el­e­ments, scient­ists say.

Rats may dream about finding treats
When rats rest, their brains sim­u­late jour­neys to a de­sired fu­ture such as a treat, new re­search finds.

Universe may be ringing like crystal glass, scientists say
The expansion of the uni­verse seems to be re­peat­ed­ly speeding up and slowing back down, cos­mol­o­gists claim.

 

Planet zips around its sun sporting comet-like tail: study
Sci­en­tists at­trib­ute the ef­fect to high-energy light from the star that is push­ing hy­dro­gen off the plan­et’s up­pe­r at­mos­phere.

Consciousness no “decider,” just “interpreter,” theory claims
Con­scious­ness is like the In­ter­net in a way, ac­cord­ing to a team of scient­ists.

 

Human may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent
An anatomi­cal­ly mo­dern per­son known only from a jaw­bone had re­cent Ne­an­der­thal an­ces­try, scien­tists say.

Study could solve controversy over ancient skeleton
An 8,500-year-old ske­l­e­ton found in 1996 in Wash­ing­ton State has been the fo­cus of a bit­ter dis­pute.

 

Ancient Mars mostly icy, not wet, study claims
Despite lots of water, the Mars of 3 to 4 bil
­lion years ago might have been in­hosp­it­able to life.

Pedophilia may be innate
A study linked pedo­philia to a higher like­li­hood of certain types of facial flaws as­sociated with pre­natal develop­ment.

New analysis downsizes record-breaking dino
A study re-evaluates a fossil hailed last year as representing the heaviest dinosaur whose weight could be reliably calculated.

 

Newfound dino resembles Triceratops with frills
Scientists are reporting the discovery of a close relative of the horned dinosaur Triceratops.

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Blue sunflower? This is really a mi­cro­scope im­age of liq­uid drop­let res­i­due from water-based chem­i­cals, one-half mil­li­me­ter wide. The drop­lets on the out­er edges are 50 times less wide, and sev­en times less wide than a hu­man hair. This im­age, ti­tled "Blue Sun Flow­er," was cre­at­ed by Devin Brown, sen­ior re­search en­gi­neer at the In­sti­tute for Elec­tron­ics and Nan­otech­nol­ogy at the Geor­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy. The im­age won grand prize in the 2013 EIPBN (Elec­tron, Ion and Pho­ton Beam Tech­nol­o­gy and Nanofab­ri­ca­tion) mi­cro­graph con­test. (Cred­it: Devin K. Brown, In­sti­tute for Elec­tron­ics and Nan­otech­nol­ogy, Geor­gia Tech)

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