People’s romantic choices share characteristics, but for different reasons

AntropologyMore Science
Ever wondered what your exes have in common, and how they differ from people you never dated? The people one dates share many similarities – both physically and personality-wise — a new University of California study has found. For observable qualities like attractiveness, similarity emerges because attractive people seduce other ...

How physical activity and sedentary time affect adolescents’ bones

Medicine
A large prospective study in 309 adolescent boys and girls underscores the importance of physical activity for developing bone strength during growth. Adolescents who participated in moderate to intense physical activity during growth spurt years exhibited greater bone mass in areas that contribute to superior bone strength. The study also ...

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

Astronomy
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian shield volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago–around the time of Earth’s Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when ...

Would you remain calm as the world ends?

Antropology
BUFFALO, N.Y. — As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing “Kumbayah” or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the role-playing video game ArcheAge, suggests you’ll be singing. The study, conducted by ...

Why water splashes: New theory reveals secrets

Physics
Reason why raindrops and spilt coffee splash revealed by University of Warwick research New theory uncovers — for first time — what happens in space between liquid drop and surface to cause splash Microscopic layer of air — 50 times smaller than a human hair — trapped between liquid and ...

ALMA Confirms ability to see a “Cosmic Hole”

Astronomy
“Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)” radio waves come from every direction. When CMB radio waves pass through the hot gas in a galaxy cluster, the radio waves interact with high-energy electrons in the hot gas and gain energy. As a result, the CMB radio waves shift to higher energy. Observing from ...

Better sleep feels like winning the lottery

Medicine
Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick. Dr Nicole Tang in the Department of Psychology has discovered that working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental wellbeing over ...

Deep learning and stock trading

Informatics
A study undertaken by researchers at the School of Business and Economics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has shown that computer programs that algorithms based on artificial intelligence are able to make profitable investment decisions. When applied to the S&P 500 constituents from 1992 to 2015, their stock selections generated annual ...
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  • Peers, more than teachers, motivate us to learn March 22, 2017
    “Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers. University students who received a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them—in this case actors posing as young professionals—wrote more effective essays and […]
  • Mosquito ‘nose’ contains sensors for finding us March 21, 2017
    The mosquitoes that spread malaria have a secondary set of odor sensors in their “nose” that seem specifically tuned to detect humans. A female mosquito follows whiffs of carbon dioxide exhaled by animals to locate potential prey. As she closes in on a target, she uses the animal’s body odors to decide whether it is a […]