It’s official — spending time outside is good for you

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Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm ...

The scent of a man: What odors do female blackbuck ...

Biology
At Tal Chhapar, a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Thar desert, a strange drama is staged twice every year. In the blistering heat of summer from March to April and the post-monsoon months of September and October, up to a hundred blackbuck males stake out ...

A new link between cancer and aging

Medicine
Scientists at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have found that human lung cancer cells resist dying by controlling parts of the aging process, in results published online May 10th in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The discovery could help us better understand ...

Why popcorn tastes better when you eat it with chopsticks

Antropology
COLUMBUS, Ohio – If you are not enjoying your favorite things as much as you used to, new research suggests a way to break through the boredom: Try the same old things in new ways. Researchers found that people found new enjoyment in popcorn, videos – even ...

Scientists developing guidebook for finding life beyond earth

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (http://www.ucr.edu) — If you’re looking for a manual on the hunt for alien life, you’re in luck. Some of the leading experts in the field, including a UC Riverside team of researchers, have written a major series of review papers on the past, present, and ...

New tool using Facebook data shows worldwide gender gap

Informatics
This tool produces a metric, called the Facebook Gender Divide, based on the aggregate statistics of almost 1,5 billion users from 217 countries. The research team validated their measurements against survey data and showed a strong relationship between the Facebook Gender Divide and standard measurements of social ...

VLT makes most precise test of Einstein’s general relativity outside ...

Astronomy
Using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s VLT , a team led by Thomas Collett from the University of Portsmouth in the UK first calculated the mass of ESO 325-G004 by measuring the movement of stars within this nearby elliptical galaxy . Collett explains “We used data from ...

Nuclear power shutdowns won’t spike power prices

Engineering
Owners of both Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, and Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, west of Pittsburgh, have cited financial troubles due to historically low electricity prices. Blumsack said rock-bottom power prices are expected to continue for years to come because energy use has plateaued and efficient ...
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  • What gives firefighters the nerve to run into a fire? August 4, 2018
    A new study suggests that two sets of dynamics initiate and perpetuate the kinds of leaps of faith firefighters and others in high-risk occupations routinely take: supporting and sustaining. The findings convey what goes into a person’s ability to make critical trust-related judgments. The study also has relevance and managerial implications in an era of declining […]
  • How Homo sapiens could thrive in all kinds of places August 3, 2018
    Homo sapiens were able to thrive because they could generalize across different kinds of environments, but then also rapidly specialize upon encountering specifically challenging environments, say researchers. They call this new ecological role the “general specialist.” The Homo sapiens that migrated out of Africa about 80,000 years ago settled with relative ease into habitats as […]