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Despite Progress, Gay Fathers and Their Children Still Structurally Stigmatized

A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in...

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Store Craft Beer in a Cool Place and Consume It as Fresh as Possible

A new study by the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM) shows that craft beer should be kept cool and consumed as fresh as possible. After three months, cold stored beer already loses more than one third of an important hop odorant which characterizes the typical aroma of many...

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Implicit Attitudes Can Change Over the Long Term

Data from more than 4 million tests completed between 2004 and 2016 show that Americans’ attitudes toward certain social groups are becoming less biased over time, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that participants’ self-reported (explicit) attitudes regarding groups defined by age, disability, body weight, race,...

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Tips for Making Resolutions Work

Now is the time many people make New Year’s resolutions: Save money. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking. Studies have shown that about 41 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. “It’s easy to be seduced by the promise of “new year, new you,” only...

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Views of Ideal Female Appearance in China Are Changing

Young women in China, living in a rapidly changing society with more personal independence, disposable income and exposure to Western media than ever before, are also altering their views of female beauty. “The beauty industry is booming in China, and these young women I interviewed in focus groups are really endorsing the Anglo-European image of...

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Why Are Some Americans Changing Their Names?

In 2008, Newsweek published an article on then-presidential candidate Barack Obama titled “From Barry to Barack.” The story explained how Obama’s Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., chose Barry as a nickname for himself in 1959 in order “to fit in.” But the younger Barack – who had been called Barry since he was a child...

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Photos in Social Media Reveal Socio-Cultural Value of Landscapes

Every day, users upload millions of photos on platforms, such as Flickr, Instagram or Facebook. A study of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now shows that these photos can be used to assess the social importance of certain landscapes. For this purpose, they developed a new image analysis method based on artificial intelligence....