Science & Technology

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Some Personal Beliefs and Morals May Stem from Genetics

A new baby is often welcomed with speculation about whether they got their eyes and nose from mom or dad, but researchers say it may be possible for children to inherit their parents’ moral characteristics, as well. The researchers found that while parents can help encourage their children to develop into responsible, conscientious adults, there...

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You Recognize Your Face Even When You Don’t ‘See’ It

Given the limited capacity of our attention, we only process a small amount of the sights, sounds, and sensations that reach our senses at any given moment — what happens to the stimuli that reach our senses but don’t enter awareness? Research suggests that certain stimuli – specifically, your own face – can influence how...

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The Medium Shapes the Message: New Communication Technologies May Bias Historical Record

The introduction of communication technologies appears to bias historical records in the direction of the content best suited for each technology, according to a study published in PLOS ONE by C. Jara-Figueroa and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Studying the societal impact of new communication technologies is challenging, due to limited data on historical...

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Keeping Heavy Metals Out of Beer and Wine

A frosty mug of beer or ruby-red glass of wine just wouldn’t be the same if the liquid was murky or gritty. That’s why producers of alcoholic beverages usually filter them. But in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that a material often used as a filter could be...

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How Your Smartphone Is Affecting Your Relationship

Smartphones have become a constant companion for many of us. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, nearly 50 percent of adults reported they “couldn’t live without” their phones. Whether at the supermarket, in the doctor’s office, or in bed at night, it can be tempting to pick up the device and start...

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In VR Boys Learn Best When the Teacher Is a Drone — Girls Lean Better from Virtual Marie

Few years from now, students in schools all over the world will receive part of their education in virtual learning environments. Wearing VR-goggles the students will be able to enter dimensional, simulated places and situations that they would normally not have access to because it would be too expensive, too dangerous or physically impossible. Teaching...

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Should Researchers Engineer a Spicy Tomato?

The chili pepper, from an evolutionary perspective, is the tomato’s long-lost spitfire cousin. They split off from a common ancestor 19 million years ago but still share some of the same DNA. While the tomato plant went on to have a fleshy, nutrient-rich fruit yielding bountiful harvests, the more agriculturally difficult chili plant went defensive,...

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NBA Teams That Come from Behind Don’t Garner More Overtime Wins

Teams that come from behind do not have a greater chance of winning in overtime, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers in a study published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, debunking theories of how psychological momentum in sports and in life lead to success. “People talk about momentum as an indicator for...

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New Findings Add Twist to Screen Time Limit Debate

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics had suggested a limit of two hours a day of TV for children and teens. But after screen time started to include phones and tablets, these guidelines needed an update. So last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendations: No more than one hour of screen...

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Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn’t So Easy

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others. They collected and analyzed a huge dataset of more than 100,000 people and found that changing rhythm is more difficult than playing a complex individual rhythm. The app challenges users to play Clapping...