- Finding the simple patterns in a complex world
An ANU mathematician has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket.
- Glass Houses: Your Personality Helps Predict Your Real Estate Choices
Personality traits affect home-buying decisions on both micro and macro levels
- Women outperform men in some financial negotiations, research finds
Women may be more effective than men when negotiating money matters, contrary to conventional wisdom that men drive a harder bargain in financial affairs.
- Loneliness is a disease that changes the brain’s structure and function
Loneliness increases the risk of poor sleep, higher blood pressure, cognitive and immune decline, depression, and ultimately an earlier death.
- Team develops drug to reduce side-effects of ‘binge drinking’
Huddersfield scientists develop breakthrough compound reducing harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’ and offering potential new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain
- Spice up your memory
Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.
- For leaders, looking intelligent is less important than looking healthy
People look for candidates with a healthy complexion when choosing a leader, but don’t favor the most intelligent-looking candidates except for positions that require negotiation between groups or exploration of new markets.
- Training can lead to synesthetic experiences, study shows
A new study has shown for the first time how people can be trained to “see” letters of the alphabet as colours in a way that simulates how those with synaesthesia experience their world.
The University of Sussex research also found that the training might potentially boost IQ.
- Why you’re particularly likely to run your first marathon when your age ends in a “9”
According to the psychologists Adam Alter andHal Hershfield, when our age ends in a “9”, such as 29, 39, 49 or 59 – we are particularly prone to reflect on the meaning of our lives. If we don’t like what we see, their new results suggest we take drastic action, either fleeing life’s emptiness, or setting ourselves new goals.
- Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression
Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques–such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga–along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study.
- High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful
The study, published in Springer’s journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, is the first ever to investigate how the height of a woman’s shoe heel influences how men behave towards her.
- It pays to have an eye for emotions
Researchers from the University of Bonn found that people who are good at recognizing the emotions of others earn more money in their jobs
- Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed: are there interventions that will help them?
Only about half of all patients who are prescribed medication that they must administer themselves actually take their medication as prescribed. Many stop taking medication all together and others do not follow the instructions for taking it properly. This has been the case in many different diseases for at least the last half a century
- Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place
A new study led by Brown University researchers contradicts that notion with a finding that plasticity did occur in seniors who learned a task well, but it occurred in a different part of the brain than in younger people.
- New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat
The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity.
- Australian scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds
The team says that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. And rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics
- Can love make us mean?
Empathy is among humanity’s defining characteristics. Understanding another person’s plight can inspire gentle emotions and encourage nurturing behaviors. Yet under certain circumstances, feelings of warmth, tenderness and sympathy can in fact predict aggressive behaviors, according to a recent study.
- High-fat diet postponing brain aging
New Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Why women buy magazines that promote impossible body images
Some readers, rather than comparing themselves unhappily with the thin models, may derive “thinspiration”: the belief that they can make themselves look just as attractive as the models they see in these magazines.
- Where’d you get that great idea?
In short, Chan says, “My overall theory is that creative ideas more often come from accumulating many small insights, stretching the boundaries just a bit at a time.”
- Hot flushes are going unrecognized, leaving women vulnerable
More than 70 per cent of women who have had breast cancer experience menopausal problems, and hot flushes in particular, which are among the most prevalent and potentially distressing problems following breast cancer treatment.
- Dark matter may be massive
The physics community has spent three decades searching for and finding no evidence that dark matter is made of tiny exotic particles. Case Western Reserve University theoretical physicists suggest researchers consider looking for candidates more in the ordinary realm and, well, more massive.
- Other people can tell whether your partner is cheating on you
We can identify a surprising amount of information about each other from the briefest of glimpses – including infidelity, apparently.
- Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
- Birth season affects your mood in later life
New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders (affective disorders).
- No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new ‘sleep node’ in the brain
A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. This is only the second “sleep node” identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.
- Near death experiences – major new study
Recollections in relation to death, so-called out-of-body experiences (OBEs) or near-death experiences (NDEs), are an often spoken about phenomenon which have frequently been considered hallucinatory or illusory in nature; however, objective studies on these experiences are limited.
- Sharing makes both good and bad experiences more intense
Undergoing an experience with another person — even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ago — seems to intensify that experience
- There’s no such thing as a vaginal orgasm, review finds
The authors note that the majority of women worldwide do not have orgasms during intercourse: as a matter of fact, female sexual dysfunctions are popular because they are based on something that does not exist, i.e. the vaginal orgasm.
- Decreased ability to identify odors may predict 5-year mortality
For older adults, being unable to identify scents may be a predictor of mortality within five years, says study. For those already at high risk, lacking a sense of smell more than doubled the probability of death.
- How exercise fights stress
” Well-trained muscle produces an enzyme that purges the body of harmful substances. So in this context the muscle’s function is reminiscent of that of the kidney or the liver,” says Jorge Ruas, principal investigator at the Karolinska Institutet.
- Mice can inherit learned sensitivity to a smell
Researchers have found that when a mouse learns to become afraid of a certain odor, his or her pups will be more sensitive to that odor, even though the pups have never encountered it.
- Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers
Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains
- Relaxing in front of the TV on the couch might do you some good
There is substantial evidence that time watching TV or playing video games can have a powerful restorative effect – just what many of us need after a hard day.
- Alzheimer’s patients still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished
Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact on how they feel.