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Research May Hold Answer to the Mystery of Identical Twins

Scientists find shared marks atop the siblings' DNA

(Newser) - Scientists may have discovered the key to why some twins are born identical, a milestone that could help develop treatments for congenital disorders that affect identical twins more often. An international team of scientists at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found a DNA signature shared by identical twins, the Guardian reports....

Click for Click, Misinformation Wins on Facebook, Data Show
Misinformation Dominates
Facebook Engagement, 6-1
new study

Misinformation Dominates Facebook Engagement, 6-1

Company disputes researchers' findings that reliable information lags badly on site

(Newser) - Misinformation is thriving on Facebook, researchers have found. A new project has shown that publishers who post misinformation are drawing much greater engagement than reliable sources—six times the number of shares, likes, and other interactions, the Washington Post reports. The study, which has been peer reviewed, was conducted during...

Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
new study

Vesuvius Killed in Minutes

Researchers say people of Pompeii couldn't escape cloud of ash and gases

(Newser) - Vesuvius killed the 2,000 people of Pompeii quickly—in about 15 minutes, new research shows. They died not when lava reached them after the volcano erupted, but in a cloud of ash and gases, the Guardian reports; the victims had no escape and were unable to breathe. Most of...

2 Holocaust Researchers Ordered to Apologize

Polish court sides with woman who accused them of slandering her uncle

(Newser) - A court in Warsaw ruled Tuesday that two prominent Holocaust researchers must apologize to a woman who claimed her deceased uncle had been slandered in a historical work that suggested he helped kill Jews during World War II. Lawyers for 81-year-old Filomena Leszczynska argued that her uncle was a Polish...

This Type of Athlete Wows at Conquering Pain
This Type of Athlete
Wows at Conquering Pain
NEW STUDY

This Type of Athlete Wows at Conquering Pain

High-level endurance athletes beat soccer players in pain tolerance, thresholds

(Newser) - Want to fell less pain? You may want to try long-distance running. Research published in July comparing pain perception in endurance athletes, soccer players, and nonathletes suggests elite athletes overall have increased pain tolerance, higher pain thresholds, and lower pain intensity—but also that endurance athletes manage the best. In...

Runners, Time to End Fixation With Mileage
Runners
Should Stop
Focusing
on Mileage
new paper

Runners Should Stop Focusing on Mileage

Researchers say it presents an incomplete picture in terms of injury risk and training

(Newser) - GPS devices make it easier than ever for runners to gauge that all-important number: the number of miles clocked. But in a new paper , researchers make the case that tracking mileage by itself presents too misleading of a picture. To better prevent injury and to improve training, runners need to...

Big Pregnancy Study Halted After 6 Babies Die

But results of late-term labor induction are being noted: 'There is potential to save babies' lives'

(Newser) - A Swedish study has been canceled after the deaths of six infants, but early results are already changing the approach to late-term pregnancy. The Guardian reports on research undertaken by Sahlgrenska University Hospital that wanted to see, in pregnant women who'd gone past 40 weeks of gestation, if labor...

Study Flips a Theory on Lottery Winners on Its Head

Researchers say the money does make people happier

(Newser) - Regardless of life adjustments and pushy relatives demanding cash, winning the lottery really does make a person more satisfied. That's according to University of Warwick economists, who gained access "to more winners with economically substantial winning amounts than almost any other study before us." Andrew J. Oswald...

Cats Catch Their Name When Owners Say It, Study Suggests

Research finds a more pronounced reaction than to other words

(Newser) - Domestic cats recognize their own name—at least when their owner says it—a new study has found. Whether the cats let their owners know that is another matter. Atsuko Saito, a University of Tokyo behavioral scientist, had already shown that cats recognize their owner's voice. In her new...

Dumb and Dumberer? IQ Surveys Say Yes

After steadily rising for decades, IQ scores appear to be falling

(Newser) - It's official: We're not getting any smarter. Worse, media exposure might be to blame. Researchers analyzed 730,000 IQ scores of Norwegian men entering the country's military draft who were born between 1962 and 1991, per ScienceAlert . They found that IQ scores rose almost 0.3 points...

Low-Level Crime Pays Pretty Well
Low-Level
Crime Pays
Pretty Well
NEW STUDY

Low-Level Crime Pays Pretty Well

Criminals make double the average made legally by high school dropouts

(Newser) - Crime not only pays, it pays relatively well—about $900 per week. So say researchers who compared past surveys of nonviolent, low-level criminals to come up with the best guess on their illegal earnings. Such a figure isn't easy to reach since criminals aren't keen to report illegal...

Artificial Sweeteners Don't Seem to Help Weight Loss
Artificial Sweeteners
May Cause Weight Gain
NEW STUDY

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Weight Gain

Though one expert warns there's not enough info to place all blame on artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - If you think you're avoiding artificial sweeteners because you don't put them in your coffee or tea, think again. These additives are found in everything from yogurt and baked goods to sauces and diet colas, per the CBC , with "a lot of people ... consuming them in foods...

Meditation Has Drawbacks, Too
Meditation Has
Drawbacks, Too
NEW STUDY

Meditation Has Drawbacks, Too

Some practitioners experience fear, panic, say researchers

(Newser) - Meditation is widely considered a worthwhile practice, particularly as it relieves stress. But it can also cause stress, forcing practitioners to experience fear and even relive traumatic experiences, according to a new study. To put a spotlight on the little-discussed side effects associated with the practice, researchers at Brown University...

Expecting Trouble From Black Males Starts in Pre-K

Black and white preschool teachers alike spend more time watching black boys

(Newser) - Are black children in preschool suspended more than three times as often as their white counterparts because they act out that much more, or because their teachers are expecting and watching for behavior problems from them more? A new study out of Yale suggests that there is an "implicit...

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect When It Comes to Chess
Practice Doesn't Make Perfect
When It Comes to Chess
study says

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect When It Comes to Chess

Study suggests that you need to be naturally smart, too

(Newser) - If you were hoping to become a chess master by practicing 10,000 hours, think again. Contrary to the theory that expertise at chess is based on intensive training, researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded based on a meta-analysis of 19 studies that hard work is important but...

Binge-Watching Can Make Your Love Stronger
Binge-Watching Can
Make Your Love Stronger
study says

Binge-Watching Can Make Your Love Stronger

Study says it brings couples closer together

(Newser) - Sure, you could find more imaginative—and intimate—ways of spending time together. But if at the end of the day you find yourself camped out in front of the TV watching a favorite show with your partner, that's probably OK for your relationship, too—at least according to...

You Can Now Access NASA's Research Online—for Free

Space agency was told to tear down the (pay)wall, which led to PubSpace

(Newser) - PubSpace may sound like an app that maps out local watering holes (not a bad idea in its own right), but it's actually an online repository where NASA will make all its publicly funded research available for free, the Independent reports. This unprecedented access, which came after the...

On Facebook, Cat People Are 'Tired,' Dog People 'Excited'

Cat people prefer fantasy and anime, while dog people go for romance and, well, dogs

(Newser) - Facebook analyzed the behaviors and preferences of 160,000 people who posted photos of cats and dogs, at once both confirming and busting several prevailing pet myths. For instance: Cat owners have 26 fewer friends on Facebook, yet are more likely to be invited to events than their canine-loving...

Science Says: Men Are Better Navigators


 Science Says: 
 Men Are Better 
 Navigators 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Science Says: Men Are Better Navigators

But not necessarily because of testosterone

(Newser) - "Men have a better sense of direction than women." So goes the headline on a press release outlining a new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The fact that men excel at certain spatial tasks, the release says, is well established. The goal of the...

Reason Mammoths Went Extinct? Blame Humans

Massive die-off correlates with us, not so much climate change

(Newser) - What caused the extinctions of the wooly mammoth, giant sloth, mastodon, and other beasts? A new study makes a strong case that the answer is us. Scientists have long argued over the cause of the "Quaternary extinction"—which took out vast numbers of large mammals about 12,000...

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