203 words Using "time outs" to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, suggests new study of almost 1,400 families. Children's anxiety or aggressive behaviour did not increase. In contrast, when parents said they used physical punishment, children became more aggressive.
131 words Fame-seeking mass shooters tend to receive more media attention, suggests a new study. About 96% of fame-seeking mass shooters received at least one mention in the New York Times, compared to 74% of their counterparts. The media may be reinforcing their motivations, and contributing to copycats.
117 words Politically incorrect speech works in politics because it can help people appear more authentic, suggests a new study (n=4,956), which found that replacing even a single word with a politically incorrect one makes people view a speaker as more authentic and less likely to be swayed by others.
167 words Color Categorization Independent of Color Naming
129 words The first computer chip made with thousands of carbon nanotubes, not silicon, marks a computing milestone. Carbon nanotube chips may ultimately give rise to a new generation of faster, more energy-efficient electronics.
143 words A new lost letter experiment suggests urbanites are not less prosocial or altruistic than their rural counterparts, which did not support the urban incivility phenomenon, the stereotype that residents in large cities are selfish, while those in small towns have a strong sense of community.
278 words Up to 11% of new childhood asthma cases could be prevented each year if European countries complied with current World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines, according to a study of 18 European countries.
121 words Cheating is an innate character trait rather than a product of the environment, suggests new study that examined whether scarcity or impoverished situations influence a person’s propensity to cheat and lie. Cheating is more likely caused by an individual’s propensity to cheat than external factors.
138 words Police officers who were involved in complaints related to excessive force were more likely to work with officers with a history of such behaviors, suggesting that officers' peers may serve as social conduits through which misconduct is learned and transmitted (n = 8,642 Chicago police officers).
183 words Increased risk of colorectal cancer in those with high intakes of red and processed meat (more than 4 times a week)
127 words Study finds guns automatically prime aggressive thoughts -- even when wielded by a 'good guy'. The purpose of the new study, from Ohio State University, was to not only confirm the phenomenon but to examine the influence of contextual factors.
297 words Researchers first to uncover how the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin. The discovery unlocks the potential to create a naturally derived pain treatment for relief of acute and chronic pain beyond opioids.
117 words People who commute short distances, walk or cycle to work, are more likely to be happy commuters, which makes them more productive at work, suggests a new Australian study (n=1,121). However, long commutes and driving to work are associated with negative work performance and productivity.
264 words By 2050, many U.S. cities will have weather like they’ve never seen - New York, San Francisco, and Washington are among the 17 U.S. cities that will soon face unprecedented weather.
271 words Quitting alcohol may improve mental well-being, health-related quality of life, suggests a new study, which found men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being, and women who were moderate drinkers and quit, linked to a favourable change in mental well-being.
319 words In a step toward molecular storage systems to hold vast amounts of data in tiny spaces, researchers store image files in solutions of common biological small molecules, and read the information back out again, which can have even greater information density than DNA, in a new proof-of-concept study.
114 words The space object Oumuamua's strange characteristics like acceleration and shape "are consistent with a purely natural origin," argue astronomers in new study refuting a 2018 Harvard hypothesis that it may be an alien probe.
161 words New compound successfully removes uranium from mouse bones and kidneys, reports a new study, that could someday help treat radiation poisoning from the element uranium.
159 words Music students do better in school than non-musical peers, suggests a new study, which found that high school students who take music courses score significantly better, and were about one academic year ahead, on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers (n=112,916 Grades 7–12).
129 words For the first time, scientists have identified a correlation between specific gut microbiome and fibromyalgia, characterized by chronic pain, sleep impairments, and fatigue. The severity of symptoms were directly correlated with increased presence of certain gut bacteria and an absence of others.