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What Drives Monkeys to Drink—The Fruit-Filled Tale Of Why We Imbibe

As a child, alcoholism was something that surrounded evolutionary physiologist Robert Dudley from the University of California Berkeley. Watching first-hand as his father descended into the addictive disease, Dudley’s first fascinations as a scientist were with what predispositions led to humans’ strong attraction to the intoxicating libations. Looking to jungle trees to find his answers, it was eighteen years ago when Dudley, as a young researcher, discovered that the answer may be something instinctual; a trait we may share with many of our relatives in the great apes clade of our evolutionary history.

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The Days Man Took Flight—Celebrating National Aviation Day

In remembrance of one of the greatest contributors to mankind’s modern technology, people worldwide are sharing their stories and their awe of airplane designer Orville Wright (of the Wright Brothers) for today’s 75th annual National Aviation Day. Long have been the days that man dreamed of flight. Looking to the skies filled with vast expanses of the unknown, and nothing but clear clouds and seas of blue, but it wasn’t until the advent of the first airplane that man realized he could lift off from the ground much higher than a leap.

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In Skies of Ash and Smoke—Icelandic Earthquakes May Once Again Ground Flights

A land known for its explosive volcanic surface, Iceland has caused its fair share of international issues courtesy of eruptive natural disasters. In May of 2010, when a column of ash was launched into the sky above Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano, 107,000 flights were grounded over an eight-day period, causing international disasters for more than 10 million passengers stranded away from home. Nearly four years later, Iceland faces an eerily similar emergency as the national government raised its aviation alert level for the risk of possible volcanic eruption to orange, the second-highest level on the most severe side of the scale.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Cold Awareness—The ALS Association & The #IceBucketChallenge

In terms of marketing ploys, none may be quite as viral in these past few summer months than the “Ice Bucket Challenge” which has swept through social media by storm. The concept, simple: to either donate funds to the ALS Association or douse yourself with a bucket of ice water. And like a chain mail or massive viral text, the challenge has been spread to the corners of the United States. Initiated by the ALS Association, a non-profit organization that supports awareness and research into Amyotropohic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the organization has picked up momentum and a bank full of funds from the freezing summertime challenge.

HealthShould women 'man up' for male-dominated fields?

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Women applying for a job in male-dominated fields should consider playing up their masculine qualities, indicates new research by Michigan State University scholars that's part of a series of studies on bias in the hiring process.

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HealthPart of the brain stays 'youthful' into older age

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At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide.

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HealthEbola Outbreak 2014—News Update: Symptoms and Latest Developments

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As bodies continue to line the streets of countries in Africa’s western provinces, nations worldwide have begun to express their own concerns for the containment, treatment and possible ramifications of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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NewsJohnson & Johnson pulls controversial hysterectomy tool from market

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Johnson & Johnson is withdrawing from the global market a device used during hysterectomies and other uterine procedures after reports that it may spread and accelerate the growth of undetected cancer inside women.

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NewsIo’s Grand Finale Ends with a Boom

Active Volcanic Eruption on Jupiter's Io

Changing the volatile surface of Jupiter's "Pizza Moon" named lo, scientists say that the volcanic eruptions documented last Aug. 29, 2013 by the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and Chile, were the "grand finale" to a series of powerful volcanic eruptions that set records as the brightest in the entire solar system.

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HealthResearchers Mutate Enzyme by ‘Directed Evolution’

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Looking to lower the cost of pharmaceuticals and help make cholesterol medication affordable for commercial manufacturing, a small team of interdisciplinary researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles discovered that mutations of an enzyme found in soil could efficiently solve a problem faced by the pharmaceutical industry.

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NewsExtinct Gray Wolves Invade California—OR7 Finds a Home

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Hunted to extinction in 1924 as a result of government programs designed to protect livestock in the central valley, the California Gray Wolf (scientific name Canis lupus) has become all but an urban legend in the state that decimated its large populations.

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HealthPatients with autism spectrum disorder are not sensitive to 'being imitated'


Brain science reveled the reason why they are not sensitive

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HealthAttention, Bosses: Web-Surfing at Work Has Its Benefits


Management might call it cyberloafing, but new research reveals how online breaks can benefit employees and employers.

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HealthPhases of clinical depression could affect treatment


Research led by the University of Adelaide has resulted in new insights into clinical depression that demonstrate there cannot be a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treating the disease.

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HealthSeveral birth control pills may increase risk of breast cancer: Study​

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A new study found that women who recently used certain birth control pills that contain a high level of estrogen were at an increased risk for developing breast cancer, compared to women who did not use such contraceptives.

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HealthJailed family member increases risks for kids' adult health


New research shows that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18-percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality than adults who did not have a family member sent to prison. The finding, which accounted for other forms of childhood adversity, suggests that the nation's high rate of imprisonment may be independently imparting enduring physical and mental health difficulties in some families.

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HealthAdvances in assisted reproduction create more options & new legal issues for LGBT couples

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who want to conceive a child may face the same problems as some of their heterosexual and cisgendered peers, such as reduced fertility, but in addition they often face additional physiological and legal challenges to become parents. A comprehensive review of the most recent advances in assisted reproduction options is presented in the article "LGBT Assisted Reproduction: Current Practice and Future Possibilities," published in LGBT Health, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Cutting-edge research and options likely to be available in the future are also discussed. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website.

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NewsJohnson & Johnson pulls controversial hysterectomy tool from market

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is withdrawing from the global market a device used during hysterectomies and other uterine procedures after reports that it may spread and accelerate the growth of undetected cancer inside women.

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HealthFear of Losing Money, Not Spending Habits, Affects Investor Risk Tolerance

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As the U.S. economy slowly recovers, many investors remain wary about investing in the stock market. Investors' "risk tolerance," or their willingness to take risks, is an important factor for investors deciding whether, and how much, to invest in the stock market. Now, Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, along with David Nanigian, an associate professor at the American College, analyzed the causes of risk tolerance and found that loss aversion, or the fear of losing money, is the primary factor that explains investors' risk tolerance.

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HealthResearch Reveals Pervasive Implicit Hierarchies for Race, Religion, and Age


As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values.

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Many overweight children think they are thinner

Most children and teens who are overweight perceive themselves to be much thinner than they actually are, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Obesity Linked to Low Endurance, Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have significantly shorter endurance times when performing workplace tasks, compared with their non-obese counterparts.

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Wide-Faced Men Negotiate Nearly $2,200 Larger Signing Bonus

Study finds men with wider face are successful when negotiating for themselves, but not so when the situation requires compromise and collaboration


Schizophrenia has clear genetic ties, new DNA study suggests

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have learnt there are over 100 genes that play a role in the development of schizophrenia - one of the most common psychiatric disorders affecting people around the world.

China launches nationwide school inspections over unauthorized vaccines for kids

Preschoolers Can Reflect on What They Don’t Know

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments. The study findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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