The new study builds on previous research that shows how being in a supportive relationship can improve psychological health, partner intimacy, and overall sleep patterns. “For a long time, researchers only focused on what happens when we share bad news, when we’re stressed out and we go home and vent to our partners,” says lead author Sarah Arpin, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Gonzaga University. Arpin presented the findings over the weekend at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in San Antonio.
What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today's era of global warming? A group of scientists and academics with the University of Massachusetts and other institutions made that assessment while conducting research about a long-ago calamity in New England that was caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora half a world away in 1815. A cooled climate led to deaths of livestock and changed fish patterns in New England, leaving many people dependent on the mackerel, an edible fish that was less affected than many animals.
A month after retaking control of Palmyra, the Islamic State group (also called ISIS or Daesh) has allegedly committed new destruction and executions in the ancient Syrian city. Two of Palmyra's iconic monuments, the Tetrapylon and the Roman theater, have experienced "significant damage," according to the Cultural Heritage Initiatives (CHI) of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), which obtained new satellite images of the site from DigitalGlobe.
National outbreaks of fake news and partisan “disinformation” have convinced many Americans to doubt scientific consensus—such as the near-unanimous agreement among experts that human-caused climate change is real and a global threat and that vaccines are safe, effective, and live-saving. While respectable media outlets are scrambling to fact-check and refute such “merchants of doubt,” a group of researchers, led by a psychologist at Cambridge, think they can stamp out the viral spread of fake news and lies just like we stamp out every other infectious disease—with vaccinations. In their study, the researchers found that they could effectively ‘vaccinate’ Americans from climate change misinformation by presenting them with information on the scientific consensus alongside a pre-emptive caution that some politically motivated groups are spreading lies about that consensus.
On Monday, the so-far peaceful protests against jallikattu on Chennai’s Marina Beach turned violent as the police sought to clear agitators from what had become ground zero of the movement against the Supreme Court ban on the bull-taming sport. It is sad that things have come to such a pass that many feel jallikattu is the last hope for indigenous cattle breed in the state. Instead, animals are reared for meat at factory farms, where they stand in an assembly line from morning to night, waiting for a slow and agonising release from an unremarkable life.
“What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. “The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto — starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon — and leading up to an eventual ride in for a “landing” on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planitia. “To create a movie that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving into Pluto, mission scientists had to interpolate some of the panchromatic (black and white) frames based on what they know Pluto looks like to make it as smooth and seamless as possible.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is looking to tap the expertise of aerospace experts as it works on developing the high speed transport system known as the hyperloop. HTT says it will set up a research and development center in Toulouse, France which is home to aviation giant Airbus (). The area is great because you have all the suppliers very close to you and talented people, it's a great opportunity," Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT, told CNBC by phone.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is bolstering its scientific credentials with the acquisition of AI-assisted academic search engine, Meta. On Monday, Mark and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg’s philanthrocpaitalism project announced that it will allow researchers to access the tool for free. Both Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, previously pledged to donate $3 billion to medical research in order to make their goal a reality.
Children with autism are much more likely to have stomach problems than their peers. Researchers gave a group of 18 children with autism and gastrointestinal problems a 10-week treatment of fecal microbial transplants, which involve transferring live gut bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient. The children experienced a 20 to 25 percent improvement in autism behaviors, researchers said, including improved social skills and sleeping patterns.
As jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop some of the nation's purest drinking water. On Tuesday, a public hearing on building the pipeline was being held in Pemberton.
Jenex would like to report that the development of the working prototype for the patent pending TherOZap™ is progressing well and expected to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks. On December 8 2016, the Company announced the development of its TherOZap™ device utilizing proprietary features would be tested against both the Zika and West Nile Virus. Jenex is now in the final stages of design work which includes technical advances such as the selection of optimal components and form factor.
Bangladesh has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year, a top official said Tuesday. Experts say the real number was actually much higher, with one independent monitor saying 349 people were killed by lightning strikes in 2016. Many people living in rural areas do not report deaths to the police.
Of all the treatments that patients use, the ones that benefit patients the least include unneeded antibiotics and dietary supplements, according to a recent survey of U.S. doctors. It is the second of two surveys on high-value care, which is defined as providing treatments to patients that have benefits that outweigh their potential harms and avoid unnecessary costs. "The bottom line: the health care costs are rising," and they're increasing at an unsustainable rate, Dr. Amir Qaseem, the lead author of the paper and chair of ACP’s High Value Care Task Force, told Live Science.
The satellite formerly known as GOES-R (so Prince, right?) has transmitted its first images back to Earth, and they are flooring. From the details on the face of the moon to the incredible resolution of cumulus over the Caribbean, these first pixels portend a sunny future for NOAA’s new GOES-16 satellite. Meteorologists are drooling. This release coincides with the first day of the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting. There are thousands of weather geeks in Seattle this week, and — at least on Monday — they’re all looking at this next-gen satellite imagery. As we’ve written before, GOES-R satellite has six instruments, two of which are weather-related. The Advanced Baseline Imager,
Primatologist Frans de Waal says chimpanzees can do almost everything that was once considered a distinctively human trait. The idea that only humans make tools is today "an unsustainable position," de Waal writes by email. The only unique trait of humans, he says, might be that we have symbolic language.
Since last summer’s announcement of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride Mission Breakout, everybody’s been anxiously awaiting a look inside. Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Designer Joe Rohde and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada gave a tour of the new ride to a handful of folks. Although the ride is still in the early stages, this early look is not only a glance at the Mission Breakout’s development, but also a chance to see the future of Marvel in theme parks.
Molecular scanners may soon become commonplace in smartphones thanks to Si-Ware Systems, which announced its fully integrated chip-based spectral scanning solution on Tuesday. Unlike the molecular scanner-equipped Changhong H2, which debuted to widespread acclaim at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the NeoSpectra Micro is being marketed to device manufacturers to add to all kinds of electronic devices.
Having apparently taken note of Elon Musk’s plan for a super-fast “Hyperloop” transportation system, engineers in South Korea are now working on their own remarkably similar technology. The Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) recently revealed plans for a near-supersonic “train” that’d be capable of whisking passengers between Seoul and the southern Korean city of Busan 200 miles away in just half an hour.
It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place. The throngs of white birds splashed down in a 50 billion-gallon toxic stew in a former copper mine that is part of the nation's largest Superfund site.
An extinct species of otters that weighed over 100 pounds and was as large as modern-day wolves was discovered in China recently, researchers announced Monday. Named Siamogale melilutra, the giant otters lived in the Yunnan Province about 6.24 million years ago. Unusually for findings that date back so long ago, researchers found a complete cranium, mandible, dentition and other parts of the skeleton, making their job of identifying the species as new to science easier.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn just keeps sending us treasures. In this image, taken January 16, we see the moon Daphnis, a 5-mile diameter chunk of rock and ice, orbiting inside a gap at the outer edge of Saturn's A Ring. The 26-mile-wide Keeler Gap is swept clear of debris by Daphnis as it orbits, and the little moon's gravity tugs at the edges of the gap to cause waves in Saturn's ring, hence the moon's nickname, wavemaker.
As such, the common method of tapping or whacking a ketchup bottle to encourage the sauce to come out is necessary, but what's the best way to keep the splatter at bay? The answer lies in understanding rheology, which is the study of these soft solids, said Anthony Stickland, a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne's School of Engineering. There are three simple steps to getting ketchup out of the bottle without the mess, Stickland said in a statement.