We are much more unique than assumed

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017 Computational biologists discover surprisingly strong effects from protein variation Technical University of Munich (TUM) Every human being has a unique DNA “fingerprint”. In other words, the genetic material of any two individuals can be clearly distinguished. Computational biologists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined that the impact of…

19-year-olds as sedentary as 60-year-olds, study suggests

Public Release: 15-Jun-2017 Teen years represent highest risk for inactivity; increases in activity levels only seen in 20-something Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Physical activity among children and teens is lower than previously thought, and, in another surprise finding, young adults after the age of 20 show the only increases in activity…

AI that can shoot down fighter planes helps treat bipolar disorder

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017   Engineering and medical researchers at the University of Cincinnati apply genetic fuzzy logic successfully to predict treatment outcomes for bipolar patients University of Cincinnati IMAGE: A comparison of MRI brain scans of a bipolar patient (top) and a healthy patient (bottom.) Credit: David Fleck/University of Cincinnati The artificial intelligence that can…

Modern Humans dated to 300,000 year ago, Principles of Human Evolution in Question

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017 Dating expert ages oldest modern human Griffith University A Griffith University geochronologist’s state-of-the-art dating methods push back the origins of our species by an unprecedented 100,000 years, uncovering the oldest modern human and our deep biological history in Africa. Professor Rainer Grün, director of the leading Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution…

Is ‘doing good’ bad for a company’s bottom line? Yes, says FAU study

Public Release: 6-Jun-2017   Florida Atlantic University Companies that try to “do good” are likely to find that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is bad for their bottom lines, according to a new study from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. “We found that emphasizing Corporate Social Responsibility is not good for shareholders,” said David Javakhadze,…

Half of mayoral elections in 6 US states are unopposed

Public Release: 24-May-2017   New report from Rice’s Kinder Institute examines mayoral elections in 6 US states and finds unopposed elections are on the rise Rice University Approximately half of mayoral elections in six U.S. states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise, according to a report from the Center for Local Elections…

Obamacare support: When polls mention repeal it seals the deal

Public Release: 22-May-2017 Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – With the U.S. Senate set to take up debate on a new health care bill, Cornell researchers asked a simple question: Does the American public want former President Obama’s health care law repealed and replaced? It depends on how you ask the question. The researchers analyzed hundreds…

Smile and the world thinks you’re older: Study

Public Release: 9-May-2017   University of Western Ontario   IMAGE: This is Dr. Mel Goodale, director of the Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada. Credit: Western University, Canada Turn that frown upside-down? Not if you’re keen on looking younger, you shouldn’t. A new study shows that smiling can make you appear to be two…

Gap growing between longest and shortest lifespans in the US

Public Release: 8-May-2017   The national life expectancy in the US has increased since 1980, but improvement depends on where you live Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation   IMAGE: Life expectancy in the US over time, 1980-2014. Credit: IHME SEATTLE – Babies born today in 13 US counties have shorter expected lifespans than their…

Swearing aloud can make you stronger

Public Release: 4-May-2017   That is the conclusion of research being presented today by Dr Richard Stephens from Keele University to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society in Bright British Psychological Society   In the research, Dr Stephens and his team conducted two experiments. In the first, 29 participants completed a test of…