Trust through the olfactory fragrance of lavender

PUBLIC RELEASE: 13-JAN-2015 Aromatherapy Sellaro and her fellow researchers were the first to investigate whether the calming olfactory fragrance of lavender has a positive effect on mutual trust. Aromatherapists already known that aromatic compounds can alter one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing. “Mutual trust is the social glue of society”, says Sellaro. “Interpersonal trust…

Study supports the theory that men are idiots

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 11-Dec-2014 BMJ-British Medical Journal Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. Males are more likely to be admitted to an emergency department after accidential injuries, more likely to be admitted with a sporting injury, and more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic…

Forgetting the Presidents

Caption: US President Harry S. Truman will be forgotten by three-fourths of American college students by 2040, according to a new study by psychology researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. Public Release: 27-Nov-2014 Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests Truman will be forgotten by three-fourths of college students by…

Meteor #2? Massive Flash Stuns Russian residents

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 An extraordinary bright orange flash has lit up the sky in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. While locals captured the massive ‘blast’ on numerous cameras, both scientists and emergency services still struggle to explain the unusual event. Dark evening skies in the town of Rezh in Sverdlovsk region near Russia’s…

Maybe it wasn’t the Higgs particle after all

Public Release: 7-Nov-2014 Last year CERN announced the finding of a new elementary particle, the Higgs particle. But maybe it wasn’t the Higgs particle, maybe it just looks like it. And maybe it is not alone. Many calculations indicate that the particle discovered last year in the CERN particle accelerator was indeed the famous Higgs…

This robot makes you feel like a ‘ghost’ is in the room

People don’t really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as “feel” them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 6 think they know where that “feeling of a presence” (FoP) phenomenon comes from, based on studies of 12 patients with various neurological conditions. The researchers have…

Griffith scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds

Many Interacting Worlds theory challenges foundations of quantum science Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr Michael Hall from Griffith’s Centre…

Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings, with 95 percent to 98 percent accuracy

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 29-Oct-2014 On verge of Election Day, Virginia Tech scientists find that biology influences political ideology Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative. In a study to be published in an upcoming issue…

Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to research by a Michigan State University

Published: Oct. 28, 2014 Do financial experts make better investments? Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to research by a Michigan State University business scholar. The first-of-its-kind study analyzed the private portfolios of mutual fund managers and found the managers were surprisingly unsuccessful at outperforming nonprofessional…

Earth’s water is older than the sun

Water Through Time Caption: This is an illustration of water in our Solar System through time from before the Sun’s birth through the creation of the planets. = Washington, D.C.—Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original…

Is that a Traffic Light on Mars?

  Thursday, 25 September 2014 With the now increased traffic in the Red Planet’s region – since India’s satellite reached Mars’s orbit Wednesday – a traffic light might just be what’s been missing. And it didn’t take long for one to be discovered. NASA’s Mars rover, the Curiosity, which has been exploring the planet for…