When ‘retail therapy’ makes you feel worse

If you just flubbed a big work project, you might be feeling down on yourself. Maybe you’ll head to the mall to indulge in a little retail therapy. Buying products is a common way to make yourself feel better, with half of all Americans reporting that they do it. But...

Enjoy your sneeze: It may mean you won’t get brain cancer

If allergy season has you sneezing, wheezing or itching, is your risk of developing a deadly form of brain cancer less? No one can say for sure, but researchers found an inverse association between allergies, asthma and eczema and a brain cancer called glioma, meaning...

Crowdfunding the fight against cancer

From budding social causes to groundbreaking businesses to the next big band, crowdfunding has helped connect countless worthy projects with like-minded people willing to support their efforts, even in small ways. But could crowdfunding help fight cancer? It’s already...

Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. But can it live up to its...

New Galaxy-hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better

A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the...

Officials Describe Plans to Integrate Women into Combat Roles

Senior Army, Navy and Marine Corps officials outlined plans to integrate women into combat roles before the Senate Armed Forces Committee today, and agreed incorporating women into combat ranks is the right path for the future. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Acting...

Nutrient Deprivation Kills Kidney Cancer Cells

All cells need nutrients, but cancer cells are notoriously power hungry. As a result, cancer cells must alter their metabolism to provide the additional fuel needed for them to survive, grow and spread. For decades, scientists have been trying to exploit this greedy...

U.S. a shabby player when it comes to the poor

The United States is dead last on many poverty and inequality outcomes when compared with other well-to-do countries, according to a new report by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. This year’s report, issued today, examines how the U.S. is faring...

Neural pathway responsible for opioid withdrawal found

In addition to the desire to experience a “high,” one of the obstacles drug addicts encounter is the difficulty of overcoming a myriad of harsh withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. When people learn to associate...

Do venture capitalists matter?

Okay, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, here are two words that can help your investment in a startup business succeed: direct flights. A new study co-authored by an MIT professor shows that venture capitalists do help startup firms by closely monitoring their...

Power Brokers Care More about Efficiency Than Equality

Income inequality has been rising in the United States for several decades, and the majority of Americans tell pollsters they think the level is too high. Why, then, has the response from policy makers been so tepid—even under popular two-term Democratic presidents?...

Early poverty disrupts link between hunger and eating

How much you eat when you’re not really hungry may depend on how well off your family was when you were a child, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our research shows that...

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