I want her to want me: Where men, sex and personality meet

A man walks into a bar. He thinks the attractive woman smiling at him from across the room wants to have sex with him. True? Or is it all in his head? Research has shown that in general, men have a tendency to misjudge a woman’s sexual intent, often based on...

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say. The findings, published the week of February 8 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Southwest sliding into a drier climate

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study. “A normal year in the...

Lipid-based diets effectively combat Alzheimer’s in mouse model

Alzheimer´s disease (AD) is the most common disease underlying memory problems and dementia in the elderly. One of the invariable pathologies in AD is degeneration of cholinergic synapses in brain cortex and hippocampus. Despite enormous effort to find out an...

Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

Just as world travel is contributing to the Zika virus epidemic spreading through Latin America and into North America, so too is world traffic in bee colonies fueling a worldwide bee epidemic. The finding comes from a study by UC Berkeley and Exeter University...

Mothers may pass brain structure linked to depression to daughters

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from...

Would fewer men in prison cut HIV spread?

Putting fewer men behind bars should lower the spread of HIV and other STDs, according to a new computer model from the University of Michigan. The study finds that reducing incarceration rates may also lower how many sexual partners men and women have, which in...

APEX Celebrates Ten Years Exploring the Cold Universe

A celebration was held at the APEX [1] base station in Sequitor, San Pedro de Atacama, to mark ten years of astronomical research with the APEX telescope, which resides on Chile’s Chajnantor Plateau, 5100 metres above sea level. From there, the telescope observes the...

A star’s moment in the spotlight

The glowing region in this new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope is a reflection nebula known as IC 2631. These objects are clouds of cosmic dust that reflect light from a nearby star into space, creating a stunning light show like the one captured here. IC...

Women are winners when it comes to crowdfunding

Research conducted in part by a Berkeley-Haas School of Business professor shows that women in the business world may struggle to keep up with their male counterparts when it comes to jobs and financing, but come out ahead with crowdfunding. Andreea Gorbatai, an...

So that’s why! Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous...

Sneezing: Not the simple, liquidy mess you imagined

Here’s some incentive to cover your mouth the next time you sneeze: New high-speed videos captured by MIT researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses...

Prozac trial to assess prenatal treatment of Down syndrome

Paul Watson is a father, a husband and a Southwest Airlines pilot. But as an explorer, he searches each city he lands in for the labs of local scientists studying Down syndrome. He’s also the “ideas man” behind the first human trial to test fluoxetine, also known as...

Music to My Ears: Playing Video Games Might be Good for You

Wait! What? Playing video games might actually be good for you? Well, it might be, at least when it comes to playing music video games such as the enormously popular Rock Band and Guitar Hero, a UNLV study has found. The study, conducted by UNLV psychology professors...

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