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Worldwide, the nitrogen cycle is off

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes – the plants they normally serve. These findings, reported […]

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Workplace negativity can hurt productivity

Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. Such negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally […]

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Do cops need college?

A new study suggests college-educated cops are dissatisfied with the job, have negative views of their supervisors and don’t necessarily favor community policing, a strategy aimed partly at reducing the […]

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Teachers’ gestures boost math learning

Students perform better when their instructors use hand gestures – a simple teaching tool that could yield benefits in higher-level math such as algebra. A study published in Child Development, […]

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Even singles want a life outside the workplace

A memo to employers: Just because your workers live alone doesn’t mean they don’t have lives beyond the office. New research at Michigan State University suggests the growing number of […]

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Captive hyenas outfox wild relatives

When it comes to solving puzzles, animals in captivity are, well, different animals than their wild brethren. Testing animals’ ability to solve new problems has been historically conducted on animals […]

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Brief interruptions spawn errors

Short interruptions – such as the few seconds it takes to silence that buzzing smartphone – have a surprisingly large effect on one’s ability to accurately complete a task, according […]