Conspicuous consumption may drive fertility down

Conspicuous consumption may drive fertility down

Competition for social status may be an important driver of lower fertility in the modern world, suggests a new study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. “The areas were we see the greatest declines in fertility are areas with modern...
Brain to foot: Come in, foot!

Brain to foot: Come in, foot!

A strange sensation, but familiar to anyone who has ever been given local anaesthesia and watched while a doctor operated on their leg or arm: in that moment, your own body part seems foreign, as if it doesn’t belong to your body. One reason for this is that the...
Women are winners when it comes to crowdfunding

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...
1 in 4 kids sexually harassed by friends online

1 in 4 kids sexually harassed by friends online

It’s not just strangers who target children online. Kids’ own friends are sexually harassing them over the Internet, finds new research led by a Michigan State University cybercrime expert. About 1 in 4 children said they were pressured by their friends online to talk...
Biomedical imaging at one-thousandth the cost

Biomedical imaging at one-thousandth the cost

Mathematical modeling enables $100 depth sensor to approximate the measurements of a $100,000 piece of lab equipment. MIT researchers have developed a biomedical imaging system that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost...
Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding

Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding

A common genetic variation, ApoE4, linked to Alzheimer’s disease greatly raises the likelihood of tiny brain bleeds in some men, scientists have found. These “microbleeds” leave small points of damage throughout the brain and contribute to memory loss. The study led...
Study in mice shows how brain ignores distractions

Study in mice shows how brain ignores distractions

In a study of mice, scientists discovered that a brain region called the thalamus may be critical for filtering out distractions. The study, published in Nature and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, paves the way to understanding how defects in...

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