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Intent to harm: Willful acts seem more damaging

How harmful we perceive an act to be depends on whether we see the act as intentional, reveals new research published in Psychological Science,...

How the world flipped out over peanut allergy

The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights...

Evolution not driven by single beneficial mutation, but by group that...

In a twist on "survival of the fittest," researchers have discovered that evolution is driven not by a single beneficial mutation but rather by...

Overnights Away From Home Affect Children’s Attachments

Babies have an innate biological need to be attached to caregivers, usually their parents. But what happens when babies spend a night or more...

Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function,...

A brain’s failure to appreciate others may permit human atrocities

A father in Louisiana bludgeoned and beheaded his disabled 7-year-old son last August because he no longer wanted to care for the boy. For most people, such a heinous act is unconscionable. But it may be that a person can become callo...

Children in public housing play outdoors more

Young children living in urban public housing spend more time playing outdoors than other urban children, according to researchers at Rice University, Columbia University and Princeton University. Contrary to the expectations of the researchers, ...

The mind uses syntax to interpret actions

Most people are familiar with the concept that sentences have syntax. A verb, a subject, and an object come together in predictable patterns. But actions have syntax, too; when we watch someone else do something, we assemble their actions to mean so...

Unique duality: Princeton-led team discovers ‘exotic’ superconductor with metallic surface

A new material with a split personality -- part superconductor, part metal -- has been observed by a Princeton University-led research team. The discovery may have implications for the development of next-generation electronics that could transform ...

High-density storage of nuclear waste heightens terrorism risks

A space-saving method for storing spent nuclear fuel has dramatically heightened the risk of a catastrophic radiation release in the event of a terrorist attack, according to a study initiated at Princeton. Terrorists targeting the high-density storage systems used at nuclear power plants throughout the nation could cause contamination problems "significantly worse than those from Chernobyl," the study found.

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