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Ancient Skeletons with Alien-Like Heads Unearthed in Croatia  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 hours
Archaeologists have unearthed three ancient skeletons in Croatia — and two of them had pointy, artificially deformed skulls. more
Bacterial sex drives evolution of microbes to conquer and colonize the gut  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Bacterial sex drives evolution of microbes to conquer and colonize the gut. This discovery constitutes a paradigm shift and opens the possibility to design... more
Viking migration left a lasting legacy on Ireland's population  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
The early medieval period in Ireland (400-1200AD) was a time of key importance. It was a turning point in European history and the origin of much contemporary Irish culture and... more
Online dating is the most popular way couples meet  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Algorithms, and not friends and family, are now the go-to matchmaker for people looking for love, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld has found. more
Salt deposits on Mars hold clues to sources of ancient water  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
For centuries, miners have burrowed into the earth in search of salt—laid down in thick layers from ancient oceans long since evaporated. When scientists saw huge... more
BU researcher receives NIH grant to study childhood adversity and later life health outcomes  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
Lewina Lee, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and clinical research psychologist at the National... more
Earliest evidence of artificial cranial deformation in Croatia during 5th-6th century  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
People in Croatia during the 5th to 6th centuries may have used cranial modifications to indicate their cultural affiliations, according to a new study. more
Nearly 1/3 of migrants through Mexico to US experience significant violence during journey  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Almost one-third of people migrating to the US via Mexico experience physical, psychological, and/or sexual violence along the way, according to a... more
Earliest evidence of artificial cranial deformation in Croatia during 5th-6th century  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
People in Croatia during the 5th to 6th centuries may have used cranial modifications to indicate their cultural affiliations, according to a study published August 21,... more
Nearly 1/3 of migrants through Mexico to US experience significant violence during journey  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Almost one-third of people migrating to the US via Mexico experience physical, psychological, and/or sexual violence along the way, according to a... more
Music charts are increasingly short-lived  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the physicists after studying 50 years of music charts. more
'Key player' identified in genetic link to psychiatric conditions  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and autism. more
Music charts are increasingly short-lived  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the physicists Professor Claudius Gros and Lukas Schneider from Goethe... more
Study suggests link between environmental pollution and increase in psychiatric disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Researchers are increasingly studying the effects of environmental insults on psychiatric and neurological conditions, motivated by emerging evidence from environmental events like the record-breaking smog that... more
Integrated approach unifies psychology and neurophysiology of chronic pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
An integrated approach that unifies psychosocial factors with neurobiology sheds light on chronic pain traits and their underlying brain networks, according to a study published August 20 in the open-access... more
Scientists identify specific gene that plays key role in several psychiatric conditions  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several psychiatric conditions,... more
Sociodemographic factors predict discriminatory oral cancer screening practices  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Oral cancer accounts for 2 percent of reported malignancies and 1.2 percent of cancer-related deaths in the United States. more
Specialized psychological offense treatments linked to reductions in recidivism  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A first-of-its-kind study has found that specialized psychological programs for sexual and domestic violence offenders have led to major reductions in reoffending but best results are achieved with consistent input... more
Study explores motives, experiences of young people using New Psychoactive Substances  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A research study into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - formerly referred to as 'legal highs' - provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to... more
Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have found that increasing oxygen levels are linked to the rise of North American dinosaurs around 215 M years ago. A new technique for measuring oxygen levels in ancient rocks shows... more
Astronomers Trained AI to find Ancient Galaxy Collisions from the Early Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
There are bright lights all over the universe where galaxies are smashing together. And now astronomers have a new way to find them. more
Is pollution linked to psychiatric disorders?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are increasingly studying the effects of environmental insults on psychiatric and neurological conditions, motivated by emerging evidence from environmental events like the record-breaking smog that choked New Delhi two years ago. The results suggests a... more
Painting a bigger biosociological picture of chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
An integrated approach that unifies psychosocial factors with neurobiology sheds light on chronic pain traits and their underlying brain networks, according to a new study. more
Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law,... more
Shedding light on the reaction mechanism of PUVA light therapy for skin diseases  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The term "PUVA' stands for 'psoralen' and 'UV-A radiation.' Psoralens are natural plant-based compounds that can be extracted from umbelliferous plants such... more
Studying animal cognition in the wild  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Different types of cognitive abilities can lead to a variety of knowledge that can help an animal to find, access, and guard food and mates. One approach to gain insight into the evolution of such cognitive... more
Risk of psychotic disorders has disease-specific brain effects  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Brain abnormalities in people at familial risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder emerge in unique patterns, despite the symptom and genetic overlap of the disorders, according to a new study. Similarities between... more
Neanderthal tool-making process may have been simpler than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Neanderthals and other early humans produced a tarry glue from birch bark; this was long considered proof of a high level of cognitive and cultural development. Researchers had... more
Scientists discover new way to reconstruct what extinct animals looked like  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists could be set to reveal the most accurate depictions of ancient vertebrates ever made after a world-first discovery at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. more
Ancient Mars was warm with occasional rain, turning cold  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have long known that water was abundant on ancient Mars, but there has been no consensus on whether liquid water was common, or whether it was largely frozen in... more
Risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has distinct effects on the brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Brain abnormalities in people at familial risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder emerge in unique patterns, despite the symptom and genetic overlap of the... more
Global change is triggering an identity switch in grasslands  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Since the first Homo sapiens emerged in Africa roughly 300,000 years ago, grasslands have sustained humanity and thousands of other species. But today, those grasslands are shifting beneath our feet.... more
Global change is triggering an identity switch in grasslands  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Since the first Homo sapiens emerged in Africa roughly 300,000 years ago, grasslands have sustained humanity and thousands of other species. But today, those grasslands are shifting beneath our feet.... more
Archaeologists Unearth 45,000-Year-Old Stone Tools in Mongolia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
A collection of stone artifacts unearthed at the archaeological site of Tolbor-16 in the northern Khangai Mountains of Mongolia indicate that anatomically... more
Facts and stories: Great stories undermine strong facts  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If someone is trying to persuade or influence others, should they use a story or stick to the facts? According to research from social psychologists, stories can increase the persuasiveness of weak... more
Invisible writing on antique Nile papyrus revealed by multiple methods  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Researchers from the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin universities and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin studied a small piece of papyrus that was excavated on the island of Elephantine on... more
Traumatic childhood experiences change perception of social stimuli in adulthood  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
People with maltreatment experiences in their childhood have a changed perception of social stimuli later as adults. This is what scientists from the Division of Medical Psychology at... more
Researchers find reliable climate change data in nearby corals  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Tracking climate change through corals has historically meant studying coral in remote locations, away from civilization and the related environmental conditions that might affect the data. But research compiled by... more
Facts and stories: Great stories undermine strong facts  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Some research shows facts are better received when presented on their own. Other studies show facts are more accepted when interwoven with stories; stories can help bridge emotional connections. If someone is... more
The future of robots: A psychological approach to human-automation interaction  nanowerk · 6 days
The increasingly digital nature of our world introduces a seemingly endless list of considerations when it comes to ensuring automated systems can successfully meet human needs. more
Improving mental health for older victims of crime  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Psychiatric researchers at UCL are working with the Metropolitan Police and local branches of mental health charity Mind, to trial a new intervention aimed at reducing the distressing psychological outcomes, known to... more
'Swimmer’s ear' found to be common among Neanderthals  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Abnormal bony growths in the ear canal were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according to a study published August 14, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Erik Trinkaus of Washington University... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
'Coprolites' from the Must Farm archaeological excavation in East Anglia, UK, shows the prehistoric inhabitants were infected by parasitic worms... more
Ancient feces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
New research published today in the journal Parasitology shows how the prehistoric inhabitants of a settlement in the freshwater marshes... more
Superdeep diamonds confirm ancient reservoir deep under Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Analyses show that gases found in microscopic inclusions in diamonds come from a stable subterranean reservoir at least as old as the Moon, hidden more than 410 km below sea... more
Neanderthals and Ancient Humans Suffered from Swimmer’s Ear: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Exostoses of the ear canal — more commonly called swimmer’s ear — were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according... more
Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear  REUTERS · 1 week
Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen... more
Researchers dish up digital avocado  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's an ancient fruit, but the avocado has been brought into the new millennium with the publication of its draft genome, which may be the key to improvements in future crops. more
Premature mortality is partly predicted by city neighborhood  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new in-depth study called 'The influence of environmental and health indicators on premature mortality: An empirical analysis of the City of Toronto's 140 neighborhoods' assesses the impact of several environmental, health,... more
Ancient Giant Penguin Unearthed in New Zealand: Crossvallia waiparensis  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The fossilized bones of a large-sized penguin species that lived during the Paleocene epoch (between 66 and 56... more
A society's cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Biologists used mathematical models to show that societies that favor generalists, who have a wide range of skills, are less well-connected than those societies that favor... more
Newly Discovered 'Monster' Penguin Was As Tall As an Adult Human  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Fish swam for their lives when they encountered a forbidding, ancient "monster" penguin that would have towered over today's largest penguin. more
A society's cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's unlikely that someone born today could independently think up all the necessary steps it would take to send a rocket to the moon. They would... more
Neanderthals commonly suffered from 'swimmer's ear'  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Abnormal bony growths in the ear canal were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according to a new study. more
Cultural selection shapes network structure  Science Magazine · 1 week
Cultural evolution relies on the social transmission of cultural traits along a population’s social network. Research indicates that network structure affects information spread and thus the capacity for cumulative culture. However, how network structure itself is driven by... more
Neanderthals commonly suffered from 'swimmer's ear'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Abnormal bony growths in the ear canal were surprisingly common in Neanderthals, according to a study published August 14, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Erik Trinkaus of Washington University and colleagues. more
Males of a feather flock together  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
'Birds of a feather flock together' or rather 'opposites attract'? The recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists and psychologists have observed that the more similar male Assamese macaques... more
Shard reveals how Cyprus' ancient kingdoms managed economy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An archaeologist says the discovery of a small clay shard inscribed with a partial inventory of goods at a 2,500-year-old citadel suggests that Cyprus' ancient city states "more than likely" managed their... more
Behavioral scientists test biological principle on free-living Assamese macaques  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"Birds of a feather flock together," or rather "opposites attract"? A recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: Behavioral biologists from the German Primate Centre—Leibniz... more
Study shows women benefit from multiple marriages while men do not  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A pair of researchers, one with the University of California, the other with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, has found that women in an... more
Dementia care program improves psychological health of patients and caregivers  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
UCLA-led research finds that a comprehensive dementia care program staffed by nurse practitioners working within a health system improves the mental and emotional health of patients and their... more
Scientists poke a hole in the age of trees  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Some of Britain's most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country's leading tree-ageing experts has suggested. more
Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Denisovans might have etched line patterns on two animal bone fragments more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China. more
Jury awards $13M to former patients of psychiatric facility  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A jury has awarded more than $13 million to three women, finding they were harmed and did not consent to sexual contact by an employee of a California psychiatric facility more
Scientific Meeting » New Perspectives on Cerebellar Function: Implications for Mental Health  NIMH · 1 week
This NIMH-sponsored symposium will bring together experts in basic and translational neuroscience to discuss the state of the field and identify opportunities to advance... more
Treat insomnia before sleep apnea  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The 'double whammy' of co-occurring insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea is a complex problem best managed with non-drug targeted psych interventions, a new study has found. By following simple new guidelines, people with the concurrent conditions reported great... more
Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Researchers recently identified cosmic iron traces in snow that fell in Antarctica. Preserved in the snow was dust containing a rare isotope that originated in a supernova. more
Amulets of Deities, Skulls and Phalluses Found in Ancient Pompeii  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Subsurface explorers have uncovered a previously undescribed 'Jurassic World' of around 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins of central Australia. more
Study finds an unexpected link between farming and immune system evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have long theorized that cultural shifts thousands of years ago from hunting and gathering to agriculture and living in permanent settlements spurred an increase in... more
Jurassic Volcanic Province Discovered in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of researchers has discovered around 100 ancient volcanoes and associated lava flows buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins in central Australia.... more
Researchers identify glial cells as critical players in brain's response to social stress  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Exposure to violence, social conflict, and other stressors increase risk for psychiatric conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A new... more
Researchers identify key mechanism linked to neuropsychiatric lupus  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A breakthrough study has identified a specific antibody target implicated in neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus. These symptoms, including cognitive impairment, mood disorders, seizures, headaches and psychosis, are among the most prevalent manifestations... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New research has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were domesticated in the Near East and as such, modern pigs... more
Sociologist explores the religious and racial origins of society's obsession with thinness  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When your breakout book is reviewed by Essence, Bitch Media and Ms., you know your topic has struck a chord. That's the case with... more
Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international team of subsurface explorers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has uncovered a previously undescribed Jurassic world of around 100 ancient volcanoes... more
Cultural factors influence Chinese Americans' health, study reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Since 2011, the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago, the most extensive epidemiological cohort study of Chinese older adults in the United States, has revealed critical health disparities among the growing... more
Grave Robbers Missed These Ancient Greek Graves, Filled with More than a Dozen Skeletons  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Grave robbers are usually a determined bunch, but for the past 3,400 years, unsavory burglars have managed to miss two... more
Effects of edible marijuana studied in mice  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers have studied the effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in food albeit in mice. THC is the main component that causes the psychological features seen with use of marijuana. Laboratory mice were given dough... more
Poor fit between reasoning abilities and job demands linked to health conditions  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Older workers whose reasoning abilities no longer allow them to meet the demands of their jobs may be more likely to develop chronic health... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A study from McMaster University has unearthed new details about the evolutionary history of both antibiotic production and resistance and dates their co-emergence as far back as 350 to 500... more
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The study is the first to put antibiotic biosynthesis and resistance into an evolutionary context. The findings will help to guide the future discovery of new antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives... more
First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. This finding may explain how the first cells emerged from the... more
Ancient pigs endured a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research led by Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London has resolved a pig paradox. Archaeological evidence has shown that pigs were... more
It's not you, it's the network  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence... more
Cultural factors likely impinge upon the sleep opportunity of young adults  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Are you tired? A new study of young and middle-aged adults shows it could be happening because of the way society functions in your part of... more
Psychiatric symptoms may indicate the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of São Paulo have shown that the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s brain pathology are tightly linked to neuropsychiatric symptoms such as... more
Divers Find 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Graveyard Near Tiny Greek Island  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Ancient sailors courted adventure and risked death on the Aegean Sea, as shown in five 2,000-year-old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole found near the Greek island of Levitha. more
Optimists Sleep Better and Longer, New Study Finds  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
People who are the most optimistic tend to sleep better and longer, according to a new study published in the... more
Focus on moving the weight rather than your muscles to lift heavier or longer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The 'mind-muscle connection'. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. more
People who work with animals may be at increased risk of mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters... more
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