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Raccoons have passed the Aesop's Fable test, which measures if animals can discern cause and effect by displacing water to access food.
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Research finds that certain small RNA molecules can trigger a mechanism hidden in every cell that forces it to self-destruct. This failsafe may protect us from cancer. The mechanism could potentially become a novel form of cancer therapy, the study authors say.
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Conspiracy Theorists Have a Fundamental Cognitive Problem, Say Scientists
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Migraines may be brain’s way of dealing with oxidative stress. Migraines affect approximately 14 percent of the world's population, or 1.04 billion people. In the United States alone, migraine causes an estimated $36 billion annually in lost productivity, including 113 million lost work days.
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A significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions, finds national cancer survey published in JAMA Oncology.
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Researchers compared 20 veterans who had attempted suicide with 20 similar veterans who had not. Those who attempted suicide exhibited different patterns of gene expression, hinting at the existence of biological markers that could predict which patients may attempt suicide.
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Prozac in ocean water a possible threat to sea life - Oregon shore crabs exhibit risky behavior when they’re exposed to the antidepressant Prozac, making it easier for predators to catch them, according to a new study.
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Lucid dreaming is a learnable skill, according to new research. Researchers have found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people’s chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s still happening and can control the experience.
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3 Million Americans Carry A Handgun Daily: Most of these Americans are young men, live in the south and say personal protection is a top reason for walking around with a deadly weapon, said the report in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96% carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen from CO2 through a process known as decomposition.
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Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people. There has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learnt. Scientists discovered that babies as young as six months old feel stressed when seeing these creatures, long before they could have learnt this reaction.
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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear
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Researcher: Some highly psychopathic individuals have more adaptive traits than maladaptive traits
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Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens | Scientific American
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A newly discovered moon tunnel could be the perfect place for a colony, scientists say
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Physics Boosts AI Methods - Researchers report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem. By employing quantum-compatible machine learning techniques, they developed a method of extracting a rare Higgs boson signal from copious noise data, as reported in Nature.
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Having a parent with an alcohol use disorder increases the risk for dating violence among teenagers. In addition, researchers found that the root causes of teen dating violence can be seen as early as infancy.
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Journal of Aging Research: Dental Health Behaviors, Dentition, and Mortality in the Elderly: The Leisure World Cohort Study. Edentulous individuals (even with dentures) had a 30% higher risk of death compared with those with 20+ teeth.
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E-cigarettes linked to numerous biomarkers associated with lung diseases
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Ancestry answered the DNA questions 23andMe couldn’t
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Scientists Gave Fish Marijuana to See if It Would Make Them Relax
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How Google's Quantum Computer Could Change the World
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Study finds that easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide. This suggests that current trends towards more permissive concealed-carry laws are inconsistent with the promotion of public safety.
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CO? benefits of regrowing forests nothing to shake a stick at | Ars Technica
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Stanford scholars have probed how Americans think about mental life. Most people don’t have answers to the big questions about consciousness or the meaning of life, but they do have a way of thinking about and categorizing mental life. It comes down to three things – body, heart and mind.
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Plume-subduction interaction forms large auriferous provinces
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The quality of marriage relationship significantly correlates with cardiovascular health.
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A large scale study on the effects of police body cameras showed that officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras
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Restaurants are reducing sodium in some newer menu items, but when it comes to existing fare and use of sodium overall there has been little change. Experts determined that a 1200mg drop in daily sodium intake could save as many as 92,000 lives and up to $25 million in annual health care costs
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As Many as 32,000 papers may have misidentified the cell lines they used. In turn, these papers are cited by at least 500,000 more articles.
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Suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers linked to climate change
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Observations of a radio-quiet solar preflare
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A Fraught Future for Flying Insects: Dramatic decrease in biomass in protected areas
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Crows share an interesting set of behaviors with humans: they like to play, and they often use tools. Scientists investigate why crows are so playful, and found that the birds who played with tools in an experiment were much better at using those tools in a food-finding task.
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Ketamine may help treat migraine pain unresponsive to other therapies
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One-Step Reforming of CO2 and CH4 into High-Value Liquid Chemicals and Fuels at Room Temperature by Plasma-Driven Catalysis - Wang - 2017 - Angewandte Chemie
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Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Weekend
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Fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history- "Their characteristics resemble African finds that are four to five million years younger than the fossils excavated in Eppelsheim. This is a tremendous stroke of luck, but also a great mystery."
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Science AMA Series: I'm Chris Cogswell, a PhD and host of the Mad Scientist Podcast. I am trying to promote science by talking about the history and philosophy of science and how it fits with modern/historical pseudoscientific beliefs. AMA!
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Volcanoes that spew strecthy ice could make dwarf planets brighter
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9 gRod805 I've noticed that people turn to conspiracy theories when they are in a bad place in their lives like unemployment or a break up. Maybe its that they have more time to watch those illuminati / reptilian people videos when they are unemployed.
7 AnatoliaFarStar Well, that's a title that's not going to be selectively interpreted.
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20 CYBORGMEXICAN I've also heard that people who were abused as children also tend to be conspiracy theorists due to extreme distrust for authority.
17 gazoota How can a "study" justify using the word "loser" when success itself is an entirely relative concept and cannot be measured.
16 BlurryBigfoot74 Cass Sunstein's book "Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas" is a great book that talks about several studies done on what causes extremism and why people beleive in conspiracy theories and their tendencies. I find it odd that someone who believes princess Diana is alive and well is simultaneously more likely to beleive that she also died before the accident happened rather than the official story.
52 Vanillope Yeah, I mean, only intelligent people assume everything they are told is true without questioning.
3 Typhera Well, yes, but this applies to every segment of the population, beyond conspiracy theories. For example minorities (those in mostly poverty, not succesful ones), poorer segments of the population, fringe ideological or social groups, and in general less socioeconomically "successful" groups will lean to blame all their issues on a conspiracy, or "the system" being rigged against them, or discrimination, or a myriad of other factors that are outside of their control, as a coping mechanism. Sadly the truth ends up being that this hand washing of responsibility behaviour tends to perpetuate the situation they are in. Taking hold of personal responsibility and attempting to gain control over ones situation are the first steps in improving it, to blame it all on external sources always leads to complacency, because its literally beyond your reach that way. Also leads to misguided "fights" which tend to create a schism between main groups and them. Using the example of conspiracy theories, their behaviour tends to most parts be 'anti-social', due to general distrust, which leads to lack of socialisation, creating issues with proper socially acceptable mannerisms, habits, expectations, which creates more isolation because it makes it a lot harder to relate to the common population, and making them seek other fringe people who are "awoke", self-segregation and reinforcement of the belief that "they are out to get me", its a downwards spiral. Although I would question using the word "losers" to describe them, if you apply this label to any of the other many groups that are in a similar situation (self perpetuating behavioural patterns), it could get a lot of backlash.
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16 Baconmazing This is common sense. If you're winning, why look for a reason ? You know you're winning so you roll with it. If you're losing, you look for a reason why to blame other than yourself.