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Human Sleep Is Shorter & More Efficient Than That Of Other Mammals

Humans, compared to other mammals including primates, enjoy less sleep that is also more efficient, according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology. A team of researchers from Duke University made a database of slumber patterns encompassing over hundreds of mammals. 21 species of primates were included in the

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Helping Others Alleviates Negative Effects of Stress

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When we help others, we are only helping ourselves – a new study has proven this concept, showing that extending a helping hand to friends and strangers alike improves well-being pertaining to the effects of daily stress. The research paper is published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. Stress impacts negatively on our mental health and is

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Bullying During Childhood Linked With Potential Psychiatric Disorders In Adulthood

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Being bullied comes with long-term consequences. An article published by JAMA Psychiatry suggests that victims of bullying during childhood might develop psychiatric disorders in adult years. A new research, led by Andre Sourander from the University of Turku, Finland, has linked being bullied as a child and mental health problems in adulthood. Sourander and his

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Ads With Plus-Sized Models Encourage Obesity, Says New Study

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Ads with plus-sized models come with a downside, according to a new study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. They might be associated with an increasing obesity rate. The study findings indicate that the images published in advertising campaigns are featuring fewer underweight models deemed to be physically flawless, replacing the conventional

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Living Together Has The Same Emotional Benefits As Marriage

The emotional benefits of living together as a couple are the same regardless of whether they tied the knot or not, according to a team of researchers who investigated the level of emotional distress among 8,700 participants. The findings are published in the Journal of Family Psychology. The individuals were surveyed over 10 years to

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Your Father’s Lifestyle Before You Were Born Might Affect Your Appetite

A new study conducted by researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, and published in the journal Cell Metabolism, makes an exposé of how children might be influenced by their parents’ lifestyle and the environment they inhabited well before the former were born. The comparison of sperm cells taken from 13 lean men

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Why Are We Quick To Blame Others?

A new study conducted by researchers from Duke University, published in Scientific Reports, has provided new insight into why humans tend to blame people quicker than they would give them credit. While we cannot know the intentions of people, we still persist in trying to read them. The lead author, Lawrence Ngo, describes their study

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Scientists Decrypt the Secret to Painlessness

We might have the answer to painlessness: scientists have genetically modified mice so that the latter cannot feel pain. The research is published in Nature Communications. While pain is a necessary ingredient for life on Earth, humans still attempt to get away from it. Some people, though, are actually unable to feel it: those born

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Are You Impulsive? Blame Your Genes!

Are you one to make decisions impulsively? Or, one with the propensity to choose a readily-available smaller reward over a larger one that will only be obtained in the future? If so, blame your genes! Impulsiveness might just be an inherited trait for some people, as per a new report presented at the annual meeting

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Conquering Death: Transferring Human Consciousness To Artificial Body

No matter how much of a reality death is, humans will always attempt to outwit it – either by delaying it or ‘getting rid of it’. Such is the ambitious goal of a new firm named Humai which aims at transferring human consciousness into an artificial body so that the person can live on even

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People Believing Nonsense Quotes Are Less Intelligent, Says New Study

Are you one to be annoyed by fake, gibberish quotes that are all over the Internet? Well, here’s something to balm your heart: a new study entitled “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bulls***” suggests that people sharing these apparently intelligent but completely nonsense ‘quotes’ are actually characterised by low intelligence. Believing in ‘bulls***’

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Wisdom of The Elderly Protected By Specific Genes

Genes that might have a role in protecting our ageing brains have been identified by researchers. The paper is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ageing is a process that is mostly restricted to humans. Animals living in the wild normally die before they get to experience it: they become

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