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Dogs hear words the same way we do

Say “sit!” to your dog, and—if he’s a good boy—he’ll likely plant his rump on the floor. But would he respond correctly if the word were spoken by a stranger, or someone with a thick accent? A new study shows he will, suggesting dogs perceive spoken words in a sophisticated way long thought un...

E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide

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Understanding nonbelievers’ prejudice toward ideological opponents: The role of self-expression values and other-oriented dispositions | DIAL.pr - BOREAL

Research adopting the ideological-conflict hypothesis indicates that low religiosity, nonbelief, and antireligious sentiments predict prejudice toward ideological opponents. How to understand this, from an individual differences perspective, given that nonbelievers are typically open-m...

Mosquitoes armed with bacteria beat back dengue virus

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND—In a handful of cities around the world, mosquitoes have been armed with a microscopic weapon against disease. The bacterium Wolbachia pipientis blocks the insects’ ability to spread fearsome viruses such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. Since 2011, researchers have ...

Human disturbance is drying out forests

Researchers studied two areas of the forest at the University of Michigan's Biological Station. One area had been intentionally disturbed a decade ago by killing certain species of trees to thin out the canopy. One area was an undisturbed control area. Researchers found daily and seasonal diff...

Are You a Moral Grandstander?

If so, then you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. Of course it's wonderful to have a social cause that you believe in genuinely, and which you want to share with the world to make it a better place. But moral grandstanding comes from a different place.

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High-performance subambient radiative cooling enabled by optically selective and thermally insulating polyethylene aerogel

Recent progress in passive radiative cooling technologies has substantially improved cooling performance under direct sunlight. Yet, experimental demonstrations of daytime radiative cooling still severely underperform in comparison with the theoretical potential due to considerable solar absor...

American Economic Association

Previous research shows that adolescents who are exposed to marital conflict at a young age are at an increased risk to experience abuse in their romantic relations. However, the new study discovered that the child’s relationship with their mother serves as a buffer by potentially promoting th...

Life expectancy mapped for people with mental disorders

“This is the first time we have measured life expectancy for distinct types of mental disorders in a sex and age-specific way—it’s well known that people with mental disorders die earlier than the general population, but we have used more accurate approaches than those used in the past,” Profe...

Fully recyclable packaging materials - Info

Plastics have become indispensable items in our everyday lives. But their growing production and use are threatening to pollute the entire planet, in particular the oceans, the final destination for tonnes and tonnes of plastic, a material that may take centuries to disappear.  The researchers...