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"You have to be in a good place to be able to give your all to someone else."
A study with early-career physicians shows how just 30 minutes of "me time" boost work performance. Some ways of relaxing are better than others, however.
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Squirrels can really take a bite out of crime (investigation).
Left to their own devices, squirrels will gnaw away not just on acorns, but also on bone. And that poses problems for forensics.
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“Paintings from the age of Michelangelo were loaded with the foods modern diets warn us about: salt, sausages, bread, and more bread.”
The contents of 500 years of European and American food paintings suggest our obsession with looking at tasty, exotic meals isn't just an Instagram fad.
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"Making a decision in advance can help people choose something that might be a bit more healthful.”
Ordering food in advance, rather than "in the heat of the moment," could trim calories from the meal, new research suggests.
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For elephants, size doesn't matter. Of their enclosures, anyway.
For elephants in the zoo, the size of the enclosure isn't as important as time spent socializing.
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"Rats are absolutely nuts about Froot Loops." But why should we care?
Scientists trained rats to find Froot Loops in flowerpots, hoping to uncover how a complex dialog between two brain structures helps us remember.
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This is what speech would look like if it "were designed to actually teach children.”
"Why do we speak funny to children? It's actually to help them learn the relevant properties of language," says Patrick Shafto.
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“Society makes it very hard to be a queer youth.”
The presence of gay-straight alliances in schools results in a safer atmosphere for everyone—whether they participate in the group or not.
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"Sexual desire thrives on increasing intimacy and being responsive is one of the best ways to instill this elusive sensation over time; better than any pyrotechnic sex."
Some scholars have argued that long-term intimacy may actually inhibit rather than increase sexual desire. A new study indicates there's a solution.
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"...we may find ourselves at the tail end of a similar event—a sixth mass extinction, living in a very different world than we would like."
Experts say zooplankton fossils offer a warning about mass extinction events: There's a slow decline and then a point of no return.
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Why all the buzz about Pokémon Go
Within days of the launch of Pokémon Go estimates were in the millions for US downloads. A gaming expert explains what's behind the phenomena.
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This version of 'Starry Night' is no wider than a dime.
Scientists have used folded DNA to create a version of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" that's only the width of a dime. It's more than an art trick, however.
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