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Women still less likely to commit corporate fraud
Women are less likely to take part in corporate crime and fraud even though more women now work in corporations and serve at higher levels of those organizations, according to a team of sociologists. (2013-08-13)

Blue stragglers
Mysterious (2011-10-19)

Birds Sing The 'Story Of Their Lives,' Theorize Duke Biologists
When male songbirds sing to attract mates, the quality of their song might directly portray their fitness, say Duke University biologists in advancing a new theory of how birdsong serves as a mating signal. Their theory holds that female birds carefully analyze a male's song quality to judge how... (1998-05-04)

Rethinking the science of politics - Multiple methods strengthen scientific inference
Why do political theories so often fail the test of common sense? And why do individual political studies often seem to stop short of providing general guidance about political matters? (2004-06-03)

RIT scholars explore the impact of imaging on our reality
Imaging is the use of machines to enhance humans' ability to perceive things, often by producing visible phenomena that cannot be seen with the naked eye. But, can imaging technology distort reality and even change what humans perceive to be real? (2009-11-09)

Rituals sustain dual-culture identity
Everyday routine rituals such as dining practices, work and family activities play an important role in the development of a bicultural ethnic character, sociologists say. (1999-08-07)

Brittle fracture mechanism breaks the sound barrier
Materials scientists discover the conditions under which cracks can propagate supersonically in brittle solids. (2003-11-14)

Spousal violence affects one in three Albanian wives
Intimate partner violence affects women worldwide, but in Albania, more than a third of married women experience violence from their husbands during a year, and more empowered women are at greater risk, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-07-21)

Affluence, not political complexity, explains the rise of moralizing world religions
The ascetic and moralizing movements that spawned the world's major religious traditions -- Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity -- all arose around the same time in three different regions, and researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Dec. 11 have now devised a statistical model based on history and human psychology that helps to explain why. The emergence of world religions, they say, was triggered by the rising standards of living in the great civilizations of Eurasia. (2014-12-11)

Molecular gate that could keep cancer cells locked up
Researchers from MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and the Brookhaven National Laboratory, N.Y., have revealed the location of a molecular gate on a ring-shaped enzyme that opens up to embrace DNA during the process of cell division. Once the DNA is encircled by the enzyme it begins to unwind its double helix to start a copying process which is integral to cell division. (2014-07-31)

Measuring the universe's 'exit door'
An international team, led by researchers at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has for the first time measured the radius of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy -- the closest distance at which matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole. (2012-09-27)

JILA team develops 'spinning trap' to measure electron roundness
JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round -- research with major implications for future scientific understanding of the universe. (2013-12-05)

NIST physicists chip away at mystery of antimatter imbalance
Why there is stuff in the universe is one of the long-standing mysteries of cosmology. A team of researchers working at NIST has just concluded a 10-year-long study of the fate of neutrons in an attempt to resolve the question, the most sensitive such measurement ever made. The universe, they concede, has managed to keep its secret for the time being, but they've succeeded in significantly narrowing the number of possible answers. (2011-11-09)

Why do people love horror movies? They enjoy being scared
A bedrock assumption in theories that explain and predict human behavior is people's motivation to pursue pleasure and avoid pain. How can this be reconciled with the decision to engage in experiences known to elicit negative feelings, such as horror movies? It certainly seems counterintuitive that so many people would voluntarily immerse themselves in almost two hours of fear, disgust and terror. Why do people pay for this? How is this enjoyable? (2007-07-25)

New system of automatic control capable of governing satellite telescopes
A team of Control Engineering researchers at the Public University of Navarra has successfully finalised their work on QFT Multivariable Robust Control of Darwin-type Satellites with large flexible structures, undertaken for the European Space Agency (ESA). (2006-04-25)

God or science? A belief in one weakens positive feelings for the other
A person's unconscious attitudes toward science and God may be fundamentally opposed, researchers report, depending on how religion and science are used to answer (2008-12-15)

'Dead zone' area shrinking, Texas A&M prof says
A team of Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University scientists conducted a research cruise in late August to the (2004-09-30)

Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?
A new study from the University of Rochester suggests that human intelligence might have evolved in response to the demands of caring for infants. Steven Piantadosi and Celeste Kidd, assistant professors in brain and cognitive sciences, developed a novel evolutionary model in which the development of high levels of intelligence may be driven by the demands of raising offspring. (2016-05-23)

Effects of Huntington's disease mutation more complex than supposed
Competing theories about why brain cells die in Huntington's disease may not be competitors after all, according to a report. Researchers report finding minor molecular abnormalities of the sort proposed by these different theories in cells throughout the brain and even in the skin. Yet only select groups of cells in a few movement centers of the brain are so vulnerable to these disruptions that they degenerate and die. (2004-07-23)

CWRU philosopher examines the hypothesis vs. exploratory funding divide
A Case Western Reserve University professor wondered why some types of research were more apt to secure federal grants, while others -- especially exploratory science -- often didn't. (2013-09-27)

Discovery prospects at the Large Hadron Collider
Will scientists ever find the elusive Higgs particle? Are there undiscovered particles (2006-04-24)

Rotation-resistant rootworms owe their success to gut microbes
Researchers say they now know what allows some Western corn rootworms to survive crop rotation, a farming practice that once effectively managed the rootworm pests. The answer to the decades-long mystery of rotation-resistant rootworms lies -- in large part -- in the rootworm gut, the team reports. (2013-06-24)

John Templeton Foundation grant supports Princeton neuroscientists to study cognitive control
Princeton neuroscientists have been awarded a $4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore how the human brain enables us to pursue goals and juggle priorities in an environment full of distractions. (2012-11-13)

Group dynamics
Every family unit is a complex social network influenced by numerous inputs. In nature, social organizations at the family and small-group level can range from violent to peaceful, monogamous to polyandrous, segregated to sharing work. On Wednesday August 4, 2004, scientists will gather for the symposium, (2004-08-04)

Electron 'antenna' tunes in to physics beyond Higgs
In making the most precise measurements ever of the shape of electrons, a team of Harvard and Yale scientists have raised severe doubts about several popular theories of what lies beyond the Higgs boson. (2013-12-19)

Dunes reveal biodiversity secrets
Environmental filtering -- not a host of other theories -- determines local plant diversity in one of Earth's biodiversity hotspots according to an article in the Sept. 26 edition of Science by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientist Benjamin Turner and colleagues from the University of Western Australia. (2014-09-25)

Temple engineers recieve NSF grant to develop interactive high school biology curriculum
To help high-school students better understand and apply scientific methodologies to biology problems, the Intelligent Systems Application Center (ISAC) in Temple University's College of Engineering has been awarded a three-year, $843,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop three intelligent, interactive, multimedia modules for use in high-school biology curriculums. (2005-06-07)

Moderate coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 25 percent
Regular, moderate coffee consumption may decrease an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research highlighted in a report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee. (2013-11-13)

3 Illinois professors elected to National Academy of Sciences
Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2013 fellows of the National Academy of Sciences. Eduardo Fradkin, Martin Gruebele and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the academy on April 30. (2013-05-01)

Who gets the blame? Study sheds light on how people assign blame to organizations
Researchers from Boston College and Northwestern University show that the more cohesive a group appears -- be it a corporation, political party, governmental entity, pro sports team or other organization -- the more likely it is that people will hold its members less responsible for their own individual actions. The study area raises questions about decision-making, blame, moral judgment and the effects of a strong brand image. (2011-12-08)

Darwin Symposium at Field Museum offers broad overview of his science and its impact
World-class experts from the US and Great Britain will speak at The Field Museum for a one-of-a-kind symposium on Charles Darwin and evolution, which continues to excite the world and direct scientific research 125 years after Darwin's death. The free symposium will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at museum's Simpson Theater. It will cover Darwin and his theory broadly and comprehensively and reveal new directions in cutting-edge research. (2007-10-16)

IU Professor to receive $100,000 prize
An Indiana University psychology professor, nationally-known for his work in cognitive science, will receive the $100,000 David E. Rumelhart Prize for his outstanding contributions to human cognition. Richard Shiffrin was selected for the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in cognitive science for 30 years of research in the field, which includes memory, learning and perception. (2001-08-07)

Similarities in imaging the human body, Earth's crust focus of conference at UH
Whether it's in the human body or under the Earth's crust, modeling the unseen involves many similar techniques. Physicians and geologists will be meeting at the University of Houston Nov. 6 to discuss just how much they have in common. Through a partnership between UH, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration company, experts in biomedical and seismic imaging will gather to explore the potential for cross-collaboration in imaging. (2008-10-29)

Caltech astronomers observe a supernova colliding with its companion star
On May 3, 2014, Caltech astronomers working on a robotic observing system known as the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory discovered a Type Ia supernova -- supernova known as 'standardizable candles' because they allow astronomers to gauge cosmic distances -- located 300 million light-years away. The data collected offer unprecedented insight into the origin of this type of supernovae, and suggest the possibility that it actually comes in two distinct varieties. (2015-05-20)

Unique stellar system gives Einstein a thumbs-up
The only double-pulsar system yet found provides the extremely strong gravitational field and a fortunate geometrical arrangement needed to measure an effect predicted by Einstein's General Relativity theory. (2008-07-03)

Scientists unlock physical, chemical secrets of plutonium
Researchers at Rutgers University have unlocked some of the physical and chemical secrets of plutonium. In this week's issue of Nature, physicists report that the valence electrons fluctuate among different orbitals in solid plutonium metal on a very short time scale. In contrast, earlier theories specified fixed numbers of valence electrons in those orbitals. The Rutgers findings help explain some contrary characteristics of plutonium. (2007-03-28)

UCI study finds dark matter is for superWIMPs
A UC Irvine study has revealed a new class of cosmic particles that may shed light on the composition of dark matter in the universe. (2003-07-08)

Knowing me, myself and I: What psychology can contribute to self-knowledge
How well do you know yourself? It's a question many of us struggle with, as we try to figure out how close we are to who we actually want to be. A new report in Perspectives on Psychological Science describes theories behind self-knowledge (that is, how people form beliefs about themselves), cites challenges psychologists encounter while studying it, and offers ways we can get to know ourselves a little better. (2009-07-16)

Radio astronomers develop new technique for studying dark energy
A new but technically challenging observational (2010-07-21)

Shockwave findings set to rewrite scientific theories
Study of Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglow surprises scientists. (2014-04-30)

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