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July 5, 2023

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Human Pangenome Reference Will Enable More Complete and Equitable Understanding of Genomic Diversity

Scientists have released a draft of the first human pangenome -- a new, usable reference for genomics that combines the genetic material of 47 individuals from different ancestral backgrounds to allow for a deeper, more accurate understanding of ...

Global Research Reveals Countries Where Record-Breaking Heatwaves Are Likely to Cause Most Harm

A new study has highlighted under-prepared regions across the world most at risk of the devastating effects of scorching ...

Small Acts of Kindness Are Frequent and Universal, Study Finds

A study found that people around the world signal others for assistance every couple of minutes. The research, which examined behaviors in towns and rural areas in several different countries, revealed that people comply with these small requests for help far more often than they decline them. The ...

Study Into Global Daily Air Pollution Shows Almost Nowhere on Earth Is Safe

In a new study of daily ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) across the globe, a new study has found that only 0.18% of the global land area and 0.001% of the global population are exposed to levels of PM2.5 -- the world's leading environmental health risk factor -- below levels of safety ...

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Getting Adults on Board With Messy Nature Play

Climbing trees, making mud pies, or simply playing outside, parents and educators know that being in nature is an important part of every childhood. But when it comes to messy or risky play, ...

Consumers More Likely to Use Virtual Apparel Try-on Software If Interactive

New research shows consumers' concerns about privacy when trying on clothing virtually can be reduced by making the technology versatile and easy to ...

Energy Insecurity Is an Underappreciated Social and Environmental Determinant of Health

In light of climate change and the impending transition to clean energy, many long-standing programs to address energy insecurity need to be refreshed. A new paper provides growing documentation of ...

Combining Maths With Music Leads to Higher Scores, Suggests Review of 50 Years of Research

Children do better at maths when music is a key part of their lessons, an analysis of almost 50 years of research on the topic has ...

Babies Talk More Around Human-Made Objects Than Natural Ones

A new study suggests young children are more vocal when interacting with toys and household items, highlighting their importance for developing language ...

We Are Wasting Up to 20 Percent of Our Time on Computer Problems

Even though our computers are now better than 15 years ago, they still malfunction between 11 and 20 per cent of the time, a new study concludes. The researchers behind the study therefore find that ...

Opioids No More Effective Than Placebo for Acute Back and Neck Pain

Opioid pain-relieving medicines are not more effective than a placebo in relieving acute back and neck pain and may even cause harm, according to a recent ...

Glial Control of Parallel Memory Processing

Have you ever studied hard for a test the night before, only to fail miserably the next day? Alternatively, you may have felt ill-prepared after studying the night before when, to your astonishment, ...

New Study Reveals Best Words for Brand Slogans

A new study has uncovered the word properties that make slogans effective, as the researchers found that the attributes that make a slogan easier to process lead to it being more likeable but less ...

How the Brain Processes Numbers -- New Procedure Improves Measurement of Human Brain Activity

Measuring human brain activity down to the cellular level: until now, this has been possible only to a limited extent. With a new approach it will now be much easier. The method relies on ...

'Critical Climate Solution' or 'Worse Than Coal'? Study Explores Debate Around Divisive Energy Technology

A new study has explored the battle lines of public debate around a controversial energy technology which is heralded as 'critical to combating climate change' by its advocates and branded ...


Reading for Pleasure Early in Childhood Linked to Better Cognitive Performance and Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence

Children who begin reading for pleasure early in life tend to perform better at cognitive tests and have better mental health when they enter adolescence, a study of more than 10,000 young ...

Freely Available Risk Model for Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclones

As human-driven climate change amplifies natural disasters, hurricanes and typhoons stand to increase in intensity. Until now, there existed very few freely available computer models designed to ...

How Secure Are Voice Authentication Systems Really?

Computer scientists have discovered a method of attack that can successfully bypass voice authentication security systems with up to a 99% success rate after only six ...

What Math Can Teach Us About Standing Up to Bullies

New research from Dartmouth takes a fresh look at game theory to show that being uncooperative can help people on the weaker side of a power dynamic achieve a more equal outcome -- and even inflict ...

Body's Immune Response May Offer Alternative Approach to Neuropathic Pain Therapies

In the midst of a global opioid epidemic, a team of scientists is exploring natural killer (NK) cells as an alternative treatment for neuropathic pain. Researchers gather existing evidence for the ...

Flexible, Supportive Company Culture Makes for Better Remote Work

新的研究使用数据从一个员工网络审查site to determine what made remote work successful. Companies that catered to employees' interests, gave employees independence, fostered ...

Ask Us How to Build the Circular Economy, Say Scientists

Governments and companies planning to pursue the circular economy need to involve scientists more directly, states a new ...

No Simple Answer for Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories

People can be prone to believe in conspiracy theories due to a combination of personality traits and motivations, including relying strongly on their intuition, feeling a sense of antagonism and ...

Worse Than Diesel and Gasoline? Bioenergy as Bad as Fossils If There Is No Pricing of CO2 Emissions from Land-Use Change, Experts Argue

Demand for modern biofuels is expected to grow substantially in order to mitigate climate emissions. However, they are far from being a climate neutral alternative to gasoline and diesel. A new study ...

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