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Consuming more than five drinks a week could shorten your life | Science Daily

The authors say their findings challenge the widely held belief that moderate drinking is beneficial to cardiovascular health, and support the UK’s recently lowered guidelines. The study compared the health and drinking habits of over 600,000 people in 19 countries worldwide and controlled for age, smoking, history of diabetes, level of education and occupation. The upper safe limit of drinking ... Read More »

Men willing to punish more than women to get ahead | Science Daily

Chapman University has published research measuring gender differences in cooperation and punishment behavior. Results showed that men punish more than women, men obtain higher rank, and punishment by males decreases payoffs for both sexes. Furthermore, men are willing to punish people who have done nothing wrong, except cooperate to the fullest extent possible.  Results suggest that status-seeking men are willing ... Read More »

Elevation in buildings can affect the decisions we make | Science Daily

People rely on financial managers, doctors and lawyers to be as objective as possible when making decisions about investments, health and legal issues, but findings from a new study suggest that an unexpected factor could be influencing these choices. In a series of experiments, researchers found that people at higher elevations in an office building were more willing to take ... Read More »

Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked | Ars Technica

Apple recently sent a lengthy memo warning employees about leaking. As you might have guessed, that memo got leaked. On Friday, Bloomberg News published what it described as an “internal blog” post in full. The memo warned that Apple “employees, contractors, or suppliers—do get caught, and they’re getting caught faster than ever.” The post also reportedly noted that, “in some cases,” leakers ... Read More »

Warning signs: New US health study reveals ‘dangerous disparities’ among states | Science Daily

The likelihood of early death for men and women age 20 to 55 is highest in West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama. In contrast, same-age residents of Minnesota, California, New York, and several northeastern states have a lower probability of premature mortality. “We are seeing dangerous disparities among states,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and ... Read More »

Madrid police dogs get ‘Mozart effect’ music therapy | BBC News

Madrid’s police dogs are to get air-conditioning and music therapy to improve their well-being. The Spanish capital’s municipal police force has installed a specialised system providing music therapy for its service dogs. It is hoped that the innovation will reduce the levels of stress experienced by the dogs. The technique exposes the animals to classical music several times a day ... Read More »

The emotions we feel may shape what we see | Science Daily

Our emotional state in a given moment may influence what we see, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two experiments, researchers found that participants saw a neutral face as smiling more when it was paired with an unseen positive image. The research shows that humans are active perceivers, say psychological scientist ... Read More »

‘Everything-repellent’ coating could kidproof phones, homes | Science Daily

Called “omniphobic” in materials science parlance, the new coating repels just about every known liquid. It’s the latest in a series of breakthrough coatings from the lab of Anish Tuteja, U-M associate professor of materials science and engineering. The team’s earlier efforts produced durable coatings that repelled ice and water, and a more fragile omniphobic coating. The new omniphobic coating ... Read More »

Three-quarters of COPD cases are linked to childhood risk factors that are exacerbated in adulthood | Science Daily

Three-quarters of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood. These pathways are associated with exposures in childhood, and amplified by factors in adulthood, according to a cohort study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for COPD, the study demonstrates that childhood illnesses ... Read More »

Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts | Science Daily

“We were able to show clever lemurs — some of our earliest primate relatives — increasing their social centrality as the result of their problem-solving,” said Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton’s Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the lead author on the April 5 paper in the journal Current Biology. “Our findings are highly ... Read More »