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Violent Behavior Is In Your Genes (But It’s No Minority Report)

Oct 31, 14 Violent Behavior Is In Your Genes (But It’s No Minority Report)

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As the 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report showed, there’s a very fine line between predicting an inevitable event and predicting someone’s will to act. Although police in the film used oracles known as “precogs” to predict crime, our real-world technology isn’t that far behind. And now, a new study finds that there are two genetic variants that may even predict criminal behavior.

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Why Some People Can Sing And Others Can’t

Oct 31, 14 Why Some People Can Sing And Others Can’t

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Besides gorgeous blonde locks and a bootylicious backside, what is it exactly that sets Beyoncé apart from the rest of us mere mortals? Is it natural talent, a lifetime of dedication, or top-notch vocal training? Well, to be fair, it’s most likely a combination of all three. The ability to sing well is based on a number of physical, mental, and environmental factors.

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The Secret To Being A Charismatic Public Speaker

Oct 30, 14 The Secret To Being A Charismatic Public Speaker

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Is your favorite politician really as charismatic and likeable as you think, or is it all just an auditory illusion? That’s the basis of a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles, which suggests that what a politician has to say isn’t nearly as important as the pitch in which he or she says it.

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It’s The End of The World (As We Know It)

Oct 30, 14 It’s The End of The World (As We Know It)

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In 2012, people around the world were convinced our time on Earth was coming to an end because of the Mayan calendar. In 1987, my friend Christa from high school thought the world would end because of some prophecy she read in the Qur'an. So far, all the doomsday prophets have been wrong and I've been laughing. Yesterday, I decided to join them. Why, you might ask?

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Personal Health Isn’t The Only Thing Oysters Are Good For

Oct 30, 14 Personal Health Isn’t The Only Thing Oysters Are Good For

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They say oysters are an aphrodisiac — they being scientists in 2005. But the sexual health benefits notwithstanding, oysters have a lot of other great qualities to offer. And, if you happen to care about the environment, they also happen to act as a natural filtration system.

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Celebrating Our Cats On National Cat Day

Oct 29, 14 Celebrating Our Cats On National Cat Day

Posted by in Health, Science, Seasonal

Today is a great day – it is National Cat Day. That’s right; an entire day dedicated to celebrating cats is upon us. Though many ways exist to celebrate cats on this fine National Cat Day, why don’t we take a look at the benefits of having cats in our lives?

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What Happens After Death?

Oh, October... the one time of year when everyone gets together, eats candy, and does not feel really awkward talking about things like death and decomposition. After all, it’s all in the spirit of Halloween. So, what happens to us after we die?

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How Civic Science Is Changing Environmentalism

Oct 29, 14 How Civic Science Is Changing Environmentalism

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Environmental regulation in America is so dysfunctional that one US environmental agency official recently said, “We basically need citizens to sue in order for us to do our jobs.” But if you want to sue, how do you show that the power plant down the street is giving your kid asthma, or that the local chemical plant is illegally dumping toxic materials into the river that cuts through your town?

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“Spider Killer” Scientist Defends Himself Against Online Wrath

Oct 28, 14 “Spider Killer” Scientist Defends Himself Against Online Wrath

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Piotr Naskrecki found unexpected, and unwanted, fame when he wrote a blog about encountering the colossal South American Goliath birdeater spider in the rainforest of Guyana -- and killing it. He did not kill it out of fear, trapping it under the world’s largest glass, or for some sort of sport. Photographs and measurements simply will not do.

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Liberal Or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts To Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

Oct 28, 14 Liberal Or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts To Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

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Conservatives and liberals really are wired differently. Scientists can accurately predict whether a subject is left-wing tree-hugger or a right-wing gun-toter based on how their brains respond to certain images, a new study in Current Biology has found.

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