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New digital fiber can store files in our clothes and sense our physical activityResearchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed the worlds first fiber with digital capabilities that can be incorporated into fabric. Capable of storing music, videos or other files in clothing, the thread can also collect physiological data from the wearer in order to analyze and predict their activity, potentially revolutionizing the personal health technology industry.
Maternal anxiety may alter how babies process emotionNew research finds that babies of mothers experiencing postnatal anxiety have more difficulty processing both happy faces and fearful faces, highlighting the importance of mother-infant interactions in the development of emotional processing.
These birds are susceptible to speed-based magic tricks — but not several others that regularly fool humansEurasian jays can be fooled by some common magic tricks but are less likely than humans to be deceived by other tricks, suggest the results from a series of experiments designed to explore how blind spots in attention and perception differ between humans and other animals.
Focusing on villages is a must for India to efficiently tackle child undernutritionPrecision mapping of child undernutrition for nearly 600,000 villages in India shows that policy decisions to treat child anthropometric failure, such as growth stunting, wasting and child underweight, should focus on villages, the smallest local governance unit in India, rather than districts.
Patriotic rhetoric makes people comfortable with military missions — but that’s not how soldiers are recruitedPeople who believe that soldiers join the military for intrinsic reasons — out of a sense of patriotism or duty — were more likely to approve of military missions and the use of military force, according to a new study that indicates how much rhetoric around soldiering matters to peoples fundamental attitudes toward the military.
Ring the alarm bell: Heat from climate change has already killed hundreds of thousandsMore than one-third of summer deaths caused by heat can be attributed to human-caused climate change, according to a new study of 43 countries over nearly three decades. Its authors said their findings highlight the urgent need for climate action that limits harm to the health of the public.
Benefits of financial crimes outweigh potential legal costs, and fines wont stop bad behaviorThe economic benefits of illicit financial activity vastly outweigh the costs of litigation, according to new research, and trying to combat crime through punishments based on extrinsic utility such as fines is less effective than ethics-centered methods that focus on a combination of intrinsic and altruistic motivations.
Amid the pandemic, remote work boosted small business performanceU.S. states with higher rates of telecommuting saw better overall small business performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, with remote work environments offering great potential to upend and reinvigorate the economy in the future, according to new research.
Good-natured gossip may indirectly improve team performanceGossip is generally thought to be a bad thing, especially in the workplace, but a new study has found that positive gossip among teams can actually have some benefits, showing that the effects of gossip might be more nuanced than originally thought.
What if we could store and control light?Scientists are developing a way to easily manipulate and store light such that photons can be used on demand, a technique that may one day become integral in quantum-information transfer, fiber-optics and theories that remain untested due to light-based restrictions.
Cannabis abuse keeps many women up at night while men sleep more soundlyNew research shows that the effects of chronic cannabis abuse on the cerebellum and peoples sleep patterns vary by sex, with female users reporting lower quality of sleep than men — particularly if they started using cannabis during adolescence.
SARS-CoV-2 may make people more vulnerable to developing diabetesThe virus responsible for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic induces cell death in the pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin but does not target the rest of the pancreas, according to a new study on the connection between COVID-19 and diabetes.
People think bisexual men are actually gay. That bisexual erasure may do damage.Bisexual men are perceived to be more attracted to men than to women, an opinion that remained consistent whether the person judging sexuality was heterosexual, lesbian or gay, according to a new study that highlights the social bias bisexual people face.
Air pollution levels below US limits still cause deaths among the elderlyNearly 66,000 early deaths would be prevented each year if U.S. air pollutant concentrations of three major contributors — fine particulate matter, ozone and nitrogen dioxide — were reduced from the 70th to the 60th percentile, according to a recent study led by a Harvard University researcher.