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Anxiety is a ‘double-edged sword’ for job seeking

New research links the anxiety of job seeking during a pandemic to both positive and negative results. It makes sense that anyone entering the job market for the first time would be feeling added anxiety because of the havoc being wreaked on labor markets by the global pandemic, says study leader Allison Gabriel, professor of management at the University...

Relationship with dad may ease some teen troubles

New research links a close, supportive relationship with parents, especially fathers, at key points during adolescence with fewer adjustment issues. The researchers examined how “parental intimacy” in families with mothers and fathers affected the children’s self-esteem, weight concerns, and depressive symptoms at different points across adolescence....

Generous people cheat the masses in this experiment

An experiment finds that even generous people are willing to steal half the earnings of a large group if their personal gain exceeds 100 euro, report researchers. In the recent years, the general public has steadily lost confidence in financial institutions, economic authorities, and corporate managers in particular. People hold a view that key economic...

Brain ‘switching system’ wards off neurological crashes

A system in the brain used in the processing of information and the storing of memories works similarly to railroad switches controlling a train’s destination, researchers report. The findings offer new insights into how the brain functions and reveal coordination the brain uses to avoid neurological clashes. “Researchers have sought to identify neural...

Home heat pumps could cut pollution and save money

Deploying residential heat pumps more widely across the United States has the potential to help reduce carbon pollution while also saving homeowners money, according to a new study. However, in most parts of the country the electricity grid will have to get cleaner and electric heat pumps will have to get cheaper before these devices become both environmentally...

Watch: How parents can ready kids to head back to school

Many students have been out of their classrooms for a year and a half, and though this fall is shaping up to be more “normal,” there are still plenty of questions about what back to school will look like. Gearing up for this year’s back-to-school season means thinking about a lot more than notebooks and highlighters. “We may be quarantined at different...

Inside look shows how ‘headless’ hydra react to a poke

Researchers are taking advantage of hydras’ transparency to manipulate the remarkably resilient creatures in just about every possible way to learn how they sense touch. The new comprehensive analysis of hydra is a small step toward understanding neural networks in all living creatures. Hydra vulgaris, freshwater cnidarians that look like miniature...

Your home decor can reveal personality traits as you age

Photos of a person’s living space can accurately point at personality traits and the mood of the people who live there, especially as a person gets older, according to a new study. For the study, researchers studied 286 people over the age of 65. They took photographs of the rooms where the subjects spent the most time (typically the living room) and...

Hidden ‘lakes’ on Mars are more likely clay than water

New research may put to rest a theory that water lies under the south polar cap of Mars. A form of clay called smectites may account for the bright radar reflections under the south polar cap of Mars, the researchers report. The science community has long been skeptical of the water theory, specifically that a lake or any other body of water, existed...

Lack of upward mobility can shorten Black men’s lives

Upward mobility, the capacity to improve one’s socioeconomic status, is key to realizing the American dream of a long, prosperous, and happy life, researchers say. In a new study, they found a strong relationship between the lack of upward mobility early in life and increased mortality rates in young adults, particularly among Black males. The study...

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