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The Secret of Comedy Really Is Timing

New research suggests we do find humor in tragedy, but only during a specific, limited window of time.

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The Migraines and the Music: Was Wagner Inspired by Headache Pain?

Three German researchers present evidence that Wagner interwove his headache pain into his operas.

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Long-Distance Relationships Really Can Work

While there are certain tradeoffs, researchers report long-distance romantic relationships can be highly satisfying.

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The Biggest Losers Aren’t Necessarily More Healthy

An analysis of 21 diets finds scant evidence that losing weight promotes better health.

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Irony in Our Diets: Stigmatizing Obesity Increases Overeating

New research suggests anti-obesity campaigns that stigmatize heaviness may be counterproductive.

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Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

German researchers report learning to play a musical instrument is associated with higher grades and superior cognitive skills.

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Women Are OK With Sex in Ads—If the Product Is Valuable

New research suggests women aren’t automatically opposed to sexual imagery in advertisements, but they do object when it is used to sell cheap products.

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Is the Great Recession Creating a Generation of Democrats?

Research suggests it’s entirely possible.

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Replenishing Self-Control Through Prayer

German researchers report a few minutes of communion with a higher power can boost self-control.

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When Do Great Artists Hit Peak Creativity?

New research suggests it occurs just a bit before they hit the two-thirds mark of their lives.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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