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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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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014