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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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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

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

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

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