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Text Messages No Substitute for Mother’s Voice

A study finds girls’ stress levels decrease after speaking with mom, but not after text messaging.

Long-Term Love Not Just a Fairy Tale

A new study finds nearly three-quarters of Americans remain “very in love” after a decade of marriage.

Portraits Can Get Your Pulse Pounding

New research recording physiological reactions of museum-goers suggests we respond to art with our bodies as well as our brains.

Everyone’s a Critic: Babies Prefer Picasso

A study of 9-month-old babies found they prefer the brighter paintings of Picasso to the subtle shadings of Monet.

Accidental Deaths Linked to Macho Code of Honor

Accidental death rates are higher in states where challenges to one’s masculinity are taken seriously.

Extraverts More Likely to Believe in Free Will

Philosophers’ views on freedom and moral responsibility are influenced by inherited personality traits. If they can’t be objective, can anyone?

On Immigration Polls, a Lot of People Lie

UC Berkeley sociologist Alexander Janus says social desirability pressures cause some liberals to lie about their true opinion on immigration — even when asked in an anonymous poll.

Sarcasm Boosts Creativity? Yeah, Right.

New research from Israel suggests exposure to sarcasm may enhance creative thinking.

Sensory Deprivation Boosts Musicians’ Skill Level

Canadian researchers report floating in an isolation tank increased the technical skill level of young jazz players.

Religious Affiliation and Brain Shrinkage

New research finds membership in a minority religion seems to hasten a loss of volume of the hippocampal region of the brain.

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

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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.

The Big One

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