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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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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

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