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Complex societies gave birth to big gods, not the other way around

March 20, 2019

Big data analyses by an international research team suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social complexity. Read More

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Psychology may help explain why male and female serial killers differ

March 20, 2019

Male and female serial killers tend to choose their victims and commit their crimes in different ways, which may be due to thousands of years of psychological evolution, according to researchers. Read More

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Special effects: How a movie could reduce corruption

March 13, 2019

They don’t give an Academy Award for this, but a Nigerian feature film, “Water of Gold,” made viewers significantly more likely to report corruption, according to a new article. Read More

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When coyote parents get used to humans, their offspring become bolder, too

March 11, 2019

When coyote parents are habituated to humans, their offspring are more habituated, too — potentially leading to negative interactions between coyotes and humans. Read More

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Are eyes the window to our mistakes?

March 11, 2019

When humans make certain types of mistakes, the size of their pupils change. This may offer clues as to what’s going on in the brain when people make suboptimal decisions, researchers have found. Read More

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Diagnosing ‘art acne’ in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings

February 16, 2019

A multidisciplinary team has diagnosed the strange paint disease causing Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings to deteriorate. The micron-sized protrusions are metal soaps, resulting from a chemical reaction between the metal ions and fatty acids commonly used as binder in paints. Read More

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Human enhancement: Is it good for society?

February 11, 2019

Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they’re also raising important questions about what it means to be human. These technologies are currently geared towards upgrading or restoring physical and psychological abilities for medical purposes. An application is surfacing, however, that is designed with another goal in mind: embellishing performance. An international […]

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Psychology: Robot saved, people take the hit

February 8, 2019

To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives — out of concern for robots. Read More

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The good and evil of ghosts, governments, and machines

February 6, 2019

Good and evil may spring from the human mind, but new research reveals how they extend beyond humans to the artificial and supernatural. Read More

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Stock market shows greater reaction to forecasts by analysts with favorable surnames

February 6, 2019

Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favorable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research has found. Read More

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