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Not Having Much Luck with Relationships? Be Humble, Study Finds

Researchers found that prospective dating partners who were more humble were viewed as more attractive candidates for a romantic relationship than those less humble. In long-distance relationships, partners who are viewed as humble tended to recover more quickly after offenses than their less humble counterparts, according to research released in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

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Novel Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction and Relapse Behaviors

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A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, a University at Buffalo animal study has found.

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Cornell and Notre Dame to Lead $4.5 Million Study of Hope and Optimism

A grant from the John Templeton Foundation will fund a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations,” to be co-directed by Cornell philosophy professor Andrew Chignell and Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands.

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Mapping the Road to Quantum Gravity

The road uniting quantum field theory and general relativity – the two great theories of modern physics – has been impassable for 80 years. Could a tool from condensed matter physics finally help map the way?

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Two Commonly Used Medications Equally Effective in Treating Seizures in Children

The sedative drugs diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are equally effective in treating the prolonged seizures known as status epilepticus in children, according to a randomized, controlled study by a multi-institution team of researchers with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, including an expert from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Atomic Switcheroo Explains Origins of Thin-Film Solar Cell Mystery

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Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why.

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Pollutants from Coal-Burning Stoves Strongly Associated with Miscarriages in Mongolia

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Burning coal for domestic heating may contribute to early fetal death according to a new study by experts from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – the coldest capital city in the world.

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American Psychological Association Marks Mental Health Awareness Month with Focus on Children, Substance Abuse

The American Psychological Association will engage a variety of audiences to raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month in May with activities that include:

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Study Shows Aspirin Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risks for Those with Specific Gene

The humble aspirin may have just added another beneficial effect beyond its ability to ameliorate headaches and reduce the risk of heart attacks: lowering colon cancer risk among people with high levels of a specific type of gene.

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ASTRO Issues Guideline on the Role of Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new guideline, “The Role of Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer: An ASTRO Evidence-Based Guideline,” that details the use of adjuvant radiation therapy in the treatment of endometrial cancer.

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