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Arts and Humanities


Easter Island Had a Cooperative Community, Analysis of Giant Hats Reveals

Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers, including a p...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Advances in Archaeological Practice, Oct-2017

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study Finds Online Interest in Sex Rises at Christmas, with More Births Nine Months Later

A global-scale analysis of human birth rate cycles co-led by Indiana University reveals that online interest in sex rises at Christmas and certain other holidays, with more babies born nine months later.

– Indiana University

Scientific Reports; National Institutes of Health; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET


Aggression in Childhood: Rooted in Genetics, Influenced by the Environment

According to a new psychosocial study, reactive and proactive types of aggressive behaviour in 6-year-old children share most of the same genetic factors. However, their evolution over time seems to be influenced by various environmental factors, sug...

– Universite de Montreal

PLOS ONE, Dec 2017.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Fonds de recherche du Québec

Couples 'Money Talk' Curriculum Reduces Stress, Increases Happiness, Researcher Says

A five-week curriculum to get couples talking about money is increasing couples' happiness and reducing stress, according to a Kansas State University financial planning researcher. Sonya Lutter, associate professor of family studies and human servic...

– Kansas State University

Eggs Improve Biomarkers Related to Infant Brain Development

Feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains. A study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds infants who were in introduced to eggs beginning at 6 months showed significantly higher blood ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Pediatrics

Quit Smoking in the New Year with Help From Rutgers

Are you trying to quit smoking in the New Year? According to The Tobacco Dependence Program at Rutgers University, most people who smoke regret having started and want to stop. However, quitting can be hard to do. Rutgers outlines the top ten things ...

– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Considering a New Year’s Resolution for 2018? Baylor University Experts Can Help

As 2018 approaches, many Americans are considering ways to improve themselves via New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s personal, like losing weight or clearing clutter, or it’s professional, such as being a better manager or breaking away from ...

Expert Available

– Baylor University

How to Deal with Family Who Just Can’t Handle the Truth

For many people, the holidays mean spending time with family and friends who have fully embraced “fake news” – and are happy to share it with you. A researcher at The Ohio State University has some science-based methods for dealing with people...

Expert Available

– Ohio State University


We Overstate Our Negative Feelings in Surveys, New Research Shows

We tend to overstate our negative feelings and symptoms in surveys, shows a new study by a team of psychology researchers. This bias wears off over time, but the results point to the possibility that measurements of health and well-being, which are v...

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 18-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET



Q&A: Sam Webb Teaches X-Ray Science from a Remote Classroom

When Sam Webb teaches, he shows that science is a part of everyday life. For him, it’s important that students learn science does not need to be intimidating. Webb is a staff scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


The Future of Today’s Electric Power Systems

Energy and sustainability are among the grand challenges facing humanity. Faculty research in electric power engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has led to groundbreaking discoveries and innovative contributions in all aspects of generati...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Pop Culture


UK’s Favourite Christmas Spirit Revealed with Online Searches

BRANDY is the UK’s favourite Christmas spirit, according to research into our festive online searches from the University of Warwick

– University of Warwick

Nathan Cunningham from Warwick’s Department of Statistics


After 75 years, UGA returns to the Rose Bowl

The connections between UGA’s 1942 football team and 2017 football team are deep.

– University of Georgia

includes video

Law and Public Policy


Americans Divided on Whether Businesses Have Right to Deny Service to Same-Sex Couples

Americans are evenly divided on whether a business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples, according to a study by Indiana University Bloomington sociologists. It is the first national survey to use an experimental approach to examine vie...

– Indiana University

Science Advances 20-Dec-2017


UNH Research Finds Increase in Number of Babies Born Drug Exposed in N.H.

From 2005 to 2015 the number of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the Granite State increased fivefold, from 52 to 269, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

– University of New Hampshire

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

APA Calls for Consideration of Best Scientific Evidence by CDC, HHS

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of news reports about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Health and Human Services employees being “banned” from using certain words, the American Psychological Association welcomed statements today by ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

LifeWire Announcements

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumnus Honored for Pioneering Contributions to Wireless Communications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumnus Nambi Seshadri ’86 has been selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the highest honor conferred by IEEE in the field of communications and networking, for his “contributions to the t...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rangarajan Sundaram Named Dean of NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business

NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming today announced the appointment of Rangarajan “Raghu” Sundaram as Dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

– New York University

Texas Tech Selects New Vice Provost for International Affairs

Texas Tech University has named Sukant Misra as the new Vice Provost for the Office of International Affairs (OIA). He replaces Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who has served in the position since 2003 and will retire Dec. 31. Misra, currently the Associate V...

– Texas Tech University

Translational Research Fellowship Established; Prostate Cancer Pioneer Lauded

The new COL (Ret.) David G. McLeod Prostate Cancer Translational Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Prachi Mishra, Dec. 7 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in a ceremony in front of Department of Defense and indus...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Wolters Kluwer and the Education Section of the APTA Now Offer the Journal of Physical Therapy Education Online

Wolters Kluwer Heath, in partnership with the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), will begin publishing the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE) with online publication of the December 2017 issue. JOPTE is...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Penn State CNEU and Its NPDP Offering Free Live Stream Nanotechnology Workshops for Educators

To help fill the need for six million workers trained in nanotechnology and nanofabrication, Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization and its Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership are offering free live stream na...

– Penn State College of Engineering

UA Study to Take ‘Deep Dive’ into Risk Factors for Veterans, Suicides

University of Alabama researchers, America’s Warrior Partnership and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have partnered on a four-year, $2.9 million study to explore risk factors that contribute to suicides, early mortality and self-harm among mili...

– University of Alabama

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Civil Engineering Professor Named NAI Fellow

Kishor Mehta, Horn Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University, has been selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NA...

– Texas Tech University

Supporting the Development of Offshore Wind Power Plants

Offshore wind is becoming a reality in the United States, especially in the northeast states. To support this development, the Center for Future Energy System (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a webinar titled “Turbine and Tra...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)





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