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Why We Walk on Our Heels Instead of Our Toes

A new study explores why humans walk with a heel-to-toe stride, while many other animals -- such as dogs and cats -- get around on the balls of their feet.

Studies Probe Value and Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

A series of scientific reports from the Personal Genomics study reveal insights into patient perceptions and experiences with direct-to-consumer genetic testing

Brain Structure Best Explains Our Dwindling Tolerance of Risk

Our brain’s changing structure, not simply getting older and wiser, most affects our attitudes to risk, according to new research.

Image of ‘Typical’ Welfare Recipient Linked With Racial Stereotypes

When thinking about a welfare recipient, people tend to imagine someone who is African American and who is lazier and less competent than someone who doesn’t receive welfare benefits, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Study Explores Companies' Strategies in Expanding Globally

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines why and how multinational enterprises decide to internationalize.

Identity Loan' Common in Undocumented Workers

University of Colorado Denver researcher finds employers often furnish with workers with borrowed work documents

Having a Meltdown at Work? Blame It on Your Passion

Sunita Sah, assistant professor of management and organizations at Cornell University, and her colleagues have a novel strategy to save your professional reputation: Reframe your distress as passion for the project.

New Diamond Harder Than Ring Bling

International project to make a diamond that's predicted to be harder than a jeweller's diamond and useful for cutting through ultra-solid materials on mining sites.

Bacterial ‘Sabotage’ Handicaps Ability to Resolve Devastating Lung Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis

The chronic lung inflammation that is a hallmark of cystic fibrosis, has, for the first time, been linked to a new class of bacterial enzymes that hijack the patient’s immune response and prevent the body from calling off runaway inflammation, according to a laboratory investigation led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

(Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2016 at 15:00 ET)

Bullying Makes Men Leave the Labor Market

Long-term consequences of workplace bullying on sickness absence

A New Light on Stellar Death

An international group of astronomers illuminates the role rapidly spinning black holes play in tidal disruption events

New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World

Number of avian species soars to 18,000

Celebrity Chefs Have Poor Food Safety Practices

Celebrity chefs are cooking up poor food safety habits, according to a Kansas State University study. Kansas State University food safety experts Edgar Chambers IV and Curtis Maughan, along with Tennessee State University's Sandria Godwin, recently published "Food safety behaviors observed in celebrity chefs across a variety of programs" in the Journal of Public Health.

Against the Tide: A Fish Adapting Quickly to Lethal Levels of Pollution

What's their secret and can humans learn from them?

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-Mass

A new statistical study of planets found by a technique called gravitational microlensing suggests that Neptune-mass worlds are likely the most common type of planet to form in the icy outer realms of planetary systems.

People's Energy in the Workplace Is Key to Staff Retention

A research study has found that people's energy towards colleagues has a major influence on how likely they are to leave their job voluntarily. The in-depth study was undertaken with IT workers over a four-year period by academics at the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) and the Surrey Business School at University of Surrey.

Astronomers Discover Dark Past of Planet-Eating ‘Death Star’

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Chicago, has made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth’s sun. Especially intriguing is the star’s unusual composition, which indicates it ingested some of its planets.

Water Discovered in The "Shadowy" Area of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Cameras on the Dawn Space Probe have performed a very special feat: they have succeeded in taking photos of water ice deposits in places ruled by almost eternal darkness on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Stem Cell ‘Living Bandage’ for Knee Injuries Trialled in Humans

A ‘living bandage’ made from stem cells, which could revolutionise the treatment and prognosis of a common sporting knee injury, has been trialled in humans for the first time by scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol.

Bad People Are Disgusting, Bad Actions Are Angering

A person’s character, more so than their actions, determines whether we find immoral acts to be ‘disgusting,’ according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

When Horses Are in Trouble They Ask Humans for Help

Research Fellow Monamie RINGHOFER and Associate Professor Shinya YAMAMOTO (Kobe University Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) have proved that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to get human attention and ask for help. The study also suggests that horses alter their communicative behavior based on humans' knowledge of the situation. These findings were published in the online version of Animal Cognition on November 24.

Ceres: Water Ice in Eternal Polar Night

The cameras of the Dawn space probe discover water ice in Ceres’ polar region. It can survive for aeons in the extreme cold traps, even though there is no atmosphere.

Infants Show Apparent Awareness of Ethnic Differences

Findings help advance understanding of social cognition and social development

Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.

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Bad Bosses Come in Two Forms: Dark or Dysfunctional

Bad bosses generally come in two forms. There are the dysfunctional ones, like Michael Scott from the TV series The Office; then there are the dark ones, like Gordon Gekko from the film Wall Street. Researchers including Seth M. Spain from Binghamton University, State University of New York are building a framework to better understand the behaviors of bad bosses and to reduce workplace stress.

STEM Enrichment Activities Have No Impact on Results

Enrichment activities to encourage pupils to study science and technology subjects have made no difference to their performance in mathematics exams, new research shows.

A Cure for Social Anxiety Disorders

A team of doctors and psychologists examined the effects of structured talk therapy and medication on patients with social anxiety disorders. In doing so they set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorder.

Re-Wired: great stories you might have missed

This week's highlights of the week include: Why we walk on our heels instead of our toes; Is consumer genetic testing worth it; New diamond that's harder than a...well, diamond; A planet eating sun; Bullying makes men leave the job market, and water found on dwarf planet Ceres.