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29-Jan-2024 2:10 PM EST
Homo sapiens already reached northwest Europe more than 45,000 years ago
Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

An international research team reports the discovery of Homo sapiens fossils from the cave site Ilsenhöhle in Ranis, Germany. Directly dated to approximately 45,000 years ago, these fossils are associated with elongated stone points partly shaped on both sides (known as partial bifacial blade points), which are characteristic of the Lincombian-Ranisian-Jerzmanowician (LRJ).

Released: 29-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
From Baby Boomers to Gen Alpha – Is it time to stop talking about generations?
Saarland University

'Millennials don't really want to work. They're far too focused on avocado toast and chai lattes!' Just one of the many clichés expressed by workers over the age of fifty.

   
Released: 23-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
Couples: Caring for oneself can lead to happier relationships – on both sides
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Being more forgiving of your own shortcomings in a romantic relationship can lead to happier couples.

   
Newswise:Video Embedded knowing-what-dogs-like-to-watch-could-help-veterinarians-assess-their-vision
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Released: 18-Jan-2024 3:05 PM EST
Knowing what dogs like to watch could help veterinarians assess their vision
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ever wonder what kind of TV shows your dog might choose if they could work the remote control? New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine provides some answers, but the study was more interested in solving a longstanding problem in veterinary medicine than turning canine companions into couch potatoes.

16-Jan-2024 11:05 AM EST
Third Major Study Finds Evidence that Daily Multivitamin Supplements Improve Memory and Slow Cognitive Aging in Older Adults
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

In a meta-analysis of 5,000 participants, including more than 500 who underwent in-person assessments over two years, multivitamins showed benefits for memory and global cognition.

Newswise:Video Embedded nose-breathing-lowers-blood-pressure-may-help-reduce-risk-factors-for-heart-disease
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Released: 17-Jan-2024 10:00 AM EST
Nose Breathing Lowers Blood Pressure, May Help Reduce Risk Factors for Heart Disease
American Physiological Society (APS)

According to new research published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, breathing through the nose leads to several benefits, including lower blood pressure and other factors that could predict heart disease risk. The study was chosen as an APSselect article for January.

Newswise: Out with the old and in with a hopeful new year for patient who played guitar during ‘awake’ brain tumor surgery
Released: 8-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
Out with the old and in with a hopeful new year for patient who played guitar during ‘awake’ brain tumor surgery
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Christian Nolen usually plays guitar on stage, but the professional guitarist recently underwent an open craniotomy and played notes from Deftones songs while a neurosurgical team worked to remove a tumor (glioma) from his brain. B-roll is available.

   
Newswise: Cult Mentality: SLU Professor Makes Monumental Discovery in Italy
3-Jan-2024 2:00 PM EST
Cult Mentality: SLU Professor Makes Monumental Discovery in Italy
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Douglas Boin, Ph.D., a professor of history at Saint Louis University, made a major announcement at the annual meeting of the Archeological Institute of America, revealing he and his team discovered an ancient Roman temple that adds significant insights into the social change from pagan gods to Christianity within the Roman Empire.

Newswise: Study: From NYC to D.C. and beyond, cities on the East Coast are sinking
Released: 2-Jan-2024 2:05 PM EST
Study: From NYC to D.C. and beyond, cities on the East Coast are sinking
Virginia Tech

Major cities on the U.S. Atlantic coast are sinking, in some cases as much as 5 millimeters per year – a decline at the ocean’s edge that well outpaces global sea level rise, confirms new research from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Geological Survey. Particularly hard hit population centers such as New York City and Long Island, Baltimore, and Virginia Beach and Norfolk are seeing areas of rapid “subsidence,” or sinking land, alongside more slowly sinking or relatively stable ground, increasing the risk to roadways, runways, building foundations, rail lines, and pipelines, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Newswise: Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Its 17 Favorite Animal Photos of 2023
Released: 29-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Its 17 Favorite Animal Photos of 2023
Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its 17 favorite animal images of 2023 from its field work across the world and its zoos and aquarium in New York City

15-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
Sniffing women’s tears reduces aggressive behavior in men
PLOS

New research, publishing December 21st in the open access journal in PLOS Biology, shows that tears from women contain chemicals that block aggression in men.

     
Newswise: What do Gifted dogs have in common?
Released: 14-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
What do Gifted dogs have in common?
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

All dog owners think that their pup is special. Science now has documented that some rare dogs are…even more special! They have a talent for learning hundreds of names of dog toys.

Released: 14-Dec-2023 8:00 AM EST
Menstrual cycles affect day-to-day suicide risk, UIC researchers find
University of Illinois Chicago

Patients with a history of suicidality experience increased risk in the days surrounding menstruation

   
Newswise: What Happens in the Brain While Daydreaming?
11-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
What Happens in the Brain While Daydreaming?
Harvard Medical School

Observations in mice hint at role of daydreams in remodeling the brain

Released: 21-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EST
Babies as young as four months show signs of self-awareness - study
University of Birmingham

Babies as young as four months old can sense the space around them and understand how their bodies interact with it. This ability is known as peripersonal space.

Released: 15-Nov-2023 1:05 PM EST
New study finds association between insecticide exposure and lower sperm concentration in adult men
George Mason University

Comprehensive systematic review of 25 studies over nearly 50 years reveals consistent evidence of associations between insecticide exposure and lower sperm concentration

Released: 14-Nov-2023 8:00 AM EST
States With Legalized Medical Marijuana See Decline in Nonmedical Opioid Use
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Researchers found that when states implement medical cannabis laws, there is a 0.5 to 1.5 percentage point decrease in regular to frequent (up to or greater than once per week on average) nonmedical prescription opioid use among people who reported using opioids in the previous year.

Newswise: Computer scientists program robotic seeing-eye dog to guide the visually impaired
Released: 30-Oct-2023 9:30 AM EDT
Computer scientists program robotic seeing-eye dog to guide the visually impaired
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have programmed a robot guide dog to assist the visually impaired. The robot responds to tugs on its leash.

Newswise: Caution: Content Warnings Do Not Reduce Stress, Study Shows
Released: 12-Oct-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Caution: Content Warnings Do Not Reduce Stress, Study Shows
Association for Psychological Science

Trigger warnings are designed to help people avoid or emotionally prepare for encountering disturbing content. But those warnings heighten distress rather than alleviate it, a new research analysis shows.

Newswise:Video Embedded study-struggling-students-who-repeat-third-grade-see-improved-achievement
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11-Oct-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Study: Struggling Students Who Repeat Third Grade See Improved Achievement
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Third-grade retention can increase the reading and math scores of struggling students, with positive effects lasting into middle school, according to new research released today.

Newswise: Researchers Develop a Novel Method to Study Nuclear Reactions on Short-Lived Isotopes Involved in Explosions of Stars
Released: 11-Oct-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Researchers Develop a Novel Method to Study Nuclear Reactions on Short-Lived Isotopes Involved in Explosions of Stars
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The nuclear reactions that power stellar explosions involve short-lived nuclei that are hard to study in the laboratory. Researchers used a combination of methods to measure a reaction where a neutron from a deuterium target is exchanged with a proton from a radioactive projectile, a reaction equivalent to a process in exploding stars.

Newswise:Video Embedded study-clearly-identifies-nutrients-as-a-driver-of-the-great-atlantic-sargassum-belt
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Released: 11-Oct-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Study Clearly Identifies Nutrients as a Driver of the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Under normal conditions, the floating macroalgae Sargassum spp. provide habitat for hundreds of types of organisms. However, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB) that emerged in 2011 has since then caused unprecedented inundations of this brown seaweed on Caribbean coastlines, with harmful effects on ecosystems while posing challenges to regional economies and tourism, and concerns for respiratory and other human health issues.

Released: 11-Oct-2023 9:05 AM EDT
Using Different Flours for Sourdough Fosters Different Bacteria – and Flavors
North Carolina State University

A new study of the microbial ecosystem in sourdough finds that using different types of flour fosters distinct bacterial communities, and that these differences contribute to the variation of sourdough aromas and flavors.

Newswise: Killer whales’ diet more important than location for pollutant exposure, study says
6-Oct-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Killer whales’ diet more important than location for pollutant exposure, study says
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Killer whales are some of the oceans’ top predators, but even they can be exposed to environmental pollution. In the largest study to date on North Atlantic killer whales, researchers in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology report the levels of pollutants in 162 individuals’ blubber.

Newswise: Evidence from the remains of 1918 flu pandemic victims contradicts long-held belief that healthy young adults were particularly vulnerable
5-Oct-2023 12:20 PM EDT
Evidence from the remains of 1918 flu pandemic victims contradicts long-held belief that healthy young adults were particularly vulnerable
McMaster University

New analysis of the remains of victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, contradicts the widespread belief the flu disproportionately impacted healthy young adults.

   
Newswise:Video Embedded new-study-finds-that-the-gulf-stream-is-warming-and-shifting-closer-to-shore
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9-Oct-2023 10:30 AM EDT
New Study Finds That the Gulf Stream is Warming and Shifting Closer to Shore
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Gulf Stream is intrinsic to the global climate system, bringing warm waters from the Caribbean up the East Coast of the United States. As it flows along the coast and then across the Atlantic Ocean, this powerful ocean current influences weather patterns and storms, and it carries heat from the tropics to higher latitudes as part of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. A new study published today in Nature Climate Change now documents that over the past 20 years, the Gulf Stream has warmed faster than the global ocean as a whole and has shifted towards the coast. The study, led by Robert Todd, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), relies on over 25,000 temperature and salinity profiles collected between 2001 and 2023.

Released: 5-Oct-2023 2:55 PM EDT
Don’t Feel Appreciated by Your Partner? Relationship Interventions Can Help
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

When we’re married or in a long-term romantic relationship, we may eventually come to take each other for granted and forget to show appreciation. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign finds that it doesn’t have to stay this way. The study examined why perceived gratitude from a spouse or romantic partner changes over time, and whether it can be improved through relationship intervention programs.

Newswise: More Than 150 Men Show Up for Their Health
Released: 5-Oct-2023 2:15 PM EDT
More Than 150 Men Show Up for Their Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Men’s Health Day offers screenings for those at high risk for prostate cancer & other diseases.

Released: 5-Oct-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Psychedelics improve mental health, cognition in special ops veterans
Ohio State University

One treatment each of two psychedelic drugs lowered depression and anxiety and improved cognitive functioning in a sample of U.S. special operations forces veterans who sought care at a clinic in Mexico, according to a new analysis of the participants’ charts.

4-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Awe-inspiring science can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, new research finds
University of Warwick

Research led by psychologists at the University of Warwick has revealed a profound connection between the spirituality of science and positive wellbeing, much like the benefits traditionally associated with religion.

   
Released: 19-Sep-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Yogurt may be the next go-to garlic breath remedy
Ohio State University

A new study conducted in a lab – with follow-up human breath tests being planned – showed that whole milk plain yogurt prevented almost all of the volatile compounds responsible for garlic’s pungent scent from escaping into the air.

Released: 15-Sep-2023 6:05 AM EDT
All work and no play will really make a dull life - new research reveals
University of Essex

The study across three countries led by the Department of Psychology’s Dr Paul Hanel discovered people who prioritised achievement over enjoyment were less happy on the next day.

Released: 14-Sep-2023 1:05 PM EDT
High rate of mental health problems & political extremism found in those who bought firearms during COVID pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

People who bought firearms during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have much higher rates of recent suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, and intimate partner violence, a new study suggests, compared with other firearm owners and people who do not own firearms.

Newswise: Webb Discovers Methane, Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere of K2-18 b
Released: 11-Sep-2023 10:15 AM EDT
Webb Discovers Methane, Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere of K2-18 b
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Carbon-bearing molecules have been discovered in the atmosphere of the habitable zone exoplanet K2-18 b by an international team of astronomers using data from the NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. These results are consistent with an exoplanet that may contain ocean-covered surface underneath a hydrogen-rich atmosphere. This discovery provides a fascinating glimpse into a planet unlike anything else in our Solar System, and raises interesting prospects about potentially habitable worlds elsewhere in the Universe.

Newswise: Medical cannabis use in Australian patients with chronic health issues linked to significant improvements in overall health-related quality of life and fatigue levels
31-Aug-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Medical cannabis use in Australian patients with chronic health issues linked to significant improvements in overall health-related quality of life and fatigue levels
PLOS

Cannabis therapy also linked to improvements in anxiety, depression, and pain levels—though no changes in sleep disturbance levels reported.

Newswise: New giant planet evidence of possible planetary collisions
Released: 31-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT
New giant planet evidence of possible planetary collisions
University of Bristol

A Neptune-sized planet denser than steel has been discovered by an international team of astronomers, who believe its composition could be the result of a giant planetary clash.

Released: 29-Aug-2023 10:30 AM EDT
Potential Employers View Job Candidates Differently If They Post Online About Mental Health
North Carolina State University

It is increasingly common for people to discuss mental health challenges on social media platforms, but a new study finds these disclosures can affect the way potential employers view job applicants.

Newswise: Mount Sinai Researchers Uncover Early Signs in Gut Bacteria That Could Predict Peanut Allergy Development
Released: 28-Aug-2023 3:50 PM EDT
Mount Sinai Researchers Uncover Early Signs in Gut Bacteria That Could Predict Peanut Allergy Development
Mount Sinai Health System

Insights could impact approach to managing and preventing condition in children.

17-Aug-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Small Study Suggests Long COVID May Affect More People than Previously Thought
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Millions of Americans were exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, early in the pandemic but could not get diagnosed due to testing limitations. Many of those people developed a post-viral syndrome with symptoms similar to those of long COVID.

10-Aug-2023 12:55 PM EDT
What’s the Risk of a Mass Shooting at Your School?
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

In a new study published by the journal Risk Analysis, scientists at Iowa State University calculate the annual probability of a mass shooting in every state and at public places such as shopping malls and schools. Their new method for quantifying the risk of a mass shooting in specific places could help security officials make informed decisions when planning for emergency events.

Newswise: Did Sabertooth Tigers Purr or Roar?
Released: 21-Aug-2023 2:15 PM EDT
Did Sabertooth Tigers Purr or Roar?
North Carolina State University

When a sabertooth tiger called out, what noise did it make – a mighty roar or a throaty purr? A new study from North Carolina State University examined the data behind the arguments for each vocalization and found that the answer was more nuanced than they thought – and that it could depend on the shape of a few small bones.

Newswise: Cell Therapy That Repairs Cornea Damage with Patient’s Own Stem Cells Achieves Positive Phase I Trial Results
Released: 18-Aug-2023 2:10 PM EDT
Cell Therapy That Repairs Cornea Damage with Patient’s Own Stem Cells Achieves Positive Phase I Trial Results
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Cultivated autologous limbal epithelial cells (CALEC) transplant, in which stem cells from the healthy eye and transplanted into the injured eye, for significant cornea injuries was found safe and led to gains in preliminary phase I clinical trial.

Released: 18-Aug-2023 11:30 AM EDT
Blue-light filtering spectacles probably make no difference to eye strain, eye health or sleep quality
Cochrane

Spectacles that are marketed to filter out blue light probably make no difference to eye strain caused by computer use or to sleep quality, according to a review of 17 randomised controlled trials of the best available evidence so far.

Newswise:Video Embedded astronomers-find-progenitor-of-magnetic-monster
VIDEO
16-Aug-2023 2:00 PM EDT
Astronomers Find Progenitor of Magnetic Monster
NSF's NOIRLab

A team of researchers, including NOIRLab astronomer André-Nicolas Chené, has found a highly unusual star that has the most powerful magnetic field ever found in a massive star — and that may become one of the most magnetic objects in the Universe: a variant of a neutron star known as a magnetar. This finding marks the discovery of a new type of astronomical object — a massive magnetic helium star — and sheds light on the origin of magnetars.

Newswise: El Nacimiento De Un Monstruo MagnéTico
16-Aug-2023 2:00 PM EDT
El Nacimiento De Un Monstruo MagnéTico
NSF's NOIRLab

Un equipo de investigadores, que incluía al astrónomo de NOIRLab André-Nicolas Chené, descubrió una inusual estrella con el campo magnético más poderoso jamás encontrado en una estrella masiva, que podría convertirla en uno de los objetos más magnéticos de todo el Universo, es decir, una variante de una estrella de neutrones conocida como “magnétar”. El hallazgo marca el descubrimiento de un nuevo tipo de objeto astronómico, una estrella de helio magnética masiva, y provee información sobre el origen de los magnétares.

Released: 16-Aug-2023 11:25 AM EDT
Health Clinics in Rural NY Schools Improve Child Health Care
Cornell University

In a rural region of upstate New York, students attending schools with nonprofit-run health clinics received more medical care, relied less on urgent care, and missed less school, according to an analysis led by Cornell University researchers.

   
Released: 16-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
UC Irvine scientists say deepening Arctic snowpack drives greenhouse gas emissions
University of California, Irvine

Human-caused climate change is shortening the snow cover period in the Arctic.

Newswise: Recycling Study Demonstrates New Possibilities for a Circular Plastics Economy Powered by Renewable Energy
Released: 11-Aug-2023 1:30 PM EDT
Recycling Study Demonstrates New Possibilities for a Circular Plastics Economy Powered by Renewable Energy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a way to use electricity to recycle polyoxymethylene (POM), a form of plastic that’s growing in use but more challenging to recycle.

Newswise: Study shows cardamom increases appetite, burns fat
Released: 11-Aug-2023 10:15 AM EDT
Study shows cardamom increases appetite, burns fat
Texas A&M AgriLife

A new study by Texas A&M AgriLife revealed a range of health and dietary benefits of consuming cardamom, including increased appetite, fat loss and inflammation reduction, making the spice a “superfood.”

   


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