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Neutrinos, Icecube, Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, LBNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Antarctica, Muons, University of Wisconsin-Madison

How the Earth Stops High-Energy Neutrinos in Their Tracks

A research collaboration including scientists from Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the Earth stops high-energy neutrinos – particles that only very rarely interact with matter.

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Black Friday, Consumer spending, Retail, Shopping, Holidays

Black Friday Deals Can Make You Spend More

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New research co-authored by a University of Delaware professor suggests that certain types of these discounts may cause consumers to spend more than they realize.

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social withdrawal, solitude, avoidance behavior, Thoreau, Behavioral, Creativity, Shyness, unsociability, Merton

Study: Non-Fearful Social Withdrawal Linked Positively to Creativity

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Everyone needs an occasional break, though spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental. In fact, the research findings published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggest that one form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but linked positively to creativity.

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biomechanical model, pedestrian bridges, wobbling, mathematical formula, critical crowd size, threshold effect, Igor Belykh

Biomechanical Model Could Reduce Wobbling Of Pedestrian Bridges, Study Finds

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The dangerous wobbling of pedestrian bridges could be reduced by using biomechanically inspired models of pedestrian response to bridge motion and a mathematical formula to estimate the critical crowd size at which bridge wobbling begins, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

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Marketing, Black Friday, Shopping, Retail

All Black Friday Deals Are Not Created Equal

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Spend $200 on a great Christmas gift at the big box store and get a $50 gift card. Sounds like a great offer. It may, in fact, entice you to spend more than you normally would, warned a marketing expert at Washington University in St. Louis.

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American Dream, Home Ownership, Real Estate, Housing, Wealth, Renting, Property Appreciation, Housing Market

American Dream Revised: New Study Says Homeowners Shouldn’t Count on Property Appreciation Creating Wealth

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The American Dream of homeownership as the path to creating wealth may be due for a revision. A new study finds that the property appreciation most homeowners expect when buying a home may be relatively meaningless in terms of building wealth.

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Don Juan Pond, University of Washington, Antarctica, polar science, Hydrology

Salt Pond in Antarctica, Among the Saltiest Waters on Earth, Is Fed From Beneath

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One of the saltiest bodies on Earth, an analog to how water might exist on Mars, shows signs of being one piece of a larger aquifer.

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Obesity, Genetics

Does this One Gene Fuel Obesity?

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New research from the Research Triangle suggests that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B – carried by millions of Americans – could cause people to put on pounds through no fault of their own.

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Social Psychology, Paranormal, paranormal belief, Conspiracy, Conspiracy Theories, Cognitive Ability, analytic cognitive style, Rationality, epistemic rationality, Psychology

High Cognitive Ability Not a Safeguard From Conspiracies, Paranormal Beliefs

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A University of Illinois at Chicago social psychologist reports on two studies that examined why some people are inclined to believe in various conspiracies and paranormal phenomena.

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Desire, Focus, Concentration, Psychology

New Research Finds People Will Desire Something Even More if You Increase Their Focus on It

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Study suggests ways marketing and clinical treatment can influence behavior







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