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Under Stress, Social IQs Of Men Drop But Rise In Women

New research shows that during moments of stress, the emotional intelligence of women is heightened, while men revert inward and become “less able to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people.” The study was led by Giorgia Silani, from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, and coordinated with […]

Five New Species Of Armored Spiders Discovered In Chinese Caves

If you’re afraid of spiders, there may be no worse place to encounter one than in the dark, slimy confines of the limestone caves of Southeast China. But that’s where several Chinese scientists recently discovered five new spider species. The study was published recently in the open access journal ZooKeys. All of the newly discovered […]

ACLU: Police Using ‘Stingray’ To Spy On Cellphones

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is objecting to police use of a device allowing officers to tap into cellphone communications. The ACLU issued a release saying the device, known as a “stingray,” fools wireless devices into seeing it as a cell tower, allowing the stingray to spy on […]

Two-Hour TV Special ‘Live From Space’ Will Air Tonight On Nat Geo

Tonight on prime-time television, for the first time ever, NASA will open the doors of its Mission Control Center in Houston to a live TV crew. Viewers who tune into National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m. will get to witness ground control interact with members of the International Space Station, as they complete a single […]

MIT Scientists Unveil Soft Robot That Swims

MIT’s new soft robot fish can execute change-of-direction escape maneuvers almost as quickly and efficiently as a real fish darts away from prey. Most robots are built with hard materials. Hard robots must be engineered to avoid collision, which limits their range of motion. But a soft robot — not just donning a soft exterior, […]

Roosevelt’s Barking Deer Spotted In Vietnam After 85-Year Absence

Muntiacus rooseveltorum, also known as Roosevelt’s muntjacs or Roosevelt’s barking deer — a rare species first discovered by the sons of President Teddy Roosevelt in Laos — hadn’t been observed alive anywhere since 1929. But recent camera-trap images in Vietnam’s Xuan Lien Nature Reserve show the species is prancing through pockets of deep forest, according […]

Scientists Unearth Pygmy T. Rex Dinosaur In Alaska

Paleontologists have confirmed a new species of dinosaur, a miniature cousin of the Tyrannosaur, which roamed the Arctic hunting duck-billed species at the foot of snowy peaks. The pygmy dinosaur was discovered several years ago during a dig in which another species was the specimen. But unexpected findings can never be ruled out at the […]

Paleontologists Say Ancient Sloths Transitioned From Land To Sea In Search Of Food

The giant sloth — the ancient land mammal whose modern descendants dwell in trees — apparently had a taste for seafood, and began venturing into the sea as food sources on land dried up. That according to a team of researchers from Sorbonne University, who tested the bone density of ancient sloth specimens. In their […]

Volcanoes Helped Plants And Animals Survive Ice Age, Study Finds

SYDNEY (UPI) — Australian researchers say they found evidence that shows heat and steam from volcanoes helped some plants and animals survive the ice age. A team led by Dr. Ceridwen Fraser from the Australian National University and Dr. Aleks Terauds from the Australian Antarctic Division studied tens of thousands of records of Antarctic species […]

Study: Brain Much Better At Recalling Sight And Touch, Worse At Listening

PowerPoint presentations and name tags might be cheesy, but they’re quite helpful to your brain. That’s because the brain is much better at processing and recalling sight and touch, whereas sound often goes in one ear and out the other — at least according to a new memory study. Researchers at the University of Iowa […]

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