Category Archives: Research

Teen girls with acne get better grades in school, here’s why

It’s hard to think of many upsides to having acne. (Good if you like … surprises? The color red? Doing science experiments on your skin to make zits go away?) But experiencing breakouts as a teenager may have its advantages in the long term.

Source: Why teen girls with acne get better grades in school

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The universe may be a billion years younger than we thought. Scientists are scrambling to figure out why.

New research suggests that the Big Bang that birthed the cosmos occurred 12.5 billion years ago.

We’ve all lost track of time at one point or another, but astronomers really go all in. Recent studies show they may have overestimated the age of the universe by more than a billion years — a surprising realization that is forcing them to rethink key parts of the scientific story of how we got from the Big Bang to today.

The lost time is especially vexing because, in a universe full of mysteries, its age has been viewed as one of the few near-certainties. By 2013, the European Planck space telescope’s detailed measurements of cosmic radiation seemed to have yielded the final answer: 13.8 billion years old. All that was left to do was to verify that number using independent observations of bright stars in other galaxies.

Then came an unexpected turn of events.

Source: The universe may be a billion years younger than we thought. Scientists are scrambling to figure out why.

Anxious people quicker to flee danger

By better understanding anxiety circuits in our brain, researchers may one day learn what goes awry in people with anxiety disorders.

Fear and anxiety are both responses to danger but differ in timing. Fear strikes when something is an imminent threat: a tiger jumps over a fence, lunging at you. Anxiety, on the other hand, occurs when you have a moment to consider a threat: you spot a tiger in the distance and have time to think about whether to run or hide.

Source: Anxious people quicker to flee danger

Voynich manuscript mystery continues as experts question whether ‘alien’ code has really been cracked

Controversy is swirling around a 15th-century manuscript described as the “world’s most mysterious text” that has long baffled experts but was reportedly recently decoded by a researcher in the U.K.

Source: Voynich manuscript mystery continues as experts question whether ‘alien’ code has really been cracked

New Study Shows How Much a Vaginal Birth Really Distorts a Baby’s Body

Wah.

Pregnancy, labour and delivery are incredibly physically demanding for women. But birth is no walk in the park for the baby either.

new paper reveals just how much a baby’s head is pushed and distorted by vaginal delivery.

Source: New Study Shows How Much a Vaginal Birth Really Distorts a Baby’s Body

Encounter with ‘God’ may bring long-lasting health

 A personal encounter with the “ultimate reality” or God — spontaneous or under the influence of a psychedelic drug — can bring positive changes in psychological health even decades after the initial experience, says an interesting study.

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers from Johns Hopkins University report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic.

Source: Encounter with ‘God’ may bring long-lasting health

There’s a Surprising Downside to Having a Job That You Love, According to Science

When passion might be a problem.

New research shows that managers often set extra hours without pay, or give out demeaning tasks to employees, to those who are particularly passionate about what they do. In other words, your love for your job could be used against you.

Twin Study Shows Exams Aren’t The Only Way to Accurately Assess Kids at School

Even if we sometimes act like they are.

Researchers looked at data collected on more than 5,000 pairs of twins in the UK, and found that teacher assessments correlated strongly with exam scores across English, maths and science between from ages 7 to 14.

Source: Twin Study Shows Exams Aren’t The Only Way to Accurately Assess Kids at School