Category Archives: Research

The Psychology Behind Unconditional Love, According To Science

When you think of your ideal relationship, unconditional might very well be the epitome of #goals. “I love you when…” “I love you if…” “I love you, but…” What do all of these statements have in common? They’re conditional — and as the very term suggests, you can’t achieve unconditional love with “ifs” and “buts.” But what’s the psychology behind unconditional loveIs it even possible? How does it grow? And are there ways to nurture it? Continue at Source: The Psychology Behind Unconditional Love, According To Science

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14,000 Asteroids Orbiting In Earth’s Solar System in Stunning Video

ESA (European Space Agency) just released a video showing over 14000 such asteroids orbiting around Earth’s Solar System. In case you aren’t already aware, there are over millions and millions of asteroids that exist in our space. Astronomers are constantly analyzing and observing these asteroids in space with the help of satellites and other advanced scientific instruments. And ESA (European Space Agency) just released a video showing over 14,000 such asteroids orbiting around Earth’s Solar System. Continue at Source: Stunning Video Shows Over 14,000 Asteroids Orbiting In Earth’s Solar System

This Weird Animal Eats Rocks for Breakfast

This is the only known animal that eats rock by burrowing. Rocks might not sound like a delectable meal to most life-forms, but it’s on the menu for a newly identified species of a plump, bizarre-looking clam.

However, though this clam consumes limestone, its discoverers aren’t sure if the creature snags any actual food from those rocks. For instance, do the bacteria in the clam’s gut help to break down the rock and release nutrients? Continue at Source: This Weird Animal Eats Rocks for Breakfast

This Is Why Dogs Have ‘Adopt me’ Eyes , Study Finds

Dogs were shaped during the course of domestication both in their behavior and in their anatomical features. Here we show that domestication transformed the facial muscle anatomy of dogs specifically for facial communication with humans. A muscle responsible for raising the inner eyebrow intensely is uniformly present in dogs but not in wolves. Behavioral data show that dogs also produce the eyebrow movement significantly more often and with higher intensity than wolves do, with highest-intensity movements produced exclusively by dogs. Interestingly, this movement increases paedomorphism and resembles an expression humans produce when sad, so its production in dogs may trigger a nurturing response. We hypothesize that dogs’ expressive eyebrows are the result of selection based on humans’ preferences. Continue at Source: Evolution of facial muscle anatomy in dogs


10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Narcissist on Social Media

Find out how to spot narcissists before you fall for them

On TV, they are easy to spot. Characters like Dr. House captivate the audience with their arrogance, charisma, brilliance…and narcissism. While our attraction to narcissism may be harmless in a fictional setting, it has negative consequences in real life. By the time that we discover a narcissist’s façade, it is likely too late. We may have already started dating (and perhaps even loving) the narcissist. Continue at Source: 10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Narcissist on Social Media

Why Do People Like To Be Scared?

New research explores why many people seek out scary experiences.

For that matter, why do people enjoy roller-coasters, bungee jumping, or any of the countless other activities that seem to serve no purpose except to make people feel terrified, however briefly?   Is there a positive benefit to exposing yourself to these kind of intense negative experiences?   According to recent studies, there may be. Continue at Source: Why Do People Like To Be Scared?

The next total solar eclipse is happening next month — here’s where you can see it

A total solar eclipse will happen on July 2, 2019. Find out the best locations to be in the eclipse path and observe totality.

Did you see the Great American Eclipse in 2017? It may have been a rare event, but it was no one-off. On July 2, 2019, the moon’s shadow will once again race across the Earth’s surface for a few hours as the path of the 2019 total solar eclipse crosses the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina. Continue at Source: The next total solar eclipse is happening next month — here’s where you can see it

Sleeping with Light on Linked to Obesity in Women, New Study Finds

This cohort study assesses whether exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping is associated with the prevalence and risk of general and central obesity among women.

Findings  In this cohort study of 43 722 women, artificial light at night while sleeping was significantly associated with increased risk of weight gain and obesity, especially in women who had a light or a television on in the room while sleeping. Associations do not appear to be explained by sleep duration and quality or other factors influenced by poor sleep. Read more at Source: Exposure to Artificial Light at Night While Sleeping and Risk of Obesity in Women

Teasing Kids About Weight May Make Them Gain More, Study Finds

The study followed 110 kids over a period of up to 15 years and found a strong association between weight-based teasing and weight gain.

The observational study, published by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, followed 110 kids who were either overweight or at-risk of being overweight for a period of up to 15 years, and participants remained in the study for an average of 8.5 years. At their first visit, the kids — who were about 12 at the time — were asked to respond to a questionnaire about whether they were teased for their weight. A majority of the kids reported being teased for their weight. Read more at Source: Teasing Kids About Weight May Make Them Gain More, Study Finds

3 ways to travel around the speed of light

One hundred years ago today, on May 29, 1919, measurements of a solar eclipse offered verification for Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Even before that, Einstein had developed the theory of special relativity, which revolutionized the way we understand light. To this day, it provides guidance on understanding how particles move through space—a key area of research to keep spacecraft and astronauts safe from radiation. Read more at Source: Three ways to travel at (nearly) the speed of light