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Twitter makes students dumb, study finds

Using Twitter as an education tool brought test scores down among literature students in Italy, says a new study.

Scores on a standardized test were reduced by between 25% and 40% of a standard deviation, says a paper published this month by researchers in the economics and finance department at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. Read more at Source: Twitter makes students dumb, study finds

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Anxiety Leads to Cynicism in Parents Prevent Them Raising Kids Making Right Decisions

Cynics not any smarter for their skepticism. Scientists say it’s just the opposite.

During a 2006 commencement speech at Knox College, Stephen Colbert made a highly trenchant point that many of the attendees probably dismissed as bullshit. “Cynicism masquerades as wisdom,” he said, “but it is the furthest thing from it.” Social science suggests that this is a true statement that can be defended with data. Even so, research also shows that most people believe being cynical is positively correlated with being smart. Cynicism is, in short, not only a potential sign of intellectual laziness, but a trap that snags many people, particularly parents. Read more at Source: Cynical Parents Raise Incompetent Kids

Average millennials’ net worth is $8,000, study finds

Millennials have a much lower net worth than previous generations, according to a new study.

The average net worth of Americans between the ages of 18 to 35 is less than $8,000 — about 34 percent lower than in 1996, a Deloitte studypublished Wednesday found. See more at Source: Average millennials’ net worth is $8,000, study finds

Speaking 2 languages may have some disadvantages

Advantages of speaking a second language are obvious: easier logistics when traveling, wider access to great literature and, of course, more people to talk with. Some studies have also pointed to the idea that polyglots have stronger executive functioning skills, brain abilities such as switching between tasks and ignoring distractions.

But a large study of bilingual children in the U.S. finds scant evidence of those extra bilingual brain benefits. Bilingual children performed no better in tests measuring such thinking skills than children who knew just one language, researchers report May 20 in Nature Human Behaviour.

Source: Being bilingual is great. But it may not boost some brain functions

New Research shows wild chimpanzees eat tortoises after cracking them open against tree trunks

Researchers have observed wild chimpanzees in the Loango National Park, Gabon, eating tortoises. They describe the first observations of this potentially cultural behavior where chimpanzees hit tortoises against tree trunks until the tortoises’ shells break open and then feed on the meat.

An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the University of Osnabrück, Germany, have observed wild chimpanzees in the Loango National Park, Gabon, eating tortoises. They describe the first observations of this potentially cultural behavior where chimpanzees hit tortoises against tree trunks until the tortoises’ shells break open and then feed on the meat.

Source: Wild chimpanzees eat tortoises after cracking them open against tree trunks

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

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

Research Shows Religious People Believe They Are Morally Superior, But Their Motivations Are Largely Egoistic

By a variety of measures, Americans are more religious than Europeans. According to a Pew Research Center study published in September 2018, even though the majority of people on the both sides of the Atlantic consider themselves religious, there are significant differences between Europeans and Americans.

Source: Research Shows Religious People Believe They Are Morally Superior, But Their Motivations Are Largely Egoistic

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.

‘Ultraprocessed’ foods may make you eat more, clinical trial suggests

In a monthlong study, people ate more calories on a processed diet, but the reasons are unclear

Something about the industrial processing of food makes us more likely to overeat, according to a new study. Volunteers ate more and gained more weight on a heavily processed diet than an unprocessed one, even when the two diets had the same available calories and nutrients.

Source: ‘Ultraprocessed’ foods may make you eat more, clinical trial suggests