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Green labels scare conservatives away from energy efficient products

Conservatives are less likely to purchase products labelled as environmentally friendly, according to research published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “A popular strategy for marketing energy efficiency is to focus on its environmental benefits,” Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

Warming up to people: Physical warmth promotes cooperation

Those with a friendly disposition are often described as warm. Recently published research suggests the link between temperature and trust may be less of an abstract metaphor and more of an actual psychological phenomenon. “[E]xperiencing physical warmth leads directly to increased feelings of interpersonal warmth and, in turn, to cooperation,”…

Researchers develop happiness sensor based on Twitter activity

Take all the comments expressed on Twitter, crunch them with an analytics program and you can get a sense of the mood of a city, state or country. US researchers say they have come up with such a tool, called a “hedonometer,” which is effectively a happiness sensor. The project…

Physicists announce breakthrough in quest to answer dark matter questions

Physicists announced a breakthrough Tuesday in their quest to answer one of science’s great questions: do the same laws of gravity apply to antimatter — the obscure counterpart of matter as we know it? Though antimatter is thought to have existed in equal quantities to matter at the moment of…

Study finds women perceive men with heavy stubble most attractive

Gentlemen, put down the razors. Put them down and back away. For once, there is good news about facial hair. A study in the May edition of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior finds that, among a test group of 351 women and 177 heterosexual men shown a series of…

Researchers to recreate world’s first website after 20 years

The world’s first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today’s Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of the Web, organisers said on Tuesday. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating the website that launched that…

Plants help curb global warming by releasing particles that reflect sunlight back into space: study

It’s well known that plants can help mitigate global warming, by absorbing carbon dioxide and trapping it, via…  …

Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship breaks sound barrier

Virgin Galactic’s passenger spaceplane, which is designed to take tourists to the edge of space, flew its first rocket-powered test flight, breaking the sound barrier at high altitude. SpaceShipTwo ignited its engine Monday after being released by WhiteKnightTwo, a plane that carried it to 47,000 feet (14,000 meters) above California’s…

Those who choose utilitarian ethics have empathy deficit, study finds

Those who would sacrifice one person to save five others score low on one particular measure of empathy, but not other measures, according to research published this month in the scientific journal PLoS One. The study of 2748 people by Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology in Argentina and…

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