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Study: Belief in an angry God associated with variety of mental illnesses

People who believe in an angry, punishing God are much more likely to suffer from a variety of mental illnesses, a scientific study published in the April edition of Journal of Religion & Health finds. The study, conducted by Marymount Manhattan College Assistant Psychology Professor Nava Silton, used data from…

Were ‘hobbit’ hominids island dwarfs?

Japanese scientists on Tuesday waded into a row over so-called “hobbit” hominids whose remains, found on a remote Indonesian island a decade ago, have unleashed one of the fiercest disputes in anthropology. The most detailed computerised scan of a skull of Homo floresiensis — “Man of Flores” — backs theories…

Private firm Orbital Sciences ready for first launch of Antares rocket

Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, is preparing for the first launch of its Antares rocket Wednesday. The launch over the Atlantic ocean is scheduled for 5 pm (2100 GMT) from the Wallops flight facility from an…

Those who sing in a choir report less anxiety, study finds

Research published online this month in the scientific journal Psychology of Music has found those singing in a choir report a positive impact on their psychological health. “Singing in a choir is a leisure occupation performed by millions of people in different cultures which requires a collaborative action,” Ahmet Muhip…

Antarctic ice tells conflicting story about climate change’s role in big melt

Since the early 1990s, glaciers draining Antarctica’s vast ice sheets have…  …

Survey finds perception of having sex more frequently than others leads to increased happiness

More sex makes people happy, but what makes people even happier is having more sex than their friends and neighbors. That is one result of new research from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Wadsworth likens sex to income…  …

Spiny parasitic worm helps doctors devise patch to keep skin grafts in place

A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of fish by inflating its head has led to a remarkable invention for keeping skin grafts in place, even when the surface of the wound is wet. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, US researchers devised a patch studded with…

Circumcision reduces HIV risk by changing penis ‘biome’, says study

A study released Tuesday says that circumcision significantly reduces men’s chances of being infected by HIV by changing the mircobiome of the penis. According to a paper in the American Journal of Microbiology, a reduction of the number of anaerobic bacteria present on the penis appears to play a role…

Endangered Sumatran elephant born in captivity

A baby Sumatran elephant peeps out timidly from between the legs of its mother at an Indonesian zoo, where her birth has given a boost to the critically endangered animal. Kartini, named after the country’s most celebrated feminist, Raden Ajeng Kartini, was born on Friday under a captive breeding programme…

FAA to simulate effects of radiation on space tourists

How much radiation can the human body withstand in space—a big concern as space tourism ramps up? If you don’t know, don’t worry: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on the case, with help from specialized datacenter provider Elliptical Mobile Solutions. Nor-Tech confirmed that it is…   [the astronaut in…

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