Friday, January 30, 2015 Headlines & Global News


 Emily Defroand (left) and Holly Payne (right), two 'larks', students at the University of Birmingham.

Time Of Day Could Change The Outcome Of A Sporting Event Based On The Athletes' Biological Clocks

Jan 29, 2015 04:36 PM EST

New research suggests the exact hour of an athlete's bedtime could influence whether they will win or lose.


Blood Pressure Control During Pregnancy Could Save Mothers' Lives

Jan 29, 2015 04:14 PM EST

A recent study showed treating a woman's elevated blood pressure during pregnancy is safer for both the mother and baby than letting it remain high.

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Many Religious Americans Support Science But Reject Theories On Evolution And Creation

Jan 29, 2015 02:53 PM EST

A new study found many highly religious older adults have favorable views on science, but still reject scientific explanations for creation and evolution.

Charles Townes in 2013 in his Birge Hall office.

Charles Townes, Nobel Prize Winner And Inventor Of The Laser, Dies At 99 (VIDEO)

Jan 29, 2015 02:14 PM EST

Charles Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and physicist who invented the laser and received the 1964 Nobel Prize, has died at the age of 99.

Strong irradiation from the host star can cause planets known as mini-Neptunes in the habitable zone to shed their gaseous atmospheres, leaving room for life to form.

Neptune-Like Planets Could Be Transformed Into Habitable Worlds Under Right Conditions

Jan 29, 2015 01:14 PM EST

Two factors that are believed to prevent life from forming could actually do the opposite on certain planets that orbit low-mass stars, and these potentially-habitable planets could be discovered in upcoming years.

Is binge-watching TV a sign of depression?

Binge-Watching That TV Show? You Could Be Trying To Escape Your Depression And Loneliness

Jan 29, 2015 11:51 AM EST

Could your night of binge-watching Netflix actually be a sign of underlying feelings of loneliness and depression?


Depression Linked To Brain Inflammation: Could Finding Provide Hope For Patients Who Don't Respond To Antidepressants?

Jan 29, 2015 11:25 AM EST

These types of findings are important because over half of people struggling with depression do not respond to antidepressants.


Beer Could Fight Off Alzheimer's And Parkinson's? Study Identifies Surprising Benefit Of Hops

Jan 29, 2015 10:19 AM EST

Could a frothy pint help fight off neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases?

This illustration shows what the newly discovered long-necked dinosaur may have looked like.

Long-Necked 'Dragon' Dinosaur Discovered In China

Jan 28, 2015 07:26 PM EST

Researchers have found a new species of long-necked dinosaur that once walked the Earth in what is now China.


Spiders That Spin Super-Thin Electrically Charged Fibers Could Have Commercial Benefits

Jan 28, 2015 06:54 PM EST

A common British spider could help scientists create incredibly long fibers that are only a few nanometers thick.

Could tackle football before the age of 12 increase the risk of cognitive problems later in life?

Former NFL Players Who Participated In Tackle Football Before The Age Of 12 At Greater Risk Of Cognitive Problems

Jan 28, 2015 05:29 PM EST

Former National Football League (NFL) who played tackle football were found to be more likely to suffer memory and thinking problems later in life.

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Placebos Could Be More Effective If Patients Think They Are Expensive

Jan 28, 2015 05:08 PM EST

People may be more responsive to placebo drugs that they perceive to be "expensive" than to those with lower costs.


Ancient Genetic Links To Itchy Rashes And Digestive Problems Could Have Given Ancient Humans Evolutionary Advantages

Jan 28, 2015 04:47 PM EST

Could a predisposition to itchy psoriasis have actually given our ancestors a genetic benefit?


Both Weight Gain And Loss In Postmenopausal Women Can Lead To Bone Fractures

Jan 28, 2015 04:26 PM EST

Both weight gain and weight loss were linked to an increased risk of fracture in postmenopausal women.

Can psychopaths learn from punishment?

Psychopaths Don't Understand Punishment And Consequence

Jan 28, 2015 10:29 AM EST

New research suggests psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the region of the brain linked to learning from punishment.

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