From climate skeptics to anti-vaxxers, psychologists are studying what motivates and drives our decisions to pay attention to some facts while ignoring others.
Scientists at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have developed inexpensive, oxidized carbon particles that extract radioactive metals from water. They said their materials may help purify contaminated waters stored after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.
Nearly 80 percent of adolescents living in Cambodia's orphanages have one or more living parents, according to a study by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. This is the first research of its kind to assess the literacy and health of children living outside of family care in Cambodia.
New research shows people in underdeveloped parts of the world are not as likely to complete massive open online courses, or MOOCs. But small psychological activities could help motivate them, closing the global achievement gap.
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has released policy recommendations for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, which includes science and health care.
Mandarin makes you more musical -- and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That's the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano.
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with advanced disease receiving standard of care treatment have a higher overall survival (OS) than similar patients not receiving treatment.
University of Rochester researchers have found that adults and children in the US, adults from a 'low numeracy' tribe in Bolivia and rhesus monkeys ALL possessed the ability to distinguish between large and small quantities of objects, regardless of the surface area they occupy. This ability is likely a shared evolutionary trait, according to a study published in Nature Communications. The nonverbal visual tests could be used in assessing early math education in young children.
The transport of heat in amorphous materials is largely determined by the behavior of phonons -- quasiparticles associated with the collective vibrations of atoms. Researchers from Georgia Tech developed a new way to calculate the heat contribution of phonons using computer simulations. Using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, they modeled amorphous silicon -- glass -- providing new insights into a material that is critical for energy efficiency.
When mothers of children with social anxiety disorder try to support their children, it often backfires. The results of an experiment involving building difficult puzzles indicate that, even at home, mothers of children with the disorder are more involved with their offspring than mothers of healthy control children. These findings indicate behavioral control on the part of the mother, says Julia Asbrand of the Institute of Psychology in Freiburg, Germany, in Springer's journal Cognitive Therapy and Research.