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Primates show new capacity for better logical reasoning than human toddlers

Primates show new capacity for better logical reasoning than human toddlers

Baboons are capable of reasoning equal to human children. (Pixabay/Herbert Aust)New research has shown for the first time that animals are capable of the deductive aspects of a form of reasoning by exclusion through a decision-making task completed by primates, indicating that verbal language is not a prerequisite for this type of logic.New research has shown for the first time that animals are capable of the deductive aspects of a form of reasoning by exclusion through a decision-making task completed by primates, indicating that verbal language is not a prerequisite for this type of...

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Governments favoring Christianity paradoxically decrease residents’ faith

Governments favoring Christianity paradoxically decrease residents’ faith

Governments that cleave to Christianity tend to have citizens who become less attached to the faith over time. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Countries with governments that favor Christianity cause their citizens to become less attached to their faith and, eventually, lead to a decline in the percentage of the population that identifies as Christian, two social science researchers have suggested, based on an analysis of 166 countries.Enter code here  Countries with governments that favor Christianity cause their residents to become less attached to their faith, which could eventually lead to a decline...

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Plastic catastrophe looms without political intervention

Plastic catastrophe looms without political intervention

Fighting corruption might help in the fight against plastic pollution. (Unsplash/Tanvi Sharma)A group of ecological economists have warned that the amount of plastic waste produced around the world each year is dangerously unsustainable — and called for governments to provide education and fight corruption in order to avert further disaster.A group of ecological economists have warned that the amount of plastic waste produced around the world each year is dangerously unsustainable — and called for governments to provide education and fight corruption in order to avert further disaster.If...

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Introducing borophane, a stable material made from sheets one atom thick

Introducing borophane, a stable material made from sheets one atom thick

Borophane is set to become a popular multi-use synthetic material. (Mark Hersam)U.S. researchers have created a new material called borophane that consists of atomically thin sheets of boron and hydrogen atoms and is more durable than similar compounds, potentially leading to innovations in important electronics.Verification code  U.S.  have created a new material called borophane that consists of atomically thin sheets of boron and hydrogen atoms and is more durable than similar compounds, potentially leading to innovations in important electronics. Borophane and its predecessor borophene,...

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Climate change is already hurting agriculture

Climate change is already hurting agriculture

Climate change is hurting how much food comes from our fields. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Human-induced climate change has caused a 20.8% decrease in global agricultural productivity since 1961, a new study found, and with rapidly increasing temperature rises and a growing population, researchers say the ripple effects will only intensify.Verification code  uan-induced climate change has caused a 20.8% decrease in global agricultural productivity since 1961, a new study found, and with rapidly increasing temperature rises and a growing population, researchers say the ripple effects will only...

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Your voice has plenty to say about your personality

Your voice has plenty to say about your personality

We are judged by our voices whether the listener is aware of it or not. (Pixabay/Levente Lenart)Research has suggested for decades that the sound of a person's voice affects how they are perceived by others, though whether these impressions are accurate hasn't been well established. A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that vocal pitch is predictive of at least some personality traits, such as dominance, extraversion and sociosexuality.Verification code  Research has suggested for decades that the sound of a person's voice affects how they are perceived by others, though...

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Apr 11
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State abortion restrictions hurt female entrepreneurs

State abortion restrictions hurt female entrepreneurs

Abortion access is tied to business opportunity for women. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)Abortion access may help women start their own businesses, according to new research analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data.Verification code  Abortion access may help women start their own businesses, according to new research analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data.A study of millions of Americans reveals that even going from 11 abortion-providing clinics to 10 clinics for every million residents in a state was linked to a 6.71% drop in the probability that a woman would start her own business.Jonathan Zandberg,...

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Belief in white Jesus linked to racism

Belief in white Jesus linked to racism

Is the concept of white Jesus linked to racism? A study says so. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)People who think Jesus Christ was white are more likely to endorse anti-Black ideology, a new study found, suggesting that belief in white deities works to uphold white supremacy.Verification code  People who think Jesus Christ was white are more likely to endorse anti-Black attitudes, a new study found, suggesting that belief in white deities works to uphold white supremacy.For the study, in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, researchers conducted a survey of 179 mostly Christian college...

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Neanderthals moved further south, used more advanced tech than previously believed

Neanderthals moved further south, used more advanced tech than previously believed

Neanderthals were more advanced than previously thought. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Neanderthals lived in more southerly climates and used technology closer to that of modern-day humans than archaeologists previously believed, according to a new paper by researchers who examined fossils and tools from what is now the Palestinian West Bank. lived in more southerly climates and used technology closer to that of modern-day humans than archaeologists previously believed, according to a new paper by researchers who examined fossils and tools from what is now the Palestinian West Bank, raising...

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Longer baseball games linked to lower crime rates around stadiums

Longer baseball games linked to lower crime rates around stadiums

Sober fans are law-abiding fans. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)Significantly less crime is reported around baseball stadiums when fans have time to sober up after alcohol sales are stopped at the end of the seventh inning, according to new work by researchers who used nearly a decade of data from Philadelphia.Verification code  Significantly less crime is reported around baseball stadiums when fans have time to sober up after alcohol sales are stopped at the end of the seventh inning, according to new work by researchers who used nearly a decade of data from Philadelphia.In a for the Journal of...

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