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Well, I See it Differently!

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Why are we so sure that the way we see people, situations and politics is accurate, and the way other people see them is foolishly wrong? The answer, according to new research by UCLA psychology professor Matthew Lieberman, lies in a region of the brain he calls the “gestalt cortex,” which helps people make sense of…

Horoscopes for Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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Source: AccuWeather for June 15, 2022 4:27 AM Aries March 21-April 19 You could get carried away by the sound of your own voice today, and say a lot more than you intended or you hog most of the conversation. That’s okay if you have something interesting to say, but even so you should know when…

Optimism lengthens life, study finds

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The FINANCIAL — Women who reported positive outlook were likelier to live past 90, regardless of race. Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespans and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic groups in a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…

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How crushes turn into love for young adults

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The image of young adults living in a hookup culture with emotionally meaningless relationships might be a common theme in movies and daytime talk shows. But it does not seem to be the norm in real college life, suggests a new study from University of California, Davis, researchers.…

How do media depictions of tobacco influence smoking decisions for young adults?

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Two studies from the Annenberg School for Communication’s Robert Hornik find that media portrayals of such behaviors can change actions and perception, but how and by how much depends on a range of factors.…

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Rainforest trees may have been dying faster since the 1980s

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The FINANCIAL — Tropical trees in Australia’s rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of climate impacts, according to the findings of a long-term international study published in Nature today. This research has found the death rates of tropical trees have doubled in the last 35 years, as…

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Clothes make the man: the relationship between China and Africa on the basis of fashion

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The FINANCIAL — Media scholar Tommy Tse is one of the three UvA researchers that has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. With the grant of two million euros, he is going to conduct ambitious research into something that everyone in society has to deal with every day: clothing. He will be…

How to design safe and sustainable chemicals

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The FINANCIAL — With many human-made chemicals, problems regarding public health and the environment become apparent only years after their widespread use. A team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University now propose a way to change that. In an article in the journal ‘Chemosphere’ they present a method for (re)designing safe…

People imitate accent features they expect to hear, even without hearing them

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Certain accents in the United States are unmistakable: the twang of someone from the South, the dropped “r” by a Bostonian. Without realizing it, people often copy this kind of accent when talking with someone who uses it, a concept in linguistics known as convergence.…

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Negative impact of social media affects girls and boys at different ages

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The FINANCIAL — Girls may experience a negative link at 11-13, boys when they are 14-15, Increased social media use might also affect life satisfaction at aged 19, but Adolescents with lower life satisfaction consistently use social media more, according to University of Oxford.…

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Hennessy rolls out Forest Destination forest regeneration program

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The FINANCIAL — Hennessy announced the launch of its Forest Destination regeneration program on March 21 to coincide with the International Day of Forests celebrated by the United Nations. Initiated in 2020, the program aims to regenerate 50,000 hectares of forest by 2030.…

Why Congress is Moving forward from turning the clocks forward

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Feeling a little out of it this week? It’s no surprise. You can thank our annual tradition of turning the clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Losing an hour of sleep once a year may seem worth it once you get around to the extra hour of sunlight in the evening (or not worth…

Hostility among friends can come from surprising places

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Same-race friendships on college campuses can be sources of support and help build a sense of belonging. However, sociologists Sherelle Ferguson, and Annette Lareau, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Social Sciences, have found that class differences can create tensions within these relationships.…

Six tips to help explain the realities of war to children

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It’s a daunting task, but not impossible, says Penn GSE’s Marsha Richardson. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the lead story on every news outlet, parents and educators are now placed in the position of having to explain the enormously complex emotions and realities of war to children who have already had a deeply traumatic couple of…

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US Stand Your Ground laws are associated with 700 additional homicides every year

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The FINANCIAL — Stand Your Ground laws in the United States have expanded legal protections for individuals who use deadly violence in self-defence. But a new study estimates they result in an additional 700 homicides each year – an increase in monthly homicide rates of 11% nationally, but up to 28% in some states, University…

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