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Like old photographs, memories fade over time

Like old photographs, memories fade in quality over time – a surprising finding for a team of Boston College researchers who expected recollections would become less accurate, but found people also report declines in the vibrancy [...]

Thanking and apologizing: Talk that isn’t cheap

We place a high value on teaching children to say “thank you” and “I’m sorry.” As adults, these simple words are central to many social interactions. Uttering the words is easy, so why do people often [...]

Believing in yourself can backfire w crowfunding

Normally, it’s good to believe in yourself. But research from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business indicates that it can be bad advice for amateurs investing online in unregulated, sometimes risky, equity crowdfunded ventures. In a [...]

Trials testing educational methods ‘often fail’

Educational trials aimed at boosting academic achievement in schools are often uninformative, new research suggests. The new study, published in the journal Educational Researcher, found that 40% of large-scale randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in the UK and [...]

The Power of Gratitude In The Workplace

If you knew that expressing gratitude to a colleague would improve their life and yours, would you do it more often? A new study by Portland State University researchers–business professor David Cadiz, psychology professor Cynthia Mohr, [...]

Researchers unveil Internet of Things security feature

Rice University integrated circuit (IC) designers are at Silicon Valley’s premier chip-design conference to unveil technology that is 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. [...]

World’s fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second

What happens when a new technology is so precise that it operates on a scale beyond our characterization capabilities? For example, the lasers used at INRS produce ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond range (10 exp -15 [...]

Digital vs. Print: New Study Shows Playing Favorites Can Hurt Sales

Since the first e-book platform launched in 2007, e-book sales grew to comprise 20 percent of all book sales by 2015. To ensure the increasing popularity of e-books did not undermine the success of their printed [...]

Stripes Are Cool, But Not for Zebras

Susanne Åkesson, a biologist at Lund University in Sweden, refutes the theory that zebras have striped fur to stay cool in the hot sun. That hypothesis is wrong, she and her colleagues show in a study [...]

Sibling Bond Protects Against Negative Effects of Fighting Parents

Generally, children who experience recurrent destructive conflicts between their parents are at a higher risk of later developing mental health problems. However, a new longitudinal study published in Child Development finds that strong sibling bonds can offset the negative effects [...]