Consumer

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 [...]

Hats on for Easter Island Statues

How do you put a 13-ton hat on a giant statue? That’s what a team of researchers is trying to figure out with their study of Easter Island statues and the red hats that sit atop [...]

Walking faster could make you live longer: research

Speeding up your walking pace could extend your life, research led by the University of Sydney suggests. Walking at an average pace was found to be associated with a 20 percent risk reduction for all-cause mortality [...]

When a Handshake Isn’t Just a Handshake: Breaking Down the New French-American Dynamic

By Emma Coghlan  It was the cracking of knuckles heard around the world. During a visit to France, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron put their relationship on display for the entire world as an extended, strong [...]

The secret to being cool: Try smiling

For many people, one of the unspoken rules for being cool is maintaining an emotionally inexpressive attitude. This message is reinforced through advertisements where fashion models rarely smile and by quotes from celebrities. In an article [...]

How social media helps scientists get the message out

Analyzing the famous academic aphorism “publish or perish” through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media–primarily Twitter–eventually leads to [...]

Vampire bats’ bloody teamwork

FROM: NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Many mammals consume blood as part of their diet, but blood is actually a pretty poor source of energy. Only bats (order Chiroptera) include species that feed exclusively on blood. [...]

Safety Tips to Keep Your Dog ‘Hoppy’ this Easter

While Easter and the start of spring bring fun, nice weather and celebrations, many pet parents don’t realize how dangerous this time of year can be for dogs. Here are three tips from Wag! – the number one, [...]