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Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder

On Wednesday morning we woke to the news that a passenger ferry had sunk off the coast of South Korea, with at least four people confirmed dead and 280 unaccounted for. Meanwhile, though the search has continued for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives' hopes of a safe landing have long …

Facial Expressions Aren't As Universal As Scientists Have Thought

A new study contradicts the common assumption that emotion-based facial expressions are recognized across cultures.<p>For nearly half a century, social scientists have operated under the assumption that all basic human emotions are universally recognizable. Countless cross-cultural experiments—not to …

Psychology

What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?

Hurricanes and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon: tropical cyclones. A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99 percent certainty

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation …

Work Longer, Think Longer: Why Your Brain Loves the Economic Crisis

Thanks to the economic crisis, the American dream of retirement in our 60s is dead or dying. It is a cold, inevitable calculus: Our retirement accounts aren't fat enough to sustain us for as long as we will live. Employers don't pay as much as they used to, and inflation swallows up what we do …

How It Works: An Electronic Cigarette

The future of smoking<p>Since electronic cigarettes hit the market in 2007, yearly sales have reached $1 billion in the U.S. Although they’re popular, it’s still unclear how safe they are. Last year, a study from an international group of scientists showed that the toxins in e-cigarette vapor are 9 to …

eCigarettes

Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump threw out this witticism: "In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history - we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!" The capital letters and exclamation point are his, so sure is he of his deep insight that he must shout it out to the world.<p><b>Opinion, Fact,</b> …

Psychologists debate adding another attention disorder to the books

Soon, children may be diagnosed with another attention disorder. Psychologists are working to determine if sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) — marked by daydreaming, mind-wandering, and lethargy — has a clear set of symptoms and can join the ranks as a legitimate disorder. If it does, it'd open up an …

Lakers have trouble filling Staples Center seats

Another sign of a team in decline — empty seats.<p>There have been nine non-sellouts at home for the<p>Lakers, a surprising number for a team that enjoyed 270 consecutive packed crowds atStaples Centeruntil earlier this season.<p>The franchise was startled when the sellout streak ended in mid-November …

Kevin Durant Says He'd Like to Become a Coach After Retirement

From the creative ("Slim Reaper") to the mundane ("KD"), the basketball world has yet to find a nickname for Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant that captures the supreme nature of his talent.<p>The 25-year-old MVP front-runner may have indirectly offered up the latest suggestion: "Coach."<p>As …

Basketball

Indiana Pacers Have No Excuses Left Entering Playoffs

This was supposed to be what the Indiana Pacers always wanted.<p>One successful South Beach stop could have righted so many of the wrongs Indiana has encountered since its blazing start seemed to burn all bridges to the NBA's championship stage.<p>Stagnant offense, fractured infrastructure and a …

NBA

Teddy Bridgewater Reportedly Looks 'Shaky' in Private NFL Draft Workouts

Teddy Bridgewater is running out of fingers to plug all of the holes in his sinking draft stock.<p>First came his lackluster pro day back in March. Now, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the former Louisville star has looked "shaky" during his private workouts, per Rotoworld.<p>Kennard McGuire, …

Football (U.S.)

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