Evan Michael Collins

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The moral life of babies

Research with very young babies suggests that the roots of compassion, empathy and moral reasoning might be in place from birth.<p>If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been …

Why humans and animals rely on social touch

From monkeys to humans, grooming is an important way to win favours and earn social standing. For babies, it can also be the difference between life and death.<p>When you run your hands through your lover’s hair, you’re probably not thinking about your place in the social hierarchy. Give your …

Psychology

Shortcut lets brain make memories in a flash - Futurity

Nerve cells have a special “pre-assembly” technique that enables the brain to quickly form memories. …

Why is a widely used concussion test failing to protect athletes?

One of sports' most dangerous injuries needs better diagnostic tools<p>It’s no secret that football has a head injury problem. Earlier this year, the NFL settled a $765 million lawsuit after thousands of players accused the league of whitewashing long-term dangers and pushing players back onto the …

Not-so special K: Big Pharma wants ketamine clones to treat depression

Some companies are betting big on the club drug<p>It's commonly used as an anesthetic, and perhaps best known as hallucinogenic club drug Special K, but ketamine might soon have a third application: as a prescription treatment for depression, and one that portends to be the biggest breakthrough in the …

Investors are fleeing clean energy just when the world needs them most

Global investment in clean energy is falling off a cliff, according to a report released today, just as carbon emissions are predicted to skyrocket.<p>In the third quarter of this year, worldwide investment in wind, solar, energy efficiency and electric cars dropped 20% compared to the same period in …

Renewable Energy

The Nobel Prize in Bubblenomics

Today, Eugene Fama, Robert Shiller and Lars Peter Hansen were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics* for their research into how financial markets price the things they sell.<p>A typical reaction, courtesy Belgian economist Paul de Grauwe:<p>He’s not wrong! After all, Shiller warned people about a housing …

Nobel Prize

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reveals its huge UK corporate tax bill

American companies aren’t especially known for their generosity to the UK Exchequer. Starbucks, Amazon and Google paid zero, £1.8m and £6m …

U.K. FCA Opens Formal Probe Into Foreign-Exchange Trading

The U.K. markets regulator opened a formal investigation of currency-rate trading amid allegations of manipulation in the $5.3 trillion-a-day market …

Government shutdown has cost US economy $1.5bn a day, S&P says

Ratings agency says impasse has shaved 0.6% off US GDP in the fourth quarter – equivalent to taking $24bn from the economy<p>The government shutdown has so far cost the US economy $24bn – or $1.5bn a day, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said on Wednesday.<p>The argument over the government shutdown, now …

Attorney-General brings hope to Guatemala by taking a bite out of crime

Claudia Paz y Paz has become a symbol of hope for many Guatemalans because of what she does: She sends people to jail.<p>If that does not strike you as the typical profile of a national hero, imagine living in a high-crime society where murderers do not go to jail, or even put on trial. Guatemala has …

NSA chief Keith Alexander to step down

Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, is stepping down after a tumultous years for the spy agency<p>The director of the US National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months in a development that could give President <b>Barack Obama</b> a chance to reshape the eavesdropping …

Surveillance

Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

<b>By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News</b><p>After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew its borrowing authority, the standoff is finally over.<p>President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the …