Alyson Foster

    According to new research, having hairy skin may help a person ward off bedbugs.  Participants in a study conducted by scientists at the University of Sheffield released the nighttime bloodsuckers on themselves and observed the bugs’ feeding habits.  Bedbugs placed on shaved arms were more likely to try to feed than those that…

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  Guppies and minnows; artwork by Hashime Murayama   Apparently it doesn’t matter what your species is:  the opposite sex causes you nothing but trouble.  The latest evidence of this sad-but-true fact comes from scientists at the University of Exeter who have published a study on female aggression in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata).  Researchers observed…

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    If you’re the sort of person who turns red at the mere thought of committing a social faux pas, scientists have some reassuring news for you.  A recent study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley found that people who are easily embarrassed are more likely to be trusted than individuals who…

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    Social networks allow us to connect with those who share common interests – political views, reading preferences, occupations, hobbies.  Now, thanks to scientists in the EU, you can find people who share your bacteria.  MyMicrobes, which opened to the public last week is looking for new members.   The goal of the nonprofit project…

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A scientist studying isolated chimps takes notes at night by headlamp; photo by Michael Nichols   For scientists who work out in the field a good set of notes is crucial.  A researcher’s notebook is where data is compiled, discoveries are recorded and where failures, insights and scientific breakthroughs become history . . .  well,…

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While acting isn’t exactly brain surgery, Oscar winner Colin Firth can now add “brain researcher” to his resume. BBC News reports that The King’s Speech actor recently urged scientists to explore how political views are reflected in a person’s brain structure. Researchers went on to scan the brains of liberal and conservative politicians and found…

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    Want to live a longer life? Be sure to eat well and exercise frequently. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to have friendly co-workers. According to a recent study published in the journal Health Psychology, people who have supportive peers at work may live longer than those who don’t. The study rated peer social…

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Grenadier Guard on duty at Buckingham Palace; photo by Franc Shor, 1953 Do you know who the Baron of Renfrew is? It’s Prince Charles, father of the groom! If you are planning to watch the royal wedding of William and Kate Middleton this Friday it’s time to brush up on London and all things royal. Check out some recent…

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