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2014-06-27 11:52:30

Yale University Given the chance to vote, people will leave behind a legacy of resources that ensures the survival of the next generation, a series of experiments by Yale and Harvard psychologists show. However, when people are left to their own devices, the next generation isn't so lucky. "People want to do the right thing; they just need a little help from their institutions," said David Rand, assistant professor of psychology at Yale and a co-author of the study appearing June 25 in...

Classic Groundbreaking Experiment On Early Earth Peptides Replicated
2014-06-26 08:11:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Stanley Miller’s Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed ] In a tribute to his old mentor and colleague, a marine chemistry professor at the University of California, San Diego was able to successfully replicate a mysterious and groundbreaking experiment by the “Father of Pre-biotic Chemistry.” In 1953, chemist Stanley Miller published a report on a landmark experiment that showed how peptides, basic building blocks...

Pitch Drops That Got The World Talking
2014-05-01 03:11:19

Institute of Physics In light of recent results from the "world's longest experiment", spanning more than 90 years, at the University of Queensland, a group of researchers from Trinity College Dublin explain the background behind their own pitch-drop experiment in this month's Physics World and offer an explanation as to why their research hit the headlines in 2013. Capturing the release of a drop of pitch – a thick, black, sticky material – from a funnel on camera seems mundane,...

2014-01-15 23:00:07

EasyMax HFCal saves time and cost during chemical process development by providing accurate reaction data using fewer materials in a controlled, reproducible environment. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 16, 2014 METTLER TOLEDO has launched its new small-scale reaction calorimeter, EasyMax HFCal. This next-generation heat flow calorimeter provides critical process information to scientists and engineers earlier in the development process so they can shorten time-to-market, reduce development...

Equation Determines A Person’s Speed Based On Footprints
2013-04-22 18:52:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists have developed an equation that is able to estimate an individual's speed based on their footprints. Two Spanish scientists, writing in the journal Ichnos, said they used data from professional athletes and walking and running experiments in order to develop the equation. The team asked 14 paleontology students from the Complutense University of Madrid to run along a beach in Asturias. The scientists wanted to...

Atmosphere Is Home To Substantial Number Of Microorganisms
2013-01-29 11:19:02

[ Watch the Video: What is Bacteria? ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2010, a NASA DC-8 soared high up into the troposphere to collect air samples in order to study air masses associated with tropical storms. What they found was quite surprising. Bugs - microorganisms actually - in the troposphere. The troposphere is the portion of the Earth´s atmosphere that extends from ground level up to approximately 12 miles above sea level, and apparently it is...

Kids Scientific Method Is Just Like Researchers
2012-09-28 13:40:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though their actions look suspiciously like play, a new study performed by  University of California at Berkeley psychology professor and affiliate professor of philosophy Alison Gopnik shows that children approach problems in need of solutions in much the same manner as scientists. Her findings are published in today´s issue of the journal Science. By utilizing more precise advanced research methods and mathematical...

2012-04-03 11:30:50

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza theoretically predict, in a scientific study, that contact networks have no influence on cooperation among individuals. For the past twenty years, there has been a great controversy regarding whether the structure of interactions among individuals (that is, if the existence of a certain contact network or social network) helps to foment cooperation among them in situations in which not cooperating brings benefits...

2012-01-02 11:49:45

A total of 1,303 high school students in Aragon have participated in an online scientific-social experiment to determine the problems and conflicts arising from cooperation in present day society. This experiment, organized by the Instituto Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos (The Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems) (BIFI) at the Universidad de Zaragoza, together with the Fundación Ibercivis and Universidad Carlos III de...

2011-02-14 15:30:33

A situation where a majority of people cooperate never happens. This is due to the fact that a significant number of individuals never cooperate and if they do it is in response to the decision of their neighbors to cooperate or not, or a result of their mood at the time, according to an experimental study by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). The objective of this research is to understand how cooperation works in nature in general, and among humans in particular. "From...


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