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Spouse's Voice Easier To Hear, But Also Easier To Ignore
2013-08-29 12:55:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research indicates what women already knew about their husbands: their spouse's voice is both easier to hear, and easier to ignore. Scientists, publishing a study in the journal Psychological Science, wrote that even in a crowded room with plenty of competing voices, you will be able to pick out your wife or husband's voice above a stranger's. The team asked married couples between the ages 44 to 79 to record themselves reading...

350 Year Old Chocolate Recipes
2013-08-29 12:39:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A lecturer at the University of Leicester has discovered 350-year-old English recipes for iced chocolate desserts. Dr Kate Loveman of the University's School of English wrote in the Journal of Social History that the 17th-century recipes could be just as dangerous as they were delicious. The recipes discovered were collected by the Earl of Sandwich in 1668. Loveman said one of the recipes is like a solid and very dark version of the...

Planets May Keep Warmer In A Cool Star System
2013-07-19 13:49:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Astrobiology, planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter stars. Stars emit different types of light, with hotter stars emitting high-energy visible and ultraviolet light, and cooler stars giving off infrared and near-infrared light. A new climate model found that planets orbiting cool stars actually may be warmer and less icy than...

Mammals Choose Sex Of Their Babies To Promote Life
2013-07-11 12:57:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mammals are able to "choose" the sex of their offspring in order to beat the odds and produce extra grandchildren, according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers analyzed 90 years of breeding records from the San Diego Zoo, helping to prove for the first time what has been a fundamental theory of evolutionary biology. Scientists have theorized before that mammals rely on some unknown physiologic mechanism to...

American Museum Of Natural History To Preserve Lonesome George
2013-07-03 11:50:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise that once lived on the Galapagos Islands, is going to be preserved by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Scientists made the surprising discovery of Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972. They had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct before then. The famous tortoise passed away in June 2012, found lifeless near his favorite watering...

Avoiding Conflict Easier As Couples Get Older
2013-07-02 13:55:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The longer a couple has been together, the better they get at learning how to avoid conflict with one another, according to a new study. Researchers from San Francisco State University reported in the Journal of Marriage and Family that couples who had been married for longer tended to change the subject or divert attention from the conflict when "toxic" subjects emerged. The team followed 127 middle-age or older long-term married...

Cloud Computing Made More Secure: MIT
2013-06-11 05:01:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that could help make up-and-coming cloud computing technology more secure. Researchers from MIT´s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory presented their work on a new encryption scheme for cloud computing at the Association for Computing Machinery´s 45th Symposium on the Theory of Computing . Homomorphic encryption is a new research topic in cryptography that...

Robot Accepts Gift From Human Hand With Help Of Motion Capture
2013-05-20 15:21:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at Disney Research and the Interactive Systems Lab of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they've taken human-to-robot hand-off motion to the next level. Researchers have had a difficult time developing a robot that is able to recognize when a person is handing them something and predicting where to make the hand-off. However, the team from Disney and KIT will be presenting...

Solar Power Through Painted On Organic Photovoltaics
2013-05-14 05:58:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University at Buffalo are developing a technique that could allow for solar panels to be painted on some day. The team wrote in the journal Advanced Materials they are helping to develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than today's solar panels. These devices are processed in liquid form and can be applied to a variety of surfaces. “Compared with...

Want More Happiness In Your Life? Study Says Have More Sex
2013-04-15 15:08:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Not only does how often you have sex help modify your level of happiness, but so does knowing how often other people have sexual encounters. A study published in Social Indicators Research by Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, says that people are generally happier when they believe they are having more sex than their peers. "There's an overall increase in sense of...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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