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For creating jobs, spending on schools beats military

Government spending on the military yields fewer jobs, dollar for dollar, than spending on domestic programs such as health care, energy, infrastructure, and education, according to new a new study.

‘Competence’ gets kids past traumas like hurricanes

How children respond after mass traumatic events relates to their perceptions of competence—or how they view their ability to control a situation, new research suggests.

‘Calming’ meditation can feel super stressful

Meditation is marketed as a treatment for pain, depression, stress, and addiction, but it can leave some people more distressed than at peace.

Light drinking might not be so good for your health

The benefits of light drinking—and the risks of not drinking at all—might not be as great as once thought, report researchers.

Listen: What’s it like to be Muslim in America today?

Ahmed Ahmed is an American-Muslim comedian who was typecast as a terrorist. Khalid Latif is a Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department who garnered salutes in uniform, but harassment as a civilian.

Why city planners should make water a top priority

Many cities are now pushing reinvestments in the urban core, prompting people to live, eat, and play in walkable city centers.

‘Enzyme mimic’ could clean dirty laundry or destroy sarin gas

Scientists have created a material that functions similarly to naturally occurring enzymes and could have a wide variety of potential applications from cleaning products to disposal of chemical weapons.

Despite ‘friends’ like Alexa and Siri, we’re still lonely

Despite the increasing popularity of humanized products like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and iRobot’s pet-like Roomba vacuum, people have never reported feeling more alone or isolated.

These factors may determine our go-to emojis

Many different factors influence our choice of emoji when sending messages online or via smartphone text, including their popularity, perceived semantic meaning, and location on the smartphone touch keyboard, a new study finds.

Clues say ancient people lingered along Peru’s coast

New excavations at two exceptionally well-preserved Ice Age sites on the northern coast of Peru provide a rich record of the lives of some of the earliest humans to populate the Western Hemisphere.

Extreme old age linked to new gene variants

The relatively small number of people older than 100—just one per 5,000 population in developed nations—makes the search for the genetic determinants of extreme longevity challenging.

In these 6 states, half of mayors run against no one

According to a new report, approximately half of mayoral elections in six US states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise.

Why young kangaroos should hang out with mom

Even after young kangaroos move out of their mother’s pouch, spending time with her pays off. New research links the time they spend with mom to better ability to feed themselves and survive to adulthood.

In climate fight, carbon removal is still a risky path

Assuming that the deployment of carbon removal technology will outpace emissions and conquer global climate change is a poor substitute for taking action now, say researchers.

Secret flaws keep 3D-printing safe from hackers

Researchers have discovered ways for manufacturers using 3D printing to embed hidden flaws in files to thwart intellectual property theft.

We’re not the only animals with scruples

Just as in humans, conscientiousness in animals—which includes working hard, paying attention to detail, and striving to do the right thing—offers evolutionary benefits like giving them an edge in hunting and gathering, attracting mates, procreating, and fending off predators.

Fat shows how coral ‘babies’ cope with warmer water

Cauliflower coral larvae don’t have high tolerance for the environmental stress of warmer water, but their location may play a role in their level of tolerance for increases in temperature.

Kids know when we’re not telling the whole truth

Children age 6 to 7, and even as young as 4 years old, can under certain conditions identify when the information they’re getting is misleading—but technically true—according to a new study.

Scanner ‘listens’ to sperm to find the good ones

A new technique can examine human sperm without killing them—which could help improve the diagnosis of fertility problems.

Is too much sleep an early sign of dementia?

For people over the age of 65, getting more than nine hours of sleep on a regular basis may be an early sign of the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.