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College Students Vote Smarter Than Expected

College students make strategic choices about where to vote, most prefer absentee ballots, and they are especially likely to vote absentee if their homes are in swing states, according to a new study of student absentee voting in the 2008 presidential election. The researchers found that students from swing states preferred home-state voting by an 8-to-1 ratio. Even students from non-swing states...

Why One Way Of Learning Is Better Than Another

A new study reveals that different patterns of training and learning lead to different types of memory formation. The significance of the study is that it identifies the molecular differences between spaced training (distributed over time) and massed training (at very short intervals), shedding light on brain function and guiding learning and training...

Color Plays Musical Chairs In The Brain

The brain's neural mechanisms keep straight which color belongs to what object, so one doesn't mistakenly see a blue flamingo in a pink lake. But what happens when a color loses the object to which it is linked? Research shows for the first time, that instead of disappearing along with the lost object, the color latches onto a region of some other object in view -- a finding that reveals a new...

New Kind Of Search For Dark Energy: First Light For BOSS

BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, is the most ambitious attempt yet to map the expansion history of the Universe using the technique known as baryon acoustic oscillation. Part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, BOSS achieved "first light" on the night of Sept. 14-15, when it acquired data with its upgraded spectrographic system across the entire focal plane of the Sloan...

Estrogen Link In Male Aggression Sheds New Light On Sex-specific Behaviors

Territorial behavior in male mice might be linked to more "girl power" than ever suspected, according to new findings at UCSF. For the first time, researchers have identified networks of nerve cells in the brain that are associated with how male mice defend their territory and have shown that these cells are controlled by the female hormone...

Can Severe Stress Cause Stroke?

Many patients urgently admitted to hospital with cerebral infarction state that they were under great stress over a prolonged period prior to suffering their stroke, is shown in a unique patient study.

Children Found To Be Most At Risk From Malaria

Insecticide treated mosquito nets reduce the chances of developing life-threatening malaria in Africa, however recent research shows that older children are the least well protected by nets in the community. The research has found that parents and their young children were much more likely to have malaria nets than older...

Consciousness Is The Brain's Wi-Fi, Resolving Competing Requests, Study Suggests

Your fingers start to burn after picking up a hot plate. Should you drop the plate or save your meal? New research suggests that it is your consciousness that resolves these dilemmas by serving as the brain's Wi-Fi network, mediating competing requests from different parts of the body. The study also explains why we are consciously aware of some conflicting urges but not...