Monthly Archives: May 2011

Older people not as good at lying or detecting lies: Otago research

Older people cannot lie as convincingly as younger people, are worse at detecting when others are lying, and the latter is linked to age-related decline in emotion recognition, new University of Otago research suggests. Department of Psychology researchers Ted Ruffman, Janice Murray and Jamin Halberstadt compared young and older adults’ skills at deception as judged […] … learn more→

New research shows a visit to a zoo boosts science and environment knowledge

Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child’s science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone. In research conducted at ZSL London Zoo, more than 3,000 school children aged between seven and 14 were asked about their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation and […] … learn more→

Study finds local temperature influences belief in global warming

A study by Columbia Business School Professor Eric Johnson, co-director of the Center for Decision Sciences ( at Columbia Business School, Ye Li, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Decision Sciences, and Lisa Zaval, a Columbia graduate student in psychology, found that those who thought the current day was warmer than usual were more […] … learn more→

Assessing the influence of Alaska glaciers is slippery work

With an estimated 34,000 square miles of ice, an area about the size of Maine, Alaska\’s multitude of glaciers have a global impact. Anthony Arendt, an assistant research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, has outlined the complexity and influence of Alaska glaciers in this week\’s issue of the journal Science. In […] … learn more→

More money, better health?

A new study from George Mason University and the Urban Institute reveals that greater spending on medical services means better overall health for Medicare participants. Health Administration and Policy Professor Jack Hadley and his co-authors, Urban Institute researchers Timothy Waidmann, Stephen Zuckerman, and Robert Berenson, analyzed data from more than 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries to draw […] … learn more→

The case of Bradley Manning: Is WikiLeaks doing enough?

US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was arrested in May 2010 for allegedly leaking classified information to Wikileaks. In July, Manning was transfered to US Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, where he was placed in solitary confinement under “maximum custody” and a restrictive “Prevention of Injury” order while he awaits trial. In April, the AP reported […] … learn more→

New online education program aimed at curbing dangerous drinking

This summer, new Penn State students attending the University\’s second six-week summer session will be first to complete Penn State\’s new online education program, PSU SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education). It\’s one of many initiatives Penn State has created to teach students the facts about dangerous drinking. PSU SAFE replaces an online alcohol education […] … learn more→

Caltech-led team debunks theory on end of \’Snowball Earth\’ ice age

There\’s a theory about how the Marinoan ice age—also known as the \”Snowball Earth\” ice age because of its extreme low temperatures—came to an abrupt end some 600 million years ago. It has to do with large amounts of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, bubbling up through ocean sediments and from beneath the permafrost and […] … learn more→