A linguistic mystery yields clues in Russian
When it comes to numbers, Russian grammar has a bewildering thicket of rules. A singular noun such as "table" ("stol" in Russian), used as the subject of a sentence, takes a special "case form" called the ...
Where have all the young girls gone?
The widespread availability of ultrasound scans in India is giving rise to abortions of female foetuses on an unprecedented scale, according to new research by Professor Sonia Bhalotra from the Universitys ...
New University of Washington survey explores attitudes of tea party supporters
(PhysOrg.com) -- The tea party movement has gotten much attention in recent months, but aside from decrying big government and excessive spending, who are the supporters and what else do they appear to believe?
Climate change brings more crime, study says
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures - on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis - are likely to produce more crime.
Research shows 'endowment effect' is not present in hunter-gather societies
(Phys.org) —Centuries of economic theory have been based on one simple premise: when given a choice between two items, people make the rational decision and select the one they value more. But as with many ...
Are socialists happier than capitalists?
Driven by a decline in satisfaction with work life and family life, overall well-being initially plummeted in countries directly affected by the fall of the Iron Curtain, reveals an important new study.
What really prompts the dog's "guilty look"
What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house? By ingeniously setting up conditions where the owner was misinformed as to whether ...
What makes gamers keep gaming?
Humans 'predisposed' to believe in gods and the afterlife
A three-year international research project, directed by two academics at the University of Oxford, finds that humans have natural tendencies to believe in gods and an afterlife.
It's who you kill that matters, according to new research
A defendant is much more likely to be sentenced to death if he or she kills a "high-status" victim, according to new research by Scott Phillips, associate professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Denver ...
Americans and religion increasingly parting ways
Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, ...
Study suggest people act fairly due to spite, not altruism
Societies evolve slowly, just like biological species
US students need new way of learning science
American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a noted group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt.