Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered
New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.
Political extremists may be less susceptible to common cognitive bias
People who occupy the extreme ends of the political spectrum, whether liberal or conservative, may be less influenced by outside information on a simple estimation task than political moderates, according ...
Women don't run? Study on gender gap in political candidates published
An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three ...
In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B
In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.
Mathematicians prove the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture
Monstrous moonshine, a quirky pattern of the monster group in theoretical math, has a shadow - umbral moonshine. Mathematicians have now proved this insight, known as the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture, offering ...
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Intensive agriculture may have exacerbated drought in ancient Maya city
Study identifies prevalence of rickets among 16th century sailors
The bones of sailors who sailed on Henry VIII's Mary Rose ship have been analysed with the help of new laser technology to identify evidence of bone disease.
Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings, anthropologist says
Culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.
Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal, a new study of spoken English has revealed
Long-standing festive treats, such as sherry and brandy, are declining in popularity, according to the research by a joint team from Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University.
Child development expert says parents must set the tone when it comes to children's Christmas lists
The best gift parents can give their children for Christmas may be helping them understand less can be more, according to a Kansas State University child development expert who has advice on what gifts are best to give young ...
Why whistleblowing doesn't come easily
Research from our Department of Computer Science has found an explanation for why we often believe gossip more than our own personal experiences. The study also gives a biological explanation as to why it ...
Economist outlines work on managing tasks and time
"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight," said Samuel Johnson, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Most of us, spared such an imperative, carry on in a less-concentrated state, but it holds ...
Gothic cathedrals blend iron and stone
Using radiocarbon dating on metal found in Gothic cathedrals, an interdisciplinary team has shown, for the first time through absolute dating, that iron was used to reinforce stone from the construction phase. ...