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Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System


If we’re finished obsessing about yoga jeans, perhaps it’s time to think about yoga and genes.


Jolie’s Mastectomy: Celebrities Serve as Medical Role Models

Researchers found Nancy Reagan’s decision to have a breast removed influenced the choices of American…


Sports No Longer Last Bastion of Homophobia

The NBA’s Jason Collins’ revelation of his homosexuality may seem revolutionary, but in fact it’s the culmination of a…


Millennials: A Generation With Unrealistic Expectations

A survey of high-school students that graduated between 2005 and 2007 finds a disconnect between a desire for…

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Fame, Once Established, Is Not Fleeting

New research finds that celebrity status is surprisingly stable over time.


Making (Cheap, Monotonous) Online Work More Meaningful

New research suggests people doing piecemeal work online keep at it longer if the task is seen as significant.


Would You Give Up 9 Months of Your Life for Professional Prestige?


What would you give for a tangible achievement that carries enormous professional prestige?


Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying


Can music soothe the savage sixth grader? Perhaps, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Israel, which finds that gentle melodies may…


Emotional Reactions of Atheists May Reveal Echoes of Belief


The heads and hearts of atheists may not be on precisely the same page. That’s the implication of recently published


Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System


If we’re finished obsessing about yoga jeans, perhaps it’s time to think about yoga and genes.


The Price of Fame for Performers and Athletes: Shorter Lives


Do famous, successful people live longer lives? New research suggests the answer depends upon how they achieved their fame…