The benefits of having a babyface

babyboy-copyFrom literally getting away with murder, to monopolising parental love and seducing the opposite sex, the babyface is a potent social weapon.
The doe-eyed look can help people win over their enemies, elicit help from strangers and get ahead in their careers. It makes politicians seem more trustworthy, crooks less likely to be convicted and sentencing less severe.
In all, babyfaced individuals are thought of as more honest, naive, warm, kind, approachable, trustworthy, likeable, familiar, and charismatic than the rest of us.
This trust is misplaced. In fact, they’re more – not less – likely to become criminals. And once they’ve turned their backs on the law, they tend to commit more offences than those who look the part.

Loneliness can be depressing, but it may have helped humans survive

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-6-35-59-amLoneliness not only feels nasty, it can also make you depressed, shatter your sleep, even kill you. Yet scientists think loneliness evolved because it was good for us. It still is — sometimes.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that being lonely ruins health. In one recent study, the risk of dying over a two-decade period was 50 percent higher for lonely men and 49 percent higher for lonely women than it was for those who did not experience feelings of isolation. According to some research, loneliness may be worse for longevity than obesity or air pollution.
Yet according to scientists such as John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, loneliness has evolved to protect us. He likens it to hunger: “When you get hungry, it increases your attention to finding food. We think that loneliness is an aversive state that motivates you to attend to social connections.”

How Sweet: Sugar Industry Made Fat the Villain

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-06-01-amNewly uncovered documents reveal that 50 years ago the sugar industry gave secret support to prominent Harvard researchers to write an influential series of articles in the New England Journal of Medicine that downplayed the negative effects of sugar.
Instead, the articles shifted the blame from sugar to fat as the "dietary culprit" behind heart disease.

Stars burning strangely make life in the multiverse more likely

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-7-39-56-amYour existence depends on an improbable threesome. A delicate reaction within stars called the triple-alpha process, which creates carbon, is often used to support the idea of the multiverse. Now, two researchers argue that stars in other universes might have alternative ways of producing carbon, giving life as we know it a greater chance in multiple universes.

Lavender & 5 Other Best Essential Oils For Anxiety Relief: The Healing Power Of Smell

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-5-54-23-amIt's not completely understood how essential oils work, but their power may be due to a relationship between smell and the brain. Scent receptors in the nose send chemical messages via the olfactory nerve to the limbic system – a primitive area of the brain that deals with basic emotions, including anger and fear, and memories. A 2013 study in the journal Current Drug Targets found olfactory signals from essential oils are thought to impact brain chemical production, thereby affecting both mental and physical health.
Essential oils are natural, extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, or roots of plants, and can provide much-needed relief and healing for a variety of ailments, including anxiety. Below are the six best essential oils for alleviating anxiety, from lavender to frankincense.

Study: Moon is made up of early Earth’s mantle

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-5-51-21-amScientists say the moon was formed by a high-energy impact which vaporized most of the Earth and created a massive magma atmosphere.

Eating three rashers of bacon a day raises the risk of dying from heart disease, new study shows

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-7-28-45-pmReview of previous research also concludes that it raises cancer mortality risk by eight per cent.

Mars rover views spectacular layered rock formations


Here’s what dogs see when they watch TV

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-8-59-50-amDog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their pooch's head? Indeed, by tracking their vision using similar methods used on humans, research has found that domestic dogs do prefer certain images and videos.
This research indicates that dogs have a preference toward watching other canines – but our studies have also discovered that sound often initially attracts dogs towards television and other devices. Favoured sounds include dogs barking and whining, people giving dog-friendly commands and praise and the noise of toys squeaking.

All the Water on Planet Earth

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-8-50-27-amHow much of planet Earth is made of water? Very little, actually. Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The featured illustration shows what would happen if all of the water on or near the surface of the Earth were bunched up into a ball.

How curiosity can protect the mind from bias

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-10-07-21-amPsychology has long shown that education and intelligence won’t stop your politics from shaping your broader worldview, even if those beliefs do not match the hard evidence. Instead, your ability to weigh up the facts may depend on a less well-recognised trait – curiosity.
There is now a mountain of evidence to show that politics doesn’t just help predict people’s views on some scientific issues; it also affects how they interpret new information. This is why it is a mistake to think that you can somehow ‘correct’ people’s views on an issue by giving them more facts, since study after study has shown that people have a tendency to selectively reject facts that don’t fit with their existing views.

So, what’s the ideal shower frequency?

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-9-59-38-amDoctors say when it comes to our health, once or twice a week is recommended. However, we can shower daily and not lather our whole bodies. Focusing on areas that produce pungent smells, like our pitts, butt, and genitals is a better alternative for those who like to shower more frequently.
Washing our hands and clothes will help remove the dead skin cells and grime our bodies accumulate without us suffering an ill health effects. However, the chemistry of each person’s skin is different, including our scalp, so showering everyday may not be as dangerous to some as it is to others. Relatively speaking, if you’re in good health, skipping a shower every once in a while won’t do any harm.
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