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  • Lower IQ 'a heart disease risk'

    Having a lower than average IQ is in itself a risk factor for heart disease, say UK researchers. Given the findings, public health messages on things like exercise and diet could be simplified...

  • Marriage rate falls to lowest level since records began

    Marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen for a fourth year to reach their lowest level since records began. A total of 232,990 couples wed in 2008, down 1% on the year before...

  • Internet Use Affects Memory, Study Finds

    The Internet’s effects on memory are still largely unexplored, Dr. Sparrow said, adding that her experiments had led her to conclude that the Internet has become our primary external storage system... by Patricia Cohen

  • Teens 'cannot function in work'

    More than half of employers say school leavers often cannot function in the workplace due to a lack of basic maths and literacy, a survey suggests. But youngsters’ IT skills can give them the edge over their bosses in this area...

  • A Generation of Slackers? Not So Much

    Generation Y — or Millennials, the Facebook Generation or whatever you want to call today’s cohort of young people — has been accused of being the laziest generation ever... by Catherine Rampell

  • Daily caffeine 'protects brain'

    Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests... UK experts said it was the "best evidence yet" of coffee’s benefits...

  • Couples 'feel each other's pain'

    The old adage that loving couples feel each other’s pain has been proved to be right. A team from University College London found that merely knowing your loved one is suffering is enough to activate pain centres in the brain...

  • Early help 'key to tackling mental health problems'

    More focus will be placed on dealing with mental health problems at an early stage under government plans... Ministers said this would help address mental health issues with the same intensity as physical health...

  • Scientists' short-cut to happiness

    Science is beginning to find ways to control happiness in the brain artificially... Now neuroscientists are beginning to manipulate happiness in the brain... by Mark Easton

  • Do kids prefer playmates of same ethnicity?

    A study on Asian-Canadian and French-Canadian preschoolers has found these children may have a preference to interact with kids of their own ethnic group... E-Science News

  • How we come to know our bodies as our own

    By taking advantage of a "body swap" illusion, researchers have captured the brain regions involved in one of the most fundamental aspects of self-awareness...

  • Genes may play role in friends we choose, says study

    Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship... Details are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

  • First Ever World Map of Happiness Produced

    A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ’world map of happiness.’...Participants in the various studies were asked questions related to happiness and satisfaction with life...

  • Linking Personality to Brain Structure

    Some people are usually cheerful. Others are more likely to have sad, depressing thoughts. Such traits help make up our personalities. But could such traits actually be related to measurable differences in brain structure?