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Mar. 6, 2019 — Human disturbance reduces forest density, biomass, and richness of species in sacred church forests of northern Ethiopia, according to new ... read more

Study Calls on Feds to Invest in Local Volunteer Disaster Response, Recovery Groups

Feb. 13, 2019 — Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's ... read more

Neuroimaging Shows Social Exclusion Spurs Extremism in Those Vulnerable to Radicalization

Jan. 10, 2019 — A new study used neuroimaging techniques to show that social exclusion increases the number of ideological and group values worth fighting and dying for in populations vulnerable to radicalization. ... read more

Are the Late Stephen Hawking's Religious Beliefs Typical of U.K. Scientists?

Dec. 19, 2018 — The late Stephen Hawking famously didn't believe in God. Neither does the renowned Richard Dawkins. But is that typical for U.K. ... read more

Study of Traditional Medicine Finds High Use in Sub-Saharan Africa Despite Modern Medicine

Dec. 18, 2018 — Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not ... read more

Addressing Research Gaps Could Help With Development of Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

Dec. 10, 2018 — Filling key gaps in the research and understanding of the treatment of people with disabilities in the workplace could help improve employee success on the job and develop more disability-inclusive ... read more

Conversion 'Therapy' Begins at Home

Nov. 8, 2018 — A new study finds that attempts by parents and religious leaders or therapists to change the sexual orientation of LGBT adolescents ('conversion therapy') contribute to multiple health and ... read more

Huge Fall in Prevalence of FGM/genital Cutting Among Girls Across Africa

Nov. 6, 2018 — The prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting among girls up to the age of 14 has fallen sharply in most regions of Africa over the past three decades, reveals a new ... read more

Sep. 25, 2018 — Conspiracy theories have been cooked up throughout history, but they are increasingly visible lately. So what draws people to them? New research suggests that people with certain personality traits ... read more

Commitment to Democratic Values Predict Climate Change Concern, Study Finds

Sep. 20, 2018 — In a new study comparing climate change attitudes across 36 countries, including the United States, commitment to democratic values is the strongest predictor of climate change concern ... read more

When God Is Your Only Friend: Religion and the Socially Disconnected

Aug. 30, 2018 — New research finds that religious people who lack friends and purpose in life turn to God to fill those voids. However, the findings do not suggest that people who are socially disconnected are more ... read more

The God of Small Things

Aug. 30, 2018 — New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday ... read more

Aug. 21, 2018 — Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study. ... read more

Most Americans Accept Genetic Engineering of Animals That Benefits Human Health

Aug. 16, 2018 — Americans' views of possible uses of genetic engineering in animals vary depending on the mechanism and intended purpose of the technology, particularly the extent to which it would bring health ... read more

Religious Involvement Deters Recreational and Medical Marijuana Use, Researchers Find

June 19, 2018 — Researchers have found that individuals who regularly attend church and report that religion is very important in their daily decision making are less likely to use marijuana recreationally and ... read more

Older Men With Higher Levels of Sex Hormones Could Be Less Religious, Study Suggests

May 30, 2018 — The level of sex hormones such as testosterone in a man's body could influence his religiosity. A new study now adds to the growing body of evidence that religiosity is not only influenced by ... read more

Religious Refusal Laws Harm Sexual Minority Mental Health, Study Finds

May 23, 2018 — A new study has found that state laws permitting the denial of services to same-sex couples because of religious or moral beliefs harm the mental health of sexual minority adults in those ... read more

Training Compassion 'Muscle' May Boost Brain's Resilience to Others' Suffering

May 22, 2018 — A new study suggests that as little as two weeks of compassion meditation training -- intentionally cultivating positive wishes to understand and relieve the suffering of others -- may reduce the ... read more

Should States Support Pregnant Teens and Their Babies?

Apr. 16, 2018 — The majority of US adults with children agree that state support for pregnant teens is a good investment but want to see teens meet certain criteria -- including taking parenting classes -- before ... read more

Who Becomes a Hero? It Is More Than Just a Personality Trait

Mar. 26, 2018 — We tend to think of heroes in terms of a psychological profile: brave, altruistic, strong. But a new study suggests that for at least one kind of heroism, it takes a village to save a ... read more

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